Backpack Leaf Blower: a newbie's thoughts


So, I wanted the wheeled blower, because I was feeling lazy. It was suggested I give the backpack blower a try, so okay! Easy to start: especially if you remember to turn it ON. Not too heavy. Although I will admit to wishing I had someone else around to do it. It is a very powerful machine, even more impressive when you take into account that it only weighs a little over 20 pounds. Even on the lowest throttle setting, this blower can move leaves piled a couple of feet deep. I had to be careful not to blow my barkdust away. I was also able to move twigs and small branches with it, which was nice, because I cleaned up the bike path in front of the house too. I was glad I rented it for two days, as well. I used it, there was a windstorm overnight, then I had it the next day to get rid of the rest of the leaves. Now I donít have to worry about it again. Until next year.

A note, with the bad rap that two stroke engines get, especially leaf blowers, I was expecting this to be a great big stinky mess of a job. It wasnít. The gas/oil mixture is a little more expensive, but this blower is extremely fuel efficient. Also, the exhaust was minimal. Husqvarna has gone to great lengths to design the engines to be fuel efficient and to drastically reduce emissions and it shows. The shoulder straps are padded and comfortable. Anyone can use this blower, and should.