Leaf blower advise.....

mustash29

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2012
685
SE CT
I had this place build in '96. I have a 1/2 acre of lawn in the middle of 2 acres of mostly oaks, with some maples, birches & pines. Most of the year I use a blower to blow out the garage and to dust off the tractor, sidewalk and driveway after mowing the lawn, but leaf season is a BIG chore for us.

I have a '96 vintage Black & Decker electric rated at 195 mph / 480 cfm. It works well, has enough power to blow wet mulch out of the flower beds and move 3/4" gravel, but fighting 50-125' of power cord frustrates us BAD. She likes it (easy to use) but we're sick of fighting with the power cords.

I inherited an Echo PB-1000 with owners manual from my GF's mother. It's roughly a '95 vintage unit of decent quality with a 22 cc motor but I can not find any info on mph or cfm ratings for it for comparison purposes. I cleaned the stale dry sludge out of the fuel tank and carb, installed a new fuel system rebuild kit (fuel cap, fuel filter, fuel lines, primer bulb, carb cleaning + rebuild kit, spark plug and cleaned the muffler / spark arrestor. I got it to fire, warm up, tuned / tweaked and running nicely on bottled pre-mix....but it seems very lethargic in overall power compared to the old electric.

I have a Craftsman Pro / Agri-Fab (205 cc / 9.0 torque) leaf sucker / mulcher wagon that I pull behind the tractor to clean up the lawn, but I am wanting a more powerful handheld to do around the house and perimeter and don't feel the need to go to a backpack unit.

Ryobi seems to have good reviews on their 25 cc "jet fan" unit which is rated for 160mph / 520 cfm. Those specs "blow away" what Stihl and Husky are advertising for their best handhelds, which are 2x the price of the Ryobi. My work just bought a decent Husky gas handheld. It seemed lethargic to me. I can beer p!ss better than it blows leaves and grass clippings.


Yeah, we're comparing "sh1t" to gold, but are the mph & cfm rating reliable enough to use?

The Ryobi has a rear suction, it sucks air across the engine and exhaust and blows it our the front. Everybody else sucks from one side and blows exhaust from somewhere, so as you swap hands while cleaning leaves you are constantly getting your pants sucked into the blower intake or having hot exhaust blown against your legs. Ryobi seems to have made an 18v, 40v and 25 gas unit that eliminates these problems.....but is is worth a chit for a buck 30.....?.....
 

GadDummit

Burning Hunk
May 27, 2017
217
Oklahoma
*THE* leaf blower to own, especially for acorns and larger leaf areas, and when you don't want to pony up for the 400$ models, is the husqvarna 125b. It'll blow the socks off the neighbor's cat and then dry the bloody stumps to jerky to make a tasty snack.

Pop Mech voted them most powerful a few months back. 170 mph, 470 cfm. I own one and it's my fav out of all my blowers. Yes, all of them!
 

xman23

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
2,138
Lackawaxen PA
If your doing yards you need a backpack blower. Just like chain saws buy the best quality you can afford. Look at what the landscapers use. Years ago around here they all used Red Max, which I have. Stihl was trying to compete with them. I see quite a few of them being used now.
 

PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
740
MA
I just checked out what the guys mowing nextdoor were using when I went for a walk and they were on a lunch break. Red Max.

I have a Stihl BG 85 I bought in 2003 or so. Been great. I put on the shredding blade from the SH models. Have the vacuum kit. Also have the gutter cleaning kit. Works great!
 

ColdNorCal

Feeling the Heat
Mar 6, 2018
287
Nor Cal
Ego 56 volt 530 cfm 110 mph. Live in 5 acres but just use it to keep things clear around the house and to clean gutters. Home Depot recently had a deal for blower, weed trimmer, charger and battery for $200 - $20 coupon. imo - For some things gas powered is not worth the hassel anymore..