Best Leaf Blowers Review for 2018
As we get further and further into fall one thing is for certain deciduous trees will start losing their leaves. Deciduous trees are trees that lose their leaves every year, usually in the late fall, around when the first freeze occurs.
Depending on how big your property is and/or how many trees you have will depend on how big a project it is for you to take care of all these leaves.
First off raking leaves is a very good exercise. You are outside in cool fresh air and using your whole body to rake up the leaves and put them into plastic bag for the garbage man to haul off or putting them into a compost pile.
A great alternative would be to start a compost pile. If you grow your own vegetables or even if you have flower garden or houseplants a nutrient rich compost is the best thing to start a garden with. Often called “Black Gold” because of all the micro nutrients it will give your plants.
A compost piles basic ingredient are your trees’ dead leaves. With that you can add grass clippings, vegetable leftovers, eggshells and coffee and tea grounds. Add water, usually by rain, throughout the fall and winter and turn it over several times and you have a rich abundant source of nutrients for your garden in the spring.
An easier way to take care of all the leaves in your yard is with a leaf blower. There are several different types of leaf blowers on the market. A good quality leaf blower can be used for gathering leaves, blowing grass clippings from sidewalks and moving other debris.
A few of the things to consider when buying a leaf blower are weight, power, portability, accessories and versatility. The four different types of leaf blowers in this review, gas, corded, cordless and wheeled, have both strengths and drawbacks. These usually involve a trade-off between weight versus power and ease of use.
Leaf Blower Terminology
– CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and is a measure of how many cubic feet of air volume passes through the nozzle every minute. Also known as blowing strength.
– MPH stands for miles per hour and measures at what speed the air escapes the nozzle.
– CC stands for cubic centimeters and measures how large the engine is. Usually the larger the CC’s the heavier and more powerful the engine is.
-The corded leaf blowers power is measured by amps. The higher the amps the more power it will have.
– A cordless leaf blowers power is measured by volts. The higher the voltage the more power and run time the tool has.
For this article I have chosen gas, electric, cordless and backpack leaf blowers to review. We think these offer the best cross section of leaf blowers for homeowners or professional lawn mowers.
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I have set certain standards for this leaf blower review.
1- All of the leaf blowers I review will have at least a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. I think that having people who have actually used the leaf blower and then took the time to give a review will make a difference in the quality.
2- All of the leaf blowers must be eligible for Amazon Prime. If you are a member then there is no shipping charges and with the weight of a leaf blower it can be substantial.
After I review the leaf blowers I will give you my recommendations on which ones I think are the best value.
Gas Leaf Blowers
Gas leaf blowers can be very powerful. They do require a mixture of gas and oil to run.
The Hitachi gas powered leaf blower offers an 170 MPH for excellent leaf blowing.
1- Has a large 2 finger throttle lever.
2- It has an air volume of 441 CFM for easy removal of tree leaves.
3- Weighs only 8.6 pounds.
4- It has a purge primer for east starts and has a 23.9 CC low-emission, 2-stroke engine.
5- Comes with a 7-year consumer warranty.
6- 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Hitachi gas powered leaf blower is light enough and powerful enough to be used by the homeowner and the professional alike.
The Tanaka gas powered leaf blower is a light powerful leaf blower made for everyday use.
1- Contains a powerful 23.9 CC commercial grade 2 stroke engine.
2- 441 CFM will produce an air velocity of 170 MPH.
3- It is well-balanced and has a 2 finger throttle.
4- Comes with a 7-year warranty.
5- 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Powerful, lightweight and well-balanced the Tanaka gas powered leaf blower is easy to start after a couple of pulls.
The Husqvarna hand held leaf blower is made for the professional and the homeowner alike.
1- 170 MPH air velocity coupled with 425 CFM air volume.
2- Contains several different control switches to make it a user-friendly machine.
3- The blower tube length is adjustable for different uses.
4- It is made with noise dampening and anti-vibration technology.
5- 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
The Husqvarna leaf blower ergonomic design combined with its lower exhaust emissions and higher fuel economy makes this a great choice for a gas powered leaf blower.
Makita 4-Stroke Leaf Blower
Makita makes some of the best quality power tools on the market and this leaf blower is no exception.
1- This model contains a 24.5 CC 4-stroke engine and provides a maximum air speed of 145 MPH.
2- Starts easily because of the MAED system. This stands for the mechanical automatic engine decompression. The system reduces the compression of the cylinder when it is at a low RPM (revolutions per minute) for easy starting.
3- Operates quietly because of a larger muffler.
4- weighs only 9.8 pounds.
5- This unit has a 17.7 oz. fuel tank for a longer run time.
6- This model leaf blower comes with Makita’s 2 year warranty on emissions related parts and a 1-year warranty on all other parts.
7- 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
This Makita 4-Stroke Leaf Blower is powerful enough for professional use but could easily be used by a homeowner that has a lot of property.
Corded Leaf Blowers
Corded are less expensive than other types of leaf blowers but you will have to have a power source and an extension cord to use them.
The Best Partner corded leaf blower is a lightweight 2-speed lightweight leaf blower.
1- This leaf blower can blow at either 160 MPH or 200 MPH and has a CFM of 145/180.
2- Weighs only 6.16 pounds.
3- This product is UL listed.
4- Comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and a 12-month replacement warranty.
5- Comes with a built-in hook to hold your extension cord in place so in does not come unattached while you are moving around.
6- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Best Partner corded leaf blower is lightweight, low cost leaf blower that will do the job in an average sized backyard.
Ergonomically designed, easy to use, powerful leaf blower made for the homeowner in mind.
1- There is a 2-speed setting and the higher speed produces an air speeds of a 160 with a CFM of 155.
2- Weighs only 4.6 pounds.
3- Includes a 2-year warranty.
4- 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Toro leaf blower works great at clearing leaves from patios, porches, decks and driveways. It can even be used to dry your car after you have washed it.
This tool is not only is not only a leaf blower but also a leaf vacuum/mulcher.
1- This Toro model offer 250 MPH and 350 CFM in the blower mode and 410 CFM in the vacuum mode.
2- It gives you variable speed control in both modes.
3- Contains a cord storage hook.
4- Different attachments allows you to pick up dry leaves or wet leaves.
5- Uses a metal impeller to shred leaves to less than 1/2 an inch
6- Tis kit contains 2 different size nozzles, 4 attachment heads, a metal impeller and a bag to store then in.
7- 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Toro ultra plus leaf blower/vacuum is a very versatile tool with many uses for your backyard.
The Dewalt handheld leaf blower is very powerful and is made for the homeowner or the contractor.
1- This model comes with a standard round nozzle and a flat concentrator nozzle.
2- Both nozzles produce 409 CFM. The round nozzle has 145 MPH and the flat nozzle has 189 MPH.
3- Heavy duty, powerful performance comes at a price. This model weighs 9.8 pounds.
4- Comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
5- 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Dewalt Tool Company has been making top quality power tools since 1922 and this leaf blower is no exception.
Cordless Leaf Blowers
Cordless leaf blowers offer more freedom of use since they are easy to start, there is no extension cords involved or gas that you have to mix. They also offer less maintenance and ease of starting. But they can be pricier.
This leaf blower from Dewalt offers a brushless blower that offers maximum run time and air output.
1- This model will give you 400 CFM and 90 MPH worth of blowing power.
2- Fueled by a 20 V max 5.0 AH lithium ion battery. AH stands for amp-hours and basically stands for how long a battery will last but there are a lot of variables. This model has 35-40 minutes of run time on one charge. Also, includes a charger.
3- Contains a variable speed trigger. The further you press down the trigger the faster the leaf blower blows. It also contains a trigger lock that make it easier when you are working at full speed.
4- Weighs 9.7 pounds
5- Comes with Dewalts 90 day money back guarantee.
– 1 year of free service.
– 3 year limited warranty.
6- 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
This lightweight, compact, powerful leaf blower from Dewalt is ergonomically designed to make your leaf blowing as easy as possible.
This Green Works leaf blower is eve more powerful than the previous Dewalt leaf blower.
1- This is a powerful leaf blower offering 500 CFM and 125 MPH but only produces 60 decibels of noise.
2- Easily gathers up dry or wet leaves and great for blowing off sidewalks, driveways and decks.
3- This model contains a 80V 2AH battery and charger. Up to 70 minutes of run time on one charge.
5- Start with a press of the button and the trigger locks into place.
6- Weighs 8.9 pounds.
7- 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Green Works 80V leaf blower is one of the most powerful, cordless leaf blowers made and should be considered for professional use or for homeowners with large backyards.
This is another high quality, lightweight, ergonomically designed leaf blower from Dewalt.
1- This model of Dewalt leaf blower will give you 423 CFM and 129 MPH worth of power. Also, included is a flat concentrator nozzle that will increase your MPH to 175.
2- Powered by a 60V 3.0 AH lithium ion battery
3- Weighs 9.8 pounds.
4- Contains a variable speed and locking trigger.
5- Backed by Dewalts 3 year limited warranty.
Lightweight and powerful this Dewalt leaf blower would be a great tool to use in any backyard.
Makita has been making various different kinds of top quality power tools since 1915. Here they offer a leaf blower that will suit any ones needs.
1- This model produces 473 CFM and 120 MPH. Powerful enough for your backyard.
2- The brushless motor is powered by 2- 18V lithium ion batteries giving you a total of 36V of power.
3- The trigger has 6 selections for volume/velocity of air.
4- Offers 30 to 45 minutes of run time depending on the speed you are using and 45 minutes of charge time. Makita does offer a 4 battery kit for just a few dollars more.
5- Uses several different types of sound reduction technology.
6- Weighs 16.9 pounds.
7- 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
This brushless leaf blower form Makita is as strong as a gas powered leaf blower but without the hassle of mixing gas or the trouble of a pull start.
Backpack Leaf Blowers
Another type of leaf blower for professionals or someone with a really large yard is a backpack leaf blower. Usually more powerful than other types of leaf blowers they can make gathering up fallen leaves an easy chore.
They offer the extra power and air speed to clear leaves sand gravel and dirt.
Husqvarna is a Swedish manufacturer of many different types of outdoor power tools. This is their contribution into the backpack leaf blowing department.
1- This gas powered leaf blower offers 434 CFM and 251 MPH.
2- Vibration dampers built into engine and backpack.
3- Variable speed trigger gives you a choice of air speeds.
4- The Husqvarna cruise control gives you complete control over volume of air produced.
5- The Husqvarna air purge system gives you easier starting by removing air from the gas system.
6- Weighs 22.5 pounds.
7- 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Husqvarna backpack leaf blower is an excellent choice for professional use or for homeowners with a large backyard.
This is a top quality powerful backpack leaf blower from Makita.
1- The maximum air volume is 516 CFM and the air velocity is 184 MPH.
2- This model requires no mixing of gas and oil. Runs on unleaded gas.
3- Engine starts easily and quickly due to mechanical automatic engine decompression.
4- Heavy duty anti-vibration mount makes for ease of use.
5- Weighs only 19.7 pounds which is easily distributed through the backpacks padded straps and back panel.
6- 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Makita backpack leaf blower is a quiet but powerful leaf blower that starts very easily and runs for a long time.
Wheeled Leaf Blowers
If you have a very large area of leaves to gather or surfaces to sweep then this Troy Built wheeled leaf blower will be the right tool for you.
1- This model offers a whopping 1000 CFM and 150 MPH of blowing capability. Powered by a 208cc overhead valve gas engine.
2- Large pneumatic ball bearing wheels and a rubberized handle gives you great maneuverability and ease of use.
3- This leaf blower comes with a
2-year limited warranty from Troy Built.
4- 4.3 out 5 stars on Amazon.
Large amounts of leaves in the fall is not an easy chore to gather up. Might as well make is as easy as possible with the Troy Built walk behind wheeled leaf blower.