Best Gas Leaf Blowers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 4, 2018
If you need to clean your patio from leaves or dirt in a short period of time, a gas leaf blower fits in the best way possible. We have reviewed 5 top-rated gas leaf blowers to help you find the model that meets your needs. ...Read more ...Read less
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
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Performance
Engine
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Usability
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

X-TORQ engine reduces emissions by 60%. The air purge feature removes air from carburetor and fuel system for easy start.

CONS

This leaf blower is one of the heaviest models.

OUR VERDICT

Husqvarna proved itself to be an outstanding maker of household equipment. This leaf blower is not an exception. It is a reliable and powerful helper for big yards.

detailed parameters
Type

Backpack

Functions

Blower

Performance

180 MPH/ 692.17 CFM

Engine

50.2 cc 2-stroke engine

Gas tank capacity

42.2 oz

Usability

Ergonomic harness system, Handy location of controls, Adjustable handle, Vibration-dampening system, Transparent fuel tank

Weight

22.5 lbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The Cruise control feature makes the operation of the device much easier. As a result, you will feel much less strain and fatigue in your hands even after prolonged use of the tool. 

CONS

The 2-stroke engine requires a strict observance of fuel and oil mixing proportions when refueling the tank.

OUR VERDICT

"Compact design combined with a high-performance" - this is how you can describe this model by Poulan Pro. It will make the tasks of cleaning leaves and small debris off the area as easy as never before, with the minimum of your effort required. 

detailed parameters
Type

Backpack 

Functions

Blower

Performance

200 MPH/ 475 CFM

Engine

48 cc 2-stroke engine

Gas tank capacity

~50 fl. oz.

Usability

Throttle control lever with cruise control, Ergonomic shoulder straps

Weight

~22 lbs

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

The engine of this gas leaf blower has the New PureFire system to considerably decrease the CO emissions (up to 50%) and the fuel consumption (up to 30%).

CONS

An intensive air intake might engulf your clothes. 

OUR VERDICT

With the Hitachi leaf blower, you will be able to easily clean medium-sized areas like backyards and patios. Meanwhile, a truly light tool weight of only 8.6 lbs will let you keep balance without a hassle and comfortably work for hours without your hands getting tired and your back getting stressed.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld 

Functions

Blower 

Performance

170 MPH/ 441 CFM 

Engine

23.9 cc 2-stroke engine

Gas tank capacity

17.5 fl. oz.

Usability

PureFire low-emission engine technology, Large two-finger throttle lever

Weight

8.6 lbs

Warranty

7 years (2 years for commercial use, 1 year for rental use)

PROS

A wide tank filler neck ensures convenient and spill-free tank filling. Meanwhile, thanks to detailed mixing instructions, you'll be able to make an oil and fuel mix quickly and without a hassle.

CONS

Somewhat noisy operation. 

OUR VERDICT

A no-nonsense design with well-balanced construction and abundance of usability features makes the Poulan Pro PLB26 a great choice for any novice gardener. It is so easy to use you'll get the hang of it after the very first use.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld 

Functions

Blower

Performance

190 MPH/ 430 CFM

Engine

28 cc 2-stroke engine

Gas tank capacity

~13 fl. oz.

Usability

Trigger-operated variable speed control, Soft-grip handle

Weight

9.5 lbs

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

Mulching blades engaged in a vac mode are able to grind fallen leaves and debris into a fine mixture for better waste bag filling. This helps reduce waste up to 16 times and saves you the need to discard it very often. 

CONS

Adjusting the tube length might seem a bit inconvenient. 

OUR VERDICT

With the Husqvarna 125BVx, you'll get the functionality of a powerful leaf blower and a full-scale vacuum all combined in one handheld tool. A perfect combo both for a homeowner and a professional landscaper.

detailed parameters
Type

Handheld 

Functions

Blower, Vacuum

Performance

170 MPH/ 425 CFM

Engine

28 cc 2-stroke engine

Gas tank capacity

16.9 fl. oz.

Usability

Mulching function in vacuum mode, Smartstart™ system, Cruise control, Auto return stop switch

Weight

9.6 lbs

Warranty

2 years 

Husqvarna 350BT

THE WIND IN THE BACKPACK

We'd like to call your attention to this backpack leaf blower by Husqvarna. This unit should be worn on your back like a conventional knapsack and, thus, it creates no discomfort and restriction of your moves. The exploration of this model revealed a few advantages that considerably facilitate its use. First of all, we need to highlight the soft straps that don't dig into the shoulders and make no extra strain. The integrated padded harness provides extra comfort when you maneuver in your yard. Despite the weight of 22.5 lbs, the blower load is evenly distributed over your back, and the hip belt provides a secure fixation, contouring your body. The leaf blower control is also pretty convenient. The adjustable handle allows you to control the air flow rate right on the go. The handle features the cruise-control button that helps maintain the fan speed without holding your finger on a throttle trigger. Besides that, we must note the LowVib® dampers between the engine and chassis that efficiently reduce the vibration. All in all, we can state that this backpack leaf blower is 100% comfortable.

Review of Husqvarna 350BT 2.1 HP CARB Compliant X-Torq Engine Leaf Blower

UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE

Analyzing performance of this gas-powered blower, we found quite impressive technical features that allow using the unit on large areas with different landforms. The fuel tank capacity will be enough for 40-50 minutes of continuous blowing. Regarding the engine, we can state that its output is 2.1 НР that allows blowing 494.41 cu.ft of air per minute at the speed of 180 MPH. These abilities will let you swipe away leaves, thin branches, and household waste. Thanks to unique X-Torq® technology, the engine emits 60% fewer exhausts, while the fuel consumption is reduced by 20 %. The engine starts instantly once you pull the rope. The Air Purge function eliminates the air from the carburetor and fuel line, what furthers the blower starting. Husqvarna is world-known as the leading manufacturer of gardening and building equipment. Taking into account this fact, we dare claim that Husqvarna 965877502 is one of the most quality and reliable blowers on the market.

Husqvarna 350BT 2.1 HP CARB Compliant X-Torq Engine Leaf Blower in the use

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Husqvarna 350BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle X-Torq Gas Powered 180 MPH Midsize Back Pack Blower

What customers say about this product

Power

The gas tank is good for about 45 minutes at wide open throttle.

Features

The control handle itself is also really easy to adjust to your liking. You can move it toward or away from yourself, left/right, and change the wrist angle.

Key Specs

The Husqvarna has excellent blowing force, and it allows you to set the control in place and then let go so it still blows at the speed you pre-set!

Size & Weight

This blower is much easier to use than the old handheld model it replaced. It's 26 lb weight is no problem.
 

Poulan Pro 967087101

A WHIRLWIND UNDER YOUR CONTROL

The manufacturer designed the Poulan Pro PR48BT with a gas-powered engine. A brief look at the blower specifications leaves you no doubt about its capabilities in terms of power. Indeed, featuring a two-cycle gas engine with the 48 cc cylinder displacement, the Poulan Pro PR48BT backpack blower can deliver an impressive airflow of up to 475 cfm. With that, the speed of air coming out of the PR48BT tailpipe can reach a stunning 200 mph point. Truly a whirlwind at your command! It is no wonder that this device is capable of not only blowing dry leaves away from your lawn or a land plot but also of easily handling such tough blowing tasks as clearing heavy and wet leaves, grass, and other types of residue. The PR48BT comes in a heavy-duty frame, which adds to the robustness of this gas-powered blower. With all its rigidity and power, the manufacturer managed to keep the Poulan Pro model on a lightweight side, which definitely makes it easier to use.b

Review of Poulan Pro 967087101 48cc Backpack Blower

AN ENVIABLE CONVENIENCE

Though the device light weight is truly a weighty argument in itself for the model convenience it is far not the only one. When you take a closer look at the PR48BT you will see that it is actually packed with convenience features. Starting from the cruise control and speed trigger implemented for an easy device command to soft-grip handle on the tailpipe – the whole blower structure was designed with user comfort and convenience from the ground up. All the elements and modules of this unit by Poulan are balanced for an easier carrying: the bundled padded load-reducing harness and contoured, adjustable shoulder straps make the blower fit your shoulders and back much better and feel comfier in your hands. The brilliant ergonomics of this leaf blower model provides a minimal strain during the operation and allows for reducing the fatigue for all users regardless of their height and bodily constitution. It is fair to say that the PR48BT model combines the comfort of operation with technical prowess and versatility, which enables its use for year-round cleaning of yards and lawns of 1/2-acre and larger area. 

Poulan Pro 967087101 48cc Backpack Blower in the use

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Hitachi RB24EAP

AS LIGHT AS A BROOM

When our yard is covered with foliage, we take a broom to clean walkways and use a rake for cleaning lawn or other grassy terrains. Why should you use all that stuff and waste your time when you can pick a single leaf blower and clean everything much quicker? Let Hitachi do it. This is the blower that will help you get rid of trash and leaves in your garden and mown grass in your yard. Its compact size is what most users like best about it! Being the smallest tool with mere weight of 8.6 lbs. it's extremely easy to handle. Furthermore, it's got a convenient handle and well-balanced design to ensure enhanced comfort during use. The simplicity of this model makes it suitable even for aged people and teenagers. Hitachi RB24EAP easily fits into a trunk of a car, so you can convey this tool wherever you want. Forget about the tools that make regular cleaning a challenge. Get this gas leaf blower and do the job really quick! 

Review of Hitachi RB24EAP CARB Compliant Gas Powered Handheld Leaf Blower

SUPER QUALITY

Regardless of its light weight, this blower is made of high-quality materials that provide a long life and durability of the whole unit. The tool is equipped with the 2-stroke commercial grade engine covered with a 7-year warranty. Considering a lightweight body and ease of use, the blower demonstrates a decent performance. The engine is able to blow 441 CFM of air at 170 MPH. The efficient engine cooling allows the blower to work longer, and the Pure Fire technology reduces СО emission and decreases fuel consumption. Such features are usually available in the expensive heavy-duty models. Hence, Hitachi is the tool with a great price-quality ratio, which performance is sufficient for mid-size yards. To provide long and efficient work of the blower, you should feed it with gas and oil mixed at 50:1 ratio. Some customers use this blower even for cleaning the snow. The unit is able to sweep away up to 1" of snow, yet we'd recommend not to use it when the temperatures outside drop below 32F since it may result in increased fuel consumption and poor overall performance.

Hitachi RB24EAP CARB Compliant Gas Powered Handheld Leaf Blower in the use

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Review of Hitachi RB24EAP 23.9cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Handheld Leaf Blower
 

Poulan Pro PLB26

NOVICE GARDENER'S BEST CHOICE

Are you one of those people who have never used a leaf blower before and only recently started to build up your collection of tools? Not sure which blower is better? If you said yes, we'd certainly recommend you to look toward the Poulan Pro PLB26, one of the better starter models, especially if you're looking for a combo of power and cordless operation. Although many first-time users are leery of using a gas model and choose to opt for an electric model instead, the PoulanPro PLB26 will change the way you think about gas-powered garden equipment once and for all. Its no-nonsense design and usability features make it extremely easy-to-use.

The problem common for gas engines is that starting them is often hard, and may require some practice at that. However, the Poulan Pro PLB26 is a bit different. It boasts a modern spring-assisted starting system that enables the engine at a single pull. Along with the improved starting system, it also boasts a well-balanced construction, an ergonomic handle for a firm grip, and simple controls located within easy reach. Though the Poulan Pro PLB26 is not the lightest model, it's several times more compact and lighter than a majority of gas-powered leaf blowers out there. Due to its more compact dimensions and lightweight design, you will have no trouble handling this tool and will get the hang of it very quickly.

Despite being so simple to use, the Poulan Pro PLB26 doesn't lag in terms of performance, offering an airflow of 430 CFM at a speed of 190 MPH. Such performance brings it on par with more heavy-duty and professional-grade models. Similarly to other leaf blowers, the blow and vac settings of the Poulan Pro PLB26 can be adjusted depending on a cleaning task at hand.

Combining high performance and cordless convenience with a simple foolproof design, the Poluan PLB26 can be easily operated by any novice gardener with little or no experience at all.

Review of Poulan Pro PLB26 Powerful Gas Handheld Blower

ENJOY NO-HASSLE FUELING

Apart from a somewhat difficult engine start, gas-powered leaf blowers, which rely on a special oil and fuel mixture, are rather tricky to fuel. People at Poulan solved this issue by supplying the tool with detailed instructions that contain precise oil and fuel proportions. By following these instructions, you will be able to make an ideal fuel mix regardless of whether or not you've done it before. Due to a wide tank filler neck pouring the fuel into the tank without spilling a drop will be easy and quick. 

Poulan Pro PLB26 Powerful Gas Handheld Blower in the use

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Husqvarna 125BVx

More Than Just a Blower

Keeping your yard and lawn clean and tidy is not an easy task unless you have a leaf blower with a vacuum function to collect leftover rubbish. And that's where the Husqvarna 125BVx excels. Unlike most combination tools, in which one of the multiple functions often appears to be not as efficient as expected, the Husqvarna 125BVx doesn't lack in the vac mode, delivering suction power comparable with that of premium full-scale vacuum cleaners. You can be sure that this leaf blower will easily tackle dry debris as well as wet and heavy leaves.

While being so powerful, the Husqvarna 125BVx is a snap to handle and operate. The Smart Start is there to let you start the machine quickly and effortlessly. The lightweight construction of the tool reduces arm fatigue and a soft rubberized handle ensures a comfortable grip. Also included is a Cruise function that maintains a consistent fan speed saving you the need to control it manually, which is handy when you have big cleaning jobs to do.

The Husqvarna 125 BVx can serve as two functional appliances, providing you the functions of a leaf blower and a leaf vacuum cleaner. So if you'd like to make your life a bit simpler and your yard a bit more beautiful, it should be your choice.

Review of Husqvarna 125BVx 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Blower

... AND EVEN MORE

Unshredded foliage and other dry plant wastes are pretty bulky and can become a problem if you don't find an effective way to dispose of them. That said, any experienced gardener will tell you that rather than throwing dry leaves away there's a much better way of utilizing them, namely creating a natural fertilizer, whereby you can then “feed” your lawn and enrich it with necessary microelements. For these purposes, many homeowners use mulchers, special garden tools designed to shred dry garden wastes into a fine mulch. With the Husqvarna 125BVx, however, you won't need to buy a mulcher. The vac kit includes special mulching blades that can cut through both dry and wet leaves and reduce waste volume up to 16 times. This function will not only save you the need to discard a waste collection bag too often but will also allow you to improve the health of your lawn without paying additional costs. 

Husqvarna 125BVx 28cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered 170 MPH Blower in the use

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What Is a Gas Leaf Blower?

For all those that own gardens or large land, a leaf blower is a must. This one single tool can be a substitute for many other garden tools, allowing you to take care of your land putting in a minimum effort. A gas leaf blower doesn't differ much from a regular leaf blower, with the only difference being that it uses fuel. This gives it more power, making cleanups effective and brisk. Most leaf blowers are good not only at removing grass trimmings, fallen leaves, branches, and twigs, but also cleaning garden furniture like deck boxes and storage sheds. So if you have a backyard with a patio and want to take care of it properly, a gas leaf blower is what you need. We've done a lot of research to present to you five of the best gas leaf blowers available on the market.

For owners of detached houses, we'd also recommend reading our reviews on gas lawn mowers and electric lawn mowers.

Best Gas Leaf Blowers

What Features to Compare

Type and functions

The leaf blowers can be divided into 3 types: handheld, backpack, and wheeled. Handheld leaf blowers usually refer to household tools and cope well with medium and large areas. They are the most widespread and may be powered by gasoline or electricity. Backpack leaf blowers are always powered by gasoline. They must be carried on the back, so they create no troubles even after long use. Hence, backpack models are great for large areas and heavy workloads. Many leaf blowers come as dual-function models and are also able to serve as vacuums. Such blowers will let you blow leaves, grass or sawdust away and collect them afterwards into an attached bag.

Performance

The leaf blower performance is the next important criterion. The performance of a leaf blower determines its cleaning efficiency. The air speed and air volume are the main performance features usually specified by manufacturers. The air speed is measured in miles per hour (МРН) and is the key parameter of leaf blower utility. The higher the speed is, the bigger particles a leaf blower can blow. If you need a leaf blower for domestic use, pay attention to the models with a speed of 170 МРН and higher. The air volume is also the parameter of no small importance, measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). The higher the air volume is, the fewer efforts you need to make. The leaf blower of 350 CFM is quite enough for a small garden plot. The models of 500 CFM and higher are suitable for large areas.

Usability

When it comes to usability of a leaf blower, pay attention to the weight, particularly if you are going to use a blower for a long time. The control handles and levers should be located conveniently and have an ergonomic shape to reduce the fatigue. Cruise control feature will let you keep a leaf blower working without constant pressing the throttle trigger. Some leaf blowers are able to grind leaves, grass, and even thin branches. This option is very convenient for making the mulch fertilizing the soil. The engines of leaf blowers may feature specific technology to reduce CO emission and fuel consumption.

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3. John Kelsey How to Choose and Use a Leaf Blower, This Old House.

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8. Leaf Blower Buying Guide, Lowe's.

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