Best Leaf Blower

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DEWALT DCBL772X1 Blower

  • Impressive 600 CFM at 125 MPH
  • 60 Volt electric motor
  • 3 Ah lithium-ion battery and charger included in the purchase

DeWalt is one of the best-known brands in the power tool industry. This includes a wide range of battery-powered tools and appliances. Like the DeWalt DCBL772X1 60 Volt electric leaf blower which includes a 3 Ah lithium-ion battery and a charger in the purchase. This batter is also compatible with many other battery-powered devices in their line. This adds to the value for people who have brand loyalty toward the DeWalt line of battery-powered tools.

The DeWalt DCBL772X1 and move an impressive 600 CFM of air at up to 125 MPH. Technically, this is very strong for a battery-powered electric leaf blower. It was designed with variable speed controls as well as a “Speed Lock” cruise control feature. A single full battery charge has a maximum runtime of up to 30-minutes, and the 3Ah lithium-ion battery in 30 to 45 minutes.

Sun Joe does their best to infuse their product line with innovation as well as the kind of value that is appealing to people who are working with a limited budget. The Sun Joe SBJ597E-SJB has a corded 6-Amp electric motor that can move a 260 CFM air volume at a very brisk 155 MPH

Yet this little leaf blower only weighs in at 3.9 pounds. Which means it’s going to wear out your arm or shoulder while still providing you with the power to tackle the leave in a small yard or blow away grass clippings after you are done cutting the grass. All at a price that won’t leave you with “Buyer’s Remorse.”

The was designed to appeal to professional lawn care companies as well as homeowners who prioritize high-quality lawn care equipment. This backpack leaf blower has a 50.2cc 2-cycle gasoline engine designed with Husqvarna’s proprietary X-TORQ technology and a special air purge feature.

These characteristics make it easy to start, as well as improve fuel efficiency by up to 20%. At the same time, it also reduces exhaust emissions by up to 60%.

All this power gives the Husqvarna 150BT the ability to move air volume of up to 434 CFM at an incredibly fast 251 MPH velocity. This gives it the power to blow away leaves, light lawn debris, grass clippings, and even mulch.

The Husqvarna 150BT has a padded back panel on the backpack with padded, adjustable shoulder straps. It’s also been engineered to minimize the amount of vibration that is transferred from the engine to the operator.

How We Picked

There are a lot of different takes on the leaf blower concept. Some even include vacuum features that suck in and grind up leaves and small pieces of lawn debris. The best way to filter out the wide range of leaf blower options is to break them down by the benefits of gasoline or electricity.

Gasoline and electric leaf blowers both have their own strengths and weaknesses. This makes the power source a good starting point for filtering your options. With both, we tried to narrow the field with respect to the factors that make them attractive.

With a gasoline-powered blower, you have the luxury of power, which translates into the ability to move a higher volume of air at a greater speed. This is often represented by CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) over 250 and MPH (Miles Per Hour) air velocity over 130. Which is the sort of numbers you need to do things like move light mulch, thick piles of leaves and clumps of grass clippings.

Of course, all this power also means that gasoline engines weigh nearly double or more than their electric counterparts. Most also have 2-cycle engines that need mixed gas at a specific ratio. If you get it wrong and the fuel is too lean, it can score the piston or cause overheating issues. If it’s too rich with oil it can cause excessive smoking, gum up the carburetor or severely affect the spark plug’s performance.

Electric leaf blowers tend to have lesser CFM and MPH ratings. Though there are some high-quality units that have surprising power for their size. Electric leaf blowers also tend to be much lighter. They also don’t produce any noxious exhaust. Not to mention the maintenance needs of an electric leaf blower are next to none.

Unfortunately, corded electric leaf blowers are limited by the extension cord. Which is usually 50-feet or less. Battery-powered leaf blowers have a better range for a large yard, but limited run time. To try to help get around this problem, we tried to keep an eye out for battery-powered leaf blowers by popular manufacturers who offered other tools that used the same interchangeable batteries.

We also tried to keep in mind that there are leaf blowers that also have a lawn vacuum mulcher function built into them. A fair number of these also have accessory gutter cleaning devices that are an extra purchase but will also spare you the risk of climbing up a wobbly ladder.

One of the biggest benefits of a mulcher/vac function is that the leaves and small pieces of lawn debris are sucked up and ground into bits by an internal auger. It’s then deposited in a storage bag, that you can either add to your compost pile or condense into a yard waste bag.

Some of the better-designed blower/mulcher/vacuums can reduce leaves down at a 16:1 ratio. Meaning what would normally fill 16 standard yard waste bags can be reduced down into one, by reducing the air space.

The counterpoint against leaf blowers with a mulcher/vac feature is that the suction is sometimes strong enough to suck up something large and hard, which can jam the internal auger or damage it. So, we tried to look for mulcher/vac leaf blowers that had a metal auger which significantly reduces jams and risk of internal damage.

Poulan Pro PR48BT, 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Backpack Leaf Blower

Poulan Pro PR48BT, 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Backpack Leaf Blower

Specs:

  • 48 cc 2-cycle gasoline engine
  • 475 CFM
  • 200 MPH
  • Variable speed control trigger
  • Cruise control
  • Weighs 22-pounds
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • 2-year warranty coverage

Poulan Pro is one of the most trusted names in lawn care appliances, tools, and equipment. They have both gas and electric powered leaf blowers. The Poulan Pro PR48BT gets its power from a 48 cc 2-cycle gasoline engine that needs a 50:1 mix ratio.

Poulan Pro PR48BT

The Poulan Pro PR48BT blows at up to 200 MPH with 475 CFM of force. This is more than enough to move a substantial pile of leaves, blow away grass clippings, and even send stray wood chips back into their landscaping bed after a storm.

Poulan Pro PR48BT

The backpack itself weighs just a little over 20-pounds and has adjustable padded straps for superior comfort. The control handle is designed for ergonomic comfort and has a variable speed trigger. There’s also a cruise control feature that lets you see one specific speed and maintain it without having to constantly squeeze down on the trigger. This is a great feature for big jobs like clearing away grass clippings on a large yard.

Poulan Pro PR48BT in the garden

Poulan Pro backs this gas-powered leaf blower with a 2-year warranty.