Walk Behind Leaf Blower Buying Guide

How To Pick The Perfect Walk Behind Blower

By  | Leaf Blower Product Expert

When you've got a large property, you need some assistance.

That doesn't mean you should hire a lawn care crew.

But it means you might need to bring out the big guns to get your jobs done.

The pinnacle of performance and power for leaf removal is a walk-behind leaf blower.

These big hoss blowers will eradicate every last leaf on your lawn in no time.

Directional Blower
Blower Hand ControlsIn the past, walk-behind leaf blowers could only blow debris in one direction, which was fine for sidewalks. However, if you wanted to blow debris along a wall or building, it wouldn't do you much good.

Look for a walk-behind leaf blower with directional controls so you can aim where you want to blow the leaves and debris. Some models have hand-control features mounted right to the handle so, like a snow blower, you can change your blowing direction without breaking stride.

Leaf Blower Swivel WheelLike a push mower, all walk-behind blowers are on wheels, but that doesn't mean they're all the same. Look for a model with large rear wheels, which will maneuver across rough terrain with ease.

Another feature to look for is a front swivel wheel, which makes steering the blower much easier. Think about it. Vacuums only have straight-set wheels. Turning them can be a pain. However, with a swivel wheel in front, turning is a cinch.

Choosing a Grade

Entry Level Walk-Behind BlowerEntry Level
If you're looking to try a walk-behind leaf blower for non-commercial use, entry-level models will offer you the added power of a walk-behind leaf blower at a lower cost than the commercial-grade. The engines in entry-level models will not be as powerful as those in commercial grade models, but will still have significantly more power than a hand-held blower.

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Mid-Grade Leaf BlowerMid Grade
If the entry level walk-behind blowers don't quite have the power you're looking for, you may wish to try a mid-grade walk-behind leaf blower. A mid-grade will give you more power than the entry level, but with a some additional "bells and whistles" and in some cases a bit more power.

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Semi-Pro Walk-Behind Leaf BlowersSemi-Pro
Semi-pro walk-behind leaf blowers are about the most you should ever need for non-commercial use. This is for the person with lots of trees. If your lot finds itself covered in a thick wet blanket of leaves that require serious effort to move, this will do the trick! Semi-Pro grade means you have the power and features to move leaves with force and accuracy. This is the level at which you'll see Remote Chute Deflector Control for changing the direction of the blower without interruption.

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Commercial GradeCommercial Grade
So, you must be running a landscaping business? The commercial grade walk-behind leaf blower is for continuous, heavy use on large properties. Like the Semi-Pro grade, the Commercial Grade walk-behind blowers can also move heavy blankets of leaves with ease, and sport features like Remote Chute Deflector Control for uninterrupted operation. However, commercial grade is designed to stand up to the most wear and tear. While a semi-pro model can handle 8 hours of continuous use a couple of days a week, the commercial grade models are designed for uninterrupted use for 8 hours per day, 7 days a week.

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