Using a leaf blower is the ultimate in convenience. Instead of spending time dragging leaves across your lawn with a rake, you can use a powerful air current to push leaves and debris into a pile in a matter of minutes.
If gas fumes and small engine maintenance don't appeal to you, an electric leaf blower might present that convenience in just the package you need.
Handheld electric leaf blowers are available in two styles:
Each style has its benefits. Read on to learn more about what those benefits are and to determine which style is right for you!
Corded electric leaf blowers depend on a power outlet and an extension cord no longer than 100 feet for their power. This makes them an option well suited for small years with few obstacles like bushes and trees that might catch or tangle a cord.
Lightweight and affordable, corded blowers also have the advantage of being able to vacuum leaves up as well as push them around. For the most versatility, look for a two-in-one leaf blower/vacuum model.
Due to limitations on battery power, you won't find cordless electric leaf blowers that also function as leaf vacuums. However, what battery-powered leaf blowers lack in versatility, they make up for with the freedom to take your leaf blower anywhere on your property without being restricted by a power cord.
Today's cordless leaf blowers are powerful; many are capable of producing an air flow volume (measured in CFM) on par with handheld gas leaf blowers. When comparing products, be sure to compare both the run times and the battery charging times of different cordless blower models to ensure that you get the right blower for the work you plan to do.