You may have already gotten your first dusting of snow of the season. Your first thought may be that it’s time to bust out the snow shovels and start clearing your driveway and sidewalk. But you may be able to clear the snow more quickly and easily than you imagined with your leaf blower!
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting ready to use your leaf blower, only to find out that it won’t start. The reality is that it will break down just like anything else because it has a lot of moving parts that need to be maintained. Gas leaf blowers are more prone to having issues over electric blowers, simply because there is more that can go wrong. Just because your leaf blower won’t start doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced completely. In most cases, it just requires a little maintenance and it will be back to running like new.
So you’ve just purchased your first leaf blower and you’re excited to use it! But once you put it all together, you may not understand exactly how to use it and what all it can be used for. Getting the most out of your leaf blower will make it that much more valuable to you.
Before you go out a buy a leaf blower, you probably should brush up on the local laws and regulations regarding the use of leaf blowers. As crazy as it may sound, many cities and communities strictly regulate the use of them. In some cities, leaf blowers are banned from use completely. Some of the fines can be up to $100 for the unauthorized use of a leaf blower.
If you’ve never owned a gas leaf blower before, there is one thing that is critical that you need to understand. You must fill up your blower with the proper oil to gas ratio. You could experience a devastating result if you accidentally forget to mix oil in with the gas. In those cases, you will likely be buying a new blower since the engine could lock up within seconds.
If you’ve been doing any sort of research on leaf blowers, you’ve probably come across some with 2-cycle engines and some with 4-cycle engines, also called 2-stroke and 4 stroke engines. The differences are fairly simple, and we will highlight them here so that you can decide which one is best for you.
If you’re shopping around for a new leaf blower, you’ve likely run across a lot of different options. Buying the correct leaf blower for what you need is important because you don’t want to waste your money on something that you don’t really need.
Instead of looking solely at the price of leaf blowers for comparisons, look at the CFM (cubic feet per minute) and MPH (miles per hour). The differences between the two may seem trivial, but once you educate yourself on the difference, then you will be able to make a more informed decision for your next purchase. It’s also important to do a little bit of research on brand quality, but the CFM and MPH measurements are the hearts of a leaf blower.