If you are in the market for a new leaf blower, you might have some questions about which type of blower is best for you. As with any new home investment, it is a good idea to research all potential features before making a decision that will work best for you and your household.
When it comes to leaf blowers, there are essentially two options: a gas powered blower or an electric powered blower. Gas powered blowers generally consist of a two-cycle engine, similar to a chainsaw. Electric powered blowers generally come in two varieties: corded and rechargeable. While both of these are effective and both have their pros and cons, there are some advantages to an electric powered blower that might make your decision easier to make.
Advantage 1: Electric Blowers Cost Less
For most households one of the deciding factors on anything is how much the item costs. Of the two options, traditionally, electric leaf blowers are generally less expensive than gas blowers. If budget is your primary concern, then electric leaf blowers cost between $30 to $150 versus a starting price point of $75 for gas blowers.
In addition to the initial cost, other than a nominal fee for your electric bill, electric leaf blowers do not have the same ongoing costs associated. Gas powered blowers have ongoing fuel costs associated with it, often requiring specially blended fuels that can be more challenging and more expensive to locate.
Advantage 2: Electric Blowers Weigh Less
Leaf blowers really help take the backbreaking labor of raking leaves, cleaning gutters, maintaining decks, and keeping driveways and sidewalks clear to a more manageable level, but these are still manual tasks that can take a toll on the body. Gas blowers are traditionally heavier than electric blowers. A mid-priced but solidly manufactured electric leaf blower weighs generally between five to eight pounds whereas a comparable gas blower can weigh between eight and ten pounds. Although that couple of pounds may seem nominal, for medium to large tasks, that length of time can really make a big difference. For the weekend warrior, an electric blower may be the better option to save necks, backs, arms, and legs.
Advantage 3: Electric Blowers Are More Environmentally Friendly
One of the major disadvantages to gas powered blowers is that they are less environmentally friendly than electric blowers. This is especially true for backpack blowers as the gas ones are usually inefficient. In addition to gas fumes, the potential for leaks either at refill or due to a mechanical issue exists with gas-powered blowers. Further, two-cycle engines emit a large number of hydrocarbons, known cancer-causing agents that contribute to global warming. In addition to gas emissions, gas powered leaf blowers are also far noisier than electric powered leaf blowers. Gasoline powered leaf blowers can reach or exceed 100 decibels to the 85 decibel level achieved by electric-powered leaf blowers and are considered above-the-threshold for noise limits and optimal hearing health. If environmental factors are important to you, then electric blowers are the better option.
Our home is our biggest investment so naturally we take a lot of pride in its appearance. We want beautiful lawns and homes year round. We want speed, efficiency, reliability, and ease of use in our essential equipment. Making the best choice on our tools can be challenging and there can be many factors that feed our ultimate decision. Although there are a lot of available choices between gas powered and electric powered leaf blowers, electric leaf blowers are a better option for those who are considering value, environment, and want least physically demanding options on the market.