Whether you have a big or small yard, a leaf blower is undoubtedly the best tool for tidying up quickly.
The best strategy for a clean yard is to use the leaf blower to move the leaves into large piles on a tarp or direction into the mulch bin.
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The Many Uses of a Leaf Blower
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Leaf blowers can be useful gadgets to have around the house and can do far more than blow leaves around. A cordless leaf blower is perfect for cleaning the gutters. Just haul yourself and your leaf blower up a ladder and watch how fast leaves, twigs, and debris clear out.
If the snow that fell overnight is powdery and light, a leaf blower can clear paths, remove the snow from your vehicle, or sweep the patio clean. Make sure to only use the machine for short durations in cold weather, since the lower temperature makes the motor work harder than usual. For this task, a gas leaf blower is better than an electrical one for safety reasons.
Leaf blowers can also help you clean your car. If you’ve washed your vehicle and it looks like the sun won’t stay out long enough to dry your car, use your leaf blower! No water spots or paint damage. A leaf blower is a handy device for cleaning the interior of your vehicle as well. Blow the dust right out the opposite door! Get those hard to reach nooks and crannies in your trunk and under the seats.
Your clothes dryer vent should be cleaned out regularly. In the U.S., nearly 3000 fires every year are due to issues with dryers. Clean vents improve your machine’s energy efficiency too. Your leaf blower will make quick work of dust and lint buildup in your vent.
How We Chose Our Ratings
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Now that you are determined to add this useful tool to the shed or garage collection let’s look at some different things we considered when we compiled this list of the ten best cordless leaf blowers.
There were some aspects we considered when creating our product recommendation list. They included:
- Air Volume (CFM)
- Air Speed (MPH)
- Noise Level
We know you want the best machine for your investment, and some leaf blowers are quite pricey. Therefore, the price was one item we analyzed. Since you are forking over your hard earned cash, we know you want a reliable product. For that reason, we also took customer satisfaction and product warranties into account.
You certainly want a leaf blower that you can easily maneuver. Knowing how much the leaf blower weighs and if it comes with shoulder or back straps are indeed things to examine before deciding.
The air volume and speed are included in our review so that you know ahead of time if the product will meet your needs. Here are some quick guidelines to help you determine the air strength you might need.
Leaf blowers under 200 CFMs are not exceptionally powerful. They are just right for clearing large open areas like driveways and patios and work well for cleaning gutters. Those with 200-400 CFMs are better for small yards in addition to the previous list. Machines with 400-450 CFMs are just the thing for medium-sized yards. If you have more than an acre of yard, consider something with 500-700 CFMs.
Noise level was the final aspect we considered. Not only is it detrimental to your hearing to use a loud leaf blower for an extended period, but it might just be against the law. Make sure you check local noise ordinances before powering up a heavy duty leaf blower.
Top 10 Best Cordless Leaf Blowers
Hitachi RB24EAP Handheld Leaf Blower
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If you are looking for some real power, the Hitachi RB24EAP Handheld Leaf Blower will get it done! It has 441 CFM to move even the most stubborn debris. The nozzle is tapered to let you get in those hard to reach spots. Its 23.9 cc commercial grade two-stroke engine produces low emissions. At just under 9 pounds, it’s light enough to be easily maneuverable. You’ll have no problem blowing those leaves around with 170 MPH airspeed. The two-finger throttle level makes it easy to operate. The Hitachi RB24EAP comes with a 7-year consumer warranty or a 2-year commercial warranty. Our rating: 5 / 5 stars
GreenWorks Pro GBL80320 Cordless Leaf Blower
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You can’t ask for more for your backyard than the 70 minutes of 125 MPH that the GreenWorks Pro GBL80320 Cordless Leaf Blower gives you. It’s quiet at 60 decibels and efficient with 500 CFM, ready to go with the push of a button. The 80V Lithium-Ion batteries charge in 30 minutes. The DigiPro brushless motor is equivalent in performance to a 32cc gas engine. It has a variable speed trigger with a 3-speed selection. It weighs just over 5 pounds making it easy for anyone to handle. Our rating: 5 / 5 stars
GreenWorks BPB80L00 Cordless Backpack Leaf Blower
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If you are looking for something to carry on your back, look no further than the GreenWorks BPB80L00 Cordless Backpack Blower. The brushless motor is the equivalent of a gas-powered leaf blower up to 580 CFM with none of the harmful emissions. It has a turbo cruise control button and variable speed trigger with 145 MPH airspeed for complete control. The 80V Lithium-Ion battery runs for 30 minutes. The nearly 15-pounds of leaf blowing machine are nicely distributed on your back allowing you to work longer before tiring. The GreenWorks BPB80L00 comes with a four-year tool warranty. Our rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Dewalt DCBL770X1 Handheld Leaf Blower
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Weighing in a bit more at nearly 10 pounds, the Dewalt DCBL770X1 Handheld Leaf Blower will make short work of your mess. It has an airspeed of 175 MPH and a variable speed control. The handled design gives you optimal control. It has 423 CFM and a 60V Max 3.0 AH lithium ion battery. This blower has a 67-decibel noise rating, while not music to your ears won’t hurt them either. Our rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Troy-Bilt TB672 Jet Sweep Wheeled Leaf Blower
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If you aren’t able to carry a leaf blower because of health problems but still want to keep your yard neat and tidy, consider the Troy-Bilt TB672 Jet Sweep Wheeled Leaf Blower. The 208 cc overhead valve engine will make short work of yard debris. It has 150 MPH airspeed and easily rolls over the terrain with semi-pneumatic ball-bearing wheels. The handle is a rubberized grip. A whopping 1000 CFM airflow and 90-degree front discharge chute make this quite the machine. The Troy-Bilt Leaf Blower comes with a 2-year limited warranty. Our rating 4 / 5 stars
Dewalt DCB790H1 XR Brushless Leaf Blower
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The Dewalt DCB790H1 XR Brushless Leaf Blower has an airspeed of 120 MPH capable of clearing 400 cubic feet per minute. The Xenoy housing was created for maximum durability and impact resistance. The handle is ergonomically designed to reduce arm fatigue. The variable speed trigger and speed lock give you precision control. It weighs approximately 16 pounds. The 40v lithium ion battery allows for 25-30 minutes of use. The Dewalt DCB790H1 comes with a 3-year limited warranty. Our rating 4 / 5 stars
Black & Decker LSW221 Cordless Leaf Blower
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No need to wait around for your battery to charge with the Black & Decker LSW221 Cordless Leaf Blower the first fall day. The 20V MAX lithium ion 1.5A battery will hold its charge for up to 18 months of storage. It has an airspeed of 130 MPH making it perfect for clearing sidewalks, decks, garages and more. It is lightweight, weighing just under 4 pounds, and quiet. Our rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
GreenWorks 24252 Cordless Leaf Blower
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Perfect for up to a half-acre yard, the GreenWorks 24252 Cordless Leaf blower is lightweight and easy to operate. It has a G-Max 40V Lithium-Ion Battery which gives you 35 minutes of power with low noise levels. It has 150 MPH airspeed and control for six different speeds. It has 135 CFM and weighs just over 3 pounds. Our rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Worx Air WG545.1 Cordless Leaf Blower
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If you want a more affordable leaf blower, check out the Worx Air WG545.1 Cordless Leaf Blower. It gives you 120 MPH powered by a turbine fan for 80 CFM. It has 2-speeds and is lightweight. weighing about 3.5 pounds. The eight optional attachments available for this model make it extremely versatile. The 20V Max lithium battery lets you use it for up to 15 minutes at a time. The Worx leaf blower comes with a 3-year limited manufacturer warranty. Our rating: 3 / 5 stars
Milwaukee 0884-20 M18 Compact Leaf Blower
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The Milwaukee 0884-20 M18 Compact Leaf Blower is so lightweight (2.6 pounds) that yard clean up will be a breeze! It has an adjustable speed trigger and lock-on electronic 3-speed switch for optimal control. The reinforced handle is made from shock-absorbing polymer. The soft plastic extension nozzle lets you get into crevices and corners. It has 150 MPH airspeed and 100 CFM. The battery will last for 15 minutes. The universal inflator/deflator adds to its versatility. Our rating 3 / 5 stars
When deciding on the best cordless leaf blower for your needs, there are a few other aspects to keep in mind including style, power source, and additional features.
Handheld leaf blowers are usually light enough for the average person to use them with ease. Some models might have shoulder straps to help you distribute the weight better as you work. Most are electric, or battery operated, rather than gas-powered. They tend to have lower CFMs so make sure the model you are looking at is powerful enough to the job you have in mind for it.
Backpack leaf blowers are heavier than handheld ones. The ability to carry it on your back makes the weight more bearable however it still might wear you out faster than a lighter model would.
Wheeled leaf blowers are gas powered and much noisier than other models. The advantaged to wheeled leaf blowers is you do not have to carry them. Instead, you can push them from behind.
Gas-powered leaf blowers tend to be heavier than battery propelled ones. Therefore, you’ll most often find that they come in a backpack or wheeled designs. They also are more powerful and noisier. Some blowers of this type emit high levels of stinky emissions. Look for those that are more environmentally friendly. Finally, gas leaf blowers are quite a bit more expensive than other kinds.
Since our focus in this article was the best cordless leaf blowers, all our electric options had batteries that could be recharged. Most models are less powerful, quieter and cheaper than gas-powered versions. If you have a large area that needs to be cleared, you may need to stop at some point and recharge the battery.
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If you plan on using your leaf blower to provide regular maintenance on your gutters, you will want to get one with a vacuum mode. The vacuum works best for jobs that a rake would be unable to reach, not necessarily to suck up all the leaves in your half-acre lot.
If you have an overabundance of leaves each year, consider getting a leaf blower with a mulching option. It will reduce the amount of leaf waste you bag considerably.
There are a few but essential safety precautions you should take when using a leaf blower.
Children should never be allowed to play with a leaf blower. Never direct the leaf blower at another person or animal. Do not use a leaf blower when intoxicated.
You should exercise caution when using a leaf blower in areas with large amounts of sand or gravel. Always wear safety goggles. You never know what might blow up into your eye and cause damage. Additionally, always wear earplugs to protect your hearing and a dust mask to avoid inhaling harmful debris.
Make sure you aren’t wearing loose-fitting clothing that could get sucked into the intake valve. Wear non-slip work gloves when handling a leaf blowing machine. Use common sense as to whether it is safe to use a leaf blower in certain weather conditions and terrains.
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