Gas Handheld Leaf Blower Buying Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Gas Handheld Leaf Blower

By  | Leaf Blower Product Expert

Let's face it, raking is no fun! It's tiring and takes way too long to finish.

Most of us would rather speed up the process of cleaning leaves and save time and energy.

Gas handheld leaf blowers offer both power and maneuverability to speed up the process and help you clean leaves from tight spaces with ease.

Blower & Vacuum
leaf blower vacSome 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 Leaf Blower2-cycle engines require a mixture of gas and oil in the fuel tank. Also known as 2-stroke engines, these are lighter and simpler to maintain than a 4-cycle engine.

2-cycle engines can also produce twice the power as a 4-cycle engine, giving them a greater power-to-weight ratio compared to 4-cycle engines. This makes a 2-cycle engine an ideal solution for powering a handheld leaf blower.

4- cycle engines work similarly to a vehicle engine. Gas goes in the fuel tank and oil goes in the crankcase. They are more fuel efficient than a 2-cycle engine, so you get more “mileage” out of every tank of gas, and you don't have to mess with mixing gas and oil.4 cycle Leaf Blower

A 4-cycle engine has the potential to produce more power than a 2-cycle engine, but will require an increase in the size of the engine. Larger engines may be undesirable, given the extra weight you'll be carrying.

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.CARB Compliant blower

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.


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