Autumn is a beautiful time of year.
Falling leaves, pumpkin pie, pick-up football games.
That's if you don't spend all Fall raking.
Around 10 lbs. with blowing speeds up to 170 mph, leaf blowers can wrangle errant leaves in a hurry.
Do yourself a favor - ditch the rake and enjoy the season.
Blower & Vacuum
Some of the gas leaf blowers we carry double as leaf vacuums as well. This allows for more versatility and functionality.
The vacuum capability allows you to turn up to 16 bags of leaves down to one bag of mulch for easy disposal.
Look for a model with tool-less conversion, so you can quickly and easily turn your blower into a vac.
2-Cycle vs 4-Cycle Engines
2-cycle engines require a mixture of gas and oil in the fuel tank. Also known as 2-stroke engines, this type of engine is lighter and simpler to maintain than a 4-cycle engine.
2-cycle engines also have the potential to pack about twice the power into the same space as a 4-cycle engine. This combination of light weight and twice the power gives 2-cycle engines a great power-to-weight ratio compared to 4-cycle engines. This makes a
2-cycle engine an ideal solution for powering a handheld gas leaf blower.
Models with 4-cycle engines are very similar to the car you drive – gas goes in the fuel tank and oil goes into the crankcase. They work in the same manner as a car engine as well. They are more fuel efficient than a 2-cycle engine, so you get more “mileage” out of every tank of gas when using your 4-cycle leaf blower.
A 4-cycle engine also has the capability to produce more power overall than a 2-cycle engine does, although this will result in a
larger engine in terms of size and weight, which may not be a
good thing if you’re lugging the leaf blower around all day.
Due to pollution issues in its state, the California Air Resource Board has enacted legislation which requires small engines meet emissions standards. Lawn tools such as leaf blowers fall under this regulation.
If you live in California, make sure you choose a CARB-compliant leaf blower. While older blowers had developed a bad reputation for
their emissions, CARB-compliant models are more efficient and run
cleaner. They will, however, still emit some pollutants.