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The Best Gas Leaf Blowers Reviewed for 2018

I researched 5 of the most popular gas leaf blowers - see the winners below...

best gas leaf blower

If you have a big yard and need to move a lot of leaves, than you need a powerful leaf blower.  Gas powered blowers are typically more powerful than their electric or battery powered counterparts.

I reviewed the highest rated handheld and backpack models and came up with a list that I think will help you pick out the right model for your needs.

Do you need a backpack design?  Or is a handheld better for you?  How much power do you need?  What is the difference between 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines.  Read on to learn more...

Quick Look: Here are the best gas leaf blowers in 2018



Best Gas Powered Leaf Blowers Compared

Model

Price

MPH

Husqvarna 350BT

180 MPH

Hitachi RB24EAP

170 MPH

Makita BHX2500CA

145 MPH

Husqvarna 125B

165 MPH

Echo PB-250LN

165 MPH

Gas Leaf Blower Reviews

Pros

  • plus
    Power output of 2.1 HP and maximum speed of 7500 RPM
  • plus
    Cruise-control feature keeps the fan speed constant so you won't have to be regulating it constantly
  • plus
    Has an air purge function, intuitive controls, and a soft-grip adjustable handle

Cons

  • minus
    Gas tank is relatively small
  • minus
    Some reviewers had a hard time starting it

The 350BT backpack blower features a brand new X-TORQ engine that provides reduced emissions, better fuel economy, and increased power. In addition, it has ergonomically designed controls and harness and a high-volume tank of 42.27 ounces that will give the purchaser hours of use. In my opinion, it's the best gas powered backpack blower on the market.

Pros

  • plus
    Has a 7-year consumer warranty (2 years for non-rental commercial applications)
  • plus
    Ideal for both larger yard work and smaller clean-ups
  • plus
    Air velocity of 170 MPH when accompanied by the tapered nozzle which is included

Cons

  • minus
    During right handed use, some users complained the intake sucked in their pant legs

The RB24EAP has a 23.9CC Hitachi commercial grade low emission engine, an air volume of approximately 441 cubic ft. per minute, a good-sized 2-finger throttle lever, and a convenient auto-return stop switch. This machine weighs only 8.6 pounds, has fewer fumes, and is CARB Tier III compliant. Fantastic handheld blower!

Pros

  • plus
    Has a soft grip which produces less vibration
  • plus
    Starts easier with its Mechanical Automatic Engine Decompression
  • plus
    Has a 67dB(A) large capacity muffler

Cons

  • minus
    Crankcase opening is a tiny bit smaller than the oil-fill port diameter so make sure to pour the oil slowly
  • minus
    Locking unit button frequently sticks in the on position and can be hard to release

The BHX2500CA has a low-compression 24.5 CC 4-stroke commercial-duty engine that starts quickly and doesn't require fuel mix. It burns clean, is EPA Phase-II CARB-III compliant and maintains a maximum total air-speed of 145 MPH. In addition, it is lightweight, has a dual-stage air filter, a large capacity muffler, and a cruise-control lever which provides reduced operator fatigue. We rated this machine 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Pros

  • plus
    Lightweight and maneuverable in tight spaces like flowerbeds, driveways, sidewalks, and smaller yards
  • plus
    Can clear sand, leaves, gravel, and most other debris easily
  • plus
    Features noise dampening technology and an air-injection centrifugal-air-cleaning

Cons

  • minus
    Needs quite a number of pulls to start up the engine

The 125B handheld blower combines top-line ergonomic design with high power. Rotational force on your wrist is minimized by this outstanding engineered blower tube. Users will experience reduced fatigue and strain because of anti-vibration dampeners and angled adjustable handles.  We rated this machine 4 out of 5 stars.

Pros

  • plus
    Comes with tube, powerhead, 2-stroke oil and operator's manual
  • plus
    Commercial level product at consumer price point
  • plus
    Built solidly and has an ingenious curve in the tube which enhances controllability

Cons

  • minus
    ​​​​Plastic housing feels cheap
  • minus
    Lost some power after 6 months

The PB-250LN blower has a 25.4cc 2-stroke engine, an airspeed of 165 MPH, an EPA fuel capacity tank, and an air flow of 391 CFM. It is lightweight (8.8 pounds), has 65 dBA, a speed control variable, and a fuel-tank capacity of 16.9 ounces. We rated this machine 4 out of 5 stars.


How We Rated The Blowers

We completed extensive research to provide you with what we consider to be the best gas blowers in the marketplace today - a few of the models listed also made our list of the top rated overall leaf blowers as well.

Hundreds of reviews were read and analyzed, and each model's particular merits were considered.

  • Which gas blower is more reliable than others?
  • What are its pros and cons?
  • Are there any unique features worth mentioning?
  • Does it come with a good instruction manual and a warranty?
  • What is the price tag?
  • Does its special features and performance warrant its higher cost?

Hopefully, our analysis of each machine will be helpful in allowing you to make a well-informed purchasing decision.

Reliability (Warranty)

Warranties usually differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.  Also, most of them are voided if you use your blower for commercial use, so be sure to read the fine print.

  • Husqvarna items feature a consumer warranty that will double from two years to four years if you register your purchase online and use only their special pre-mix fuel.
  • Hitachi offers a warranty that is the industry leader - one year for rentals, two years for commercial use, and 7 years for consumer use.
  • Makita offers a one year warranty.

Power (MPH & CFM)

A good leaf blower should feature higher air velocity MPH (Miles Per Hour) to get those leaves moving and enough air volume CFM (Cubic Feet Per Minute) to move those leaf piles over a very large area.

If the blower has 350 CFM, that means that 350 cubic-feet of air-volume pushes out the nozzle end every minute. Usually, blowers that have higher MPH and CFM ratings will perform better, but there are always exceptions to the rule.

For example, Echo PB models tend to have very low MPH-to-CFM ratios but manage to outperform many other units that have higher air movement ratings.

Consumers spoke about their mistake choosing a gas leaf blower that had the very highest MPH since they thought that the faster airspeed would provide the better blowing capacity. They were surprised to find that they still had a hard time moving the accumulated leaves.

Sort of like buying a camera and only looking at how many megapixels it is.  There are many cameras that have lower MP, but taker higher quality pictures because of other factors like the quality of the lens.

Back to leaf blowers 🙂

This led to the discovery that the best blower for their needs had twice the CFM and approximately 15-20 MPH less. Blowers with the highest CFMs pushed twice the number of leaves in half the time since they had an increased air volume pushing the leaves.

Your blower may be slightly heavier, but that is the only downside to purchasing the blower that has the largest CFM you can get on your budget. Typical handheld gas leaf blowers have a CFM in the range of 200-400, which is still relatively quiet as an added bonus.

Ease of Use

A gas-powered blower should give you approximately 10 years of trouble free, smooth operation or about 1,000 hours if you follow a few simple rules.

The first rule is to use a fresh two-cycle oil/gas mixture each time you use it and make sure you regularly replace the spark plug and change the air filter.

If you have a smaller yard choose a lightweight handheld blower. For larger yards, right-handed people should pick a backpack that features a right-hand blower-tube.

Left-handed? Choose a backpack with cruise control or a hip-mounted design.  At one time Redmax made a LH backpack blower as well.

Why Should You Buy a Gas Powered Blower?

There's nothing like the convenience of a gas powered blower.  However, they are noisier, and usually are more expensive than corded electric models. But the benefits of gas powered blowers outweigh their downsides in my opinion.

Gas-powered blowers never need a charge - all they require is a yank or two on a pull-cord in order to start the engine.

Four-stroke engines run cleaner than two-stroke engines that will need you to mix oil and fuel.

Backpack blowers weigh approximately twice as much as your typical handheld gas-powered blower, but your arms will thank your shoulders and back for pitching in.

A good handheld gas-powered leaf blower should be able to blow air at approximately 150 to 200 MPH, but expect some noise to back up that power.

You'll never be bothered by having to stay within the cord length, and it won't matter how long you use it. As long as you refill the gas tank, it can run all day.

If you treat a gas-powered blower right, you ought to be able to use it for approximately 1000 hours (or 10 years in homeowner's time) before you'll have to replace it.  In some cases, they will run much longer than that if they are properly care for and you buy a good brand.

What To Look For In a Top Rated Model

The best gas-powered leaf blowers should deliver maximum run time, power and mobility with the ability to move lots of debris.

Beyond their ability to vacuum and mulch, here are some other features to look for when buying a blower:

  • Find out what noise level laws your neighborhood might have, and then choose a blower that won't exceed the decibel limit. If noise is a real issue you might want to opt for an electric or battery powered blower.
  • Engine size - Smaller 2-cycle engines provide a great balance of weight and power, but you'll need to run it on a blend of gasoline and oil. You can purchase this blend pre-mixed or mix it yourself. A 4-cycle engine is a bit heavier, but it runs on gas alone. You won't have to mix the fuel, but it will still need regular oil changes.
  • Look for a simplified choke operation to make start-up easier.
  • Different speed settings will help users control the movement of debris and the airflow speed.

Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Models

The difference in cost between models depends on what brand you purchase and on a variety of other features, including wind speed and power.

As with most consumer products "you get what you pay for" in most instances.  The less expensive models don't last as long and are usually heavier.

I don't know about you, but when I find the time to work on my lawn, I don't want to have to worry about my equipment not working.  So I research the products I buy carefully first and buy the best that I can afford.

Here are some difference between cheap and expensive models.

  • Lighter duty tasks versus heavy-duty tasks - A lower cost gas blower is best suited to clearing sidewalks and driveways of leaves. A more expensive blower should have the power to tackle big yards with multiple trees and the ability to move wet, heavy debris. Read the description of your gas-powered blower well, and make sure that it has the adequate amount of CFM and MPH.
  • Anti-vibration technology - Let's face it, all machinery will give off vibrations no matter how well built it is. The more expensive gas blowers will have reduced vibration that will make operation much more comfortable for wrists and hands, and can also reduce fatigue and cut down on discomfort in your shoulders and back.
  • Blower design - Most blowers have a good angled soft-grip handle to ease the strain of holding it. More expensive blowers will come with the option of adjustable extension tubes.
  • Speed control - Most less costly blowers will operate at only a single speed. Higher end blowers will offer a variable throttle or multiple speed settings.  Some will even have a cruise control mode.
  • Engines - Engines will be smaller on more affordable blowers. More expensive blowers will feature much more powerful engines.
  • Warranties - The more expensive the machine is, the better warranty and customer support should be provided - theoretically. Look for a model with a multiple-year warranty.

Best Selling & Top Rated Brands

  • Husqvarna
  • Hitachi
  • Makita
  • Echo
  • Stihl
  • Poulan Pro
  • Troy-Bilt
  • Weed Eater
  • Toro

How Much Should I Expect To Pay?

Most handheld gas-powered blowers range from about $125 to around $300.  Backpack blowers range from under $200 up to $450.

Commercial models can be even much more expensive.

Conclusion

After researching hundreds of gas-powered blowers online, I highly recommend 2 models.

If you need a backpack blower, the Husqvarna 350BT is the best on the market.

If you are looking for a handheld model, I recommend the Hitachi RB24EAP.

Either model will make your yard work more enjoyable and will last for many years.

About the author

Matt Hagens

Hi, I'm Matt the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!