Electric Versus Petrol Leaf Blowers or Vacuums

by:Jiali     2020-08-16
Whatever the season and whatever the weather there is always a need for the leaf blower and vacuum. Whether you are a professional landscape gardener, a homeowner tidying home and patio, the leaf blower has proved to be indispensable in making tedious frustrating outdoor cleaning jobs easier and faster.
Leaf blowers make the task of cleaning leaves, grass clippings, and debris from driveways, sidewalks, patios, decks, porches even flower beds extremely efficient. So which is more effective - electrical powered or petrol models? You are most likely to be aware of the self contained handheld versions (powered by petrol electricity or battery) which do a great job in the domestic environment. However there is also the walkbehind and the backpack to take into consideration before you decide which energy source is best.
The Backpack
Unlike the handheld, the backpack is carried on the back of the user. This is especially useful for large projects where the worker needs to cover a large area or where there is a considerable amount of debris. The weight of the machine is spread over the users back and so it is easier to carry and manipulate. Also the backpack models tend to offer more power - so again making the gardening task easier. The backpack is usually powered by petrol.
The walkbehind
The walkbehind is more powerful again and by default will comprise of a vacuum. The sucking effect of the blower allows the user to move the leaves and debris into neat piles while the vacuum sucks it up into a receptacle for emptying. This method probably asks for the least energy from the user as he/she will simply walk behind the machine directing it where he/she wishes. It should be taken into consideration that while this equipment comes in different sizes, the overall size of these leaf blowers would warrant that the user needs to be working on a relatively large project. The walkbehind is powered by petrol and electricity.
So what is the most effective power source?
The answer to this question dependent on what job you are going to be using the leaf blower for and where you are going to be using it. Both electric models and petrol models have their advantages -and also their disadvantages too.
On the whole an electric leaf blower and vacuum is lighter than petrol. You do not have to take the weight of the petrol into account. The electric machines are lighter in the handheld range. However if you are a commercial manager where you are employing workers to commit to tasks over a long period of time and over a large area then you will need to go with the backpack. The backpack is petrol powered.
The beauty of the backpack is it is much easier to handle when cradled on the users back. You can acquire backpacks and handhelds for about the same price from a reputable online store. But take into account that the size of the models can create a huge difference in price (varying between A�100 and A�500). The other thing to take into account is that even though you can get petrol machines at the same price as electric you will also need to pay for the petrol on top of the leaf blower itself.
As with all electric gardening equipment, the lead to the power source can be restrictive, frustrating and at times unsafe. So if your project is covering a wide open area this needs to be taken into consideration. A solution to this problem is the battery powered cordless model.
The leaf blower and vacuum is renowned for the excessive noise it makes and the noisier of the two (because it tends to be more powerful than its counterpart) is the petrol model. So this is also a factor to be aware of if you are in a closed neighbourhood or if your have sensitive hearing. You should however always use protective ear coverings when using a leaf blower. These can be bought as accessories form all good DIY stores, online shops, or through the manufacturer of your machine.
Maintaining both models is relatively the same except for one factor. When storing the petrol model for a season you will find if left for a significant period, the petrol will deteriorate and turn to varnish. It is also likely to leave deposits in the machine itself. The way to deal with this however is quite simple. A fuel stabiliser added to the petrol before it is stored away will prevent it deteriorating and clogging the workings of the machine.
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