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A Walk-Behind Leaf Blower is Fall’s Must-Have Yard Tool

Your back will thank you!


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Autumn is undoubtedly one of the coziest, and most beautiful times of the year, with the golden brown leaves clenching onto the tree for the last time before they shed.

Trees evolved to shed their leaves as a way to reserve resources and protect themselves from being blown over in the harsher weather conditions. As beautiful as they are, once they’ve fallen from the tree, they can also be dangerous as they make the ground extremely slippery, which is why it’s important to gather them and either compost them or pile them out of the way.

Walk-behind leafblowers tend to be more powerful and stable than backpack leaf blowers. You won’t need to worry about the aches of lugging around a giant backpack. You have more control, using the handle to direct the machine up and down at your own pace.

Here is a list of our favorite walk-behind leaf blowers that will see you through many seasons.

Beast 212 cc 1250 CFM 155 MPH Commercial Duty Leaf Blower

$419, was $647 (35% off), Home Depot

Why we like it:

  • 1250 CFM, 155 MPH leaf blower
  • Largest and most powerful leaf blower in its class
  • Effortlessly clears yards, driveways, patios and parking lots
  • Handle redirects airflow forward or to the side

This walk-behind leaf blower is easy to maneuver and suitable on all of types of surfaces due to the 7.8 inch front wheel on a castor, and 11.8 in. rear wheels. You can redirect to either the side or forwards. Suitable for medium to larger yards. It’s really simple to use — anyone can do it!

One reviewer wrote: “Minimal assembly required. Blower performed admirably with easy-rolling wheels and a very strong air force that blows leaves and pine needles off grass or pavement 4-6 feet away from the blower spout. The motor starts first pull on choke, cancel choke immediately afterward, and after a minute or two of warm-up and low rpm motor accelerates smoothly to full rpm for relative vibration-free performance. I will probably use more frequently than my commercial backpack Echo blower especially as I get older.”

155 MPH 1250 CFM 212 cc Commercial Duty Leaf Blower

$599, Home Depot

Why we like it:

  • Throttle control to vary volume and speed of air
  • Highly maneuverable and easy to use
  • All metal, heavy duty, durable construction

This powerful all-metal 1250 CFM, 155 MPH walk behind leaf blower is durable and can handle all the leaves you throw at it!

You have full control of the speed and volume the leaves are blown out at, which will vary depending on the size of the yard you’re working on. Using a straight forward design, it’s a quick set up so you have more time to get clearing your driveway or garden.

Sun Joe SBJ803E 3-in-1 Electric Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher | 14-Amp | 165-MPH Max

$112.90, Walmart

Why we like it:

  • 3-in-1 surface sweeper, vac mulcher
  • Powerful 14-amp motor provides maximum suction
  • Blower generates airspeeds up to 165 MPH (max)
  • High-impact resistant impeller mulches leaves up to 1/15th their original size
  • 8-gallon bag capacity

This affordable, electrical leafblower is a three in one, and can also vacuum or mulch the leaves, perfect if you plan on composting the leaves for your garden! When vacuuming, store up to eight gallons in the bag attached to the body of the leafblower. You can easily adjust the handle so you can ensure comfortability and prevent any risks of injury.

One reviewer wrote: “I have a paver pool deck and a lot of leafy trees close by. I needed to blow and suck leaves around the pool area on almost a daily basis. This thing works fantastic!!!. The vacuum feature is great for leaves close to the pool edge and the blower pushes other leaves further away for vacuuming. Emptying the bag is super easy. I have absolutely no complaints and the price is great for what it does. If you own a pool and have leafy trees close by you NEED this.”

Southland 163cc 4 Stroke Gas Powered Walk Behind Leaf Blower

$481.78, Walmart

<br>Why we like it:

  • Manual recoil easy start fuel delivery system
  • 1200 CFM air volume
  • Well balanced steel fan provides less vibration
  • Tapered crankshaft and steel fan housing provide increased durability
  • 15-degree adjustable chute for more directed blowing

Up to 4x more volume than backpack blowers, this gas-powered leafblower uses a steel fan to blow the leaves and remain balance, limiting the vibrations. It’s also made from durable metal, this leafblower will last many seasons if maintained. The 12″ wheels allow for easy maneuvering over difficult terrain.

CRAFTSMAN 208-cc 4-Cycle 150-MPH 1000-CFM Walk-Behind Gas Leaf Blower

$399.99, Lowe’s

Why we like it:

  • Powerful 208cc CRAFTSMAN engine
  • 0-15° Internal up/down directional air flow lever
  • Semi-pneumatic wheels roll easily across different surface types

Built with a powerful 208cc engine, but fairly compact in size for easy handling, this walk behind leaf blower is a suitable option for most households that own a medium-sized lot.

One reviewer wrote: “This blower is a bit different from my two cycle backpack. It is easy to start with regular gas. Out of the box, the air diffuser adjusting lever was all bent up, so I had to take it apart to repair. Other than that it performs well and I believe I will be happy with it. This is the same product as the troy-built both made by MTD.”

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