What is a Leaf Vacuum
Actually, leaf vacuum isn’t only a vacuum. Generally, this machine performs several functions such as vacuuming, blowing, and mulching. Although not all models fulfill three functions, this equipment will become an irreplaceable assistant in your garden anyway. Using it, you can gather leaves in one heap, vacuum them easily and turn them into natural fertilizer for your garden with mulching function.
What Features to Compare
Type and Functions
The first thing to pay attention to while choosing a leaf vacuum is its type. There are two of them – gas and electric. In general, the vacuums of the first type are more powerful and efficient. It’s convenient to use them if you don't want to be dependent on the power supply. The only thing you need to start working is to have some amount of gas nearby. Such leaf vacuums let you take care of quite a big territory. Electric type of vacuums is subdivided into battery-powered and corded ones. They aren’t as powerful as the gas ones but still efficient enough to keep a yard of a medium size in order. The main advantage of electric vacuums is that they are environmentally friendly. They are also lighter and work quietly. As for leaf vacuums’ functions, these appliances usually (but not always) perform three of them – blowing, vacuuming and mulching. Thus, you have a range of options to choose from to maintain your yard/garden/field in a perfect condition.
The efficiency of a leaf vacuum depends on two factors – airflow volume (measured in cubic feet per minute or CFM) and airflow speed (measured in miles per hour, also known as MPH). The greater the volume is, the easier it will be for you to clean your yard – you won’t need to move much to gather all the leaves in one heap. However, if you are going to use the appliance as a vacuum, the large volume might cause some inconveniences. For example, small branches might block the nozzle and clog the vacuum’s system. Thus, we would recommend you to consider models with approximately 400 CFM volume. As for the airflow speed, it determines the ability to blow or vacuum heavy objects such as wet leaves or small litter. If your yard isn’t big, 150-200 MPH is enough to clean it from undesirable stuff.
This feature varies depending on the vacuum’s type. For example, gas equipment benefits from the ability to start the vacuum with one button instead of pulling the cord. As you need a different speed for vacuuming and blowing, you’ll also appreciate a speed adjustment feature. Electric vacuums are more convenient to use if they have a cord lock system and a cord storage hook. The ability to change modes easily (from vacuum to blower and vice versa) will be another advantage. Finally, pay attention to the attachments compatible with your vacuum. An angled nozzle will allow you to clean places difficult to reach while a narrow one will help manage wet leaves. And, of course, a collection bag lets you gather and store leaves and other stuff until disposal or shredding.
Powerful and Reliable
Fall is a time to take care of your yard and garden. Nobody wants fallen leaves to cover beautiful lawn or neat paths. However, nobody wants to spend hours working in the garden with rakes as well. That’s why we would like you to have a look at leaf vacuums, and now we advise you to consider the Troy-Bilt appliance. Being powerful equipment with 27cc 2-cycle engine, this gas model is still light enough to not cause inconvenience while carrying. 450 CFM airflow volume coupled with 150 MPH speed is sufficient for managing leaves and litter in your garden. The ability to choose one of the several functions lets you blow the leaves to one place to amass them with more convenience or gather them in a bag for further disposal. Thus, Troy-Bilt leaf vacuum is a powerful and reliable tool to help you arrange your garden. However, some might doubt about the gas. You know, it means the need for refilling and maintenance, and of course, gas produces emissions. On the one hand, these worries are justified but on the other hand, it’s unlikely that refilling the vacuum with the gas will cost more than paying for the electricity. As for regular maintenance, it’s not a drawback – it will only determine the durability of your leaf vacuum. Of course, emissions are a trouble but the manufacturers do their best to eliminate them inventing new technologies. In spite of the doubts which might appear, remember that gas vacuums are still the most powerful and reliable appliances for leaf cleaning.
Beyond any Doubt
If you still have doubts about Troy-Bilt leaf vacuum, it’s time to reject them. Keep in mind the usability of this model. An ergonomic handle equipped with a speed control switch lets you choose the necessary airflow speed depending on a task you need to perform. JumpStart and SpringAssist technologies were developed to make the process of the vacuum launch trouble-free. They make pulling the cord easier or/and even rid you of the necessity to do it. You can buy a starter separately and make the process of turning the vacuum on the simplest thing ever. There are different types of starters. You can choose the one you need more – for example, using a cordless starter, you’ll launch the vacuum approximately 40 times. A cruise control throttle is another advantage – it allows you to carry the vacuum anywhere you need and you don’t have to keep your finger on the button all the time. You’ll also be pleased with a set of nozzles that come with the vacuum. Two blow tubes and two vacuum tubes will be enough to cope with leaves and different litter in your yard.
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Are you tired of spending your precious time on cleaning fallen leaves or grass after lawn mowers? There is a solution! GreenWorks leaf vacuum is what you really need. This garden appliance is electric, to be more precise, battery-powered. It means that there won’t be any emissions and you are free to move wherever you need since your movements aren’t limited by the length of electric cord. The manufacturer has provided the vacuum with G-MAX technology . Thanks to it, it is possible to use your vacuum up to 60 minutes on a single charge (4 AH battery needs 2 hours to be charged). By the way, the charger is sold together with this garden appliance so you’ll be able to start working soon after you bring the vacuum home. DigiPro Brushless is another technology applied during the vacuum’s development. Its function is to provide more efficient performance and durability. You won’t be able to remain indifferent to the next feature - 70% less vibration level provides quiet operation. From now on, you have a chance to mix pleasure with business and take care of your garden enjoying silence.
Power of the Battery
If you have heard that battery-powered appliances aren’t very powerful, we can convince you in the opposite. Just have a look at its airflow speed and volume and compare these measurements to those of the other vacuums. 340 CFM airflow volume and 185 MPH speed are enough to look after your yard or garden. GreenWorks leaf vacuum also has three main functions which are to blow, vacuum, and mulch everything you gather from the ground. Carrying out these operations becomes easy with additional attachments sold with the appliance. Two narrow tubes will be useful for blowing while two wide tools are what you need for better vacuuming. By the way, there is nothing difficult in changing one nozzle with another as you don’t even need to use any tools to do so. Pay attention to the ability to shred vacuumed leaves to save space in a collecting bag.
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Toro is an experienced company which has been producing outdoor equipment and different tools for more than 100 years. If you need to buy golf equipment, lawn mower, irrigation system or another appliance for home, yard, garden or field care, you may rely on this manufacturer. We do believe that Toro is a reliable corporation that’s why we picked its Ultra Blower/Vac. The first thing to pay attention to when considering this equipment is its reasonable price. So what will you get for this money? The type of the vacuum is electric - it means that this model is environmentally friendly. Although it often happens that electric appliances are less productive than gas ones, this model is an exception. Airflow speed of 250 MPH is enough to blow wet leaves, branches, and acorns. Airflow volume differs depending on the mode you choose. Blow mode works using 350 CFM. 410 CFM is necessary for a vacuum mode - this very volume is what you need to vacuum dry grass and leaves but avoid vacuuming branches. And to collect more leaves in one go, there is a mulch function – it shreds the leaves and other litter decreasing its volume. By the way, shredded leaves, branches, acorns and cones might become a perfect mulch for your garden. The last but not the least is the fact that the manufacturer has thought about convenient storage of the vacuum so when you finish using it, just put all the parts into the bag and hang it in a storeroom or another suitable place.
As it was mentioned above, fallen leaves are the main part of natural fertilizer for soil in your yard, garden or field. As humus is rich in nitrogen and phosphate, it will become a good fertilizer for acidophiles – plants which grow in acid environment. It will also prevent growing of weeds, soil erosion and leaching of minerals. Leaf vacuum permits you to make a natural fertilizer on your own. To do so, you can use both dry and wet leaves. Dry leaves may become a nice means of keeping roots of thermophilic plants (such as hydrangea, chrysanthemum, rose) in warmth. If you want to make a fertilizer of wet leaves, it’s better to shred them and keep in water till they start rotting to create a substance full of useful components. However, if you don’t want to spend much time on fertilizer, there is an easier way. Just put leaves straight on vegetable beds, leave them there until spring, and dig soil before planting new crops.
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Everything is Close at Hand
Another model of leaf vacuum which is worth your attention is WORX WG509. This electric model works from the home electric power supply. Although your movements are a bit limited by the length of the power cord, it shouldn’t stop you from considering this model as you always have a chance to buy an extension cord. Moreover, this model has a lot of advantages such as light weight, quiet performance, and lack of emissions. As well as the majority of models, WORX WG509 appliance has three main functions – vacuuming, blowing, and mulching. So what’s special about the tool then? Of course, it’s usability! The thing is that you don’t need to change attachments for different purposes. Two built-in nozzles (located one under another) are enough to successfully vacuum and blow leaves. The angled nozzle for vacuuming deals with leaves under patio furniture or in difficult-to-reach places. If you want to change the mode, all you need to do is flip a special switch. Thus, blowing leaves in one heap, then vacuuming them will be a trouble-free and simple process. By the way, you can also shred them with 18:1 mulch ratio – this function is helpful for saving space in a collection bag or creating fertilizer for the soil. If you feel that the leaves block the system, you’ll be able to solve the issue fast due to the vacuum's design – it is divided into two parts for easily removal of stuck leaves or branches.
Of course, the usability of this garden equipment won’t interest you until it is powerful enough to accomplish the tasks you’re going to perform in your garden. As for the efficiency of this model, it can be determined as medium. Its 210 MPH speed and 350 CFM volume assist in blowing and vacuuming dry and a bit wet leaves. There is also a possibility to change the speed of airflow depending on your goal. In general, WORX WG509 model of leaf vacuum is a good choice for relatively small areas. So, if your yard or garden isn’t large but you’re still tired of using rakes, this model of leaf vacuum is definitely what you need.
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As Simple as Can Be
BLACK+DECKER is a worldwide renowned manufacturer of numerous tools for home, garden and building. The company does its best to please its customers, and the leaf vacuum represented in our review is a perfect proof. Taking into account the number of users and their feedback, one can suppose that this 3-in-1 garden equipment will become a real helper when it comes to coping with fallen leaves. First of all, the weight of this tool is the lightest among the reviewed vacuums. It gives a chance for everybody to use it – clean the leaves yourself or ask your teenage child to do it. Although some people might suppose that light weight influences the vacuum’s efficiency negatively, it’s not true about this model. Having speed and volume measurements on par with the average models, BLACK+DECKER equipment copes not only with leaves - you might also use it to clean small construction debris. On purchasing this model, you’ll save a lot of your free time and achieve good results in taking care of your yard.
Use the Attachments Right
With the user in mind, the manufacturer has included a set of necessary attachments for efficient vacuuming and blowing. Changing the attachments depending on your purposes, you’ll be able to blow/ vacuum leaves in narrow places, reach litter in dense vegetation, clean wet leaves, vacuum big amount of litter using a wide tube. You can also mulch gathered leaves, grass, and small branches. Special Anti-Clog Vortex Impeller not only helps to mulch everything you’ve vacuumed but also prevents your equipment from clogging. A quick conversion feature makes changing blow and vacuum modes fast and easy thanks to intuitively simple design. A collection bag with a shoulder strap is what makes carrying the vacuum a piece of cake. Choosing BLACK+DECKER leaf vacuum, you’ll get good garden equipment at a fair price.
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