Electric leaf blowers weigh less and are cheaper but gas blowers are more powerful and can get the job done faster. Some electric leaf blowers use a battery and are cordless but most use a long power cord, which can make it a little difficult to use. Gas blowers release smoke, a negative that leaf blowers do not have. They also differ in their cost and warranty period.
Electric leaf blowers are mostly hand held. There are two varieties of it, corded and cordless. Corded leaf blowers need to be attached to a power outlet while the cordless ones work on rechargeable batteries. Batteries like 18-volt Lithium-Ion or 18-volt Ni-Cad rechargeables are used.
Gas leaf blowers come in two models, hand held or backpack. They may use a two-stroke or a four-stroke engine. Generally oil and fuel need to be mixed but some newer models do not require this mixing.
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Mobility is restricted for corded electric leaf blowers due the length of the cord; also, it may get a little cumbersome dragging the cord around. Battery-operated electric leaf blowers are restricted by the battery strength and life. Several users report battery life of only 10 to 15 minutes and invest is separate, higher-quality batteries rather than rely on the stock battery that is bundled with their leaf blower by the manufacturer.
Gas leaf blowers are powerful and can get the job done faster. But they are heavier than electrical leaf blowers. Moreover, they require filling in gas periodically and some also need engine oil. Gas blowers also release smoke, a negative that electric leaf blowers do not have.
An electric leaf blower may come with attachments like vacuum attachment or a mulcher. Some models of gas leaf blowers have attachments like a vacuum attachment or a mulcher.
Electric leaf blowers ranges from $35 to $150. Gas leaf blowers range from $60 to $400. You can find the current prices on various models at Amazon.com:
Although warranty varies by manufacturer, the warranty for gas blower is usually 5 years whereas for an electric it is usually between 60 to 90 days of purchase.
Makita, Black and Decker or Toro are some of the manufacturers of electric leaf blowers. Troy-Bilt, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Makita are some manufacturers of gas leaf blowers.