The 8 Best Battery-Operated Leaf Blowers
A new generation of electric blowers can whoosh away just about anything. Here’s the one you should buy.
After testing eight next-generation cordless blowers, it’s clear that we’ve reached a new age of outdoor power equipment. Gas-engine blowers are still the most powerful, but for a wide range of medium-duty jobs (sweeping out the garage, clearing a dryer duct, light leaf cleanup), a battery-powered blower is plenty capable, not to mention faster and easier. We ran four tests, the toughest of which timed how quickly we could clear 6 cubic feet of hay from a 400-square-foot patch of lawn. Okay, the toughest was actually when we used each machine to try to slide a brick over concrete with the blower at a fixed position—unfair, but many managed to do it. Which means they shouldn’t have a problem with whatever foliage falls from your oak tree.
Best Overall: Worx WG591
Air speed: 125 mph
Weight: 8 lb
Hay: 32 sec
Brick? Yes, 15 in.
Likes: Outstanding power-to-weight ratio combined with a highly productive airstream. We used the Worx to clean up what other blowers left behind.
Dislikes: We prefer to control blower output with the trigger, rather than the separate adjuster the Worx uses, which sometimes needed to be switched off before the blower would turn on.
Read the full article from Popular Mechanics here.