The Convenience of Using a Leaf Blower
Leaf Blower – A leaf blower is a great tool for your garage and yard. These tools are actually no longer advertised as just a leaf blower. Manufacturers are now advertising these blowers as brooms or sweepers and you cannot just blow leafs into a corner or onto a pile; you can also clean up debris, rocks, and dirt with these outdoor tools.
Leaf blowers have actually evolved over time and the latest generation of the leaf blowers is ergonomically design with your health in mind. They are less noisy than they were before and they dropped in weight significantly. I guess too many people were complaining about how heave the leaf blowers were. If you look around, you can now find many leaf blowers that are weighing just around 5-6 lbs. This makes these tools much more easy to use.
With better battery technology at hand the cordless leaf blowers have slowly increased their market share. Gone are the days where a single battery charge lasted 5 to 10 minutes. Some cordless brooms can work up to 30 minutes on a single charge. Manufacturers also re-use the same batteries in other cordless tools so that batteries are interchangeable between cordless tools. As long as you stick to the same brand and series of tools you should have rechargeable batteries that you can use among many different yard tools. How cool is that?!
One concern I still have is the noise level of leaf blowers. Even though the noise level has been reduced, the impact to your hearing is still very high. You should limit the time you use one of these tools to 15 minutes or less. Or better, use hearing protection to protect your ears from the noise. And while we’re at it, make sure to wear protective glasses as well. These blowers can create wind speeds of almost 200 mph. You do not want to get dust or rocks into your eyes at that speed. Whenever you use outdoor tools, safety should be on your mind. We all have only one hearing and one pair of eyes and it is very important to act accordingly.
Conclusion: A leaf blower is a great tool to save you time and efforts when doing yard work. Make up your mind if you need an electric leaf blower or if you need a cordless leaf blower to get the job done. A cordless blower might be more suited for small to midsize properties and an electric one might be a better fit for a larger property, but this can also be easily reversed.