If you’re looking for a good 4-cycle leaf blower (and judging by the fact that you’re here, it’s safe to say that you are), then you’re well aware of the fact that there are plenty of things to consider.
It can be a challenge determining what product is going to fit your needs. After all, there are lots of blowers out there. While they may all seem pretty similar, they vary significantly in how they’re able to perform.
If your objective is to find the best 4-cycle leaf blower that you can get your hands on, but you just don’t know how to make it happen, then we can help.
We’ve tested the products, studied the market, and found 5 options that should suit the needs of a wide range of people.
Check out this collection of 4-cycle leaf blower reviews that will help you to make your buying decision.
|Husqvarna 965877502 350BT||23 lbs||4.8/5|
|Troy-Bilt TB4HB EC 25cc|
(Best for the Money)
|Makita BBX7600N||23 lbs||4.3/5|
In first place, we have the Makita BhX2500CA. If you’re familiar with the world of power tools, then you’re probably no stranger to Makita.
They’ve made a reputation for themselves with do-it-yourselfers and contractors alike for making some of the best stuff on the market.
It turns out that they make some quality yard maintenance tools as well. One of the first things that buyers will notice and appreciate about this unit is that it has a high-quality engine.
The 4-stroke motor on this unit produces a maximum blow velocity of 145 miles per hour and does not require a fuel mix to operate.
The unit also boasts a relatively lightweight design of only 9.8 pounds. While there are certainly blowers out there that weigh a little bit less, 9.8 pounds is pretty impressive for a powerful gas blower.
Last but not least, it also operates efficiently. It’s easy to start, lets out minimal emissions, and it runs at a low volume so that you don’t need to worry about bothering the neighbors as you do your work.
Of course, the tool isn’t perfect. One thing that we noticed is that over time the motor’s quick start function seems to diminish, and in fact, the tool can at times suffer from significant stalls.
This is fairly common with gas blowers, buts nevertheless it’s not something anyone wants to see.
Other than that, the Makita is a great tool that most shoppers—who can find room in their budget to purchase it—will appreciate.
WE MADE A MISTAKE – THIS IS A 2-CYCLE AND NOT A 4-CYCLE LEAF BLOWER
If you’re aware of Husqvarna, you’re probably also aware of the fact that they make some of the best yard maintenance tools on the market.
While this unit fell slightly short of taking our top slot, it did win out in claiming our best 2-cycle backpack leaf blower slot.
There’s a lot to like here. The 2.1 horsepower motor is strong enough to suit the needs of pretty much any property, the massive 42-ounce tank allows the tool to run for hours on end, and the unit itself is ergonomically designed so that you won’t feel as sore after a long day of use.
Of course, like the Makita, this unit is not without its flaws. The biggest issue with this product is its price.
The Husqvarna happens to be one of the most expensive leaf blowers that we’ll be looking at today, which means that many shoppers probably won’t be able to make it work.
On the other hand, if you have it in your budget to buy a leaf blower of professional caliber then, by all means, think about going with the Husqvarna.
In third place, and in our “best for the money” slot, we have the Troy-Bilt TB4HB EC 25cc. This unit claimed our “best for the money” slot by providing users with a reliable and consistent experience at an affordable price.
This unit is very powerful, featuring a maximum velocity of 150 miles per hour. It also has the benefit of being easy to start and accessory ready, so that you can expand the utility of the tool if the need to do so arises.
Of course, the tool isn’t perfect. There are a couple of reasons that the Troy Bilt didn’t make it into our top two.
One of the biggest concerns that we were able to identify is that the unit is prone to overheating—so the user has to suspend work while the machine cools down.
We’ve also heard from several users who have reported that the tool suddenly stopped working after several months of use—a defect that potentially undermines the value of the product.
These things aside, it’s a great option at an affordable price.
In last place, we have another Makita. While the first Makita that we looked at was good enough to top the list, this unit has enough flaws to knock it right to the bottom.
First, the good. The maximum air velocity on this unit is a very impressive 195 miles per hour, which should be enough to accommodate the needs of even dense piles of leaves. Furthermore, the sizable tank is big enough to allow you to use this tool for up to 80 minutes, which should be more than enough to accommodate most properties.
Unfortunately, there are still some bugs that the BBX7600N needs to work out.
This unit is noisy, heavy, and prone to overheating. While these are fairly common attributes of a leaf blower, you don’t really want to see them when purchasing a high-end option.
If you’re looking for a premium blower, we recommend choosing from our top two.
Now that you’ve seen what’s out there, here are a couple of buying considerations that should help to simplify your decision a little bit.
Since this is a tool that you’re going to be lugging around a lot, you definitely want to choose something with a lightweight design.
Anything under 10 pounds is going to be optimal, though of course backpack units do tend to weigh on the heavier side. Ultimately, you’ll have to make this decision based on what you feel comfortable carrying for extended periods of time.
Run time isn’t quite as big of a deal with gas blowers as it is with electric. With a gas unit, starting the tool back up is as simple as refilling the tank. Even so, you don’t want to have to do that in the middle of your work, right?
Right. Buying a leaf blower with a sizable tank will help to ensure that you never have to interrupt your work to refill it.
While most private properties only require a run time of about 30 minutes to treat, the longer the machine will run the better.
Even if you don’t have a lot of trees in your yard, you’ll still probably find it worth your while to look for a leaf blower that packs a punch.
Not only will a powerful blower help you to deal with high-volume loads, but it will also help you address unique situations, like instances in which you have to deal with thick grass, or wet leaves.
Generally speaking, a good motor will produce an air velocity of 150-200 MPH. But keep in mind that commercial-grade power also comes with a commercial-grade price tag.
And there you have it. It’s a lot to take in, right? While the amount of information that you’ve just consumed may feel a little overwhelming, do keep in mind that we actually have some recommendations for you.
If you’re in the market for the best product that you can get, and you don’t mind paying top dollar for it, then you’ll want to think about going with the Makita BHX2500CA—our top pick on this list.
On the other hand, if saving money is your top concern, then think about going with our “best for the money” pick, the Troy Bilt.
Of course, these are only recommendations. Now that you’re an expert on 4-cycle leaf blowers, you can comfortably make your own informed decision.
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