Clearing a whole lawn full of leaves can be an exhausting and time intensive task that’s enough to warrant investing in a leaf blower to get the job done. Whether it’s to get rid of those autumn leaves, clearing walkways, or removing grass cuttings in the summer, they’re convenient for use all year round. There’s plenty of choice in Australia when it comes to leaf blowers, from petrol to cordless and for large or small lawns with varying numbers of trees – in this article, we help you choose the model that’s right for your needs.
Things to consider before purchasing a leaf blower
Of course, at first it makes sense to assess your needs. Firstly, work out how big your lawn is roughly – how much debris do you typically encounter per week? How many trees are in your lawn, and how big are they? Answering these questions will help to determine the kind of leaf blower that will be right for you. For larger estates with significant amounts of leaves and debris, a more powerful option will be perfect. Equally, smaller lawns with older trees that shed a large amount of leaves throughout the year will also require a powerful model. Lawns that don’t need quite as much maintenance may be better suited to a cordless or electric model, so it’s important to establish the qualities you’ll require in advance. It’s also important to consider noise levels when it comes to leaf blowers – Consumer Reports recommends wearing hearing protection, as well as goggles and a dust mask.
Below is a helpful video from consumer reports on the features to look for when choosing a leaf blower, with an explanation of air volume, air speed, size range, and more.
With that background, let's get into some of our preferred models currently on the Australian market:
Electric leaf blowers
While they cannot compete with petrol power electric leaf blowers offer a number of advantages over petrol leafblowers, most notably easy maintenance and ease of use.
The bargain electric leaf blower
If you’re after a simple electric blower that will remove a reasonable amount of leaves from your relatively low maintenance lawn, the Ozito Electric Blower BLW-1800 may just be your perfect match. Featuring a lightweight design and a sure grip ergonomic handle to allow for convenient and prolonged usage as well as easy maneuverability, this particular model offers an 1800W electric motor to get the job done well. Although you can’t expect the most powerful model on the market for this price point, it does have a decent 320km/hr air speed for shifting leaves and debris from basic areas including lawns and courtyards which is ideal for DIY activity. Another bonus is the lack of exhaust emissions or fuel mixing required, as with petrol models.
The powerful electric leaf blower
If your garden often has debris that’s particularly hard to shift, say hello to the Bosch ALS 25 2300W Electric Blower Vacuum. Not only does it offer a mode for blowing away stubborn leaves from your lawn, but it even features a vacuum mode for gathering debris and shredding it for composting – quite literally two devices for the price of one! With a padded shoulder strap, lightweight model, and adjustability, it’s perfect for effortless and prolonged use. Whilst the electric blower requires an extension cord and access to a power outlet for operating, it does have a convenient push button start to enable you to get to work quickly and easily. The model also comes equipped with an agile 45-litre collection bag that’s simple to empty and made from waterproof material for years of repeated usage.
You can purchase the Bosch ALS 25 2300W Electric Blower Vacuum from Bunnings.
Cordless leaf blowers
If you need a reasonably simple and inexpensive model that will do the job but is super easy to use, a cordless model sounds like it’s perfect for you. Important things to look for in a cordless leaf blower, include factors like battery type, whether a charger is included, and if it will supply sufficient power for your needs. Outdoor Power Buddy gives the lown down on further cordless considerations.
The bargain cordless leaf blower
As a super lightweight and mobile cordless leaf blower, the Ozito PXCBLS-018 is a pleasure to use. Its design puts the convenience of the user first with a sure grip and easy operation, and it’s particularly agile for use around the garden when blowing away leaves and debris thanks to its 210km/h blow speed. The 18v lithium ion battery removes the need for extension leads, making it ideal for DIY use. As a couple of added bonuses, it’s a much quieter model than most electric and petrol leaf blowers, and removes the need for gas and oil mixtures.
The powerfull cordless leaf blower
As a pretty powerful cordless leaf blower that’s great for shifting debris from the garden, thanks to its 250km/h air speed, the Ryobi 36V 2.6Ah Li-Ion Cordless Blower Kit is one of the best cordless performers you’ll find on the market. It boasts variable speed control and is lightweight and mobile with simple one-handed usage and an overmould grip – all whilst maintaining durability that will give the owner years of great use. The model features a 36V 2.6Ah hi-tech battery for hours of use, and comes with a charger. Whilst requiring virtually no maintenance other than charging and smooth performance, the leaf blower also falls under a Ryobi 6 year tool, 3 year battery, and a charger replacement warranty for your peace of mind.
You can purchase the Ryobi 36V 2.6Ah Li-Ion Cordless Blower Kit from Bunnings.
Petrol leaf blowers
While they certainly can be noisy, The New York Times discusses restrictions on petrol leaf blowers and how this can lead to shabbier results when it comes to maintaining public property. At the end of the day I have not seen any professional lawn mowing or garden maintaince services carry anything other than petrol driven leaf blowers.
The bargain petrol leaf blower
Petrol leaf blowers add a little more oomph to the job, providing more power than electric leaf blowers, and the Homelite Petrol Blower is no exception. For a great value price, it offers reliable and simple-to-use engineering, all whilst maintaining safety for the user. Although petrol leaf blowers are typically heavy, this is a reasonably lightweight model that clears away leaves and debris within a flash. With simple start up, you can get to work immediately, and the 26cc two stroke engine and 270km/h air velocity with cruise control throttle will make the job look easy. It’s a great value model that should last for years, although there’s a two year warranty should it be required at any point.
You can purchase the Homelite Petrol Blower at Bunnings.
The four stroke petrol leaf blower
If other petrol leaf blowers don’t quite cut the mustard for your lawn, the Honda 25cc four Stroke Leaf Blower will certainly perform where others won’t. As an extremely powerful model for clearing plenty of cuttings, leaves, and debris, it’s great for larger jobs thanks to its four stroke leaf blade and 25cc commercial engine for intense performance. As an added bonus, it doesn’t require any fuel mixing, and there is of course no electrical cord making it much simpler to use. Boasting the famously quiet Honda engine, it’s a fuel efficient model that’s also incredibly easy to start up. Perfect for either professionals after a top grade petrol leaf blower or just homeowners with plenty of leaves to shift, it also comes with 4 years of domestic and 1 year of commercial warranty.
You can purchase the Honda HHB25 25cc 4 Stroke Leaf Blower from Honda.
The fast-starting petrol leaf blower
For all those occasions where you just need a good quality petrol leaf blower that ‘just goes’, the Victa Swift-Start Blower/Vac is your dream model. As a reliable leaf blower that offers a smooth, soft, and easy pull start, it features auto-choke and a consistent performance with anti-vibration thanks to an isolated engine and a Walbro carburetor. Its extremely powerful 27.5cc 2-stroke engine with high air speed blasts away leaves and debris, which is made much simpler with cruise control. In case you needed more, as well as being a leaf blower, a vac kit is also included for gathering and shredding debris. Whilst it’s definitely on the pricier side, you can certainly distinguish this model from others on the market.
You can purchase the Victa Swift-Start Blower/Vac from Victa.
You should now be much clearer on the perfect model for your needs. For some tips on how to use your chosen leaf blower efficiently, HouseLogic has provided some helpful information.