If you have trees, shrubs or plants near your lawn or driveway, then leaves are going to blow or fall onto these surfaces. While you can use rakes to gather up the leaves, this work is backbreaking after a while. There are, however, leaf removal machines that help you remove and gather up leaves, twigs and debris. Generally, you can buy these tools at your local home improvement or hardware store.
Pneumatic leaf remover machines use compressed air to blow leaves off bushes, trees, shrubs and plants. The compressed air moves through the rotor at different speeds, hitting the surrounding area and plants. These machines attach to tractors. As the tractor moves through the field, the leaf remover blows leaves off of the plants or pushes them out from under the plant. This causes the leaves to fly in front of the tractor and cutting blade. The tractor then sucks up the leaves. There are two main types of pneumatic leaf remover machines: double and single. The double-headed leaf blower sits over the frame of the tractor and hits both sides of the row. The single-head leaf blower sits on the side of the tractor and only hits one side of the row. Farm owners and producers use pneumatic leaf remover machines.
A leaf blower is a hand-held device that has a long shaft with an opening at the end. Air comes out of this opening, allowing you to blow leaves off of plants. You can also use this device to gather fallen leaves into a single pile for later pickup or to blow the leaves off of the lawn and into another section of the yard. Leaf blowers come in two types: gas and electric. Gas leaf blowers use an internal combustion engine, which operates on gas. Electric leaf blowers operate via an electric motor, and these blowers are either corded or cordless. All of these leaf blowers have a handle at the back, allowing you to hold the blower and control its movement.
The backpack blower is similar to the hand-held leaf blower, except that you carry the main casing around on your back. It sits on your back like a backpack, and the hose is to your side. These come in either electric or gas. Gas-powered backpack blowers usually have a crank to get them started. Purchase backpack blowers with reinforced straps for additional comfort.