Most people in the US use a petrol powered leaf blower to clean and maintain in a proper shape their lawn, deck and driveways during the fall season. They are perhaps the best choice on the market, offering good power for a decent price.
But, although petrol leaf blowers are the most powerful and mobile such devices you could get on the market, in some cases they might not be the choice you would want to make. That’s because, like all the other tools out there, they have their cons also.
And we’re going to take a look at some of those cons below, because it’s very important that you’ll know what to expect from such a tool before deciding to buy it.
First, you have to know that these devices are pretty heavy. Most of them are backpack styled, so carrying them around might not be that hard. Although, they still weigh around 10 to 15 pounds.
Then, these devices use gas to power their engines, so some of you would consider them dirty and polluting. That’s not entirely true, at least not for the new devices that have to meet a couple of standard to be able to enter the market these days. The older ones yeah, they were quite nasty. I remember I had one and after using it for a couple of minutes I smelled like I’ve been standing in the middle of a highway for a couple of hours.
Also, some of you might consider these devices noisy. Like above, that’s only the case of the older models. That doesn’t mean their quite although, they do have mechanical engines after all, but still, let’s not exaggerate.
And last but not least, you should be careful when you buy a petrol leaf blower, because in some US states (like CA) they are banned or only the ones that might certain reglementations are allowed. Fines are not big for using them, but that’s not the point.
So, as you can see, if you’re planning to get a gas powered leaf blower, you have to know that although they are powerful and mobile, they are also heavy and noisy. So just be sure you’re familiar with all the aspects before buying such a device.