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A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Leaf Blower

A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Leaf Blower


Keeping your yard tidy and free of leaves or other debris can be time consuming. Leaf blowers come in a wide variety of options and sizes to help ease your work and save precious time. Whether you need to clear leaves from a small patio or a few thousand square feet of lawn, there's a model that can meet your needs and budget. Before making a decision, here are a different types of leaf blowers and features to consider.

Woman using a leaf blower

Types of Leaf Blowers

Corded Leaf Blowers

Corded leaf blowers are at full power when plugged into an electrical outlet. This is a good choice for smaller areas since you must remain near a power source during use.

Benefits & Uses...

  • Ideal for small properties - If you're looking to remove leaves, grass clippings and other debris from small patio areas and driveways, an electric corded blower can take care of the job if there is an outdoor outlet nearby.
  • Power flows consistently - A corded leaf blower will always run when plugged into a working outlet. You won't have to worry about running out of gas or draining a battery.
Corded leaf blower

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Cordless leaf blowers

Cordless Leaf Blowers

Cordless blowers are powered by a rechargeable battery, and they're typically light weight in construction.

Benefits & Uses...

  • Perfect for medium-sized yards - Clearing areas ranging from driveways to lawns can be done quickly and easily with a cordless blower. Depending on the size of the area you're clearing, a full charge should be enough for small to medium cleanup tasks.
  • Portability - If you're working in an isolated area that isn’t located near a outlet, a cordless model will give you free mobility. Once you have a fully charged unit, you’ll be ready to work.

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Gas Leaf Blowers

A gas-powered blower has enough power to clear up to an acre or more and has great durability.

Benefits & Uses...

  • Works well in larger yards - A gas blower is well-suited for roughly an acre of land. You aren't restricted by a cord's length and don't have to worry about the charge running low. It can handle more than an acre as long as you can operate this heavier machine without too much strain.
  • Ideal for heavily wooded property - Even if your yard isn’t that large, you may need a more powerful device during the fall for cleaning up leaves that would otherwise take hours of raking. For these jobs, a gas model will provide the power you require.
Gas leaf blower

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backpack leaf blower

Backpack Leaf Blowers

Backpack leaf blowers provide more comfort and ease of use than standard handheld counterparts.

Benefits & Uses...

  • Easy to carry - The backpack unit helps offset the weight, making this model easy to handle.
  • Good choice for professional landscapers - For tree service or landscaping companies, a leaf blower will be essential for cleaning up after a pruning session or a tree removal. A heavy-duty backpack blower can make maintenance very easy, especially in larger yards.

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Yard Vacuums

Yard vaccums suck up leaves and debris into a separate container instead of blowing them away.

Benefits & Uses...

  • Quick cleanup - Some options have built-in chipper shredders to help better consolidate debris.
  • Handle large amounts of debris - While yard vacuums might be more than most homeowners need, they're ideal when clearing lots of leaves, twigs and other yard waste. These models especially come in handy if you live near rugged terrain or are cleaning commercial properties.
Yard vacuum

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Leaf Blower Features

Flat leaf blower nozzle
  • Soft-grip handles - These special handles provide additional comfort while working with handheld models.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps - Many backpack models have adjustable shoulder straps so they fit perfectly around your shoulders.
  • Nozzles - Flat nozzles work best when gathing leaves into piles. Round nozzles, on the other hand, help loosen leaves caught on blades of grass or other objects.
  • Shredders - Blowers and vacuums with built-in shredders help rid your yard of leaves and create mulch you can use in flower beds and gardens.
  • Scrapers - These accessories help dislodge matted material and get into hard-to-reach areas.