Electric Blowers: Lightweight And Easy To Use
If you're looking for an innovative way to quickly clear leaves and debris from your decks and driveways, an electric blower is exactly what you need. This garden tool is so easy to use that it makes completing yard work fun and easy. The good thing about these light-duty blowers is that they are equipped with a small motor (usually 12 amp) with variable speed which makes them perfect for blowing leaves or debris off your deck and driveway.
So why should you get an electric blower? Can't you just do it by hand? Well, raking up leaves and debris manually can be very frustrating and time consuming. Unless you have a really small backyard or you simply have too much time at your hand, it's far more efficient to use an electric blower to get the job done. After all, time is money and most people would rather use their free time for other more meaningful activities than bending their backs scooping up dead leaves.
Electric-Powered Blowers VS Gas-Powered Blowers
Cordless electric blowers are generally quieter than gas leaf blowers and corded electric blowers because most cordless models have a smaller motor. As a result, the performance of these cordless models is usually quite limited and they are only suitable for hard surfaces. Nevertheless, a cordless model will give you the freedom and flexibility of movements, especially when you need a clean a huge area and you don't want to be bothered by the restriction of the power cord.
Gas-powered blowers can be very noisy because they use a 2-cycle engine to generate the air needed to blow stuff off a surface. Nevertheless, they are very powerful and when on full throttle, they can blow better than an electric-powered model. They have quite a few obvious drawbacks though.
One of the main disadvantages you will experience immediately when you lay your hands on one is the weight. These blowers are quite heavy because of the weight of the engine. To effectively use them, you will need to have strong arms and shoulders.
Another annoying problem you will need to deal with on a regular basis is the gasoline refueling process---you need to buy and mix the gasoline and oil manually. Filling the fuel tank with the right mixture of oil and gasoline can be quite confusing if you're not used to it and you will also need to deal with the mess and dirt involved. If you have kids at home, you need to take extra precaution steps when storing the fuel. If you're concerned about the environment, a propane-powered blower will make a better choice as it causes less pollution.
Buying the right electric blower requires that you take a few important factors into consideration. Most of the time, you get what you pay for but price alone doesn't reflect the quality and reliability of an electric blower. Below is a list of quick tips to help you make a better buying decision:
- If you can't stand blowers that have noisy motor, avoid gas-powered models and choose a portable model instead.
- The maximum airspeed of a blower's motor pretty much determines its blowing and sucking performance. Choose a model with a powerful motor if you want to use it for blowing off wet leaves and heavy debris.
- 3-in-1 models can really speed up your yard work and it is a lot cheaper than buying the other tools separately.
- If you have trouble working with heavy tools, avoid choosing an electric blower that is too heavy for your hands or wrist.
- The design of an electric blower can affect its usability and your comfort level. Never buy a blower with a bad design even if it's cheap, it's simply not worth the trouble!
- Always choose a model that comes with at least one year warranty; most decent models will give you at least two years warranty.