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Whether you’ve got your parents to come over or you are starting a new gardening project, the easiest way to clean up your garden is by using a leaf blower. You can also use it to clear up tiny debris, which would otherwise take you hours. Many leaf blowers also come with a mulcher and vacuum, so you can use it to grind fertilizers to put in the garden. Choosing the best commercial leaf blower is not that easy, but if you succeed, it will enable you to do more work in less time compared to a household leaf blower.
Since you need only one to maintain your own garden, instead of going through thousands of them online and at your local supermarket, we researched about the best ones on the market and came up with a list from which you can select a leaf blower for your house. Noise levels were one of the important things we considered in our review. Other things that we based our reviews on include cylinder displacement capacity, fuel tank capacity, warranty, and weight of the leaf blower.
Our team spent two days understanding the features of each product. Along with that, we also took expert ratings from the internet to come up with a concise review of our own. In this article, we’ve included a comparison table that contains all the products we liked the most, in-detail reviews of each of them, and the buying guide to help you choose.
RedMax EBZ8500RH is a commercial grade leaf blower with a cylinder displacement capacity of the incredible 75.6 cc that helps it to achieve a maximum speed of 206 mph. It has a two-stroke engine designed with ultra-low emissions production level. The blower comes with a 77.7 fl. oz. capacity of the fuel tank.
It weighs 24.7 lbs, which is on the heavier side but it is still quite comfortable to wear, especially if you are not going to wear it for a long time. Some features that we loved about this product include hip controls with a throttle lock and padded straps.
The blower has a fan in between the intake vents and fan housing that initiates active cooling by sucking in air so that your back is comfortable while you do the cleaning. Coming to the performance and cost, we only have one thing to say – you are getting a whole lot compared to the price you’re paying.
The throttle is placed at a comfortable position, the material used to make the product is of top quality, and it only makes 77 dB(a) of sound level, which is accepted in most neighborhoods in the United States.
Why did it make our list?
Most comfortable padding on the straps and back support
Total runtime of 1 hr 04 min
Makes very little noise
What is not ideal about it?
Heaviest backpack leaf blower you’ll ever find
Very costly and not suitable if you don’t use it regularly
Echo PB-250LN is a wonderful handheld device. It comes with multiple gas speed adjustments, which is very convenient to use when there aren’t so many leaves to clean or, on the contrary, when there are plenty. It is battery-powered and comes with a 60V and 5.0 Ah POWERWORKS Battery. Batteries aren’t included in the price, so you’ll have to purchase them separately. The blower seems more suitable for household use because you need to charge the battery after using it for more than four to five hours, depending on the gas speed you were working at.
It can achieve a maximum blower speed of 165 mph and produces a sound power level of 65 dB(a), which will hardly interrupt your conversation! The machine is lightweight so that you can carry it around without a struggle since it weighs only 8.8 pounds.
The blower can alternatively work on gas in case the battery runs out of power. Some other highlighting features of this leaf blower include cylinder displacement of 25.4 cc and fuel tank volume of 16.9 fl oz. The machine comes with a limited five-year warranty, which is a huge advantage.
What makes it special?
Produces minimum noise
Five-year limited warranty
Adjustable speed aimed at saving battery and fuel
Long lasting. Can easily go on for five to ten years depending on your use
What cons did we find?
Isn’t able to achieve maximum speed
Doesn’t suck in leaves
Takes very long to warm up and needs repetitive repairman fixes
Being one of the most powerful handheld leaf blowers, Hitachi RB24EAP has an airflow of 441 CFM. It is fitted with a PureFire 23.9 cc commercial-grade engine, which keeps harmful gas emissions to a minimum. The engine is designed in such a way that it minimally harms the environment. The machine is also easy to operate as it comes with large two finger throttle that helps you to have a stronger hold of it.
It can go up to a maximum speed of 170 mph, making it an ideal choice for cleaning up small piles of leaves as well as a long yard work. The good news about buying this blower – it comes with a seven-year warranty period, which is the longest limit compared to any other company. Usually, when you purchase for commercial use, you get an only two-year warranty. On the other hand, if you rent for commercial use, the company only gives you one year of warranty.
Other features worth mentioning include auto-return stop switch for easy start, two-stroke engine technology to reduce fume, lightweight for easy handling, and fuel tank volume capacity of 17.6 fl oz. Cylinder displacement capacity of the leaf blower is 23.9 cc.
Why did it make our list?
CARB Tier III compliant so that you can use it in California
Provides seven years of warranty, which is highest for a leaf blower
Two-finger throttle lever for comfortable use and easy handling
What is not ideal about it?
Even though lightweight, carrying it in hands can give a lot of pain and discomfort
One of the most loved backpack gas leaf blowers, Husqvarna 350BT, offers comfort and higher productivity. Even though its size is smaller than most leaf blowers available on the market, it can be used by professional landscape contractors because it comes with X-Torq s 2.1-horsepower engine, a powerful machine that limits exhaust emissions. Also, it supports better fuel economy. It consumes 20 percent less fuel and produces 60 percent fewer emissions compared to other leaf blowers.
Husqvarna has patented the 2-stroke X-Torq engine technology, which has the power to achieve a power speed of 7,500 RPM and blower speed of 180 mph. It produces around 104 dB(A) of noise, which is rather loud and probably the only downfall of this product.
Some other great features of the leaf blower include cylinder displacement capacity of 50.2 cc, fuel tank volume of 42.27 fl. oz., and power output of 2:1 HP. It weighs around 22.5 pounds, but since you wear it on your back, you don’t feel all of its weight. The product is covered in foam so that no mechanical parts stick out and damage your muscle or bones. It comes with a hip belt for added support.
You only get two-year limited warranty on parts, which is another downside of the product.
What makes it special?
Lightweight backpack for easy handling
Emits 60 percent fewer exhaust emissions and consumes 20 per cent less fuel
High speed of 180 mph
What cons did we find?
Makes a lot of noise, which means you need to be ready for neighbor complaints
With a four-point vibration reduction system and pleated air filter element, Echo PB-580T is definitely one of the best backpack leaf blowers on the market. It has a huge fuel capacity of 62 fl. oz. and cylinder displacement volume of 58.2 cc. The blower is ideal for commercial purposes at hotels, resorts, hospitals, and community gardens as it has a maximum blower speed of 215 mph. It will only take a few minutes to clean up all the leaves fallen on the ground.
It has a deluxe padded harness so that the wearer is a 100 percent comfortable wearing it. The harness supports your spine to minimize the pressure put by the blower’s weight. It comes with a tube mounted hip throttle for easy movement. The back pad is vented to circulate back temperature of the wearer on a hot and humid afternoon.
It has an operator cooling feature to cool the blower in case it gets too hot during prolonged use. To protect the parts of the machine, you have it fitted with a leaf guard and tool-less air filter cover.
Among other perks is a five-year limited warranty and customer support provided by Echo is excellent. It is easy to start so that you won’t need any expert help, but it’s always good to know.
What do we love it for?
Padded harness for superior comfort
Large fuel tank capacity
Leaf guard and tool-less air filter cover for protecting blower machine parts
What were we disappointed with?
Doesn’t start easily after using it for more than a year
Ideal for infrequent uses, the Husqvarna 125B is a mini leaf blower that only weighs 9.4 lbs. Its fan is designed in such a way that it is parallel to the handle so that your hand and arm isn’t under stress and in pain from holding it for a long time. You can adjust the blowing tube length, which is a huge advantage.
Also, the stop switch has an automatic reset feature, which resets to ON position, so that you don’t have to undergo the hassle of switching it on and off over and over again. It has a cruise-control function to blow at the same fan speed continuously. You can set the fan speed at 575 g/kWh for easier fuel consumption while handling it.
Blowing speed can reach a maximum of 170 mph. It has a cylinder displacement volume of 28 cc and fuel tank capacity of 16.8 fl oz. An advantage of this product that’s difficult to ignore is its price. It is one of the most affordable and trustworthy blowers on the market. The blower is designed in such a way that it can reach the small spaces between two stairs or picket fence. You can also use it to blow out flower beds without harming your flower plants.
What makes it stand out?
Affordable and ideal for houses with a small yard
Ergonomic design to support hand movement
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
Only one-year limited warranty, and it doesn’t cover the engine
One of the newest models released by Echo, the Echo PB-770T is quite a steal. It has a two-stroke fuel tank and offers control over the gas speed. The backpack blower weighs 23.8 lbs, so you won’t be able to carry it around for a long time. However, the padded back and straps made the experience less uncomfortable.
It arrives semi-assembled, but the manual will make it super easy for you to assemble it completely. Make sure you insert the clamps right so that it is a smooth process. Tube-mounted throttle makes the product unique. You have to use your right hand to pull the trigger instead of left-hand hip throttle, which is less practical than the former placement.
With a high power 63.3cc engine, you are promised a maximum blower speed of 234 mph. It has a fuel tank capacity of 68.3 fl. oz., which is a lot compared to what other products are offering on the list. Even though the manufacturers mentioned that it makes around 73 dB(a) of noise, we had to use ear protection because the machine got louder than that.
This blower is definitely an expensive investment, but if you are looking for a machine that’ll last you for the entire lifetime, you should definitely go for this one.
Why did it make our list?
Achieves maximum blower speed of 234 mph, which cuts down your cleaning time by half
Tanaka THB-260PF is a mini commercial grade leaf blower ideal for infrequent uses. Its engine has a cylinder displacement capacity of 30 cc, which helps to achieve a maximum blower speed of 180 mph. It is also the second most affordable product on our list after Husqvarna 125B.
Since it is CARB compliant, you can use it in the state of California. Ergonomic adjustable handles ensure comfortable movement. The machine only weighs 10.9 pounds and has a fuel tank capacity of 20.28 fl oz. It is a perfect choice if you’ve got neighbors who constantly complain about even the slightest of noise, as yhis product produces only 68 dB(a).
With a high-volume fan nozzle, the machine gives you better control over increasing the blowing efficiency. Other than that, it is easy to handle, and when powered at full sleep, the machine does the job in half of the time required by bigger blowers.
The leaf blower comes with a two-year commercial warranty, three-year consumer warranty, and excellent customer service. Even though it is a relatively newer brand, the products are promising and will last you for at least ten years easily.
What stands out?
Affordable and worth the money you pay for it
Super quiet and perfect for urban neighborhoods
Small in size, only weighs 10.9 pounds
What cons did we manage to find?
Not ideal for larger yards
Too powerful that it might twist your arm
The mulching attachment could’ve had a better functioning ability
With a 30 cc powerful engine, Husqvarna 130BT is a great choice for those looking for leaf blowers below $200. Being a backpack machine, it is exceedingly convenient to use. One of the blower’s highlighting feature is the air purge system that removes air from the carburetor and the fuel tank, so that it starts in the very first try.
It has a maximum power speed of 7500 rpm and maximum blower speed of 145 mph. It is fitted with a 30 cc X-Torq engine, so that you can use it anywhere you want from a supermarket parking lot to your backyard at home.
It weighs in at 23.8 lbs, which is a comfortable weight to carry around. The machine reduces emissions by 60 percent and uses 20 percent fuel. All of the credit goes to its engine. Materials used to construct it make the machine quite durable, while the engine can easily take some extra minutes of work time.
Other than that, it is easy to use, and because it isn’t that heavy, even your kids can use it to clean up the garden. However, there’s a downfall of the product – it only comes with a one-year warranty. Leaf blowers aren’t something you use daily, so ideally you need at least three to five years of warranty.
What stands out?
Budget-friendly and easy to work with
Low emissions, so you are causing minimal pollution
What cons did we manage to find?
Only one-year warranty period
Half the tank capacity compared to other leaf blowers
Makes a lot of noise even though the manufacturers say otherwise
Things to Consider
Whether you want to buy a leaf blower as a simple gardening tool or to keep your driveway clean, you have to make sure you buy the best one. It is a once in a lifetime investment and an expensive one. There are so many features that you have to look for, so we hope our buying guide will come to the rescue.
When and how can you use your commercial leaf blower?
The name is self-explanatory; leaf blowers are used to clean up leaves that pile up in your garden or driveway during the fall. The 21st century is all about getting creative, so why not make more use to it and save some extra bucks.
Here are some creative uses of a leaf blower that come in super handy:
For blowing snow
Living in a cold region is high maintenance because you need to shovel snow off the driveway almost every day during the winters. If you get a heavy duty leaf blower, you can use it to blow off the snow rather than buying a big shovel or electric shovel car for it.
Cleaning air vents
An air vent that is filled with dirt or lint can cause a fire. Instead of cleaning the vents using a vacuum cleaner, you can very well do it with a leaf blower.
For drying the car
We all hate cleaning our cars but drying them competes with it for the first place. When you keep your cleaned car to dry, it leaves puddle marks that look uglier than a dirty car. A leaf blower might not help evaporate the water, but it can definitely displace the puddles so that it doesn’t leave marks.
Cleaning the lawn mower
Use a heavy duty leaf blower to blow out dirt and grass clippings stuck in the lawn mower. Isn’t it a brilliant idea compared to getting your hands dirty trying to unclog it? Hit it with a garden hose to make it look new as the day.
Attach the wire’s loose end to a small piece of foam, then place it inside the conduit. Start a leaf blower, and it’ll do the job of inserting the wire all the way into it.
Blast the dirt off and then collect it at one end rather than getting into the gutter and getting all smelly and dirty. It’ll barely take any time, and you won’t hate the job as much as earlier.
How to use a leaf blower in a garden?
Always work against the breeze, if there’s any. Always start cleaning from the boundary to the center, so that it is easy to pick up the leaves later. Rather than walking through the enter yard in concentric circles, break it up into three or four sections and pick dirt and leaves separately.
If you are a lazy person and want to save the trouble of picking up the leaves, you can lay a tarp in your work area and direct the leaves there. If you are lazier than that, buy a leaf blower with a vacuum and a bag, so that you can pick it up as you clean.
How to use a leaf blower on a hard surface?
On a hard surface, use the leaf blower at the least possible gas speed, so that the leaves and dirt don’t land where you don’t want them. Also, start from the middle and go to the ends, which is exactly opposite to how you do on a lawn. When you do so, you don’t have to pick up the leaves at the same time, which comes handy especially when you are in a hurry to clean around.
Features to consider before buying a commercial leaf blower
Here are some things that you should look for before buying a commercial leaf blower:
Cylinder displacement is measured in a cubic inch or centimeter and is the volume inside one cylinder, which is covered by one piston. In return, the piston is driven from top to bottom for its movement.
Higher the cylinder volume, faster and stronger the engine will work at. This means the speed at which the blower blows air will be higher. Usually, a commercial leaf blower with a 30 cc cylinder displacement capacity is ideal for home use. Anything more than 60 cc should be considered for commercial use at grocery stores or hotels and restaurants with a big lawn.
The higher the fuel tank volume, the less the number of refills you’ll need while cleaning your garden or concrete space. Now, if you are looking for battery-powered or electric leaf blowers, this isn’t a feature to be concerned about. Likewise, a leaf blower with a fuel tank is going to be heavier than a battery-powered or electric one, but it is more versatile and lasts a lot longer.
When it comes to fuel tank volume, RedMax EBZ8500RH beats all others on the list. It has a capacity of 77.7 fl. oz. and can easily go on for two to three hours.
It is completely a personal choice when it comes to the maximum blower speed. If you have a small area to clean, you don’t need a machine with a high speed. Not only are they expensive but also bigger compared to those with a lower speed. If you have a small backyard and won’t be leaving the house any time soon, you can purchase the Husqvarna 130BT, which has a maximum blower speed of 145 mph. For a bigger lawn area, you can purchase the Echo PB-770T, which has a maximum blower speed of 234 mph.
Sound power level
Whether you live in the busy urban neighborhood or the next house is a kilometer away, you definitely want to buy a leaf blower that makes the least noise. You don’t want the neighbors complaining or destroy the peace that you are used to and get the work done at the same time. Tanaka Commercial Grade THB-260PF is the best choice if you are looking for a quiet one. It only makes 68 dB(a) of noise, which sounds like a car driving through the highway.
Weight is no more a barrier when it comes to buying the best leaf blower for your house or office. Lower the weight, lower the fuel tank capacity, which means you’ll have to refill the blower over and over again. If you are still wondering for which weight range to go for, then anything between 23 to 25 lbs is the best option. From the list we mentioned, Echo PB-580T, Husqvarna 130BT, and Echo PB-770T fit the weight range. If you want to use the blower only during the fall season and the space to clean is tiny, you can go to Tanaka Commercial Grade THB-260PF. It only weighs 10.9 pounds, easy to handle, and has a powerful blower speed.
Hitachi RB24EAP offers the highest warranty of seven years, which is incredible. An infrequent user should go for it as you need a longer cover since you’ll be using it for a longer period. Otherwise, you should always look for a blower that offers at least two years of warranty.
Depending on what your requirements are, some extra features you should look for include hip belt for greater support while using a backpack leaf flower, variable gas speed limit, padded and wider shoulder belt, two-stroke engine for lower emissions and fuel economy, and handgrip for easier handling.
What additional accessories may I need?
If you’ve decided on buying a commercial leaf blower, the blower itself might be not the only thing you’ll need to properly use it. There are accessory and maintenance stuff as well as some means of protection you can benefit from.
Ear protection – Never use a leaf blower without ear protection because the noise can cause issues with your hearing ability.
Shoulder strap – If you have a handheld leaf blower, you can attach a shoulder strap to it, so that your hand and arm don’t pain too much while cleaning.
Telescopic tubes – Reaching hidden spaces is difficult, but with a telescopic tube, it is very easy. Such tubes are retractable, so that when you don’t need it, you can easily store it in your garage.
Eye protection – Eye protection is an option. However, we suggest you clean the driveway because a lot of settled dust will blow up back into the air.
Lubricants – A lubricant is obviously a must-have if you want your leaf blower to last for a very long time. Lubricate your leaf blower every three to five uses to avoid rust build-up and smooth functioning.
Functional gloves – Another optional accessory, functional gloves help in a tighter grip. If you want to go for a lower version, you can go for super grip gloves, but your hands tend to get hot.
Backpack model is better because it takes the weight off your hands. If you aren’t comfortable with carrying weight around or if you have only a small area, a handheld model will work. Backpack leaf blowers generally cost more than handheld ones.
Clean the machine thoroughly after every use. Make sure the variable speed control and the throttle trigger are switched off. Clean the air filter regularly and replace them every six months. If you use it daily, replace the filter every three to four months.
Before keeping it back, check if the inlet cover is in the closed position. The fan impeller should always be clean, and all nuts and screws fit in tightly. Replace damaged parts before the warranty ends and check for cracks if any. All other things including lubrication, covering it up, and keeping it in a dry and cool place are the same as for any other machine.
Make sure kids under 12 years of age don’t use it, even under supervision. Let the engine to cool off before you refuel the leaf blower. Don’t use the leaf blower when strong air currents are flowing or if it’s raining.
Always read the manual provided by the manufacturer before assembling and using the blower for the first time. Avoid using it on ladders or high places, or it could result in serious injury. Make sure there’s no one around in 50 feet in diameter when you are using the blower.
We nominate RedMax EBZ8500RH , Echo PB-250LN, and Husqvarna 350BT as the best three from our list of nine leaf blowers.
RedMax EBZ8500RH is the best leaf blower for commercial purposes as it has a the most spacious fuel tank capacity of 77.7 fl. oz., very powerful 75.6 cc engine, and maximum blower speed of 206 mph.
We are in love with Echo PB-250LN because it is compact and ideal for both commercial and housework. It is also the least sound making and has a five-year limited warranty.
Husqvarna 350BT is the kind of leaf blower everyone can purchase without looking in the specificities. It has 50.2 cc engine and boasts an incredible speed of 180mph. It is a backpack model, so it is super convenient to use.
We recommend you going through our buyer’s guide because your requirements might be different than other people’s. Also, make sure you follow all instructions from the manufacturers and our safety precaution list.