Caring for Your Leaf Blower or Vacuum

by:Jiali     2020-08-13
On the whole leaf blowers and Vacuums are reliable pieces of garden equipment. But as with all electrical tools you need to ensure you look after it in order to maximise your investment, continue high performance and make sure your device has as long a lifespan as possible. This article will concentrate on various areas it is advised you should consider when looking after your leaf blower.
Proper use is essential The leaf blower and vacuum on the face of it looks a pretty simple device to use. An on-off switch and a throttle appears to be the only areas of interaction you need to worry about. But this is quite a complex piece of equipment. Powered by a two stroke engine and possibly petrol, it has the potential of creating quite a force when fired up. Like all machinery it should not be pushed beyond its limits so read the manual thoroughly beforehand so you understand how best to use it and to the most positive effect.
Becoming an expert with your leaf blower will take a bit of practice. You will soon learn the best way of manipulating the blower to get the best results but you need to be aware that Handheld Vacuums are not capable of picking up any kind of debris in your back garden. They will work fine with leaves, grass cuttings, and small twigs but anything bigger could damage the exhaust or clog the machinery. Also try to steer clear of wet leaves and wet grass cuttings. The wetness will make the objects heavier and hence will need considerably more power to be swept up.
Use the correct petrol When setting up your petrol model always ensure you are inputting the petrol recommended by the manufacturer. Any other type could cause damage to the workings of the device and you will be stalled before you get going.
Mulch versions Some leaf blowers and vacuums come equipped with a mulch bag. This is a very handy facility. Instead of the machine just sucking up the garden leaves and debris it also compresses it into small packages. This can then be used as mulch. However it is important that you are aware of when the mulch bag is full. When your bag contains too much mulch, it can cause your engine to work inefficiently.
Cleaning after use As your leaf blower and vacuum is going to be dealing with a lot of rubbish and debris it is important that you clean it after use. The most important areas are the exhaust (or blower), the air filter, the mulchers blades and the fan. It is also a good safety activity to always give your device a once over check before you actually begin using it. As with all machinery consider having it serviced once a year. Not only will this ensure its effectiveness it will also increase its lifespan.
Storage The general climate of the country in which you live will define how often you use your leaf blower and how often and how long it is placed in hibernation. Storage then is an important issue. You want to know that when the leaves are filling up the yard again you will not need to hot foot it down to the local DIY store because it is showing no signs of life. Always store your blower in a dry place over the winter months. The electric leaf blower can be stored away without any preparation just like the mower, the strimmer and hedge trimmer. But the petrol blower is a little more complex. The problem is not with the machinery itself but with the petrol. All petrol commodities deteriorate over a long period of time and this could have a damaging effect on the engine. The petrol will turn to varnish within the machine and also leave deposits in the carburettor, fuel lines and combustion chamber. This will obviously lead to poor performance when the machine is used again and could even shorten its life.
A fuel stabiliser should be added into the petrol tank before you place it into storage. When the petrol and the stabiliser react together the fuel is prevented from deteriorating and leading to a clogged carburettor next season.
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