Shoppers in the market for a lightweight leaf blower are well aware of the fact that there’s quite a bit of information to try to keep track of.
There are loads of different options out there, and while many of them may seem pretty similar, the differences are apparent in how they’re able to perform.
If you’re like most people, you want the very best product that you can get your hands on. But you don’t have the time to do the research necessary to make it happen.
If that sounds like your situation then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the work for you. We’ve studied the market, performed the tests, and identified 5 of the best options on the market.
|Husqvarna 965877502 350BT|
|Makita DUB182Z||4 lbs||4.7/5|
(Best for the Money)
|BLACK+DECKER LSW221||4 lbs||4.3/5|
|Remington RM125||12 lbs||4.1/5|
First, and in our top pick slot, we have the Husqvarna 965877502 350BT. If you’re at all familiar with Husqvarna, you probably won’t be the least bit surprised to see them claim the top spot. They have a longstanding reputation for making great yard work tools, and this unit is certainly no exception.
This lightweight, comfortable-to-use unit packs a lot of power in a compact design. The 2 horsepower motor produces maximum speeds of up to 180 miles per hour, which means that you shouldn’t have any trouble clearing out even the most spacious properties.
It’s also environmentally efficient, producing 60% fewer emissions than comparable options.
Last, but certainly not least, the unit features a 42-ounce tank that’s able to run the blower for hours on end.
This set of features makes it quite suitable for either professional or personal work. However, as a commercial grade product, there is one negative component to consider: this unit is pricey.
If you have the budget, you’ll certainly appreciate this product but, unfortunately, the cost of the Husqvarna may very well price it outside of most people’s range.
This issue aside, it’s a high-quality, lightweight leaf blower that leaves users with much to appreciate.
In the second place, we have the Makita. This company is actually best known for its power tools, but with this unit—and others like it—they’re proving that they also make great stuff in the yard maintenance department.
If you’re looking for a more affordable, yet still high-quality lightweight leaf blower, this is something to think about.
Though not quite as powerful as the Husqvarna, this unit is nevertheless still able to produce a velocity of 116 MPH, which should be enough to accommodate the needs of most average-sized homes.
It also produces a large volume of 91 cubic feet per minute, which should make it easy to clear out large spaces in a short amount of time.
Last but not least, you can also adjust the speed settings to accommodate the specific needs of each individual task.
This all sounds pretty good, right? And it is. But of course, there are reasons that this unit didn’t claim the top slot.
The biggest issue is that, when it comes to high-density leave situations, you’re going to want something with more juice behind it.
If you live on a densely treed property, the power that this blower is able to produce most likely won’t be able to cut it.
This aside, it’s a great tool that will suit most people just fine.
In third place, and claiming our “best for the money” slot, we have the Toro 51585. This unit produces high-quality results at an affordable price.
But, of course, the Toro has more going for it than simply an affordable price tag. The unit comes well equipped with a powerful motor that’s able to generate a gust velocity of up to 160 MPH.
It also features a variable speed option that allows you to incorporate a more individualized touch to your work.
Finally, at only 4.6 pounds, this is also the lightest leaf blower that we’ve looked at so far.
The unit also benefits from not having too many flaws. For one thing, this unit doesn’t perform very well with wet leaves. Finally, we also noticed that the tube for the blower is a little bit shorter than it could be, which hurts its efficiency somewhat.
These things aside, it’s a great option for anyone who wants to save some money.
In fourth place, we have the Black and Decker LSW221. This unit does some things right, but ultimately it has several flaws that keep it out of our top three spots.
First, the good. For one thing, like the previous unit that we looked at, this option is very affordable which should make it appealing for buyers on a budget.
It’s also optimized to run as quietly as possible, which should please your neighbors. And it’s part of the Black and Decker 20 volt battery system, which means that if you own other Black and Decker products, you can use the batteries interchangeably.
The issue is that it seems to suffer from a lot of problems. The battery life is short and it takes a long time to recharge. In addition to that, it lacks power, which sharply limits what you can do with this product.
All in all, it’s a decent option. But for the money, most will be better off with the Tora.
Last, and unfortunately least, we have the Remington. On the surface, this unit looks all right. The motor is able to produce a decent wind velocity of up to 180 MPH.
The problem is that the Remington is riddled with issues that vastly limit what the unit can do.
The biggest issue is its short life expectancy. A startling number of users have reported that the blower stops working altogether after only a few months, and repairs are almost as expensive as the blower itself.
Until this issue is worked out, most people probably won’t want to give this option a try.
And there you have it. You’ve read our reviews of lightweight leaf blowers, and now you have a decision to make. Which of these units is going to be right for your needs? If it helps, you may recall that we do have a couple of recommendations to offer.
If you want the very best of the best and don’t mind paying for high-quality, then think about going with our editor’s choice pick, the Husqvarna.
On the other hand, if your primary goal is to save a few dollars, you can still land a quality option by going with our “best for the money” pick, the Toro.
Of course, these are only our recommendations. Now that you’ve read our guide, you can make your own informed decision.
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