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Interesting Facts About a Leaf Blower

What is a Leaf Blower?

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.


What is a Leaf Blower?

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.​

Impact on The Environment​

Facts about leaf blowers

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.

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How A Leaf Blower Should Be Used​

Here are some tips on how a leaf blower should be used:

  • Leaf blowers should be kept away from children.
  • The leaf blower should not be pointed in the direction of people or pets.
  • Care should be taken to ensure that bystanders are at least 50 feet away.
  • Leaf blowers should not be used by people who are sick or who are on medication.
  • Leaf blowers should not be used indoors.
  • A blower should not be modified in a way not prescribed by an authorized manufacturer.
  • Leaf blowers should not be operated while standing on a ladder, rooftop, tree, or any other unstable surface.
  • The person operating the blower should never smoke.
  • Store fuel in a well-ventilated area.
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Users of Leaf Blowers should be dressed safely

  • Hearing protection should be worn while using a leaf blower. Ear plugs or earmuffs are appropriate.
  • Goggle should be worn to meet eye protection standards.
  • Heavy-duty work gloves that are no slipping should be worn.
  • Sturdy protective clothing should be worn.Loose clothes should not be worn.
  • Long hair should be tied.
  • Long pants and long sleeved shirts should be worn to protect the legs and arms.
  • Sturdy shoes should be worn.
  • A respirator or a dust mask should be worn.
  • Gases should be carefully handled.
  • The appropriate kind of fuel/oil mix should be used.

​Types of Leaf Blowers

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.

​Electric Leaf Blowers

  • They are light in weight as the power used to run them comes from electricity, the weight of the fuels to be carried within the blower like in the gas blower is reduced and thus making the electric leaf blowers light weighted.
  • Electric leaf blowers are noiseless. The electric motors used to run the blowers is not at all noisy and thus, there are no unpleasant noises while operating them.
  • They need very little maintenance. The only attention an electric leaf blower needs is proper cleaning after every use.
  • They are more user friendly as one doesn’t need to fill them with gas or oil.

Gas Leaf Blowers

  • The gas leaf blower is more affordable than the electric one.
  • You can carry it anywhere you want without a wire restricting its movements. So, you can carry them across a large garden.
  • The gas-powered leaf blower enables you to use it according to your needs. It comes with controls that can allow you to regulate the power the way you want.

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.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

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.

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