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How To Choose The Best Affordable Leaf Blower For Your Garden

By on August 17, 2020 in Backyard Gear with 0 Comments

Having a well-maintained backyard takes time, effort and some decent garden tools.  Leaf blowers are one of those garden tools, that you can bring outright at the end of a work session in your yard.  They are a really effective garden tool to clean up and dust or debris you might have laying around your patio area.  We wanted to take a look at how to choose the best affordable leaf blower for your backyard.

best affordable leaf blower

 

What is a leaf blower?

A leaf blower is a gardening tool that does the reverse of a vacuum cleaner.  It propels air out of a nozzle to move leaves, grass cuttings and small debris.

As with most garden tools these days, they are available in either gasoline or electric.  The gasoline ones traditionally have 2 stroke motors. Recently 4 stroke ones have been introduced to help reduce the air pollution.

Electric leaf blowers will either be corded or cordless, being battery electric.

What do I need to know about Leaf Blowers?

When choosing the best affordable leaf blower it’s important to consider not just cost but what work you want to use it for. You should also consider the noise, the weight and ease of use as essential elements when selecting a leaf blower.

We always recommend safety first even outside in your own backyard. So make sure you wear ear protection as the level of noise with a leaf blower can reach as high as 95db. Always wear goggles and a dust mask.

Which is the best Petrol, Electric or Cordless?

A petrol model is a better choice for a larger yard and patio areas that need cleaning.

An electric model is much easier to use and is quieter. However, you will need either a long extension cord or possibly a second battery.

Cordless models can be very efficient and convenient to use. They need to be charged up before using.

Things to know about choosing the best affordable leaf blower 

Cordless Leaf Blower

Black and Decker Cordless Leaf Blower

Cordless Electric leaf blowers

A small cordless rechargeable leaf blower will generally range in price from around $99 to $105.

These types are suitable for small back yards and are easily handled. Because they’re charged by a rechargeable battery and battery charger.  They are eco-friendly and economical. It has adjustable speeds from fast to low mode. Which makes your leaf cleaning easier.

Small cordless rechargeable leaf blowers come with an 18-volt battery and battery charger. Usually, it takes around four hours to charge and will last 12 minutes on the fast speed and 30mins in low mode.

As an example the Black and Decker cordless blower priced at $69. Very lightweight, ideal for small yards.

Bosch has a cordless leaf blower for $179. It has an 18volt lithium battery and weighs 1.8kgs. It has 210 km/h airspeed and will give you about 17 minutes of uninterrupted use. The soft grip makes for comfortable working in any position.

Petrol leaf blowers

Petrol leaf blower

Gdrasuya 2 stoke leaf blower

Petrol 2 stroke and 4 stroke leaf blowers range in price from around $127 to over $600.

A Gdrasuya 2 stroke blower is lightweight and can be handled with one hand and will make your gardening chores so much easier.

A Makita blower 4 stroke leaf blower weighs just under 10lb.and is priced around $350. There is a 2-year warranty. The unit is designed with a soft grip for fewer vibrations.

Dewalt Brushless Flexvolt Blower is the only blower that can switch from 54v to 18 v. It is recently new to the market. Priced at around $144.00. This model is excellent for trade professions who have industrial-sized clearing jobs to undertake. The lightweight compact design reduces stress on the body during use.

The ergonomic handle is comfortable to grip.

Selection criteria when evaluating affordable leaf blowers

  • The wide range of choice of brands
  • The prices are reasonable
  • Weight of the unit
  • Quality of build
  • The model types

The ones we listed above fit nicely into the above criteria. There are so many brands, makes and models out there now. It’s hard to come up with the five best affordable leaf blowers you can use at home.  We are currently evaluating several different models to see which ones we think would pass the muster.

There isn’t much to dislike about the examples we’ve listed above. Most models can be handled by both men and women, which is super important.  We now buy 80 per cent of our garden tools online as well.

Quality of build

The quality of all the brands really speaks for themselves. They are all well known, not only for leaf blowers but for many other electrical tools.  A key component to choosing a cordless quality brand is can you use the batteries across several powered garden tools that you might have.

Just be warned, a Makita battery might not fit into a Black and Decker powered garden tool.

How to choose the right one for you

When it comes to purchasing an affordable leaf blower, the choice is really a personal preference. The size of your backyard or patio area is one of the biggest considerations when deciding if you want a gasoline-driven one, a cordless one or corded electric.

A professional gardener would use a 4 stroke leaf blower unit more. As it would be constantly being used and the heaver model would stand the workload. Whereas a retired person might select a cordless model to help maintain a small garden.

The Wrap-up

At the end of the day, the best affordable leaf blower doesn’t need to be an expensive garden accessory to purchase. If it makes your life easier than using one why wouldn’t you invest in the one best suited to your lifestyle?

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About the Author

About the Author: Michael Wuze is a regular content contributor to Living Out The Back, which was started as a way to share the best of what life has to offer outside your home. The backyard is the one area so many people don't enjoy that we want to help you with. Everyone should enjoy their backyard. .

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