A leaf blower is a tool for gardening that gives out air in high velocity to blow away grass cuttings or leaves. A leaf blower is usually powered by gasoline or electric motors. These gasoline models usually contain two-stroke engines. Recently four-stroke engines have been introduced to address the concerns expressed by environmentalists.
Leaf blowers are usually handheld units that are self-contained, or can be mounted in a backpack with a handheld wand. The one that can be mounted in a backpack is more suitable for prolonged use or is more ergonomic.
Large leaf blowers sometimes are rested on wheels and are used as a propulsion motor. These are also referred to as "walk behind leaf blowers" since they need to be pushed by hand to be operated.
Some leaf blowers can suck leaves along with smaller twigs using a vacuum. It would then shred leaves in a compact bag that comes attached with the blowers.
Other than the basic gardening function, leaf blowers can be used in many amateur construction projects. Since they are both movable and can create wind speeds between 140-270 miles per hour and high air volumes, they can be used in many practical applications.
Gasoline-powered leaf blowers emit out gases that are generally considered a source of air pollution. Also, leaf blowers powered by IC engines are considered to be a source of noise pollution. US emission limits or threshold is for maximum emissions from small leaf blowers.
Along with this, emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons and many more powerful gases emitted by the blowers, the amount of dust caused due to the powerful air that flows in poses a lot of problems to the common man.
Dust clouds that result from leaf blowers contain harmful substances like mold, animal fecal matter and mold that cause allergies, many diseases, and irritation. Noise pollution is a major problem associated with leaf blowers, too. This is because the leaf blowers have high noise levels that are far greater than the threshold prescribed by the US emission standards.
Here are some tips on how a leaf blower should be used:
Leaf blowers are mainly available in 2 types: Gas and Electric. Gas leaf blowers have more mobility than the electric ones due to the absence of the electrical extension cord. But an electric blower doesn’t spit off polluting gases unlike the gas leaf blower.
Below are a few advantages of both the types of leaf blowers to help you choose the right one.
So, keeping in mind these advantages, it can be understood that an electric leaf blower is more suitable for usage over a small area while the gas blower is suitable for larger areas.
Hence, a leaf blower is a handy gardening tool that makes your work easy and handier in order to maintain your garden and blow away the chopped leaves or grasses. Using it makes your gardening easier and simpler.
I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.