Makita Leaf Blowers ~ Life Extenders
How To Make Clean-up A Breeze With Makita Leaf Blowers
A gas blower may not be the sexiest of the garden tools in the shed, but it is one of the most useful. And, let's face it, when that blower does not start, life can get pretty miserable. In addition, Makita is not the first name one usually thinks of when it comes to gas powered leaf blowers. But this tool is special, and in this lens, I will share my story with you. It's the story about how I came to love this 4-cycle leaf blower.
That's me on the left, and as you can see from the photo, I am no spring chicken. I have had my share of cheap, unreliable lawn and garden equipment. And so it was with my highly rated, not so cheap gas powered blower. When it would start no more, and I had used the broom one too many times, it was time to get a better tool, one that would start without wearing me out before the work began.
I began my search for the best tool I could afford. The key is "I could afford." I did not have the cash to go for a $400 or $500 yard tool, but I was determined to do the research and get the right tool, knowing it would cost me more than that piece of junk that was taking up space in my garage.
To be totally honest, this is more of a testimonial than a review. It is very true and heartfelt. However, since I took a long time in deciding which tool to buy, I am going to include a list of tools that came in close to the top of my findings during the research stage of my purchase.
Note: I feel like an explanation for the title is in order. Since my old gas blower would not start without much effort, I think the Makita tool has literally saved me from physical harm and possible medical problems, that would shorten my life or at least my yard keeping capabilities.
Top 5 Reasons For Owning A Great Leaf Blower
Does 4-cycle mean anything to ya?
So, this is kind of like the top-10 list on late night TV. It's in reverse, from last to first. "Are you ready, Paul?"
- #5 - It is economical - (according to the manufacturer literature) the 4 cycle engine is fuel efficient. While I have not personally run a fuel test, I can concur with the comments from online forums and sales sites that my blower runs longer than my former 2 cycle Echo on a tank of oil free gas.
- #4 - It is efficient - I have to admit, I am a bit OCD about reading Amazon reviews before buying a new tool or product. I always look at the 5-star and 1-star reasons folks give when commenting. The Makita 4-cycle leaf blower had more comments for its efficiency than any other tool I looked at. My own experience totally confirms this. I have never had buyer's remorse about this purchase.
Another benefit in the "ease of use" category is that there is no gas and oil to mix. "No muss, no fuss." Just put in regular gas and go.
- No mixing gas... Sign me up!
- #3 - It is good for the environment - this is undeniably the top reason many buyers look for 4-cycle engines. There are no smelly fumes from burning a gas-oil mixture. Plus, it seems to be quieter than the other blowers around my house (could be my imagination because I like this machine so much).
- #2 - It is easy to use - in the intro to this article, I alluded to the fact that I am getting up there in years. I can't pull and pull on a starter cord for half an hour trying to start any lawn tool, which is what was happening with my old blower. This tool has started on the first or second pull - every time - since I purchased it 3 seasons ago.
- The Number 1 Reason For Owning A Great Leaf Blower - It makes you look good - I am the talk of the neighborhood when I am cleaning up my yard in the fall or after mowing in the summer. Check out the photo below, and you will see why. (it's a joke, but it is definitely me.)
We all love this gas leaf blower!
I can't pass up the opportunity to get my camera out. Sorry :-)
Starts Sooo Easily
The Good, and The Bad
The Truth.. "Honest Injun"
This is a fantastic tool for a homeowner. It will blow away whatever you need blown. In my research, I didn't spend a lot of time looking at wind speed or volume of air moved. What I looked at are other guys like myself who used it and what they had to say about it.
The Makita BHX2500 has the best customer rating on Amazon for gas blowers.. period. The only complaints I have heard are from commercial landscapers who use their tools every day all day. And, while the title includes the word "commercial blower", I would have to lay out more money to get a different tool if I was in business as a landscaper or lawn maintenance.
Personally, I have been using this blower for 3 years now. That's a long time, right? And I have had only one small problem, which could have been a big problem.
I did not check the oil for too long, and the engine ran dry. I heard a funny sound and immediately stopped the engine and took it to my local repair guy. When he told me there was no oil, I was scared and embarrassed. Scared because I thought I had destroyed my tool, and embarrassed because I know better.
The result was not disastrous, thankfully. He filled the oil reservoir, and I have been using it for almost a year now with no problem.
So, here are the three things I have had to get used to about this Makita blower.
#1 - You must check the oil regularly. While this does not sound like much (and it really is just an annoyance for me), the oil gauge is not as easy to read as a normal dip-stick. It is white plastic, and it's hard to tell where the oil level actually is. I have gotten better at reading it now that I had that little incident.
#2 - The primer bulb is in an awkward place. This, again, is a personal annoyance, and I have gotten more accustomed to it over time, but it is hidden under the engine which makes it harder to see without raising the tool up to eye level. Now that I know where it is, I don't need to raise it up, but it took awhile.
#3 - The air intake sometimes "catches" my pants. Again, this is not a huge problem, just a little annoying. When you hold the blower on your right side, it is easy to have your pant material block the air-intake. It is not so bad that the machine bogs down or stops.. not at all. You just have to hold the tool away from your leg or in your left hand.
Serious About Clean-up? This tool's for you!
Remember what I said at the beginning of this article about a tool "I could afford?" If I could justify it, this is the model I would have bought.
If you really want to get the job done quickly, or you have a large area to service, a backpack blower is way to go. This model has ONLY 5-star user ratings.. my kind of tool!
Helpful Tools To Go With Your Gas Equipment
I really need one of these. I tend to spill gas much more in the past few years if I don't use a funnel.
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Color-coordinated - that's what it's all about!