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Best Leaf Blower
Leaf Blowers Performance (continued)
Leaf Blower Vacuum Bags.The Achilles' heel of most blower vacs is the bag that attaches to gather the material.
Leaf Blower Durability.The best leaf blowers, even in the budget category, should last for years. A user posting a review at the Husqvarna site says a 6-year-old 125B, one of the best leaf blowers on our list, is still going strong. In reviews at Amazon, users report buying the Weed Eater FB25 after owning earlier versions for years. One user says this is his second of the same model -- the first one lasted six years -- and another user maintains that, at this price, the blower is worth it even if it lasts for only a few years. Likewise, a user posting a review at Sears bought a new Craftsman 74828 because the old one had finally stopped working after 15 years. While there are many reports of the durability of the Toro 51599 over the years, some users posting reviews on a consumer products testing site found that the motor quit in about the second year.
Durability is one of the problems with the Black & Decker BV2500, according to reviews. One user posting on Amazon says after two years it began to spark and flame. Similarly, users posting reviews at Lowe's say the Troy-Bilt TB310QS is a fine choice as long as you expect to replace it yearly. In reviews on Amazon, several users complain that it quit after a few months, or even sooner. However, one user reports that, while the spark plug and the zipper on the vacuum bag had to be replaced and the impeller is showing signs of wear, the machine still performs well after three years.
Don't Bother Cheap Leaf Blowers
Rather than requiring users to switch nozzles when they move from blowing to vacuuming, this gas-powered machine lets them simply flip a switch, a feature that users admire. However, it's heavy, it's very loud, and its emission levels are too high to meet California standards. Many users complain that it's hard to start and doesn't last long. Read more »
Toro Power Sweep 51585 Review
Black & Decker BV2500 Review
Troy-Bilt TB310QS Review
Craftsman 74828 Review
Weed Eater FB25 Review
Toro 51599 Ultra Review
Husqvarna 125B Review
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