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Gas vs electric leaf blowers, cordless, corded, 2-stroke or 4-cycle

Updated on February 18, 2016

Leaf blowers make lawn clean up easier

Everyone knows the best way to maintain our lawns and garden landscapes starts with the proper gardening tools. Which brings us to the question, how many times have you struggled with a decision on which lawn and garden tools you absolutely must have? When mowing the grass, that is an easy one, we use a lawnmower. Trimming the boxwoods, privets and yews, another easy one, we use a set of trimmers. Then there is the fall of the year, when all the trees lose their leaves, and they all make a mess of things we must clean-up.

Corded and cordless electric leaf blower are great for small clean up jobs

Electric leaf blowers

For homeowners electric leaf blowers are primarily hand-held lawn and garden cleaning tools. There are two ways of powering an electric blower; one is by a cord plugged into your homes electrical outlet, which limits their range to the length of the power cord. The second is a cordless blower that operates using a rechargeable battery, which increases their maneuverability and reach by not requiring an extension cord for their source of electricity, but they are limited to the life of the battery and its capacity. Making a cordless blower a handy garden tool for the small jobs, but they lack the battery life for the medium to large jobs.

The corded electric leaf blower / vac homeowners love to use

Corded electric leaf blower/vac advantages

Electric leaf blower and blower vac

Electric power is clean, quiet and reliable. No fuel mix ratios to remember, no running out of gas in the middle of a cleaning project and best of all no ropes to pull to get the thing started. You simply plug your blower Vac, into your homes electrical outlet and turn on the switch and you are ready to clean. An electric blower works great around the house and garage. Corded electric blowers have plenty of power for blowing dirt and debris off the garage floor, driveway, patio, deck and blowing leaves from a small lawn into piles to be picked-up.

There are a couple of attachments available for a leaf blower one of which, makes cleaning leaves and debris from the gutters easier, so called a gutter attachment. The second handy attachment is a vacuum attachment that allows you to vacuum leaves out of your flower garden, landscape beds, and piles of leaves from your lawn. Electric blowers also work well on those sweeping jobs, the patio, deck and driveway no more using a broom or dust mop.

Cordless leaf blower is the best choice for small clean up jobs around the house

Cordless leaf blower

There are many great choices available in cordless leaf blowers from companies like, Makita, Black and Decker or Toro. The cordless leaf blowers use rechargeable batteries, like the 18-volt Lithium Ion batteries used in the Makita BUB 182Z, to the 18-volt ni-cad rechargeable batteries used in less expensive models.

The Lithium Ion batteries are smaller and lighter than the old ni-cad batteries, however, they do seem to last a bit longer between charges. Nevertheless, require a little getting use to. Anyone who has one of the old cordless drills that uses the old ni-cad battery technology has experienced the drill slowing down when the battery starts to lose its charge. When the Lithium Ion batteries run down they quit, no warning, no slowing down, the motor just quits without any warning. I just wanted to share that little tid bit with you, the first time it happened to me I thought there was something wrong with the cordless tool I was using.

Hand held and backpack blowers are extremely powerfull

When you are looking for the ultimate in power, versatility and portability hand held and backpack gas, leaf blowers are by far your best choice. All of the major manufactures of gas leaf blowers have hand held models, and backpack models, with the backpack models being the largest and most powerful. Both configurations are available in either two stroke or (two-cycle) and four stroke or (four-cycle) gas engines.

Gas leaf blower is the best choice for big lawn clean up jobs

Handheld gas leaf blowers are available in both four stroke gas engine models and the more popular two stroke gas models. For most of us who use gas powered lawn and garden equipment, either we already have a weed-eater or chainsaw that runs on a two-cycle fuel mix, making a blower with a two cycle engine no big deal. All we need worry about is matching the fuel mix ratio with what we already have around the house. Buying a new leaf blower from the same lawn and garden equipment manufacture is the best bet, unless you are dissatisfied with what you have now and want to make a change.

Backpack gas leaf blowers are the best choice for large fall lawn and garden clean up jobs

Gas powered backpack leaf blowers advantages;

Backpack blowers are like their little brothers the hand held blower they both are a heavy-duty lawn and garden tool. The major difference being with two-hundred mph air speeds and seven-hundred and twenty cfm of air produced by the powerful engines of the backpack blowers. Compare that to their little brothers the hand held blowers with air speeds of one-hundred and fifty mph and three-hundred and twenty cfm, both gas-powered blowers will get the job done. The backpack leaf blowers are just too big and powerful to hold in your hand, however they will finish a large job quicker and more efficiently than the smaller and lighter hand held blower will.

Mixing gas and oil not your thing, buy this Makita 4-stroke backpack blower

Small Four-Stroke Engine

A little more than ten years ago now, Honda came out with a small overhead valve four-stroke gas engine, “no fuel and oil mix required”. The little power plant was perfectly suited for use on a heavy-duty straight shaft string trimmer. A trimmer designed for the professional landscaper and the commercial market. The little four-stroke engine was able to run in any position, on its side, upside down and any thing in between. Small and lightweight, lower fuel emissions than a two-stroke engine of comparable size. Lots of power making it perfectly suited for a market that required a greener small engine option.

Once the folks in the lawns and garden industry got use to not mixing oil in the gas, which caused the little four-stroke engine to smoke like a tar kettle, foul spark plugs and generally run like crap, they fell in love with the power of the engine, and the money savings on no fuel mix to buy.

After proving it in the most demanding jobs preformed by the most demanding and skeptical people in the business, the little compact four-stroke engine are here to stay. Working hard as a mini cultivator tiller, leaf blower, water pump, and let us not forget string trimmer’s everyday all over the world.

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Dr irum, thanks for stoping by, I enjoy reading all your hubs.

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      Its great information on leaf blower ,you have lot of detailed post on gardening and its related tools ,i love gardening so i will come back to read more your stuff .Thanks dear i rate up this post .

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Teffany, glad you stopped by and found out leaf blowers will help you with your fall clean up chores.

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      TiffanyLatte 7 years ago from USA

      This will really help with my Fall cleanup.

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Katie, I am happy to hear from you again, also glad to hear that you find a leaf blower useful. Do you use your handymans gas leaf blower or do you have your own electrit blower? Cleaning out the car, WOW I never would have come up with using a leaf blower to clean the inside of my wifes car. Thanks for the great idea, I'll give it a try. Keep on Hubbing...

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW what a great display and layout! This is great information on leaf blowers make lawns and garden beautiful. I use my leaf blower for everything, blow out my car, opening all the door and give it a quick blow. the garage, easier than sweeping. Leaf blowers have multi uses. Thanks for the infor on leaf blowers. Peace :) I rate up and all the other stuff...besides funny.