10 Best Leaf Blowers in 2017

Don’t wait and start cleaning your backyard today. It doesn’t matter if it springs cleaning or preparation for the winter. But like in everything, for the best results you need the best possible „tool.”

Even when you are a professional who cleans and maintains gardens, backyards or parks, finding the right leaf blower is a must. It is always a difficult choice, the market is huge, and there are a lot of great manufacturers. But, we are here to help you and provide you with all the relevant information.

Our best pick is a gas-powered leaf blower. Reason? They are easy to use, often come in a range of different strength, they work as long as they have their tank filled, and are stronger than electric blowers.

Gas leaf blowers can easily blow away debris off your driveway or out of your garage or clean your backyard from leaves and dirt.

Unlike corded electric models, with this gasoline infused machine, you don’t have to bother with cords (tangling and their short range), and unlike cordless models which last as long as their battery (which is a hassle and just makes things more complicated).  Gas models beat these problems with ease.

Also, the work expectancy of gas-powered leaf blowers is about ten years before they need repair. With proper maintaining, they will last a lifetime.

Experts say that for easy and smooth „blowing” you should use fresh gas/two-cycle oil mixture and follow the instructions (most important of which: regularly change filters and spark plugs) Gas-powered leaf blowers are deafening (unlike corded or battery operated).

But many manufacturers are doing everything they can to solve this problem. When making a choice of which leaf blower to buy, there are several important traits you need to pay attention to your tool must be constructed of high-quality parts, have a good sweeping ability and, maybe most important of all, must be easy to use.

1. Makita BHX2500CA Hanadheld Blower

Makita handheld blower complete review.

This product is ideal for both commercial lawn and garden work, also for any professional work. Makita’s 4-Stroke engine is designed to achieve best fuel efficiency. Also, one of the amazing things about this machine is that it doesn’t require fuel mix, which significantly reduces emissions over traditional 2-stroke engines. This Makita blower is made for faster and easier starts. It is very light (only 9.8 lbs.) and almost soundless.  Makita allows you to return their products within 30 days as well. That says a lot about their confidence when it comes to their products.

Features & Specifications:

Engine and Fuel – Unlike its predecessor, the older 2-stroke, this BHX2500CA is EPA Phase II CARB III compliant and is a step up in the leaf blower technology. The low compression engine is engineered for easy starting, with an improved configuration for easier maintenance. It has a large fuel tank (17.7 oz) –  so you can work longer. Also, one of the more important features is that this powerful machine doesn’t need fuel mix, so it has significantly lower emissions.

Grip and Vibration – It has a soft grip which provides less vibration, and convenient cruise control lever is there to provide reduced operator fatigue.

Package – One thing that sets apart this product from the others is that it comes with an Extension Pipe, Round End Nozzle, and a Tool Kit. You can do all of your garden/backyard work with just this product!

Pros

Lightweight
Powerful engine
Large tank

Cons

Needs a lot of gas
Pretty expensive to maintain

 
 
 
 

2. Troy-Bilt TB2BV EC 27CC 2-Cycle Gas Leaf Blower

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Troy-Bilt TB2BV EC 27cc 2-Cycle Gas Leaf Blower/Vac with JumpStart Technology and Vacuum Accessory
  • Great for all your yard clean-up, this 2-in-1 machine is both a leaf blower and vacuum
  • Premium 27cc 2-cycle full-crank engine produces air speeds up to 150 mph and 450 cfm for quick and efficient blowing
  • JumpStart-capable engine eliminates the need to pull cord (Engine starter sold separately)

The Troy-Bilt TB2BV EC is made so it can work in all conditions. It’s perfect for all your yard clean-up needs. This 2-in-1 machine is both a leaf blower and a vacuum. As we know, for any leaf blower one of the most important things is the optimization of the right mix of air volume and speed. This product succeeds in that.  A 2-year limited warranty backs the Troy-Bilt Leaf Blower/Vacuum.

Features & Specifications:

Engine – The Troy-Bilt TB2BV features a 27cc 2-cycle engine that can be started quickly with minimizing vibration. The engine is attached to a centrifugal fan, so it can spin at high speed to generate up to 450cfm and 150mph. Air volume and air speed are the perfect combination for controlled leaf and debris blowing, all the while providing you with reduced vibration.

Jumpstart – capable engine eliminates the need to pull cord (engine starter is sold separately). The comfortable handle helps minimize the vibrations of the blower while operating.

Vacuum Kit Included– In addition to smoothly moving leaves and debris, it can collect as well. You can turn the blower into a vacuum for a clean-up of leaves in flower beds and all those hard-to-reach mulching areas. Vacuum bag has a large capacity which is ideal for works during fall.

Extended Output Nozzle – it reduces bending and strain by moving the air closer to the ground.

Pros

Well designed
Ergonomic
Throttle cruise control

Cons

Not for left-hand users
Not so much effective as other models

 
 
 
 

3. HUSQVARNA 125BVX 28CC 2-Cycle Gas Powered Blower

Husqvarna gas powered blower and vacuum review.

Husqvarna is a renowned manufacturer and has an extensive range of quality lawn and garden equipment. The Husqvarna 125BVx is said to be a Revolutionary handheld blower that combines high power with ergonomic design. It is perfect for professional landscape contractors as well as homeowners. The blower tube is engineered to be in line with the handle, minimizing rotational force on the wrist. In comes with a flare nozzle for higher air speed and a vacuum kit.

Features & Specifications:

Powerful Motor – for Robust Blowing Power With its 1.1-horsepower, two-cycle engine and maximum power of 8,000 RPM, this blower can generate wind speeds of up to 170 miles per hour. This motor is fuel-efficient, consumption is around 575 g/kWh. A full tank can last for hours. It also features function that is called cruise -control and its job is to maintain constant fan speed.

Ergonomic Design – the fan housing has been engineered in a way that the air stream is directly in line with the handle. The blowing tube is fully adjustable. To start blower quickly the stop switch automatically returns to the “on” position.

Easy to Operate – Manufacturer designed The engine and starter, so the machine starts quickly and with minimum effort- with resistance in the starter cord reduced for up to 40 percent.

Handle and Air Purge – Easily adjustable soft-grip handle with an air purge function that removes all the air from the carburetor and fuel system for an easier start.

Lawn Vacuum – This blower can operate as a lawn vacuum and comes with a vac bag for collecting debris in vacuum mode. Container capacity is increase when you use the vac capability because the mulching knives reduce the material volume

Pros

Very powerful engine
Perfect for professionals
It’s a both a blower and a vacuum

Cons

Difficult to assemble
Loud

 
 
 
 

4. HUSQVARNA 150BT 50.2CC Gas Backpack Blower

Husqvarna backpack blower full product review.

The Husqvarna 150BT is a commercial blower in the popular 50cc mid-size range featuring the powerful X-Torq engine. To achieve high capacity the controls and the harness are ergonomically designed,

Features & Specifications:

Engine – 50cc engine. The fan is designed so it can deliver high air speed and air flow because this leaf blower has an easy to start the engine with fuel capacity is 42, 27 oz.

Comfort –  Comfortable, ventilated, load-reducing harness with hip belt and wide shoulder straps

CARB Compliant – it has eco friendly generator that doesn’t harm environment. This product have CARB compliant generator which means that follows the rules of CARB (California Air resources Board) in producing cleaner air.

Pros

Powerful and reliable engine
Quiet work
Great backpack with the straps

Cons

Weight
Cruise control throttle

 
 
 
 

5. HUSQVARNA 350BT 1.6 KW 50.2 CC Backpack Leaf Blower 

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Husqvarna 965877502 350BT 1.6 kW 50.2 cc 7500 rpm 180 MPH Backpack Leaf Blower with 2.1 HP X-Torq engine
  • Lightweight blower with integrated back pack harness for landscape professionals as well as homeowners
  • 2.1 HP X-Torq engine reduces harmful exhaust emissions and increase fuel efficiency
  • Comfortable, ventilated and load-reducing harness with hip belt and wide shoulder straps

The Husqvarna 350BT is an innovative lightweight blower that can go on your back with a large landowner in mind. This new 50cc mid-size blower features a new, powerful X-TORQ engine for increased power, better fuel efficiency, and reduced emission. Controls are positioned on the tube.

Features & Specifications:

Strong Blower – With its 2.1-horsepower engine and maximum power speed of 7,500 RPM, this blower can generate wind speeds of up to 180 miles per hour- enough to blow away even the most stubborn yard waste.

Design – Designed with comfort in mind, for hours of use, the 350BT features an integrated harness that’s ventilated and helps reduce load with a hip belt that’s shaped to fit the contours of the operator and wide shoulder straps. Plastic handle that is part of the frame makes this machine perfect for storage. Also, it has a waist belt and hip pads that are very comfortable and help while working.

Tank – Its high-volume 42.27-ounce tank can sustain hours of use. It also features a cruise-control function that maintains a constant fan speed, allowing you to complete big jobs without having to regulate your blower’s speed continuously.

Air Purge – a feature that removes air from the carburetor and fuel system for easier starting.

Warranty – Purchase this Husqvarna handheld item along with three 32oz cans of Husqvarna pre-mix fuel, register your product online, and your consumer warranty will be extended from 2 years to 4 years!

Pros

Relatively quiet while working
Good airflow
Great backpack with the straps

Cons

Not so much power
Big fuel consumption

 
 
 
 

6. Echo PB-250LN Handheld Gas Blower

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Echo PB-250LN Handheld Gas Blower
  • Price For: Each Engine: 2 Stroke Fuel Type: Gas Speed Control: Variable Includes: Powerhead, Pipes, Operators Manual, 2...

This blower is one well-known gas leaf blower.  Works great and is fuel efficient. It is ideal for clearing leaves from the deck and the driveway, as well small parks. But it’s perfect for the smaller jobs around the house. Some users say that this machine feels almost like some electric leaf blowers- light and quiet.

Features & Specifications:

Engine – Great performance is possible because this blower has a 25.4 cc professional-grade, 2-stroke engine. It has gas speed control which makes it easy to use and start

Parts – Powerhead, Pipes, Operators Manual, 2 Stroke Oil Max. It has exclusive curved blower tube which provides rotational control to reduce user fatigue. Grouped controls, including throttle with cruise control. Posi-lock pipes are there for a secure connection.

Air Speed and Air Flow – 165 mph and air flow 391 cm with the fuel tank capacity is 16, 9 oz which is decent. Guaranteed good performance.

Low Noise – 65dB output for noise sensitive environments

Pros

Easy to start
Well balanced
Quiet in a working mode

Cons

Not suitable for large jobs
Small and not so powerful engine

 
 
 
 

7. Ryobi 26CC Gas Handheld Leaf Blower/VAC 

Ryobi ZRRY09050 / ZRRY09056 26cc Gas Handheld Leaf Blower/Vac (Certified Reconditioned)
  • StartEasy advanced starting system
  • This Certified Refurbished product is tested & certified by Ryobi to look and work like-new. The product includes all...
  • Vacuum with 12:1 mulching ratio

This gas leaf blower is a perfect tool for fall clean-up and season-high yard maintenance. It has many amazing features – from variable speed throttle and cruise control to SoundGuard down-the-tube exhaust.  2 Cycle Blower/Vac have a low emission, so yard cleaning is easy and fast. This blower is a factory reconditioned product, which, as the manufacturer explains, means that the product is returned to the manufacturer, who then brings the product back to fully functional condition.

Features & Specifications:

Coverton – you can quickly turn unit into a vacuum and a mulcher

Start – StartEasy advanced starting system

Certified -This Certified Refurbished product is tested & approved by Ryobi to look and work like brand new. The product includes all original accessories and is backed by a 1 Year warranty.

Vacuum Power –  Vacuum with 12:1 mulching ratio

Cruise Control – Variable speed throttle with cruise control

Pros

Very beautiful design
Powerful engine that lasts
Suitable for left and right-handed people

Cons

Starting is a hard process
Needs to use high-quality gas, premixed fuel

 
 
 
 

8. Tanaka Commercial Grade 25CC 1.3 HP TWO-STROKE Gas Powered Handheld Blower With Cruise Control (CARB COMPLIANT) 

This blower is a commercial grade engine with high-volume fan nozzle made for efficient blowing. It is very lightweight, so it’s perfect for longer operating.

Features & Specifications:

Engine – PureFire low emission two-stroke engine technology. Innovative high-volume fan nozzle provides more control for increased blowing efficiency. Cruise control helps to reduce fatigue by allowing you to rest your trigger finger during prolonged operation.

Redesigned –  made with the best strength-to-weight ratio in mind, the new “Inspire” design Tanaka THB-260PF handheld blower features cruise control, soft elastomer grip, and a shredder blade for free vacuum use.  This commercial grade Blower features an innovative high-volume fan nozzle; handheld blower allows you to blow more debris.

Elastomer Grip – also, the THB-260PF comes equipped as standard with cruise control, a soft elastomer grip, and is shredder/vacuum capable.

Pros

Powerful engine, but quiet while working with it
Lightweight
Longer nozzle with fanned tip

Cons

Not an easy starter
Doesn’t come with a leaf bag

 
 
 
 

9. HUSQVARNA 580BTS 75.6CC Gas Powered 2 Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower 

New Husqvarna 580BTS 75.6cc Gas Powered 2 Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower 208 MPH
  • New Husqvarna 580BTS 75.6 cc Backpack Leaf Blower
  • X-Torq Engine - The X-Torq® engine design reduces harmful exhaust emissions by up to 60% and increases fuel efficiency by...
  • Air Injection - Centrifugal air cleaning system removes larger dust and debris particles before reaching the air filter. This...

For those who are willing to pay some extra cash for top-notch quality- this is for you – New Husqvarna 580BTS 75.6 cc Backpack Leaf Blower. Its price is high as it is around 500 US dollars, but some say it is one of the best products out there. It is perfect for big „projects,” and this gas leaf blower is made for professionals. Properly maintained this leaf blower would last a very long time.  It is designed to cope with demanding tasks with ease. It is a perfect combination of a large air flow, high air speed, and a powerful engine.

Features & Specifications:

Engine – X-Torq Engine – The X-Torq® is designed to reduce harmful exhaust emissions by up to 60% and increases fuel efficiency by up to 20%.

Air Injection – Centrifugal air cleaning system removes larger dust and debris particles before they reach the air filter. These results in reduced air filter cleaning and improved engine life.

Air Filter – Commercial Grade Air Filter – The 2-stage intake air filtration ensures long operation periods in dusty conditions

Handles – It has adjustable handles that are made for superior comfort. Not many blowers have this possibility, as it is usually only an optional feature.

Pros

Powerful engine that is very easy to start
Easy to assemble
Control over speed

Cons

It’s a bit on a pricier side
Use a lot of gas while being very heavy and loud

 
 
 
 

10. Remington RM2BV Ambush 27CC 2-Cycle Gas Leaf Blower With Vacuum Accessory

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Remington RM2BV Ambush 27cc 2-Cycle Gas Leaf Blower with Vacuum Accessory
  • 2-in-1 combination blower and vacuum that's great for all your outdoor needs
  • 27cc 2-cycle engine moves air at speeds up to 205 mph and air volume up to 450 cfm for quick and efficient blowing
  • QuickStart technology makes pull starts easier

This gas leaf blower is on the cheaper side (little more than 150 US dollars). But in this case, you get a high-quality gas leaf blower. It is intended for all outdoor needs and has 2-in-1 combination blower and vacuum (especially for dry leaves and sawdust). Manufacturers paid a lot of attention to details, which is always a good thing.

Features & Specifications:

Design – Its 27cc 2-cycle engine moves air at speeds up to 205 mph and has air volume up to 450 cfm.  This blower can corral, vacuum. INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY- has a QuickStart technology, which is crucial. Starting the gas blower is a problem with many blowers, but not with this product. Engineers paid a lot of attention to this and made a particular technology to solve this issue.

Cruise Control – The variable throttle with cruise control provides greater control while using the blower.

Nozzle – Extended output nozzle reaches the ground for easy operation without bending.

Tank – Equipped with a translucent fuel tank for your ease while operating. Not many products have this feature!

Pros

No need for investing a fortune
Vacuum and blower at once
Easy starter

Cons

Weaker engine
Does not come with a shoulder straps

 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find the answers to the most common questions people are asking while buying a leaf blowers.

What are the tips before I start buying?

If someone already used a leaf blower talk to him or her (recommendation is often the best solution). If that’s not a possibility,  you should check online offers. Almost all big manufacturers have great and extensive online offers that include almost all needed information.

Leaf blower, like any operating machine, is something that you will use and operate with your hands, so it is never a bad idea to check some models for yourself in store, to get a feel of them yourself. Some stores provide demo models, so you can even try them out without having to buy them!

Is gas leaf blower safe?

It is vital to follow the instructions while assembling and using this product. Remember that gas leaf blower isn’t a toy and you should be careful, especially while pouring gas.  Also, don’t forget to use leather gloves to decrease vibration that can make your fingers and hand too numb (that is why many manufacturers insist that their model produces the smallest amount of vibration).

Also, it is paramount to wear ear protection, because leaf blowers make noise approximately around 60 to 65 decibel (they are often louder than corded ones for example, because of their powerful engines).  It would be very smart also to wear some eye protection because there are often some leaf particles airborne, or small parts of stones or dirt. Watch your eyes. Always cool the blower before you fill it up with gasoline.

How important is the pipe in leaf blower?

The pipe should be long and round (in some cases you can ask the manufacturer to send you and an extra one, and some leaf blowers regularly come with two or even more pipes), so you can get closer to the ground and pick up all those leaves.

How to choose between professional and non-professional gas leaf blower?

You should always look for exactly what purpose the specific blower is intended. Because products, in general, are targeted towards the residential/consumer user –and they are usually cheaper, light in weight and have a little less power. Most of the time they are of high quality and are very easy to use.

But if you work in a garden often try something for full-time use ( that kind of blowers typically have 65-75cc engines, but the air speed for this blower is very much in line with commercial-grade products). For professionals who do this job for a living, on the market, some blowers are made with reliable engines, large gas tanks, backpacks and vacuum kits. They are often more expensive, then another kind of leaf blowers.

How many types of gas leaf blowers there are?

There are three big groups:

  1. Handheld- very light and are the easiest to use
  2. The combination of blower/vacuum – blow leaves and pile them. They are a bit heavier and harder to assemble and use.
  3. Backpacks for large lots- they are excellent for bigger and harder work. But unfortunately, they are far harder to construct.

Usually, first, one is used for non-commercial use, second for non-commercial and commercial and third for business purposes.

What two types of engine can be found in gas leaf blowers?

  1. The oil is mixed with the gas (a two cycle oil engine).
  2. Because there is no oil reservoir, there is no need to change the oil. It is mixed in – oil goes into the gas.

Note that some manufacturers sell their gas mixture along with their machines – to give the best possible performance.

What gives leaf blower its power?

Leaves are moving because of the air velocity. Air volume (measured in cubic feet per minute) keeps the leaf piles moving over a large area. These two can be in a different ratio, and that will make blower stronger or weaker.

How to start some models?

Many manufacturers are dealing with this problem. Because gas leaf blowers are powered by gasoline, and like any machine, it takes some time to start the engine. Exactly follow the instructions from the manual. Usually, they are 1. Assemble blower if needed, 2.Check for the gas 3.Push fuel primer, 4. Move choke lever, 5. Place unit on the flat surface, 6.Place foot in proper position, 7. Pull Starter cord to start the unit,  8.Slowly move choke lever to correct position, 9. Let the unit run for a couple of minutes before starting to work.

Price vary a lot, how to choose the perfect model?

If you don’t have a big garden or if you are not using it commercially, or you don’t collect leaves so often, you can use a cheaper version, and you will get the job done. There are some great inexpensive models with great engines. Choose one that is easy to handle and assemble.

Can I collect gutter or dirt with leaf blower?

Good news, yes you can! But your gas leaf blower needs some extensions. You just need to buy a special long tube attachment that’s hooked at the end for access to gutters. It doesn’t matter if the vacuum is strong, you cannot use it for that without a specially designed tube. Some manufacturers sell all tubes in one kit, and some sell it separately.

What about warranty?

It goes from 2 to 5 or even ten years. But you should be extra careful because sometimes different parts have a different warranty. When you buy a blower companies like Echo, Ryobi and Hitachi offer you a longer manufacturer warranty. Others like Stihl and Husqvarna extend the warranty if you buy their canned premixed gas or two-cycle oil.

Can I pick up rocks and mudd with my leaf blower?

Before you start cleaning up your garden/backyard etc., you should try to remove all hard and large objects. Not all leaf blowers can move twigs, garden mulch, and landscape rocks. If you don’t watch out, you could potentially damage the impeller. Some blowers are just made from more durable materials than others or have bigger and stronger engine, but that doesn’t mean they can withstand sucking up hard objects. Be careful.

What are the best rated gas leaf blower manufacturers?

Like we said, on the market, there are many manufacturers, and they all offer units with some fine features. But, we can tell you two names that separate themselves from rest. It is Husqvarna and Echo. By carefully observing features and specifications of both manufacturers Husqvarna is a little better leafblower pick.

Reason: many users say that they have the strongest engines, better design and smoother operation than other leaf blowers. Their homeowner warranty is much better than their opposition’s. Also, they often redesign their models or re -brush themes – which means that they try to tend to all problems that their models may have.

Conclusion

Now you have all the proper information to choose the best gas leaf blower on the market. Read and choose wisely.

Gas-powered leaf blowers during the clean up can save you a lot of time. They’re ideal for small jobs too, like blowing debris off your driveway or out of your garage. The amazing thing about gas leaf blower is that in almost every case they prove themselves better than the electric ones.

Also, the ease and convenience of a cordless backpack blower. Some people rent their leaf blowers, but with this range of high quality and available leaf blowers, you can have one of your own. What is important to watch out for when buying the gas leaf blower, no matter what purpose you plan to use it for, are three things.

First, Vibration Reduction – vibration can cause hand and finger numbness. The better blower models mount the engine on springs and add vibration-dampening to the handle and extra padding to the backpack. Look for those with anti-vibration components.

Second, you need to search for products with good rotational control, because of blowers, thanks to their strength, have the tendency to pull you forward, so you constantly have to pull yourself backward.

Third, try to find a machine that you can easily store and which doesn’t  take a lot of space in your storage (some of these machines can be hefty and big).

Having said all this – decide how much money are you willing to spend and be honest to yourself how much time will you spend using the gas leaf blower?

After you answer these questions, your choice will be much clearer. Good luck and enjoy yourself while cleaning your backyard!

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