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March 23, 2018 | Power Equipment & Tools Reviews

What Is the Best Gas Leaf Blower to Buy 2018?

What Is the Best Gas Leaf Blower to Buy 2018?

While rakes are definitely more friendly for the environment, it takes plenty of time to get rid of debris in streets and gardens. That is why leaf blowers, which were invented as far back as the 1950s, still gain their popularity and, thus, receive technical improvements and modernizations every year. By now, such blowers are an inherent gardening tool, and it is possible to find models with different strengths, weight, and ways to use. A range of manufacturers varies as well. However, it’s mainly power type that makes the most difference, and there is a permanent competition of gas vs electric engines for leaf blowers.

Who Makes the Best Gasoline Leaf Blower and Where to Buy It

Gas powered blowers have got a significant advantage over electric ones: they are usually more powerful and need no infrastructure which allows to use them anywhere. In spite of the noise and air pollution, gasoline leaf blowers are more popular and in demand, as they can work for a long time and a cord is not needed, while electric models are either dependent on electricity network or have a limited operation time due to battery capacity.

What is also great about gas-powered leaf blowers is a number of models and manufacturers. The most popular gasoline based leaf blower manufacturers are Stihl, Husqvarna, Hitachi, Makita, Echo, Craftsman, etc. Stihl also has a wide range of electric leaf blowers as well as Worx, Greenworks, Echo and other manufacturers. This type of equipment is now available on the Internet which is quite convenient for comparing features and prices, but unfortunately, it is impossible to try it yourself and define whether it will be convenient to work with the tool, so local gardening shops and supermarkets are also an option. It is crucial to buy from a reliable retailer or dealer which provides warranty, as you might need some maintenance. Warranty terms usually depend on the manufacturer and might include some special conditions, like using special petrol and type of usage. If you are an experienced user and suppose that you can deal with the tool on your own, you might save some money by purchasing a leaf blower with a shorter warranty period.

How to Choose a Leaf Blower Vacuum

There are several parameters which help to identify the best leaf blower vacuum for each customer. They are the following:

  • Powerfulness. It might be measured in miles per hour and in cubic feet per minute. The first characteristic is responsible for the strength of wind flow: the more MPH a leaf blower has, the heavier things it can deal with. MPH might vary from under 130 to more than 230. CFM defines the size of the area a leaf blower can cover, which is responsible for how fast an area would be cleaned;
  • The type of engine which is appropriate. It is not logical to buy a gasoline leaf blower if electric energy is cheaper for you, and there is no need to clean large territories, while the best way for those gardeners who permanently need to cope with leaves and must go far away is just a gas blower.
  • Weight. Taking into account the presence of tank in the blowers which work from fuel makes them bigger and heavier than electric wired ones. And the volume of the tank is important for productivity, so it is logical to expect a powerful leaf blower to be bigger than a less strong one.
  • The number of settings. Contemporary leaf blowers and vacuums are produced with a number of settings which makes it easier to improve the cleaning process and quickly adjust the tool to the conditions.
  • Price. There are various prices for this kind of equipment which vary from several hundreds of dollars to several dozens. Of course, a good tool made of high-quality materials can’t cost $10, but it is possible to purchase one for reasonable money. Also, the presence of various modes greatly influences the price.
  • The convenience of use. It is important to find the machine which will be ideal for you to use, especially to hold, as you will need to spend a sufficient amount of time dealing with leaves in some seasons. Apart from hand-held models, there are backpacks and even wheeled ones for really wide areas.
  • Noise. As far as the tool might provide high levels of noise, you need either to buy special headphones or choose a model with low noise levels.

To choose an ideal model which would work for you for many years, you need to decide which characteristics are the most important and which ones you might neglect. Thus, when you choose a leaf blower with a vacuum function, it’s clear that it is a bit more expensive than a corresponding model without it. However, vacuums allow gathering garbage into a sack at once which would save your time and optimize the cleaning process.

It must be noted that gasoline leaf blowers are seldom in stock and cost twice more than electric equivalents. The most popular electric models which are equipped with vacuum function are BLACK+DECKER BV5600, Toro 51619 Ultra Blower/Vac, WORX WG505 TriVac Delux Blower, GreenWorks 24322 G-MAX 40V. The most popular gas powered vacuum model is considered to be Husqvarna 125BVx 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Blower/Vac. Nevertheless, the first place for vacuum function is given to wheeled vacuums and even lawn tractors gathering debris from the garden. It is evident as they feature large bags for keeping leaves and are easy to push around. Wheeled vacuums are produced by such famous companies as Worx, Troy and Cub Cadet.

Best Models Under $200 and Under $100

While there are lots of gardening monsters which cost up to $6,000 (of course, they are mainly wheeled, although you can find enough of handheld ones costing around $500), ordinary customers who buy the tool for personal use can’t afford such expensive machines. Average prices for frequently purchased models range from $300 and lower. Let’s consider the best affordable leaf blowers among gas powered ones:

Makita BHX2500CA Blower

Engine 24.5 CC
Weight 9.8 lbs
Air Volume 356 CFM
Air Speed 145 MPH

This leaf blower is easy to handle and maintain due to the special 4-stroke engine. It goes with a long round pipe and double filter which can be easily cleaned. Although the warranty is only 1 year, it has ordinary regulations, and you can return the blower within 30 days from the moment of purchase if you are not satisfied. It costs $190 but is fuel effective and environmentally friendly.

Makita BHX2500CA Leaf Blower

Tanaka TRB24EAP Handheld Leaf Blower

Engine 24.5 CC
Weight 8.6 lbs
Air Volume 441 CFM
Air Speed 170 MPH

This blower is produced by Hitachi and is a more powerful tool than the previous one. However, it is not available for international shipping. The warranty from the company is seven years for consumers. The price is around $150. There is also a vacuum capable version, but it is more expensive – about $220, weighs 10 lbs and features 180 MPH and 393 CFM.

Hitachi Tanaka TRB24EAP Blower

Echo PB-250LN Handheld Gas Blower

Engine 25.4 CC
Weight 9.4 lbs
Air Volume 391 CFM
Air Speed 165 MPH

It is a well-designed Japanese leaf blower which costs $180. It goes with a good set consisting of pipes and oil and powerhead, but its body is plastic. Unfortunately, the model can’t suck in leaves.

Echo PB 250LN Blower

Husqvarna 952711925 125B Handheld Blower

Engine 28 CC
Weight 9.4 lbs
Air Volume 425 CFM
Air Speed 170 MPH

 

The blower has brilliant ergonomic construction to decrease the load on the wrist when the tool is on. Thus, despite being a bit heavy, it doesn’t feel so. The model is not pricy – $148, but it is not vacuum-capable. The equal model, but more expensive one is Husqvarna 125BV, which features nearly the same characteristics, but costs about $40 more.

Husqvarna 125B Blower

 Remington RM2BV Ambush Gas Leaf Blower

Engine 27 CC
Weight 12.58 lbs
Air Volume 450 CFM
Air Speed 205 MPH

 

A powerful tool which is provided with vacuum function. And it can be bought only for $145. The drawback is its weight. Though it is really heavy to hold, it has throttle with cruise control and is supposed to be the best petrol blower for the money.

Remington RM2BV Leaf Blower

Troy-Bilt EC 4-Cycle Leaf Blower

Engine 25 CC
Weight 14 lbs
Air Volume 450 CFM
Air Speed 150 MPH

The blower is extremely heavy, but it goes with the vacuum function, however, the vacuum kit must be purchased separately. The leaf blower has jump-start technology, 4-cycle hazel and extended nozzle. The price is not low – around $190. While the manufacturer pleads the blower is made from good materials and the price is comparably high, there are ambiguous reviews.

Leaf Blower - Troybilt TB4HB

Stihl BG 55C

Engine 27.2 CC
Weight 9 lbs
Air Volume 418 CFM
Air Speed 143 MPH

 

This leaf blower is remarkable for its light weight combined with high productivity which is achieved through the amazing combination of nozzle length and width, ergonomics and other parameters.

Stihl BG 55 C Blower

There are even more affordable leaf blowers with prices under $100. The best ones include the following:

Hitachi RB24EAP Handheld Leaf Blower

Engine 23.9 CC
Weight 8.6 lbs
Air Volume 441 CFM
Air Speed 170 MPH

 

An excellent cheap variant with great qualities and lightweight. Although it can suck in leaves, it’s convenient to use and the manufacturer gives 7 years of warranty. As for disadvantages, it is noisy, and you need to choose good fuel to avoid the necessity to repair.

Hitachi RB24EAP

Weed Eater FB25

Engine 25 CC
Weight 8.1 lbs
Air Volume 290 CFM
Air Speed 170 MPH

 

It costs only $95 but is extremely light and rather powerful. If you use 2 cycle oil for it and utilize it in a careful way, it will work for a long time. However, you must store it appropriately to save plastic details, as the brand is not widespread, and it might be challenging to find a maintenance center which would accept the warranty.

Weed-Eater-FB25

Rating: Most Powerful Handheld Leaf Blower or Backpack

If you want the strongest tool which will be possible to use anywhere, it is worth paying attention to the following backpack models:

Husqvarna 350BT Gas Backpack Blower

Engine 50 CC
Weight 22.5 lbs
Air Volume 494 CFM
Air Speed 250 MPH

 

This leaf blower is a nightmare for weeds, fallen leaves, and other rubbish. It is convenient to carry as the tank is situated in the backpack together with the powerful engine. There is a hip belt to spread the load in a right way. The blower is designed not to cause damage to the environment and to reduce the vibration in your hand to the minimum. The price is about $300, but it is worth the money in spite of the absence of the vacuum unit.

Husqvarna H210 Leaf Blower

Makita BBX7600N

Engine 75.6 CC
Weight 22.6 lbs
Air Volume 526 CFM
Air Speed 195 MPH

The backpack works thanks to a 4-stroke engine which explains its high CFM numbers. It is a bit heavy but convenient to carry. The manufacturer provides two years of warranty and good customer service. However, if you use appropriate gas and follow the manual, it won’t be necessary. The only disadvantage is its price – $745. It is one of the most expensive backpack options.

Makita BBX7600N Blower

Poulan Pro PR48BT

Engine 48 CC
Weight 22 lbs
Air Volume 475 CFM
Air Speed 200 MPH

Poulan Pro Sl640 Backpack Blower

Comparing it with the previous one, the cost is as low as $180. This gas-powered backpack blower is a little uncomfortable due to its back frame structure. It is supplied with a 2-stroke engine and needs good gas as it might be challenging to contact the company to get the tool under warranty fixed.

Troy-Bilt TB4BP EC

Engine 32 CC
Weight 21 lbs
Air Volume 500 CFM
Air Speed 150 MPH

This 4-stroke engine backpack is equipped with JumpStart technology which means you just need to push a button to start the blowing process. It’s outstanding thanks to its low levels of noise pollution and weight.

Troy Bilt TB4BP EC BackPack Blower

Ideal Leaf Blower for You

The initial step in choosing an excellent leaf blower is to define the necessary features. It is important to decide how much you are ready to spend as there are various prices, which you can see from the descriptions above. The thing is that even top-rated leaf blowers for leaves may not fit you because of weight, handle type or other reasons which might be not so crucial for other users. It is also impossible to count out the productivity relying on the figures. Thus, if you want to purchase a leaf blower, research carefully and then go and try one.