Fall is coming up in just a few couple of months and soon, your yard or garden will be a giant mess. Unfortunately, no one will have to clean it all up but you. Better check your storage as early as now if your good old leaf blower is still up and running or if it’s time to shop around for a new one.
A good leaf blower is not just useful in the fall. Depending on its specs, you may be able to use it to get rid of sand in the summer, miscellaneous debris in spring, and a little snow in winter.
Before ordering a new unit, check out what we have to say about the 5 best leaf blowers available today.
#1. GreenWorks 24252 G-MAX – 40V 150 MPH Variable Speed Cordless Blower
We love the convenience offered by the 24252’s handheld and cordless body. Its environmentally friendly lithium ion battery is a major bonus. That battery charges using the included charger, which is Energy Star-rated.
The G-Max cordless blower should do a fine job of blowing dry leaves, clippings, and dirt to where you want them to be. However, because this is a battery-operated blower, it will never have the same capacity as gas- or even electric-powered leaf blowers. You will have a hard time blowing damp or wet leaves and debris stuck to the ground.
Our Conclusion: If you mostly just deal with dry leaves and debris on concrete or any other hard surface, the 24252 will definitely cut it for you. Its other advantage is that it runs on a rechargeable battery with minimal carbon footprint.
#2. WORX TURBINE WG520 – 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower
The variable speed WG520 runs on a powerful motor and delivers good airflow even when compared with more expensive leaf blowers. Weighing just a little over 6 pounds, it is also one of the lightest models we’ve encountered.
The WG520 is powerful. Given an average amount of leaves, dirt, and debris, it should not take this leaf blower more than 10 minutes to tidy everything up. That is quicker than some models from even more popular brands.
Our Conclusion: The WG520 is the leaf blower for you if you are looking for something light and easy to operate but delivers a lot of power. However, it is still a corded model so prepare to get frustrated every now and then by power cord issues. And even the big site like thewirecutter.com also listed this blower as the best pick as well.
#3. Hitachi RB24EAP – Gas Powered 170 MPH Handheld Leaf Blower
Being made by one of our favorite power tool manufacturers, we expected a lot out of the RB24EAP. Good thing it was worth the hype. The first thing that will draw you to it is its 7-year warranty, which only goes to show Hitachi’s confidence in the quality of their product.
In terms of performance, the RB24EAP can blow debris up to 15 to 20 feet away. Also, since it is a compact leaf blower, it can generate just enough air velocity for a moderately sized yard.
This leaf blower is just light enough for you to use it around the yard and your walkways without feeling any sort of fatigue. It also has a convenient auto-return switch that you can use to reset the power button quickly in case you have to put the blower down to take a quick break.
One downside is that the RB24EAP can get loud enough to trigger complaints from neighbors.
Our Conclusion: Overall, the RB24EAP from Hitachi is a must-have for any home with a small to moderately sized yard. It is very efficient because it manages to blow leaves and dirt over 15 feet away very quickly. Make sure not to use it when your neighbors are snoozing, though.
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#4. Toro 51619 Ultra Blower
The overall built of the 51619 looks and feels sturdy and well-made. Even the individual parts look have a premium appeal. The impeller is metal and has nicely serrated blades. The outer body feels solid and high-grade.
The Ultra Blower is a leaf blower, a vacuum, and a mulcher in one. You can easily switch from one operation mode to another using a dedicated mechanism. It comes with a roomy vacuum bag that can be conveniently hung for storage.
The 51619 is a corded electric leaf blower, so don’t expect the same performance as that of a gas blower. However, that doesn’t mean that the 51619 is bad at what it does. It still manages to do its job well. If you are working on a moderately sized yard, the Ultra Blower is a nice option.
Our Conclusion: If you are comfortable using a corded leaf blower, the 51619 from Toro may be a good match for you. However, don’t think about using it to work on a large yard as its weight can easily take a toll on your arm.
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#5. WORX TRIVAC WG509 – 3-in-One Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum with Metal Impeller
Yard clearing can’t possibly be any easier with the WG509. At first glance, you would not think that this model is a leaf blower, a vacuum, and a mulcher. It is relatively compact and lightweight. It’s hard to imagine how all those functions got squeezed into such a small package that can be operated with one hand.
“3-in-1” may sound intimidating, but the WG509 turns out to be very simple and easy to use. This leaf blower is easy to assemble and easy to collapse. The whole body can be broken up into three pieces that are very easy to put together. If you want to take it apart, you just press a button. If you want to switch between vacuum and blower, you flip a lever.
We also like the metal impeller and shredder blade (Other units have plastic). Despite having these metal parts, the WG509 remains light enough for comfortable use.
Our Conclusion: We recommend the WG509 for anyone who wants a good, reliable, and versatile leaf blower. Although light and compact, it gets different types of jobs done and remains useful all year round.