The 7 Best Backpack Blowers
7. Husqvarna 350BT
- adjustable fan speed
- two-year warranty
- underpowered for commercial use
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
6. GreenWorks 80V
- variable speed trigger
- four-year warranty
- battery and charger not included
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
5. Troy-Bilt TB4BP EC
- flexible tube is easy to maneuver
- well balanced to reduce fatigue
- not particularly durable
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
4. Poulan Pro PR48BT
- lightweight to reduce strain
- contoured adjustable shoulder straps
- assembly instructions are confusing
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
3. DeWalt DCBL590X2
- starts and stops instantly
- impressively quiet for its power
- includes a 3-year limited warranty
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
2. Echo PB-580T
- works with any 2-stoke oil
- metal ring protects pipe from damage
- translucent tank for easy monitoring
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
1. Makita BBX7600N 4-Stroke
- padded straps and lumbar support
- reaches air speeds of 195 mph
- runs for 80 minutes on a single tank
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
Landscaping And Property Maintenance Made Easy
Ultimately, there is no easier way to enjoy a clean, well manicured property than by hiring a landscaping and lawn care company to take care of your yard for you. But the costs of a single landscape cleaning and maintenance session can cost several hundreds of dollars for the average sized property, especially when the work takes place during the fall season what with its extra load of downed leaves, or during the spring, when pollen blankets the land and many plants rapidly become overgrown.
Even homes with basic landscaping designs still need regular service and maintenance, with monthly visits being the minimum amount of care that can preserve a handsome property in some areas, while others need at least bi-monthly attention.
For the able bodied person who is proud of his or her home and wants it to look great, a Do It Yourself approach to landscaping and lawn care is the best way to go. And when you equip yourself with the right tools for the job, DIY property maintenance and cleaning need not be a laborious undertaking.
Assembling the right "arsenal" of landscaping equipment can be a costly process initially, but you will save lots of money in the long run by purchasing and using your own equipment, thereby freeing yourself from the need to use a paid service to help you maintain your property. At a bare minimum, proper lawn care must involve owning a decent lawn mower. Fortunately, there are many types of lawn mowers -- from electric options to manually powered push mowers to traditional gasoline powered lawn mowers -- that cost between one hundred and two hundred dollars, give or take.
The prepared DIY landscaper will have at their disposal both a good metal rake for pulling up stubborn thatch and a wider, more pliant rake (usually made of plastic) for collecting wet leaves or grass clippings left behind by a mower. An edger is great for keeping the lines of your lawn crisp, and a weed wacker is important for clearing grass, weeds, and ivy from around fences and trees.
The easiest way to tackle what is otherwise the most arduous task, the raking of the leaves and clearing of debris, is to treat yourself to a good, powerful backpack blower. They can be had from prices ranging from $250 to $500 and beyond. That might initially seem pricey, but consider the savings you'll reap each time you clean your own yard up instead of using a professional service.
Choosing A Backpack Blower
Some backpack blowers weigh almost thirty pounds, while others weigh about half that. If you are a smaller person, or if your load bearing capabilities are limited by age, injury, or infirmity, then you should place a blower's size and weight as a more important consideration than its power: you can't well use a unit you can't safely carry, after all.
If you are of hale and hearty body, on the other hand, then by all means consider a unit with a 75 cubic centimeter motor that's capable of creating air speeds in excess of 250 miles per hour, to name a few stats boasted by some of the more potent units on the market.
Next consider the ergonomics of various units. Some use underslung grips while others use joystick style handles. Some backpack blowers have control surfaces operated by both hands, while others require just single handed use.
Safe And Proper Use Of Your Backpack Blower
A backpack blower can produce noise measured at as many as 100 decibels (Db) or, in rare cases with extra powerful units, or older units in need of a tune up, higher. Most units create at least 80 to 90 Db. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that no worker be exposed to noise levels higher than 90 Db during an eight hour work day, as any louder noises can lead to both acute and chronic -- and often irreparable -- hearing impairment. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends an even lower decibel exposure level, with 85 Db as their maximum acceptable level.
These figures have been established based on rigorous, thorough study, and they warrant being followed by everyone who values his or her hearing. If you are using a leaf blower, you should be wearing ear protection at all times. Protective eyewear should also be used at all times when a person is operating a backpack blower as well as by those working in close proximity to the unit. These powerful units stir up debris that can easily find its way into a person's eye, potentially causing severe corneal damage.
As blowers also tend to stir up vast amounts of dust and small particulate matter, it is also a good idea to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose, and even to wear a full respirator mask if you are at particular risk for respiratory issues due to asthma or severe allergies. This step could be considered an abundance of caution for the infrequent user, but should be considered mandatory for anyone regularly operating such equipment.
Make sure to carefully read the operator's manual of your new backpack blower and familiarize yourself with its controls before you ever switch the unit on. You should also take the time to adjust your blower's straps so they fit your body comfortably and securely; this will reduce operator fatigue and give you greater control over the unit, making your work both more effective and safer.
And finally, take special care to always use the exact right type of fuel and the right blend of gas and oil when filling your backpack blower's tank. The wrong type or mixture of fuel can wreak havoc on the unit's motor.