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Fall leaves can be beautiful, but they can also be a pain when it comes time to clean your yard. If you find yourself wishing for an affordable way to spend less time on lawn maintenance, consider investing in a leaf blower. With a powerful enough leaf blower, you can dispose of leaves and even other yard waste such as small sticks, dirt and debris.

Leaf Blower Buying Considerations

First, think about how big your yard is and how many leaves you need to clean up each year. Think about the noise and your budget too. Then find a leaf blower for your yard that has these things in mind. You can choose what kind of leaf blower you want based on whether it's carried or not, or if it uses gas or not.

Types of Leaf Blowers

Handheld Leaf Blowers

There are a lot of different types of leaf blowers that you can buy for your home. The most popular option is the handheld leaf blower. These are small and compact, and they're perfect for small jobs.

Backpack Leaf Blowers

Backpack leaf blowers are a type of leaf blower that you carry with you. The tube for the leaves is in your hand, and the motor is on your shoulder. These models are often more powerful than handheld leaf blowers, and they're more comfortable to use for a long time. They're a good option if you need to use a leaf blower for a long time. To find out which backpack leaf blower you want, you need to read the backpack leaf blower reviews on longcountyboc.com.

Walk Behind Leaf Blowers

Some people use a blower to blow snow. The type of blower you should use depends on what your yard looks like. Walk-behind blowers are for large yards and are not too hard to do. There are three types of walk-behind blowers, and they all have different prices, so you should look at them before you buy one.

Leaf Blower Features

There are two numbers that manufacturers use to describe the air output of leaf blowers: cubic feet per minute (CFM) and miles per hour (mph). CFM measures how much air the blower puts out, while mph measures how fast the air moves. A high CFM will let you blow many leaves at once, while a high mph will move heavier debris or wet leaves. If in doubt, opt for a model with a higher CFM.

The leaf blower should feel balanced in your hand and move and adjust easily. Functions such as speed control and the shutoff should be easy to reach, ideally allowing for one-handed operation.

Some leaf blowers have a wide nozzle. This works well for moving leaves. Some leaf blowers also have a round nozzle. This is good for heavy dirt and debris because it can push the dirt around more easily than other shapes.

The vacuum option on some handheld leaf blowers is good when you want to make mulch out of your leaves. These are perfect if you live in an apartment or in a small house, where it is hard to rake up all those leaves.

Leaf Blower Maintenance

There are two types of leaf blowers-electric and gas. Electric ones don't require much maintenance. Just wipe them down and make sure there is no dirt build-up on the air intake. If you are using a mulcher, clean out the small leaf particles from the bag and blower. Gas powered ones need a tune up every year or so, and you will need to keep fuel on hand.

Two stroke motors require a gas/oil blend, so you will need to mix your own or buy pre-blended. Vince Christofora, engineer and owner of Woodstock Hardware, says that if you purchase premixed gas/oil that uses ethanol-free gasoline and keep the blower in a heated space during winter months, you can cut down on maintenance and maybe skip an annual maintenance or two. Walk-behind blowers have more moving parts and require more maintenance, but they don't need as much maintenance as a lawnmower or similar lawn devices.