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Thoughts on a gas/battery leaf blower, which one to get?

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Thoughts on a gas/battery leaf blower, which one to get?

I've already got a corded one, but the cord is a hassle. I'd like to get a battery or gas powered one. Which is most eco friendly? Which is the most powerful battery one. I'd like comments from owners as well as to their performance and longevity.

Obviously, best value is a big consideration. :)

Thanks in advance for your time.
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sam123 wrote: I've already got a corded one, but the cord is a hassle. I'd like to get a battery or gas powered one. Which is most eco friendly? Which is the most powerful battery one. I'd like comments from owners as well as to their performance and longevity.

Obviously, best value is a big consideration. :)

Thanks in advance for your time.
Run time is your main concern. If you run more then 20 minutes on max speed, get gas. Otherwise take battery.
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EGO is the best in battery powered, I recently added all there tools to my collection after doing a lot of research, its pricey though but worth it !
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What are you blowing, and why?

Rake?
Corn broom?

I don't have a blower.
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theposter wrote: Run time is your main concern. If you run more then 20 minutes on max speed, get gas. Otherwise take battery.
Interesting, any brand or specific unit that you'd recommend?
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Nothing is on sale at the moment. But I would stay away with MTD, Black and Decker, and low end Ryobi Blowers.
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rkjredflag wrote: What are you blowing, and why?

Rake?
Corn broom?

I don't have a blower.
Agreed. What is the point of these things?
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I have a gas leaf blower for several years now, great power, but very loud and smelly. (never used it much, too much hassle starting it up)

Since I already own the Kobalt 40-volt lawnmower and weed wacker, the cordless leaf blower only made sense. Very happy with it so far with enough power for my needs. 5 year warranty is a nice bonus. I used the $10 sign up coupon to bring the price down to $49.99.

https://www.lowes.ca/leaf-blowers/kobal ... 03256.html
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Use a rake.
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Get a leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher instead

After you blow them into a pile, then suck it and it mulches. Into its collector bag

Reducing the volume by 40-50% or more. Then dump into the brown bags. So much better
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Copper1212 wrote: Agreed. What is the point of these things?
Leaf blowers aren't just for leaves. For example, I'd like to see you clean a shop vac filter or dry your vehicle after washing with a corn broom or rake.
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sam123 wrote: .... I'd like to get a battery or gas powered one. Which is most eco friendly?
At least one local government around here is giving consideration to banning gas powered leaf blowers, at least ones used by homeowners.

Not necessarily from an eco point of view but based purely on the noise level and the annoyance factor for neighbours and the community at large.

All to do with human flourishing and liveable cities.

For professional yard care companies there would need to be exemptions and/or a phase-in period.

I think it will happen eventually on a broad basis. Something to include in your buying decision when considering return on investment?
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macnut wrote: At least one local government around here is giving consideration to banning gas powered leaf blowers, at least ones used by homeowners.

Not necessarily from an eco point of view but based purely on the noise level and the annoyance factor for neighbours and the community at large.

All to do with human flourishing and liveable cities.

For professional yard care companies there would need to be exemptions and/or a phase-in period.

I think it will happen eventually on a broad basis. Something to include in your buying decision when considering return on investment?
Interesting... I see commercial landscaping companies as the problem. They literally blow debris off their clients property onto the streets, or somewhere else. Time is money.
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MarkL89865 wrote: I see commercial landscaping companies as the problem. They literally blow debris off their clients property onto the streets, or somewhere else.
Yes, indeed! It can be a quite fruitless and self-centered exercise.

At least homeowners with leaf blowers are more inclined to bag or vacuum up what they blow.

The landscape contractors cause more work for local government street maintenance which we all pay for in property taxes/rent.

Wouldn't bother me at all if it was mandated that only battery operated leaf vacs can be used. What do other people think?

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