Backpack Leaf Blower Buyer’s Guide
The above products should be the only five products that you should consider purchasing. However, we understand that you may not wish to purchase our choices, so we have included a mini-buying guide about the devices. Here are some things to look for in your next leaf blower purchase:
The first feature you should consider while looking for a decent option is the power source. Most leaf blowers have a gas-powered engine. Gas gives you the most power and lifespan. They also cost much less than a battery-powered one. However, they’re loud and produce a decent amount of pollution. Battery-powered devices don’t produce any pollution nor are they very noisy. The downsides, of course, are the relatively short battery life, lack of power, and higher cost. We don’t recommend a battery-powered leaf blower for most consumers due to the cost and extra hassle. If you really need a quiet blower or you want to save the environment, then it’s the best option.
You should consider the warranty before purchasing a leaf blower. Generally, a manufacturer that doesn’t offer a warranty will have an unreliable product. Fortunately, most products come with a two year warranty at a minimum. Some manufacturers, such as Echo and GreenWorks, have better warranties. A better warranty generally comes at a more expensive cost.
Cruise control is one of those features you don’t think you’ll need, but you’ll definitely want it. You will certainly want it if you plan on using your leaf blower for an extended amount of time. The reason? Your finger will get sore from keeping it on the throttle.
Leaf blowers are loud, which everyone already knows. However, some of them are louder than others. Fortunately, manufacturers have started including the decibels on the spec sheets. You may want to pick a quieter appliance if you live in a subdivision with a noise ordinance.
Finally, max airspeed is something you want to keep in mind before purchasing. A higher airspeed is better, but you can still get the job done with lower airspeed. The best part with higher airspeed is that you don’t have to do as much walking. One downside though is that a higher airspeed generally means more fuel consumption, so keep that in mind before your purchase.