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A Guide to Buying Garden Vacs and Leaf Blowers
We’ve got some great advice when it comes to choosing the best garden vac.
We have a superb range of garden vacs and leaf blowers for sale so we’re confident you’ll find what will suit you and your garden best.
Garden Vacs and Leaf Blowers – What They’re For
Garden vacs and leaf blowers can help with the sometimes monstrous task of clearing fallen leaves and light garden debris. Many models will combine blow and vac functions. Many vac models will also shred fallen leaves and small twigs ready for composting. Clearing leaves is important because they can block light and harbour disease, affecting the health of your lawn.
Leaf blowers are not designed to pick up stones or twigs as they can damage the machine. If you need to pick up leaves, from pebble driveways or soil, then blow them onto a grass area first before you vacuum them up.
Before You Buy
To ensure that you make the right choice when it comes to buying garden vacs and leaf blowers ask yourself:
• What are you clearing?
• How big is your garden?
• How much power and noise can you handle?
• How much weight can you bear?
• Do you want a leaf blower or a leaf vacuum, or both?
Garden Vacs and Leaf Blowers and Your Garden Size
Garden Vacs and Leaf Blowers for Small Gardens
If you have a small garden then a lightweight handheld electric or cordless blower and vacuum will suit you well. Consider the length of the cable of the leaf blower before purchasing. You need your work area to be within reaching distance of an electric source, or alternatively, opt for a cordless model. Popular choices are the Handy THEV3000 Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum and the Flymo Scirocco 3000W Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum or the Greenworks GMAX 40V Cordless Blower Vac.
Leaf Blowers for Larger Gardens
If you have a larger garden or area to maintain then petrol leaf blowers may well be the right choice for you, as they provide more power than their electric handheld counterparts. Popular choices include the McCulloch GBV345 Petrol Leaf Blower Vacuum, Webb BV26 26cc Petrol Blow Vac and the Hyundai Petrol Leaf Blower Vac HYBV26
Backpack models put the bulk of the weight onto your back with wide padded shoulder straps, ideal for the larger more powerful blowers such as the Ryobi RBL42BP Back Pack Blower or the new, powerful cordless EGO Power+ Backpack Blower.
Garden Vacs and Leaf Blowers for Big Gardens/Areas
For larger areas still, you can benefit from wheeled or push leaf blowers and vacs. Push or wheeled leaf vacs and blowers will make light work of large areas and include huge collection bags (as much as 90 gallons). From the Karcher S650 Outdoor Sweeper (unpowered) to the powerful and popular Billy Goat range we have a machine to suit every budget.
For those of you who have a ride-on mower or tractor, a towable lawn sweeper is a consideration. Just hook the sweeper onto the back of your ride-on and away you go. These are good for clearing dry leaves and small lawn debris but don’t expect to be able to sweep up all your fine grass cuttings.
Types of Garden Vacs and Leaf Blowers
Handheld Electric Leaf Blowers
Leaf blowers in their simplest form are electric handheld models which clear areas using a strong jet of air. Leaves can be blown into piles from where they can be transferred to compost bins or disposed of.
Cordless Leaf Blowers
Modern cordless blowers make use of the new, innovative lithium-ion battery technology. They are as powerful as many petrol machines but are cleaner, lighter, quieter and easier to start. Batteries can be re-charged in as little as 30 minutes* and have a run time of up to 2 hours. Popular models include the Greenworks 40V G-Max Axial Blower and the new EGO Plus 56V Blower with a 4Ah battery. If you invest in one of these cordless blowers then there is the added advantage that the battery and charger can be used with other cordless tools in the same range.
Handheld Petrol Leaf blowers
Handheld petrol leaf blowers can produce an impressive air flow upwards of 350 cubic feet per minute. However, this pales in comparison to walk-behind/push leaf blowers weighing in with a whopping 1800cfm. The latter is capable of clearing golf courses!
Garden Vacs and Blowers - 2-in-1
You’ll most likely want a leaf blow-vac, these allow you to blow debris into piles then suck into an attached container which compacts the leaves in the process. This leaves you with a fine waste material perfect for composting as it rots down much faster due to the larger surface area for bacteria and air to work on. The most convenient blow-vacs are those that can alternate between settings at a flick of a switch, such as the Flymo Scirocco, although they are not always the most powerful. These models possess an elephant trunk nozzle which can prove cumbersome but the lightweight design aids manoeuvrability. Other more powerful models, such as the McCulloch GBV345, are supplied with two sets of quickly interchangeable pipes that can be fitted, without tools, to easily change between blow and vac modes.
Backpack blowers tend to be petrol and are ideal for clearing large areas of leaves and other lawn debris. The powerful petrol engine is mounted on your back, making it easier and more comfortable to carry for long periods of time.
Wheeled Petrol Leaf Vacuums
For those of you with very large areas to clear a wheeled petrol vacuum is the answer. Our most popular range is the Billy Goat. Choose a Quiet-Vac Billy Goat if you want to clear debris from hard surfaces, a Multi-Vac Billy Goat if you need to clear hard and grass areas and a KV Lawn Vac Billy Goat if you want to clear debris from grass. For more information about our range of Billy Goats, please click here.
Lawn sweepers can be pushed or towed. As the wheels of the sweeper turn they drive a large brush which sweeps debris into a collector. The faster the sweeper goes, the faster the brush rotates. Sweepers are excellent at clearing large areas quickly, but don’t expect them to pick up fine grass clippings.
Now you know what you need, browse our superb range of garden vacs and leaf blowers - we’re confident you’ll find the perfect blower vac for you and your garden.
* Please see individual models for specific charging times.