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Best Backpack Leaf Blower 2018
Surely, these backpack leaf blowers are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.
With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these backpack leaf blowers are good enough to make it to our list of the top best Backpack Leaf Blowers 2018.
|Device Name||Weight||Power Source|
|WORX TURBINE 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower (Editor’s Choice)||7.2 pounds||Battery|
|Husqvarna 965877502 350BT 1.6 kW 50.2 cc 7500 rpm 180 MPH Backpack Leaf Blower||22.5 pounds||Gas|
|Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Gas Backpack Blower||22.5 pounds||Gas|
|Troy-Bilt TB4BP EC 32cc 4-Cycle Backpack Blower||21.8 pounds||Gas|
|DEWALT DCBL590X2 40V Max Lithium Ion Backpack Blower||9.7 pounds||Battery|
|Maruyama BL85-T 900cfm Backpack Blower||20.9 pounds||Gas|
|Echo PB-755ST 63.3cc Backpack Blower||25 pounds||Gas|
|Husqvarna 580BTS 75.6cc Gas Powered 2 Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower||25.8 pounds||Gas|
WORX TURBINE 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower
This is the most powerful handheld electric blower available. No gimmicks, just a whole lot of air in a light package. If you’re serious about getting the job done quickly, this is the baseline. The next power tier is a gas backpack blower at five times the cost, then an even more powerful backpack, and then four-digit specialty tools from companies like Billy Goat. I bought the Worx because I didn’t want to spend three hours raking a half-acre of grass.
My trial run was an hour of continuous use with matted wet leaves and driveway sand. It quickly became apparent that to be efficient, a blower has to move leaves without being on top of them. Blowing from six inches just makes everything scatter as piles build up. You end up crisscrossing the section you just cleared to deal with the strays. The further your breeze carries, the more direct the flight path of the leaves. This range, and the ability to scour stubborn leaves from the ground, comes from air speed (MPH). At the same time, though, you need a big enough wall of air to move more than one leaf at once. That comes from the size of your pipe. The two in combination determine your total air volume over a given span of time, or CFM (cubic feet per minute).
In physics-land (with spherical cows and turbulence-free pipes, spared from the icy hand of marketing), CFM is the the best measure of a blower’s power and work capacity. MPH, you can change by varying the size of the pipe; a smaller pipe makes a smaller column of air moving at a faster speed (and more impressive advertising), which is why a lot of consumer-class blowers have tiny nozzles. (I’m looking at you, Sun Joe SBJ601E.) CFM stays the same regardless of nozzle size. In theory.
In practice, trying to cram air quickly into a tiny hole tends to reduce CFM, so blowers that optimize for speeds over about 150 MPH tend to be less efficient relative to their fuel or electricity consumption. Still, if you know either value and the size of the pipe, you can calculate the other (assuming the manufacturer isn’t misleading you by quoting CFM at the fan and MPH at the end of the pipe). To get CFM from MPH and the pipe radius, the calculation is (radius^2)*(mph)*(1.92). That’s (1.69^2)(110)(1.92) for this blower’s 110 MPH and 3 3/8″ pipe, with the result arriving right at the rated number of 600 CFM.
Anyway, the Worx has enough volume and speed to blow mounds of wet leaves from six feet and dry ones from ten or more. It’s impressively powerful. I was switching arms every few minutes as they wore out from the backward force. Thanks to ape-like proportions or the secure fit of my spandex leaf-blowing onesie, clothing suction from the rear-directed air intake hasn’t been a bother.
Husqvarna 965877502 350BT 1.6 kW 50.2 cc 7500 rpm 180 MPH Backpack Leaf Blower
Product works great! Seems heavier than I thought it would be, but once on board I didn’t notice the weight. Cleaning the beds under the oaks trees was the primary purpose of this purchase and after several years of raking and using a handheld blower I can assure you that this purchase was well worth it. There was no start guide on my machine (odd?), but I referred to the owner’s manual and it started up fine. I did not wear ear protection and it did not seem any louder than my mower, weed eater or handheld blower. I used silicone spray to help attach the tubes. In addition, I chose to use only two tubes rather than all three.
Now, I knew when I made this purchase I could extend the warranty when using 3-cans of the Husqvarna premixed fuel. My mistake was that I DID NOT UNDERSTAND the warranty/purchase parameters.
Both the machine and the Husqvarna fuel need to be on the SAME receipt. I ordered the blower on Amazon and purchased the fuel separately from my local Loews. Delivery of this blower, to my local Lowes, was a 2-week wait and Amazon Prime was 2-days. Same price minus 12 days and it was a no brainer. But, but, but….. I should have ordered the fuel from Amazon. So be aware of this if the extended warranty is important to you. I don’t anticipate problems, but the additional peace of mind would have been nice. The reality is that I’ll probably use the machine 20 hrs a year.
Here is what the Husqvarna website says regarding the warranty extension:
To Extend the Warranty by 1 Year to a Total of 3:
The consumer will need to take only 2 steps: First, the consumer must purchase at least 6 bottles of Husqvarna brand 2-stroke oil regardless of size and/or type at the same time as the qualifying handheld product purchase and both purchases must be on the original product invoice/receipt. Second, the consumer must register their product online.*
To Extend the Warranty by 2 Years to a Total of 4 years:
The consumer will need to take only 2 steps: First, the consumer must purchase at least 96 oz of Husqvarna brand pre-mixed fuel at the same time as the qualifying handheld product purchase and both purchases must be on the original product invoice/receipt. Second, the consumer must register their product online.*
For Multiple Units Purchased:
Each qualifying handheld product purchased must have an accompanying amount of 2-stroke oil or pre-mix fuel added to the original receipt in order to qualify. For example, if a consumer purchases a 455 rancher chainsaw and a 125B handheld blower and would like to have them both qualify for a 4 year limited warranty, they will need to purchase at least 192 oz of premixed fuel (96 oz for the chainsaw and 96 oz for the handheld blower).
Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Gas Backpack Blower
It does a great job at moving leaves, when the engine is running smoothly – which is about 75% of the time. The rest of the time I am fighting to get the engine to rev back up to full throttle. I have about 75 running hours on it now (a full autumn season) and it has been like this since the first tank of gas. I use high octane gas and the recommended oil at the recommended mix ratio. The engine often bogs down and makes a clanging, rattling racket while producing plumes of smoke. After three or four minutes it returns to normal. I’m not sure if it’s an issue with the carburetor or something internal to the engine. Either way, it runs poorly and has since the beginning.
Otherwise it’s a decent piece of kit. It’s pretty heavy and the pull cord takes a good bit of effort to yank, so I can’t recommend it for anyone on the smaller side. It’s also frustrating that it cannot be started without removing it from your back (or having someone else start it). When it’s running well it does move leaves and debris nicely.
After a few practice uses and a real yard cleaning i can say this blower really delivers in performance. It blows hard and is very quiet. It’s even quieter than my old 4-stroke that was half the displacement. Only complaint is the instruction manual, which is trash. I’m an engineer and I was having a hard time following it. They need to contract IKEA to make assembly directions.
Some tips I can give for others though:
1. Have some sort of lucubration ready to install the plastic pipes, especially bellows pipe. A few drops of veg oil on a paper towel will go a long way. They fit really tight and need some help to get to final position. I’d say this is a good thigh though.
2. Make sure to have the stop switch in the ON position. It’s pretty easy to forget it’s off. My last blower used a momentary kill switch instead of a maintain switch. Wish this was the same, but it’s just a matter of getting used to it.
3. Wish the choke was labeled differently. It is OPEN or CLOSE. START or RUN would be better, but there is a sticker on the side explaining it.
4. The pull chain takes a lot of force. You have to pull it very slowly first for a few inches until it catches, then let her rip. If you have shoulder issues this could be challenging. Fortunately i’m still young-ish.
Troy-Bilt TB4BP EC 32cc 4-Cycle Backpack Blower
This blower is a decent buy at around $220, considering that professional models go for double that amount. That being said, I wish I had sprung the extra money because it’s underpowered for the heavy workload around my house, which is nestled in an old-growth oak forest. Once the pile of heavy oak leaves gets about a foot deep on the lawn, you really can’t move them any faster than with a rake. Of course if they’re wet, then it’s even worse. The blower doesn’t really seem that much more powerful than my old Toro electric blower. It seems that if the nozzle had a smaller opening at the end, you might be able to get a little more air velocity, but I haven’t tried playing around with this yet.
I had no problems putting it together and the engine started up on the first try. The noise and pollution level seem a lot better than your traditional 2-cycle blower, so that’s a big plus. Overall, I think it’s a great unit for moderate use around a typical suburban home, but if you have heavy-duty leaf blowing needs, you should go with something stronger.
“Before I purchased my TB4BP Blower, I read every single product review. Why there are so many complaints about the tubes being difficult to assemble, I do not know. Perhaps, Troy-Bilt fixed the problem before I bought mine. The tubes easily snap together if the tubes are warm, and aligned per the instructions. I did notice what some referred to as the plastic tubes being slippery. To compensate, I positioned the handle down against a hard surface, and held it with one hand, while twisting the other tube with the other hand. If the plastic is too slippery, use gloves that have a rough texture. The tubes went together easily for me.
It is important to align the knobs with the slots. You have to look at the inside of the tube to make sure that they are aligned. As for starting, I primed the engine 8 times, until I could see gasoline coming into the tube. I pulled the starter rope ONE TIME, and it started immediately. I couldn’t believe it! I have never had an engine start so easily right out of the box!! The 4 cycle engine is powerful enough to handle what I need to do. And this little thing is so quiet compared to another brand that I used to own. I would still recommend that you use hearing protection if you are planning to use it for more than half an hour. I really liked how easily the straps were adjusted to fit my 5’10” frame so that the unit rested on my hips. The competitor brand did not have this feature, and it hurt my shoulders after an hour or so of working with it. Not so with this Troy-Bilt design. The weight rested gently on my hips. The adjustment for the control handle was great. I could easily set it for the proper length for my arms. When I put this on, it was comfortable to wear, and was not too bulky. It was very light weight as well. I was so blown away by how easily this blower went together and how it great it worked afterward, that I really cannot find anything to complain about. The engineering team who designed this deserve some recognition for outstanding skill!
DEWALT DCBL590X2 40V Max Lithium Ion Backpack Blower
I bought this as a reprieve from gas, not a replacement. I say that as I have around 20 acres, mix of wooded and clear, but the house that the “lot” is on about 1.5 acres that is fairly wooded. We maintain the 20 acres monthly on average, but the area around the home daily. We have always used gas, and have a lot of Stihl products that are phenomenal.
I use this to blow debris, pollen and leaves off the driveway, deck, porch and garage. We have crap all over our yard almost daily. And the way the wind blows here, a lot of it funnels down around the house and makes it way into the garage. This makes it quick and easy to clean it up for a minute or two every night. Plus, we entertain a lot and sometimes I need to do a quick cleanup before guest arrive and like to be able to so without having to change clothes. With this it is simple and, most importantly, I don’t smell like a refinery when done and that was the biggest factor that drove this purchase. Every time I crank up the Stihl I need to change clothes after.
Now, this is no replacement for a true gas backpack blower, but for simple tasks like blowing debris, pollen, leaves or grass clippings off the driveway/deck/sidewalk/porch it is a no brainer. I can see why some pro mowers would go to this for grass cutting, as all they are cleaning up after a job is grass clippings. Even though I haven’t gone through a leaf season with this I already know that this will not take care of leaves from 50+ trees on 1.5 acres, heck look at CFM ratings and you know that. There are handhelds from some manufacturers out there that compete with this on a CFM level, but this is a great piece of equipment to throw over the shoulder and do some light clean up.
1. Quiet when compared to a gas powered model.
2. Good power.
3. Ability to select the battery using a switch.
4. Speed lock is also handy.
5. Padding is comfortable.
1. Batteries do take quite a while to recharge.
2. The battery charger did not come with a wall mount bracket (the 40V DeWalt hedge trimmer I received as a gift had one included).
3. You cannot change the blower hose to the left-hand position (I think this is probably true for most, of not all, backpack style blowers).
4. The plastic fitting adjustment clips for the shoulder straps are junk. One broke when I was tightening them with the blower on my back (this was the very first time I had put the darn thing on too!).
Maruyama BL85-T 900cfm Backpack Blower
For many years ( 8 +) I had a solo 672 backpack blower. Since I have a very large yard with many trees I needed a blower with a high CFM. Unfortunately the solo was plagued by Engine issues that even local experts could not resolve. The solo service center is more than 1000 miles away making repairs both expensive and problematic. I decided to buy a replacement unit. My son had a Kawasaki backpack that had similar characteristics of the solo though much louder. When I went to purchase the Kawasaki I discovered that it had been discontinued. My next selection was the Sthil backpack. I have had many chainsaws brands over the years but the best is Sthil. However during the research of this unit I discovered that it had valves that needed adjustment periodically by the dealership therefore it was not a true two cycle engine. I did not want that however I did not like the other brand offerings and was in the process of buying the Sthil when my son found that the Muruyama is powered by a Kawasaki two cycle. We also learned that Maruyama has been a long time equipment supplier -though not in the states. The specifications, the performance capability, the Kawasaki engine and the warranty made the BL 85 t my choice.
First impressions; I would recommend the Maruyama technical staff take a close look at the assembly documents and review the language translations and instructions. I would also recommend that they make the diagrams as large as possible.
Once assembled my first test of the backpack blower was a good one. It had rained the night before and the leaves in my yard were soaking wet. The BL 85 T picked up oak, Maple, and Hackberry leaves – along with sticks- out of the muddy lawn and blew them where I wanted them to go. After I was done the lawn looked as if I had taken a rug doctor to it. The unit is comparably quiet compared to the solo and is definitely lighter.
Echo PB-755ST 63.3cc Backpack Blower
Starts easy. Carburetor is simple, straightforward, isn’t buried underneath things, and has no primer bulb- one less wear item. Fuel tank is quite large, out in the open, opaque, has a large fill nozzle. It holds plenty of fuel for long operating times. The engine is very large displacement compared to my old PB251 handheld that’s served faithfully for the last 10 years. You’ll feel how large when you pull the start cord, the compression is robust to say the least. Don’t be expecting a little lady to start it easily.
The engine starts right up, I could hear immediately based on the exhaust note this machine was going to have plenty of power.
I strapped it on and ran a tank of fuel through it. I bought this because my old handheld just doesn’t have enough power to deal with leaf and thatch removal in areas of my property with obstructions, and there’s plenty of them- I.e. Plenty of low shrubs, overgrown flowerbeds, and ivy and vines that grow every which direction on the ground and trap leaves and needles under them quite well. This machine has the CFM and wind speed to get it all out.
I forgot what it feels like to carry this much in a backpack, it’s similar to having a backpack full of hardcover books. Not easy on the shoulders especially. I’m 6’1″ and 220 pounds, but I’m 40 years old too- it’s a bit of a workout. Not exactly a light machine, but not horrible either.
It’s easy to assemble, very straightforward. I didn’t bother to look at the directions, it’s pretty self-explanatory how it goes together. The nozzle is long enough to sweep the ground well even if you’re tall. The throttle handle, cruise control, and kill switch are all comfortable and ergonomically designed.
My biggest complaint- I’ve suffered the handicap of lefthandedness since birth, and this machine could have had the turbine chamber designed so it could be rotated for left handed use with no added cost or materials. I know over 90% of people are right handed, but getting used to using it is very difficult.
Heavy. Things that are well built are heavy though, that’s the tradeoff. It would be tough to make this machine lighter without adding to the cost or sacrificing quality.
Noise. Again, the power to get the job done in a time effective fashion comes at a cost. It’s not day-at-the-motocross track loud, but your ears may be a little ringy after using it for a while.
All said, still a good deal. It’s an Echo product so I’m faithful in it being a good product with a long service life that’s cost effective. Echo products are my second preference over Stihl, but the cost of a Stihl product can only be justified if you’re using the power equipment to make a living, which I am not. I simply have a high maintenance 2 acre city lot of old growth woods to maintain, and these products are overkill for what I need.
Husqvarna 580BTS 75.6cc Gas Powered 2 Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower
I received the blower quickly and assembly went quick. I filled it with gas and it started right away. This is a big blower and is loud but that is to be expected since it is 4.3hp. The only complaint I have is that it does go through the gas, I get about 1 hour and 15 minutes out of a full tank. Once again, I expect that out of a 4.3 hp engine running wide open.
As for the blowers ability to move leaves, it moves rocks and sticks plus wet leaves. I’ve actually had to use it at a slower throttle do to the fact that the turbulance from the wind spins back on to itself and sucks the debris back around.
If you have a hard time with balance I wouldn’t get this blower because it will push you around slightly especially if you turn fast with the throttle wide open.
I enjoy running this machine and would recommend it to anyone that has a lot of leaves to move.
About Leaf Blower
A leaf blower (often referred to as simply a blower) is a gardening tool that propels air out of a nozzle to move debris such as leaves and grass cuttings. Leaf blowers are powered by electric or gasoline motors. Gasoline models have traditionally been two-stroke engines, but four-stroke engines were recently introduced to partially address air pollution concerns. Leaf blowers are typically self-contained handheld units, or backpack mounted units with a handheld wand. The latter is more ergonomic for prolonged use. Larger units may rest on wheels and even use a motor for propulsion. These are sometimes called “walk behind leaf blowers” because they must be pushed by hand to be operated.
Some units can also suck in leaves and small twigs via a vacuum, and shred them into a bag. In that role it is called a blower vac.
The leaf blower was invented by Dom Quinto in the late 1950s. It was originally introduced to the United States as part of an agricultural chemical sprayer. Shortly thereafter manufacturers discovered that many consumers were removing the chemical dispensing parts from the device, leaving only the blower behind. Manufacturers then saw the potential of their invention as a common lawn and garden maintenance tool. Drought conditions in California facilitated acceptance of the leaf blower as the use of water for many garden clean-up tasks was prohibited. Leaf blowers also save time compared to a broom. By 1990, annual sales were over 800,000 in the U.S., and the tool had become a ubiquitous gardening implement.
Other functions beyond the simple use of garden maintenance have been demonstrated by Richard Hammond on the Brainiac television series, in which a man sized hovercraft was constructed from a leaf blower. Being both portable and able to generate wind speeds of between 140–270 miles per hour (63–121 m/s) and air volumes of 14 m3 per minute, the leaf blower has many potential uses in amateur construction projects.
Emissions from gasoline-powered grounds-keeping equipment in general are a source of air pollution and more immediately (when powered by internal combustion engines, rather than by electricity), noise pollution. In the United States, US emission standards prescribe maximum emissions from small engines.
In addition to the adverse health effects of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and particulates generated in the exhaust gas of the gasoline-powered engines, leaf blowers pose problems related to dust raised by the powerful flow of air. Dust clouds caused by leaf blowers contain potentially harmful substances such as pesticides, mold, and animal fecal matter that may cause irritation, allergies, and disease.
Noise pollution is also a concern with leaf blowers, as they emit noise levels well above those required to cause hearing loss to both the operator and those nearby. Soon after the leaf blower was introduced into the U.S., its use was banned in two California cities, Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1975 and Beverly Hills in 1978, as a noise nuisance. There are currently twenty California cities that have banned leaf blowers, sometimes only within residential neighborhoods and usually targeting gasoline-powered equipment. Another 80 cities have ordinances on the books restricting either usage or noise level or both.