Gas vs Electric Leaf Blower: How Do You Choose?

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Choosing the right leaf blower that will live up to your needs is a tedious and time-consuming process. We know this, which is why we’ve written this series of posts that will (hopefully) make it easier and faster for you to find the right one.

In this post, we’ll compare gas-powered and electric leaf blowers against each other. If you’re short on time I highly recommend you going over the pros and cons lists below, as they will help you get a quick overview.

Alright, let’s get to it!

Gas Leaf Blowers:

a gas leaf blower

A gas leaf blower. Here’s the winner of our tests: Makita EB7650WH

Gas leaf blowers are great for people who have larger houses.  They are more powerful and will clear their larger yard faster. Due to the amount of power that they have, the gas-powered leaf blower can handle any size leaf pile that you need to pick up.

Leaf blowers aren’t just for leaves, though. It can be used to blow all of the debris out of your gutters, clean out your dryer vent, and blow light snow off of your car, driveway, and sidewalks.

It can even be used to dry your car so that you don’t get those annoying watermarks.  The gas leaf blowers can do a larger variety of jobs than the electric because they are more powerful.

Gas leaf blowers are portable and can go anywhere with you. That is a convenience, but one that e comes at a cost. Gas powered blowers are heavier than electric ones, and they put a more significant dent in your wallet when you purchase them.

They also usually have a longer lifespan than the electric blowers, so paying a little extra upfront may be worthwhile in the long run. However, you do need to keep in mind that you will have to pay for the gas for it to work.

Gas leaf blowers also emit more pollution. First, the fuel that it is burning leaves behind pollutants in the air for you to breathe while you are doing your job.

They’re also guilty of noise pollution.  It’s very important that you wear ear protection when using a gas leaf blower. You will also want to be mindful of the time of day that you use it, so you don’t bother the neighbors too much.

Pros
  • Typically more powerful (Greater for larger areas & can handle bigger leaf piles)
  • Usually have a longer lifespan than electric blowers
Cons
  • Heavier than electric models
  • Typically more expensive (gas costs also add up over time)
  • Typically more noisy

Electric Leaf Blowers:

WORX WG520 Electric Turbine Leaf blower

An electric leaf blower. Here’s the winner of our tests: WORX WG520

Electric leaf blowers are good for homeowners who only have a small area to clear. They can handle the smaller jobs that you have to do around your house, but they just aren’t powerful enough to handle larger tasks.

If you try to overuse it, it can overheat or just stop working, so you need to know what the capabilities of the blower are before you purchase it.

Electric blowers are also good for homeowners because they are easier on the checkbook. They cost less initially and require very little maintenance. They are also light enough to be used by almost anyone.

People like the electric leaf blower because it’s effortless to use,  easier on the ears than the gas-powered units. All it takes to operate one is to plug it in, flip the switch, and you are on your way.

The biggest issue with these units is that they can require a cord.

While this does give you an unlimited supply of power, it also sharply limits your range of use. Most leaves don’t cooperate and land up close to the house, near a plug. They tend to be spread all over the yard meaning that you have to drag an extension cord along with you wherever you go.

Pros
  • Typically come at a lower price point
  • Low maintenance
  • Usually a lot more lightweight than gas models
Cons
  • Almost all products are corded (limits your range of use)
  • Usually less powerful (not suited for large houses & big tasks

A Quick Summary

We hope that we have given you some meaningful insight into what the differences are between gas and electric leaf blowers. Knowing what kind of jobs you will be doing with your blower can help you determine which type you get.

If you’re a homeowner that just does small jobs around the house, the electric blower may be for you. On the other hand, if you have a huge yard and need your blower to do more heavy-duty tasks, your best bet may be the gas blower.

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About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!