While most of us welcome the beginning of fall and enjoy watching the colors of the leaves change, I’d be willing to bet that not one of you is excited about watching those same leaves blanket your yard. While removing leaves isn’t much fun, you and I both know it needs to be done so you might as well do it as efficiently as possible. To help you out, we’ve shared some tips for getting rid of leaves, courtesy of Jeffrey Lindenmuth and Mark Rober for Men’s Health magazine. Have fun!
Find the Perfect Leaf Blower
- Power Source: If you want something smaller and lighter that won’t lose their charge between uses, go with a lithium-ion battery. A 4Ah (4 amp-hours) battery should last 40 minutes. Go with a24-volt minimum for “full-throttle muscle.”
- Wind Speed and Control: Instead of mph, pay close attention to the cubic feet per minute (cfm) specs. This number tells you the volume of air being moved. A minimum of 120 cfm will work for most lawns. Also, go with a dial or pressure trigger which is more precise than button controls.
- Weight and Length: Your blower should weigh less than 10 pounds before attaching the battery. For fit, hold the blower at your side as if it were a suitcase. The nozzle should be 2-3 inches above the ground.
- Mulch Mode: Suck-and-grind settings can drain a battery twice as fast as blowing air so buy a backup battery or a blower that allows swap-ins from other tools. With regards to bag capacity, go with a bushel max.
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