How to choose and buy a leaf blower
CONSIDER YOUR GARDEN SIZE AND TYPE
A larger garden needs more power so look at the motor power output on corded models in Watts or battery size/capacity on cordless ones in Volts. A high top speed (260km per hour upwards) is preferable if you typically have a lot of leaves to shift. Adjustable speed settings help if you’ll be using the machine on different surfaces (gravel, plants and paving, for example). To get into awkward corners or between pots opt for a curved blower tube. LOOK AT THE NOISE RATING It is measured in decibels (dB) PRIORITISE SAFETY AND COMFORT Weight (typically 1.5-6kg) is important if you’ll be blowing for long periods. Handle the blower first – does it have support wheels or a shoulder strap?
If you want a combined blower/vac, you’ll need to choose between having two permanently fixed tubes (most types) interchangeable tubes, using one at a time (Bosch), and the option to attach or remove just the vacuum tube as needed (Ryobi). The latter two work better individually, but involve some work to change (especially the Bosch), while permanently fixed tubes are easier to change with a simple lever. However, the machine itself will be bulkier and so less easy to use just as a blower.
For cordless, consider whether you’ll want to buy other tools that use the same type of battery to save money later.
CHECK THE WARRANTY PERIOD
Typically two to three years. The Blaupunkt and Bosch warranties need to be registered.