In my experience, the best backpack leaf blower is the one that’s easy to carry, powerful and gets the job done without a whole lot of trouble. While there are a number of great backpack leaf blower models currently available, I’ve only found about ten or so that really deliver and gave me all of the features I was looking for in a blower. That’s why I’ve decided to go ahead and list these top ten models in a convenient list, starting from the model I’ve placed in the number ten position, and moving up to the best backpack leaf blower available. I’m pretty confident that the following blowers have all of the features needed to get yard work cleaned up easily and efficiently.
10. Tool Tuff Gas Powered 2.3-HP
Equipped with a powerful two-stroke 2.3-HP engine with a 2,800 RPM idle speed, this backpack blower has the power to solve just about any yard mess. It has an output velocity of about 200 miles-per-hour, which gives it plenty of power to push everything from leaves to grass clippings. This commercial duty blower isn’t just powerful however, it’s also easy to use and starts up really easily. Once this unit is strapped to a person’s back, they’ll have the power to accomplish a wide variety of different yard cleaning chores quickly and effortlessly.
9. Troy-Bilt TB4BP EC 32-CC
Designed with JumpStart technology, this backpack blower is easy to start and that consequently makes it easy to use. It has a spring-assist starting system that makes pulling the cord a lot easier, and it has a fully-tensioned suspension system that makes it more comfortable to wear as it distributes its weight over the user’s hips and shoulders. With an outlet speed of 150 miles per hour and up to 500 CFM air volume, this blower can quite easily blow away all kinds of yard debris. Another feature that can be found in this unit is a variable throttle control that gives the user a greater degree of control.
8. Greenworks Pro 80-Volt Cordless
This cordless blower doesn’t need gas or to be started using a pull-cord, which makes it one of the easier solutions available. This tool uses a brushless motor which is powered by a 2.5 Ah battery and can deliver up to 580 CFM or 145 MPH air speeds. It also has a variable speed control which gives the user control over their leaf blowing and comes with a turbo button which can deliver extra power on demand. And its battery only takes about 30-minutes to charge but delivers the power needed to accomplish most average jobs without needing to be recharged.
7. Makita 4-Stroke EB5300TH
Performance, convenience, durability, and efficiency are all combined in this powerful 4-stroke blower. It features a 52.5cc commercial duty engine that doesn’t require a fuel mix and will deliver an airspeed of 180+ MPH with a maximum air volume of 516 cubic feet per minute of air moved. Its automatic engine is designed to start quickly and has heavy-duty mounts between the frame and the engine that reduce vibrations and increase the operator’s comfort level. This lightweight blower also weighs under 20-pounds, so it can be conveniently taken just about anywhere.
6. Husqvarna 130BT 29.5cc (965102208)
This lightweight blower is not only designed to be easy-to-carry and ergonomic but also to provide the operator with the power they need to accomplish their yard work. Its easy-to-start X-Torq engine starts up easily and delivers a powerful airspeed of up to 145 MPH. This is more than enough power to move leaves, grass clippings, and other yard debris efficiently to their final destination. This tool is also CARB compliant and uses a revolutionary air purge system which removes air from the carburetor so that it’s easier to start. And since it has adjustable handles, this unit is also as comfortable as it is easy-to-use.
5. Husqvarna 360 BT 65.6cc
This blower uses a 50:1 gas/oil ratio and delivers commercial-grade power. Its 2-stroke engine has a high blowing capacity and it is easy to strap on the operator’s back. This tool has a very impressive airspeed of 232 miles-per-hour and can move 631 CFM of air. Not only is it powerful, however, it is also easy to start and usually can be started quickly if the operator follows the quick-start instructions. When everything is taken into consideration, it’s easy to see that this blower is not only suitable for commercial use but can also be used for home use as well.
4. Poulan Pro 48cc 967087101
Easy enough to use around the yard but powerful enough to be used for commercial use, this backpack unit has an efficient 48cc 2-stroke engine that can move air at the rate of 475 CFM and at an airspeed of 200 miles per hour. It’s designed with a heavy-duty frame that’s designed to hold up to daily use and has a variable speed throttle control that gives the user control over their work. Another handy feature found in this blower is cruise control, which makes it easier to use for long stretches of work. It’s a tool that efficient, powerful and is designed for heavy yard work.
3. Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle
This professional level blower provides the power that the operator needs to accomplish their yard work but does it in an environmentally friendly manner. Its X-Torq engine delivers up to 250 miles-per-hour of airspeed and can move up to 710 CFM of air. This unit has a 50cc engine that’s CARB compliant and also has a variable speed throttle with cruise control that makes it more efficient and easier to use. This unit also has an ergonomically padded harness and hip belt that distributes its weight over the operator’s hips and shoulders. All of which makes this blower ideal for use by homeowners or for light commercial work.
2. Husqvarna 965877502 350BT
Whether it’s used for professional landscaping use or is used by homeowners to keep up on their yards, this tool is sure to impress with its lightweight design and power. It features a 2.1-HP X-Torq engine that’s CARB compliant and can move up to 692 CFM of air at an airspeed of up to 180 MPH. It has a comfortable to wear and well-ventilated load-reducing harness that distributes the blower’s weight evenly over the operator’s body to reduce stress and fatigue. This tool has a fuel tank volume of approximately 42.27-ounces and has a sound volume of no more than 104-decibels.
1. Husqvarna 580BTS Gas Powered 2-Cycle 75.6cc
This commercial grade blower is designed to give the operator all the power they need to clean up their lawns. It features an X-Torque engine that is twenty percent more fuel efficient than comparable blower models and also significantly reduces exhaust emissions. This tool has adjustable handles which make it stable to use and comfortable, and it also has a centrifugal air cleaning system that can remove debris before it even reduces the air filter. This results in reduce filter cleanings and also extends the life of the engine. All of which makes it an ideal tool for heavy-duty work.
A Guide To Backpack Leaf Blowers
Backpack leaf blowers are extremely useful tools for anyone who has to keep their lawn or driveway looking good, and is a necessity for anyone who owns a large piece of property. Using one of these leaf blowers can save the consumer thousands of hours of work over its lifetime, time-saved that can be spent on more important endeavors. It’s too bad that more people don’t utilize these tools as much as they should.
We think that one of the reasons that more people don’t buy or use these fantastic machines is because they’re unsure of just what to look for when they’re looking for one. Far too many people think that they have to buy an expensive backpack leaf blower to get the results they need, and there’s probably nothing further from the truth. If consumers spend a little bit of their time looking for the “right” leaf blower, instead of the best backpack leaf blower, then they’re more likely to find one that suits their needs and doesn’t cost a whole lot. To show our readers how to accomplish this task, we went ahead and wrote this guide that will help everyone choose a great backpack leaf blower.
Choose The Proper Motor
When it comes to backpack leaf blowers, consumers have fewer options than they do with lawnmowers or weed whackers. Although there are lawnmowers that can be purchased with gasoline engines, electric engines, manual-powered engines, and battery-powered engines, backpack blowers are only available in gasoline-powered motors or battery-powered models. Gasoline-powered backpack blowers are available with either 2-cycle or 4-cycle engines, and the one the consumer chooses is going to depend on their needs and how fast they want to get the yard work finished.
Gasoline-Powered Backpack Leaf Blowers
For people looking to get their yard work done quickly, blowers with 2-cycle motors are a good option. That’s because 2-cycle motors have a higher power to weight profile than 4-cycle engines. That makes them easier to carry, all without the consumer having to sacrifice power. Unfortunately, a problem that’s often common with 2-cycle motors is that they tend to get warm, which can be uncomfortable for large jobs. They also tend to make a ton of noise, and they’re noisy even when the user is wearing ear protection.
4-cycle engines, on the other hand, lack some of the power than 2-cycle engines and they tend to be heavier. This can make them uncomfortable to have to carry around for long periods. However, these two things don’t mean that blowers with 4-cycle engines don’t have their advantages. A big advantage to these blowers is that they use less fuel than 2-cycle motors and they tend to run cooler. They’re also a lot quieter than 2-cycle mowers, which many people prefer.
2-Cycle Motor Leaf Blowers
- More powerful
- Consumer more fuel
- Tend to be loud
- Tend to get very warm
4-Cycle Motor Leaf Blowers
- They use less fuel
- They’re quieter than 2-Cycle motors
- They don’t get very warm
- They’re heavier than 2-cycle motors
- They have less power
Cordless Backpack Leaf Blowers
Cordless backpack leaf blowers are a new option that’s now available to most people. As is the case with gas-powered blowers, cordless leaf blowers have their pros and their cons. The one positive that is intriguing to many people is the fact that they tend to be lighter than gas models. After all, they don’t have to have an engine or carry gasoline. They also tend to be quieter than either 2-cycle or 4-cycle blowers. However, this is offset by the fact that these models require frequent battery changes to do large yards and aren’t usually very powerful.
- Aren’t very noisy
- Doesn’t require gasoline
- Most of them don’t have much power
- The battery needs constant recharging to cover large areas
Think About Throttle Controls
The consumer might also want to think about where the throttle controls on the backpack leaf blower are located. The throttle allows the operator to control the force of the blower. When they don’t need a lot of power, they can ease up off of the throttle, and when they need more power, they can hold down the throttle. Generally speaking, most blowers have their throttle located on either the blower tube or is located on a frame that extends from the operator’s body. As is the case with most tools, the configuration that’s right for the operator depends on their personal preferences, and how they like to use their blower. Even so, it’s still something the consumer needs to consider before making a purchase.
Other Features To Think About
It’s also a good idea for the consumer to think about some of the other features they might need their new backpack leaf blower to have. The features a particular model will have will determine how much the blower is going to cost, too. Basic backpack models can cost as little as $140, or they can cost as much as $1,000+, so most people are probably going to have to balance the features they want their backpack leaf blower to have against their budget. With that being said, let’s look at some of the features that can be found on some blowers.
- Conveniently located engine shutoff switch
- Variable throttle control
- Adjustable handles
- Adjustable hip belts
- Padded straps
- Padded back panel
- Anti-vibration mounting systems
- Padded handle grips