Is there such a thing as a good electric leaf blower?
I have no other petrol powered machines and have no desire to go that route.
Just a few times a year I could do with something to round up
a)Wet magnolia leaves on equally wet grass,
b)lots of small wisteria leaves that get into awkward crevices in the
garden making raking very difficult.
I do not want to vacuum them up, just blow into heaps for collection
Quite happy to search and fettle a used machine provide I'm confident it
will do the job.
I was rather expecting that might be the case. Trouble is the leaves
tend to drop just as the weather gets wetter and not enough power in the
sun to dry them out even of it does shine at all.
What power is your B&D machine? Just been looking at a Bosch 2500W seems
quite poky - but that is a vacuum too.
I wonder if there are any blow-only mains ones that are optimised for
blowing without the leaf munching facility option which could absorb
power in the fan design.
Indeed. I usually wait until we have had a windy day or three, then
hope for a calm day. To be honest, our leaf blower is rarely used. We
just use brooms and a lawn rake then shove the lot in sacks. The leaf
vac is very good at chopping the leaves meaning more leaves per sack,
but the vac container is not that large, so needs to be emptied fairly
I fibbed. Just had a look, and ours is Flymo, not B&D. Well, it is
orange :-) Described as Flymo GardenVac, 2200W Turbo. Were it ever to
self destruct, I don't think I would replace it. Our garden wall is
bordered by a row of trees next door, mainly horse chestnut, but
sycamore too, so plenty of leaves in the autumn, but sweeping and raking
works, not that we ever seem to get all of them. Always a few left
under hedges or plants, in odd corners etc.
IME, no. The Flymo is too heavy, the Homebase cheap one
vibrates too much, but blows better. The old model Eckman vacuum leaf
collector worked surprisingly well, but wore out it's collection bag
which scraped on the ground. Of the three, the Eckman is best IME. Of
course that Eckman is discontinued and I have no experience of the new
double the price unit, which has been "improved".
Thanks for the link.
I cracked and ordered this one
For 40 notes even if it is a lemon, I could possibly get most of my
purchase price back on ebay next autumn.
Forget a leaf blower; just rake them into piles with a spring tine
lawn rake and then gather them up by hand. It's what I do. The ones in
places too awkward for a rake can be left to rot. I can't imagine
blowing wet leaves is going to be very effective anyway. They tend to
stick together and be generally uncooperative, especially as a good
few of them on the grass have been partly pulled into the ground by
I have a Billygoat leaf sweeper / sucker that's up for grabs as my gardener
seems to prefer using a wide rake. Bought it s/h a couple of years ago -
Briggs & Stratton engine - it's sat in my container ever since :(
Used a billygoat at a local school. Honda engined version is more
reliable than the B&S. Normal felt bag soaks up water when used in wet
conditions making the balance of the machine tip towards the operator.
There is a 'wet bag' which is better as the sides are mesh. I only used
it on hard surfaces but it is a powerful vacuum.
PS If you use the wet bag when the ground is dry, you will be covered in
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