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How Do I Choose the Best Leaf Blower?

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A leaf blower can be a handy tool for cleaning up a big yard or outdoor area. This appliance comes in many varieties, so it is important to consider the nature of the intended job along with your own physical strength. The most important differentiation is whether the tool is gas or electric. A gas unit is more powerful, but is also rather loud and emit exhaust fumes. Another consideration when choosing the best leaf blower is whether you prefer a handheld, backpack, or walk-behind style leaf blower, since they can be pretty heavy as well. In addition, consider the warranty before making any purchase.

The first decision when choosing the best leaf blower is whether you want gas or electric. Gas powered leaf blowers are the most powerful and generally the best choice for clearing larger areas, since they are cordless. They are also pretty heavy, though, and require regularly caring for the engine. Moreover, they emit exhaust fumes, which some people find unpleasant, and tend to be the loudest. Electric leaf blowers, on the other hand, are generally slightly quieter and lighter because they do not have the engine or gas tank adding to the weight.

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When selecting the best leaf blower in the electric category, it will be necessary to decide between corded or cordless varieties. Corded are more powerful, but you will be limited by the length of the cord. Cordless models can reach further, but they require the battery to be charged, and may not be able to handle a very large yard on one battery charge. On the plus side, they do not emit exhaust fumes, so they are better for the environment. In addition to these factors, consider style as well when choosing the best leaf blower.

The most common leaf blowers are simple handheld models. These can be heavy, but are the easiest to find in both gas and electric varieties. Backpack models allow the engine and gas tank, to be strapped to the user's back, with the blower itself held in the hands. These are a bit more powerful as well, and are easier to carry, but may be more expensive. Finally, walk-behind models are the most powerful, styled similarly to a lawnmower, and can be a great choice for people who have trouble holding a heavy power tool -- but they are also the most expensive option by a large margin. The best leaf blower for you will be based on your specific needs, preferences, and the size of your property.

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