Leaf Blowers

Written by Charles Peacock
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Leaf blowers are a cheap, highly effective way to deal with the downside of autumn. Raking leaves is always fun the first day that they start to fall, but it quickly becomes a tedious task. Strapping on a small effective leaf blower can actually make cleaning up leaves a lot of fun.

Varieties of Leaf Blowers

Leaves are relatively light, which is good for your pocketbook if you're looking into buying a blower. Since a little bit of force can move a lot of leaves, most leaf blowers have lightweight, economical engines. They are available in electric models or gas-powered models.

I've always used an electric leaf blower, and found it to be really effective. The downside, of course, is that it has to be constantly plugged in, but if you have a relatively small property and a long outdoor extension cord, this is probably the way to go. Electric blowers are easier to start, quieter (in most cases), and better for the environment. They're also usually a lot lighter than gas-powered blowers.

Gas powered leaf blowers have come along way in the last few years, and are now available in surprisingly efficient, quiet designs. The main advantages of gas-powered blowers are that they can be used anywhere, and they're usually a lot more powerful than their electric counterparts. And again, since it doesn't take a huge engine to move leaves around, they aren't as heavy as something like a lawn mower or snow blower.

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