Basics of a Leaf Blower and How to Buy One
By Sadiya Anjum
If you are thinking of buying a leaf blower: smart decision; implement technology and simplify your life. Today most families in America use leaf blowers to tend to their yards, clean patios etc. Some put them to various other uses and make other boring jobs fun! There are different kinds of leaf blowers available in the market. To make the right choice, you need to first determine what your needs are.
The primary use of the leaf blower will be to take care of your yard. So you need to consider the size of it in order to judge the type of blower you will require. Also note other features like the position of trees, plants, water tank etc. in your yard.
When you have a basic idea of your requirements you will be able to judge the features in various models. There are two basic types of leaf blowers depending on the power source: electric and gasoline. Leaf blowers used by most homeowners function on electricity. They are connected to an electrical outlet via an extension cord. This may seem impractical if you have a really huge yard but there is a solution to this problem. Leaf blowers also function on rechargeable batteries effectively tackling the problem of mobility.
Gasoline leaf blowers work by mixing gasoline and oil. The engines of gasoline powered leaf blowers are more powerful and hence more effective but they are also very noisy. So when you are making a choice between the two, consider the practical problems you may face while using the two. For instance, the outlet for an electric leaf blower may be too far even with extension cords and you may not be able to afford the battery operated ones. Especially if you have small children in the house, you may consider the sensibility of using extension cords. On the other hand, gas-powered blowers, although more powerful, may be unacceptable in a quiet neighborhood. The difference of cost between the two may also be a deciding factor.
Leaf blowers are also classified depending on their mobility options: handheld, backpack and wheeled. The terms are self-explanatory. Handheld leaf blowers are the most popular option for homeowners. They are easy to carry around and maneuver making it a simple option for homeowners. Backpack and Wheeled leaf blowers are preferred for larger areas and are most often gas-powered. They are also mostly employed by professionals or commercial users.
Other factors you may consider when buying a leaf blower include the air volume which generally varies from 350 to 600 cubic feet of air per meter. Consider a leaf blower with vacuum capability which pulls in the leaves instead of blowing them out. Also the weight of leaf blowers usually varies from 5 to 25 pounds. While a 25 pound leaf blower may be super powerful, you need to make a realistic decision.
Depending on the kind of leaf blower you pick out, you can expect to pay anywhere between $100 and $500. You do not have to go over the top; just invest a decent amount of money according to your needs. Benefit from a simple machine which will save you a lot of time and who knows, you may even have fun in the process!
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