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Leaf Blower Showdown: Gas vs. Electric Leaf Blower

Electric and gas-powered leaf blowers are handy for cleaning up leaves, grass clippings and other debris from your lawn. Both do an effective job and are available with a number of features that help make yard cleanup a breeze. Determining which type works best for you depends on the size of your yard, your budget and your personal preference. Here are some factors to consider when choosing between an electric or gas leaf blower.


Electric (Corded or Cordless)

Gas (Handheld or Backpack)


(Corded) Limited by cord; (Battery) No restrictionsNo restrictions




Less powerful More powerful


Generally quietNoisier


Electric Leaf Blowers  (Corded or Cordless)

Advantages of Electric Leaf Blowers

  • Quiet Operation - Electric models tend to be quieter than gas-powered blowers, making them perfect for residential
  • Weight - Most electric leaf blowers weigh under 10 pounds, making them easy to operate

Limitations of Electric Leaf Blowers

  • Limited Portability - Corded electric leaf blowers have limited reach. When it comes to cordless electric models, the length of the charge will restrict the amount of land you can clear before having to recharge the un
  • Power - Cordless models have less power than corded ones, and both are less powerful than gas-powered units.

Gas Leaf Blowers

Advantages of Gas Leaf Blowers

  • Portability/Ease of Use - A gas-powered unit is completely unrestricted and can be taken anywhere around a property. Backpack designs are a comfortable choice for larger
  • Powerful - Gas-powered blowers, both handheld and backpack, have more power than electric blowers, giving you the ability to accomplish heavy-duty cleanup.

Limitations of Gas Leaf Blowers

  • Noisy - With decibel levels in the 72 to 82 range, gas-powered blowers are louder than electric ones, so hearing protection is required. Additionally, some neighborhoods may have restrictions on the noise level or times these blowers can be operat
  • Fuel - Gas-powered leaf blowers require fuel, so if you don't want the extra maintenance of a gas-powered machine, such as mixing fuel in two-cycle engines or changing spark plugs, an electric blower may be a better option.
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