Handheld blowers, especially the electric models, are relatively lightweight. The best electric handheld blowers continue to outperform their gas-engine counterparts for less money. That also makes them a logical choice if your arms are weak or tire easily. But handheld models are not up to sweeping a large area or sucking up a large pile of leaves. For sheer power, you're likely to prefer a gas-powered backpack or wheeled blower. Nearly all the gas-powered blowers we tested meet the tougher new California emissions standards. Use this leaf blower guide to choose the right one for you.
Be courteous and safe
Gas blowers are noisy enough to require hearing protection, and even electric blowers can annoy the neighbors. So avoid using these machines early or late in the day. Some localities restrict their use to certain hours and seasons of the year, so check your town's ordinances. Along with ear protectors, wear goggles and a dust mask when blowing or vacuuming. And keep people and pets away from the work area.
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