September 24, 2020

The Best Leaf Blower

Many people see leaf blowers as noisy fuel wastes that throw smoke, but the newer wired and wireless models offer a lot of power without those inconveniences, which are mainly applied to gas blowers that are rarely needed at home. Most people should begin their search by considering a wired leaf blower such as the Toro PowerJet F700, the best blower we have found in our years of research and testing of leaf blowers in the forests of New Hampshire since 2014.

The Toro PowerJet F700 is the most powerful electric blower we’ve found in six years of testing; In fact, it is more powerful than most of the gas blowers we have used. It is like an aerial bazooka. It is placed under dense, moist or tangled leaves to lift and move them forward. We found that the simple one-handed interface is easy to use, and the curved handle gave us the flexibility to position the angle of the airflow. The Bull also provides a second grip on the front of the handle, which is good because the airflow was so powerful in our tests that we sometimes rely on a second hand for better control. At a typical price of less than $ 60, it is one of the blowers with the best price you can get: it is cheaper than most other electric models, and most wireless or gas models can easily cost $ 200 plus. But it has to be right for your property: it is tied to a power outlet, which limits the range to about 100 feet or less, and if you also need to buy an outdoor extension cord, that will reduce the cost-saving a bit.

Cable blowers meet the needs of most people because they are powerful, lightweight, emission-free and low maintenance. After six years of testing, our choice is the Toro PowerJet F700. Compared to the other leaf blowers we tested, the Toro had the most powerful airflow, and showed no problems getting under a bed of thick, wet and tangled leaves and pine needles on the forest floor. With the blower tubes in the same position, the Bull pushed the blades at least 2 feet farther than most other blowers we tested. You can use the Toro’s variable speed control with just one hand, so you can easily attenuate the air flow when walking through the flower beds or dusting a garage. The long and curved handle allows you to adjust the angle of the blower, decreasing the tension of the wrist. The design also includes a front knob grip, which we found useful in our tests, particularly at higher speeds, where the blower power could be a bit unruly. Normally it costs less than $ 60, the Toro F700 is reasonably priced for a blower of this caliber.

A leaf blower begins with its ability to move air, and that is where the Bull is so successful. In fact, it is difficult to imagine that a hand blower is more powerful. Running the Bull at full speed feels a bit like being dragged down a sidewalk by a tied dog chasing a squirrel; Getting control can take a moment or two. However, once we understood it and directed it towards the leaves, they had no chance. Tested against all other wired and wireless leaf blowers, the Bull clearly had the most impressive air movement power, lifting and throwing wet and matted leaves with ease and flying farther than any of the others.

The round and the open end of the blow tube has a diameter of 3¾ inches, really, it is like a cannon, so the Toro’s airstream throws a wide net and is ideal for moving blades of open grass. All this means faster work and less total time spent moving the leaves. Most other blowers have smaller diameter nozzles, which are nice for precision work but require more effort and more round-trip sweeps to clear the grass.

El Toro is also easy to operate. The interface is one-handed and consists of a single thumb dial that turns the fan on and off and adjusts the speed. There is no trigger that must be continuously maintained; It is off or on. Toro has placed the dial on the right side of the handle (when looking at it from the top), which actually makes it a bit awkward for a right-handed person, but it offers benefits when using a two-handed grip. In addition, the handle is curved, which makes it easier to direct the blower down in front of you. The closest competitor, the Worx WG520, does not have the additional handle length or curve, so it is a little more difficult to maneuver that fan.

The Bull also adds a knob handle on the top of the handle, which is useful given the power of this blower. The additional piece allows a comfortable grip with both hands, which we find using a lot. With both hands on the tool, we discovered that the positioning of the power dial made more sense (for right-handed people) since it is easy for the main hand to reach and operate.

In general, the control configuration is intuitive and offers you the ability to reduce airflow quickly if you are cleaning a flowerbed or around a recently quilted tree. Even if you use the blower only to sweep the garage dust, using less air will avoid a giant dust cloud.

Like any leaf blower, the Bull is loud. But because it doesn’t have a gasoline engine, it sounds more like a very, very loud hairdryer, which, without the heating coil, is basically what it is. During the tests, we discovered that the noise of an electric motor is very different from the irritating high-pitched hum of a two-stroke engine, even if decibel readings are in the same stage.

The Toro F700 generally sells for less than $ 60, which is a great price, especially compared to other high-end electric blowers, most of which come with a leaf cover function and generally cost more than $ 80. We like that the Bull is powerful, but also stripped, which not only lightens it but also reduces the total cost. If you don’t have plans to use a shredder, why pay that?

  • The noise of an electric motor is very different from the irritating high-pitched hum of a two-stroke engine.

But when calculating the general price, keep in mind that if you are starting from scratch and need total maneuverability of 100 feet, you will need to drop an additional $ 40 to $ 50 on an extension cord. Toro recommends at least a 16 gauge cable for 25 feet, a 16 gauge cable for 50 feet and the heavier 14 gauge cable for 100 feet. I can say from experience that a 100-foot, 14-gauge cable is extremely difficult to handle and difficult to wind, and unfortunately, capable of removing a complete flowerbed.

Defects but not traitors

The biggest drawback of the Toro is that the air inlet is at the rear so that for all the air that is expelling the end of the nozzle, an equal amount is absorbed from the back. Due to this bottom position, the blower can easily pull the clothes against the intake cover. In our tests, during normal use with the blower at our side, this was not a problem, but when we passed it from side to side or did any other operation that put the blower directly in front of us, sometimes we sucked a shirt against the admission cover: it is quite easy to handle, but annoying once it happens several times (don’t worry, the cover is substantial enough so that the clothes don’t get into the fan). You just have to get used to keeping the blower further while moving it around your body.

The power of movement of the Bull’s leaves is immense, but because it comes with a single wide-end nozzle, it has no way of identifying the airflow to clean things like stone walls or canals. It works best with wide and swinging arches, and to flyleaves across the patio. But for smaller changes from side to side, such as under a rose bush, you are fighting the power of the blower, and it can be a bit tiring.

 we like the Worx WG520 Turbine 600 leaf blower, another powerful model with cable. They are very similar, but Worx, an old top pick in this guide, is a bit less powerful and doesn’t have the second control. For about $ 50, it usually has a price similar to the Bull, and in other minor ways, the two feel essentially interchangeable.

If the Toro PowerJet F700 is not available, we also like the Worx WG520 Turbine 600 leaf blower. This is our first previous selection, and it is very similar to the Toro, but not as powerful. In addition, the handle is not so comfortable, although adjusting the fan speed is a bit easier due to the location of the dial. Apart from that, in terms of balance, noise, weight and user interface, the two leaf blowers are quite interchangeable. In all our tests, the Worx was in second place. It usually also costs almost the same.

  • [TURBINE FAN TECH] WORX engineers figured out how to get a jet engine type motor inside of a leaf blower; Cool, huh, Super powerful, yet not so loud that you’ll think it’s getting ready for takeoff
  • [2 SPEEDS FOR DIFFERENT JOBS] It’s actually better to go slow for pavement or tight corners; But on the open lawn, switch to speed 2, and its 110 mph, and let’s see what the TURBINE can do
  • [600 CFM] We named the TURBINE 600 after the 600 Cubic Feet per Minute of high-capacity air volume that shoots out of its wide mouth nozzle; That’s a wide, strong path of air that allows you to clear large areas with fewer passes
  • [HYPERSTREAM AIR NOZZLE] But we didn’t just stop designing once we were finished with the TURBINE engine; We added an attachable nozzle, optimized to direct all that volume in a concentrated area for tougher jobs
  • [ONEHANDED OPERATION] With all that power, believe it or not, the TURBINE 600 is designed to be controlled with just one hand; It’s only 6.4 lbs, and the ergonomic design funnels all that wind in a way that’s easy to handle
  • [EXTENSION CORD RETAINER] The electrical cord comes with a retainer attached, so when using an extension cord, it won’t disconnect, even when it gets snagged

To go beyond the limits of an extension cable, we recommend the Ego LB5804 Power + 580 CFM fan. In our tests, he had the longest runtime (by far) and was one of the most powerful wireless blowers. Its more concentrated air flow was even slightly better than that of the Toro and Worx cable models when lifting wet and matted sheets. The Ego offers simple controls with one hand and a turbo button that can add a boost of power if necessary. However, be careful: with around 10 pounds, it is almost twice the weight of the Bull. Normally sold for more than $ 325, the Ego is also one of the most expensive wireless blowers. However, even with those inconveniences, we believe the benefits are there. The Ego leaf blower not only offers a long operating time and excellent power, but the included 5.0 Ah battery is also a good starting point if you decide to buy the Ego system, with which we have succeeded. We currently recommend the trimmer, the lawnmower and the company’s chainsaw. The batteries of these tools are all interchangeable, so once you have a battery, you can buy the other tools without batteries at a reduced price.

The most important factor for a wireless blower is its operating time. In our tests, the Ego LB5804 provided more than 31 minutes while on high. No other blower we saw arrived within five minutes of that time; the next longest was runner-up Ryobi with less than 25 minutes. The Ego battery fully charges in about 110 minutes.

That long-term time will not mean much without adequate power; Fortunately, the Ego also has enough of that. Among the cordless tools in our tests, it was on the top level along with the Jet Greenworks BL80L2510 80V electric leaf blower and the Ryobi RY40440 40V brushless backpack blower (both have their drawbacks). The Ego had little difficulty lifting and pushing lots of wet and matted leaves. A turbo button is available to add a powerful explosion, although at the cost of battery life.

The end of the Ego nozzle measures just under 3 inches, which divides the difference between blowing open grass blades and the ability to clean a stone wall or gutter.

Together with the other wireless blowers we tested, the Ego LB5804 proved to be quieter than the electric models we looked at. Although our decibel readings were similar in the two types of blowers, the Ego lacked the sharp hum of the electric models. We do not believe that someone who is 20 feet away can make a big difference, but if noise is a crucial factor for you, Ego is your best option.

The wireless Ego has a couple of drawbacks, namely the weight and cost.

First, the weight: about 10 pounds, is a load. This model is heavier than most other wireless blowers, and exceeds the Toro with cable by about 4 pounds. We find the weight remarkable but not unmanageable. To compensate for the weight of the Ego, we probably changed hands more frequently than with the other blowers, but at no time were our arms and wrists too tired to continue (the Ego has a place to trim a shoulder strap). When reviewing the reviews on the Home Depot site, we found similar feelings, and many reviewers mentioned the weight but still gave the fan a five-star rating. But we also saw comments from a handful of people who simply felt that the Ego was too heavy for them or their spouse, so if you have limited arm strength, it’s something to consider.

Much of this weight comes from the large battery, which leads us to the second disadvantage: the cost. Usually, at around $ 330, the Ego is not cheap nor has an average price. It is expensive. It costs more than any other handheld wireless blower we have found. Most of this cost lies in the large 5.0 Ah battery, the element that gives the tool such strong power and such a long runtime. Buying the battery alone costs $ 250. But while no other wireless model we found was priced like the Ego, none of them worked the same way, with a combination of runtime and power.

If you are thinking of purchasing this model, it makes sense to consider the purchase as if you were buying in the line of outdoor power tools with Ego battery, which includes wire trimmers, mowers and chainsaws. All these tools work with the same battery, which makes this leaf blower an easier option if you already have (or plan to buy) those other tools, which you can buy at a lower cost without a battery or charger.

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