For most homeowners a hand-held blower is a good fit. They are generally lightweight and easy to maneuver. These come in either electric or gas powered motors. Electric hand-held blowers are lighter and quieter than the gas powered variety. They can be either corded or cordless and both models offer easy start-up. Gas powered hand-held blowers are more powerful than the electric ones but will require more maintenance and fuel mixing. Most start with a manual pull-start but there are optional crank features available on some models.
Gas powered blowers also are available in a more powerful backpack model. This model is suited for commercial needs or if you have a large residential area to clear. It’s quite a bit heavier than the hand-held models but the harness allows the user to carry the blower like a backpack. This creates the most comfortable way to use a blower for extended periods required for larger areas.
For heavy commercial or over-sized areas a walk behind blower is ideal. Some models can be converted into vacuums and/or mulchers for recycling or easier disposal of debris. Because of their heft they are the most difficult to maneuver and require a larger area for storage when not in use.
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