The Best Gas Leaf Blower – 2018 3.71/5 (7)

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When the fall season rolls around and the leaves start to drop from the trees, it becomes harder to keep your lawn and pathways in order. A leaf blower can make for a far quicker clean-up job than simply using a manual rake. However, there are many leaf blowers available, so narrowing down the choice can be difficult. Below, we’ve helped you to sort through the best 6 leaf blowers around in 2018, including both handheld and backpack variants.

Our pick for the best backpack gas leaf blower is the Echo PB-770T. It's not cheap, but it's the most powerful blower in this comparison, and also one of the quietest. The PB-770T also has a long 5 year warranty for residential use.

The Husqvarna 350BT is a close second in our opinion, mainly missing out due to it's higher noise levels. Echo really have been at the forefront of the effort to reduce leaf blower noise levels.

If you don't plan to spend hours at a time using your blower, maybe you should consider a hand-held blower instead of a backpack model. Our favourite handheld gas leaf blower is the Hitachi RB24EAP. We like it because of it's light weight and extremely long (7 year) warranty.

If you don't need the power of a gas blower, or you're looking for something a bit more environmentally friendly, have a look at our reviews of cordless blowers here and corded electric blowers here.

The Best Backpack Gas Leaf Blower In 2018 - Comparison

#

Make

Model

Engine cc

Type

Cost

#1

Echo

63.3

Backpack

$$$$$

#2

Husqvarna

50.2

Backpack

$$$$

#3

Poulan Pro

48

Backpack

$$$


The Best Hand-Held Gas Leaf Blower In 2018 - Comparison

#

Make

Model

Engine cc

Type

Cost

#1

Hitachi

23.9

Hand-held

$$$

#2

Echo

25.4

Hand-held

$$$

#3

Husqvarna

28

Hand-held

$$$


Backpack Gas Blowers

For larger yards and surface areas, or for commercial and professional use, you're best off buying a backpack leaf blower.

These models improve your mobility, which is crucial when covering a large area, while offering the comfort and support that you're going to need to wear this machine for a prolonged period of use.

Below, we’ve listed out some of the best backpack-based gas leaf blowers that you can get hold of in 2018.

#1 - Echo PB-770T - Best Backpack Gas Leaf Blower

This is, hands down, the best backpack gas leaf blower for domestic use. We love its power, long run-time between fills, and low noise.

  • Max. Air Flow 765 cfm
  • Max. Air Speed 234 mph
  • 73dba ANSI
  • 63.3cc 2 Stroke Engine
  • 68.3 oz Fuel Tank
  • 23.8lb

Filling up the Echo PB-770T with gasoline is straightforward. The gas tank is easily accessible without the need for any dismantling; though the tank is tucked away, the nozzle is angled outwards for easy access.

Once fired up, the engine purrs quietly while idling, yet still runs considerably more quietly than many competing gasoline models, despite being far more powerful than many of the models we’ve looked at below.

For the most part, the design of this backpack is extremely comfortable. Built into the lower back of the backpack is thick padding, which helps to soften the weight of the engine against your back. Air vents are styled into this padding, which allows air to flow through and prevent your back from being heated too much by the gasoline engine.

Noise

Echo have done more than any other manufacturer to really address the noise problems associated with leaf blowers. All of their leaf blowers are have been designed to reduce noise as much as is practical, while still being light weight and affordable. Surprisingly, many of their gas leaf blowers are quieter than most electric leaf blowers on the market. The former VP of Echo runs leafblowernoise.com - he goes into a lot of detail about the efforts to reduce noise during his time at Echo.

Manual

Click here to download the user manual.

Warranty

This leaf blower comes with a 5 year warranty for home use, and 2 years for commercial use.

Minor Issues

The most common complaint with the PB-770T is it's sensitivity to ethanol in gasoline.


With the increase in ethanol blended into gasoline over the last few years, users have reported problems with these blowers if an ethanol-gasoline blend has been used. According to users, the safest option to avoid these problems is to make sure you only ever use gasoline without ethanol.

Video Demonstration

This YouTube video demonstrates the Echo PB-770T:

WE LIKE:

  • Quiet for a gas blower
  • Several hours’ worth of use from one tank
  • Max speed 234mph beats many competitors

WE DON'T LIKE:

  • No front-connecting strap
  • Smell of gasoline clings to clothing
  • Ethanol gas not compatible

#2 - Husqvarna 350BT

The 350BT is almost as good as our first choice, just missing out due to it's higher noise levels

  • Max. Air Flow 692 cfm
  • Max. Air Speed 180 mph
  • 50.2cc, 2.1hp 2-Stroke Engine
  • 42.3 oz Fuel Tank
  • 22.5lb
  • CARB compliant

Husqvarna 350BT, 50.2cc 2-Cycle 692 CFM 180 MPH Professional Gas Backpack Blower

The Husqvarna 350BT blower weighs in at just under 23lb, which for a backpack model is reasonably mid-range. That said, the extra padding on the wide shoulder straps distributes this weight well, meaning that the machine feels lighter than it is. General consumer consensus seems to be that this is a comfortable blower to carry around on your back.

In terms of its design and component choice, the machine is well built and designed to last across multiple seasons, providing maintenance is carried out. In general, it's extremely powerful, not only moving a great deal of air, but also producing a highly effective blast radius from its blowing tube. It's effective on both dry and wet leaves, as well as sticks, dust, and other lightweight debris.

Manual

Click here to download the user manual.

Warranty

This leaf blower comes with a 2 year warranty from the manufacturer.

WE LIKE:

  • Also picks up small debris easily
  • Extra padding on shoulder straps
  • Starts up first time, most times

WE DON'T LIKE:

  • Louder than competition
  • No vacuum or mulching feature
  • Reasonably fuel-hungry

#3 - Poulan Pro 967087101

The Poulan Pro 967087101 is powerful but fuel-hungry

Poulan Pro 967087101 Backpack Blower

  • Max. Air Flow 475 cfm
  • Max. Air Speed 200 mph
  • 48cc 2-Stroke Engine
  • 22lb
  • CARB compliant

Made in the USA, the Poulan Pro 967087101 48cc backpack blower is targeted at the homeowner or consumer who is looking for a non-commercial blower to tackle fall leaves and other lawn debris around the home. Indeed, consumers have found that it’s well-suited to picking up not only leaves, but grass, sticks and other debris, too.

This blower is well-equipped with a 2-cycle engine that produces a great deal of power, achieving speeds of up to 200 miles per hour; the maximum airflow is rated at 475 CFM, which is how the machine is so able to pick up even larger debris with ease. Even wet leaves are movable.

Some of the defining characteristics of this machine are within its range of features, which improve usability. For example, it features a heavy-duty and durable frame, as well as a cruise control setting that allows fine-tuned speed adjustments, too. The handles are ergonomically-designed soft-grip, which improves comfort over prolonged periods of use. What’s more, the shoulder straps are contoured and oversized for comfort, better spreading out the load of the machine and engine.

Manual

Click here to download the user manual.

Warranty

This leaf blower comes with a 2 year warranty from the manufacturer.

WE LIKE:

  • Reaches speeds of 200 mph
  • 22 pounds; lightweight for a backpack model
  • Warranty can be upgraded

WE DON'T LIKE:

  • Burns through fuel quite rapidly
  • Noisy
  • Primer in an inconvenient location

Handheld Gas Blowers

For smaller yards or surface areas, a handheld leaf blower might be the more logical choice for you. It won't require quite as much power to get the job done, nor should the task take too long to complete, so you can afford to sacrifice on some comfort and support. Below, we’ve looked at some of the best handheld gas leaf blowers that you can pick up in 2018.

#1 - Hitachi RB24EAP - Best Hand-Held Gas Leaf Blower

The Hitachi RB24EAP is the lightest-weight gas leaf blower we've seen

  • Max. Air Flow 441 cfm
  • Max. Air Speed 170 mph
  • 23.9cc, 1.13hp 2-Stroke Engine
  • 8.6lb
  • CARB compliant

The Hitachi RB24EAP is a lightweight and very compact leaf blower capable of pushing debris up to 18 feet at around 170 mph.

Hitachi RB24EAP Gas Powered Leaf Blower, Handheld, Lightweight, 23.9cc 2 Cycle Engine, Class Leading 441 CFM, 170 MPH, Commercial Grade, 7 Year Warranty

Weighing in at 8.6 pounds, it’s the lightest of the handheld blowers we’re looked at. Additionally, its dimensions stand at just 10.5 x 17.3 x 15-inches, making it not only simple to carry around the yard, but easy to store away for the winter season when the last of the leaves have fallen.

One of the main drawbacks of this handheld blower is the noise that it puts out, at 96.6 decibels. This is comparable in volume to some of the noisier brands of gasoline-powered lawn mowers, which is a concern given the compact size of this unit and its closer proximity to your ears than a mower.

One last point worth mentioning is the product warranty that comes with this blower from the manufacturer, Hitachi. It’s guaranteed for up to 7 years on defective parts or workmanship, which is considerably longer than the majority of warranties offered by other manufacturers.

WE LIKE:

  • Super-lightweight at 8.6lb
  • Compact and easy to maneuver or store
  • Reasonable price

WE DON'T LIKE:

  • Extremely loud
  • Air intake sticks to clothing
  • Suffers from the ‘gyro effect’

#2 - Echo PB-250LN

The PB-250LN is the quietest hand-held gas leaf blower on the market

Echo PB-250LN Handheld Gas Blower

  • Max. Air Flow 391 cfm
  • Max. Air Speed 165 mph
  • 25.4cc, 1.1hp 2-Stroke Engine
  • 16.9oz Fuel Tank
  • 8.8lb
  • CARB compliant

Straight out of the box, the Echo PB-250LB is straightforward to put together, requiring minimal tools to get going. At just under 9 pounds, this gas leaf blower is extremely lightweight, which makes for easy handling, while rotation control reduces the gyro effect produced by the engine. 

Filling the gas tank is fairly simple, though it could benefit from a larger tank, as you won’t get quite the same level of usage from it as with some competitors, before needing a refill. Still, you will likely have sufficient fuel to complete most tasks within a single tank.

This model uses a 25.4cc power-boost vortex engine, boasting 391 CFM volume. Though not the most powerful around, you’ll achieve max speeds of around 165 mph, and it’s powerful enough to even move wet mulch, twigs and other debris.

Overall, the machine runs quietly, producing very little noise (65dBa, louder than a dishwasher but quieter than a domestic vacuum cleaner according to this source); this makes it ideal for home users who are concerned about disturbing their neighbors.

WE LIKE:

  • Quiet
  • Lightweight at just 8.8lb
  • Easy to start, warms up fast

WE DON'T LIKE:

  • Plastic housing is flimsy
  • Gas tank could be larger
  • Blowing tube not too flexible

#3 - Husqvarna 952711925

Good ergonomics, except for the fiddly on/off switch

  • Max. Air Flow 425 cfm
  • Max. Air Speed 170 mph
  • 28cc, 1.1hp 2-Stroke Engine
  • Cruise Control / Throttle Lock
  • 9.4lb
  • CARB compliant
  • Made in the USA

The Husqvarna 952711925 gasoline-powered hand-held leaf blower uses an in-line fan housing, which is engineered to direct the air stream in line with the machine's handle. This design choice reduces the amount of stress placed on the wrist and arm, which coupled with the backpack design helps to lower the risk of injury and prolong the time you can sustain using this model.

Husqvarna 952711925 125B Handheld Blower, Orange

The stop switch automatically defaults into the 'on' position, which aids in easier starting. This can be useful, given that the design of the switch itself is such that it's fiddly and hard to disengage at times. Additionally, the blowing tube length is fully adjustable for the convenience of users of varied sizes.

Although Husqvarna is a Swedish-owned company, this blower is built in the USA.​

Warranty

The 952711925 comes with a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer.

WE LIKE:

  • In-line fan housing improves maneuverability
  • Adjustable tubing length
  • Cruise control setting for easier handling

WE DON'T LIKE:

  • Poor design for attaching tube to blower
  • Won’t often start on a single pull
  • Small ‘off’ button is difficult to disengage

What Makes A Good Gas Leaf Blower?

There are several factors to consider when buying a gasoline-powered leaf blower

You should now have a good idea of whether you need a handheld gas leaf blower, for small-scale yard work, or a larger backpack gas leaf blower for large yards, or commercial business use. Below, we’ll look at what makes a good blower.

Air Volume

Air volume is one of the most important criteria. Gas leaf blowers are available with air volumes from around 350CFM (cubic feet per minute) to over 700CFM; more is better (though an ultra-high CFM figure is not usually needed for domestic blowers)

Air Speed

Air speed is also important - though it is easier for the manufacturer to play games with this feature (if they supply a small nozzle with the blower & rate the air speed with this nozzle attached, the air speed through the small nozzle will be high, but the blower will not be able to move much air at this speed).

Nozzle size and design

Nozzle design will vary from model to model. Some machines are able to easily direct the flow of leaves and other debris, whereas others may appear uncontrolled in their airflow. Look for a narrow nozzle, which should help direct the blast more easily; this way, you can create piles instead of disorganized chaos.

Mulching features

Though this is a feature that will set you back more, consider picking up a gas leaf blower that has support for leaf mulching. You don't want to spend all your time handling wet, heavy leaves once you've blown them into a pile. Instead, it's far easier to kick the machine into reverse and suck the leaves up, mulching them into compost.

Comfortable design features

Comfort is very important when it comes to leaf blowers. For handheld models, this means focusing on a blower that has well-designed, ergonomic handles, preferably those with contoured design and padding. For a backpack leaf blower, you should ensure that it has padding on the back, as well as substantial shoulder padding. Your back and shoulders will thank you for this later.

Compact when stored

There's normally a reasonably limited window in which you'll need regular access to your leaf blower. Once fall ends and all the leaves are gone, you'll likely need less frequent use of the machine. Therefore, it's ideal to have a blower that can be stored easily in a compact manner. Particularly with a backpack blower, consider whether any parts of the machine can be disassembled temporarily, or folded down.

Maintenance / Cleaning

How to look after your new leaf blower, so it works as well as it can, and lasts as long as possible

Maintenance and cleaning of your gasoline-powered leaf blower is important if you’re going to make the most of its potential lifespan. Gas blowers require more maintenance than electric models, so for the avoidance of doubt, here’s a quick list of advice:

  • First, read your owner's manual. Take note of any tips on cleaning and maintaining that specific model of blower
  • Drain your motor of any gasoline as soon as the season comes to an end. Dispose of the gasoline and use fresh gas at the beginning of a new season
  • Ensure that an appropriate level of oil is maintained at all time. What's more, check the oil regularly for contamination; floating debris or clouded, a dark black color is a sign that it's time to change the oil
  • Regularly inspect the air filter, and either clean or replace it regularly, depending upon the advice for your specific gasoline blower.

Safety

A few pointers to help you stay safe when using your blower

Gasoline leaf blowers needn’t be a safety concern, though there are some general pieces of advice to follow. For your own personal safety, you should always wear ear protection, as gasoline engines tend to be very loud. You should also aim to avoid directly breathing in the exhaust fumes.

As you will be creating dust, you should always wear a filter mask. Safety glasses will protect your eyes from flying debris. Although cordless blowers are quieter than gasoline models, you should still wear hearing protection when using power tools.

Don't let children use the blower, or be within 50 feet when you are using it.

For the sake of the environment, you should be sure to responsibly dispose of drained gasoline and oil, as ground contamination can lead to polluted natural water sources. This includes being careful to place a tarp on the ground when draining your machine.

Make sure you read the manual that comes with the blower, for any safety information specific to that model.

Recalls

Occasionally faults are discovered after a product has gone on sale, usually requiring the product to be recalled by the manufacturer.

There were no recalls listed for any of the leaf blowers mentioned here at the time of writing (May 2018). However, it's always a good idea to check the latest information at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website before buying any large, expensive or potentially dangerous product.

Do you own any of the leaf blowers mentioned here? Did you choose a different one? Let us know in the comments!

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