Fall is almost here and that means soon it will again be time to clean up the leaves in your yard. One of the most important tools you will need to handle this chore is a good leaf blower. Owning a quality leaf blower can help save time and make the job much easier. Let's take a look at what to look for if you are shopping for a new blower this year:
One of the first things you will want to do is determine your budget. Leaf blowers cost anywhere from $20 all the way up to $1000. Evaluate both your lawn size and how many leaves you have to clean up, as well as, the amount of money you have to spend. If you have a smaller lawn without many trees, then you won't need to spend several hundred dollars on a leaf blower. However, if you are a do-it-yourself type of person with a large lawn and many trees, you might be better suited spending more for a professional grade blower.
In addition to the amount of money you plan to spend, choosing the power source of your blower is another crucial step in the purchasing process. There are three types of power sources to choose from: gas powered, electric, and battery powered. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks.
Gas powered blowers are usually the most powerful type of leaf blower. There are three types of gas powered blowers: handheld, backpack, and walk behind. Handheld is the most common and used mostly by homeowners. Backpack blowers are used by both homeowners and lawn professionals. Walk behind blowers are the most expensive and are for commercial use only. The main disadvantage of gas blowers is that they require the most maintenance.
Electric blowers are usually the least expensive. These units are plugged in and attached to an extension cord. People who buy electric blowers enjoy the fact that they are lightweight, easy to store, and do not require much maintenance. However, they don't have as much power as gas powered models and are limited by the length of the extension cord being used.
Leaf blowers powered by rechargeable batteries are similar to electric blowers. They are easy to store and also do not require much maintenance. They usually offer the same amount of power for about the same price. The blowers are not limited by an extension cord, but they only last as long as the battery runs for.