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How Does a Leaf Blower Vacuum Work?

Everyone loves well-maintained lawns and the way they can make a neighborhood attractive. To take care of your yard you need to have the right tools for the job. For example if you want to take care of the piles of leaves building up on your lawn, you would probably find using a leaf blower is the best way to make clean up the mess.

Originally invented in the late 1950s by a man by the name of Dom Quinto as a part of an agricultural sprayer, the manufacturers of leaf blowers quickly saw their potential use for lawn care and maintenance after noticing many users were removing chemical dispensing parts of the device and leaving only the blower behind. Sold only as a blower, sales increased exponentially in California as droughts made the use of water for lawn care prohibitively sparse. Sales nationwide began to increase as customers noticed how much faster leaf blowers were compared to brooms in performing cleaning tasks.

By 1990 the sales of leaf blowers had gone through the roof making the invention a household item. Even now the use of leaf blowers continues to expand as curious consumers find more ways to utilize the product. Due to the incredibly high speeds (up to 270 mph for some models) and centrifugal force, leaf blowers are even being used in hovercraft projects.

The basic function of a leaf blower is to push air produced by the blades of a fan out of an opening to move leaves, but to use that same centrifugal force to suck in debris as a vacuum. This forced air pushes debris away from the leaf blower into a specific direction while the suction produced by the vacuum brings in leaves.

Leaf blowers can have gasoline powered motors or electrically powered motors. Typically, most gasoline motors have used two stroke pistons, but engines requiring four strokes are becoming much more common due to concerns over the air pollution that many two stroke engines produce. Electric engines are as powerful as gasoline powered motors, but they tend to be lighter and quieter, which is great for lawns that may require more time. The difference between these two engines is the number of times the piston of the engine must be stroked in order to complete a power cycle. Leaf blowers may be self-contained units or backpack mounted, with the latter being better suited for prolonged use.

By their design leaf blower can produce some pollution due to the particles released into the air. The exhaustion and carbon monoxide produced by leaf blower vacuums is a large part of the problem, but other issues such as pollen may also be exacerbated by leaf blowers. The sound of the suction of the vacuums can generate loud noises and contribute to what is known as noise pollution (excessive and disturbing noise.)

Leaf blower vacuums are best used in combination with other lawn care tools. A leaf blower can be used to move leaves or to suck them into a bag, but to actually remove them you'll want a rake. However, a leaf blower can save you time when trying to clean up your yard. You can push leaves and other debris and concentrate them into one area. From there you can turn on the vacuum function and shred the debris to break down any twigs there may be in the piles. This makes taking care of any lawn a snap.

About the author

Mark Kelly

Hi, I'm Mark 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!

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