Leaf Blower Basics
A leaf blower is a device that creates a high-powered jet of air to clear leaves and other debris from lawns. Leaf blowers are powered by a high speed fan. The blades turn rapidly, pulling in air from side vents and shooting it out the front of the blower at speeds up to 200 miles per hour. The jet of air easily catches lightweight leaves, sending them scooting across the yard. Some leaf blowers have multiple speeds, which makes it easier to corral the leaves into piles that can be taken away.
Gas Leaf Blowers
There are two main kinds of leaf blowers: gas and electric. Gas blowers use two stroke internal combustion engines which produce a lot of power, making them a common choice for landscaping companies. All this power comes at a cost, however; gas leaf blowers produce far more noise than electric ones, and also produce a considerable amount of air pollution
Electric Leaf Blowers
Electric leaf blowers can be either corded or cordless. Corded leaf blowers do not have to be recharged and can provide a lot of power continuously. Unfortunately, they also need to be hooked in to a power cord, which makes them inconvenient for large landscapes. Rechargeable leaf blowers are lower power than other types, since they depend on battery power. They are good for smaller yards, but not very useful for large-scale jobs.