Leaf clearance needn’t be a problem, here are ten top machines to do the job

The annual fall has started and leaves need to be regularly cleared otherwise they will stop light and moisture getting to the lawn and inhibit autumn growth

Besides, nothing spoils the look of a house as much as leaves on the drive and flower beds.

But don’t throw them all on the compost heap, pack some into sturdy bin bags, tie the top and then put them in a corner of the garden where they can’t be seen.

Then in a couple of years’ time you’ll have wonderful dark, rich leaf mould which can be used all over the garden and is especially good in pots.

Cobra leaf blower
Light and easy: Cobra BV65 lead blower

But first they need to be cleared away and here are ten top machines to make the job easier, from little hand-help appliances to powerful commercial machines and leaf vacs and towed sweepers for pulling behind a lawn tractor.

The first on our list is the Cobra BV65-24V Cordless Leaf-Blower, perfect for the small garden.

It weighs only 1.7kg and comes complete with a lithium-ion battery which runs for 20 minutes and takes two hours to re-charge.

It has two settings so you can adjust the speed according to the thickness of the leaves.

This is a great little blower. I’m very happy indeed with it. It’s so light and easy to use” said a recent customer.

It costs just £64.99, has a two-year warranty and is delivered FREE the next working day.

The next is from a range of garden machinery we helped to develop.

The Redback E435CQ-2Ah Cordless Leaf-Blower has a 40V battery using cells manufactured in Japan and is a real bargain.

 

Redback Cordless Leaf Blower
Quiet Power: Redback Cordless Leaf Blower

It is exclusive to MowDirect, and is delivered FREE the next working day complete with battery, charger and a belt to hold the battery securely around your waist while you are working, lowering the weight of the blower even further.

And the battery will also fit other devices in the Redback range so if you want another piece of equipment, you need only buy the tool.

As one customer has commented “Brilliant…Very Well Made and Good Value…robust and well engineered…light weight and easy to handle…The overall performance of this machine is stunning.”

It costs £149, a huge reduction on the recommended price of £306 and we deliver it FREE the next working day.

This next one is petrol powered and is exclusive to MowDirect from a leading European manufacturer.

The Oleo-Mac BV270 Pro Leaf-Blower with Free Vac-Kit has a 30.5cc engine and produces a mighty 234km an hour blast of air.

And yet it is quiet enough not to annoy the neighbours.

With a blast of air as powerful as this it can clear not only leaves but pine cones and other debris as well and yet it weighs only 4.5kg.

Italian made: Oleo-Mac BV270 with free vac kit

It will also collect the leaves with a vacuum attachment which has four steel blades to shred the leaves and other debris and pack them in to a collector bag which holds 36 litres.

This cuts the time clearing up substantially and also means the rubbish will decompose down more quickly.

The vac and collection bag are included in the price of £219.95, £80 off the recommended price.

There is free next working day delivery and a five-year warranty.

And this blower is a serious piece of kit designed with professional gardeners in mind as well as amateurs who have large areas to clear.

The Tanaka THB-260PF Commercial-Grade Handheld Petrol Blower-Vac will give a 175km an hour blowing speed produced by a 23.9cc PureFire engine, easy to start and designed for the demands of the professional gardener.

Tanaka thb 260PF leaf blower
Professional machine: Tanaka THB 260PF leaf blower

It has a specially-developed high-volume fan and weighs only 4.1kg.

We also supply it with a free vacuum-shredder attachment.

It has been designed with a rear handle and cruise control to make it comfortable to use for long periods and has a five-yea warranty, two year for professional use.

It costs £268, £100 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day.

Another leaf blower made with the professional in mind is the Stiga SPB 375 Backpack Blower.

This has a 75.6cc engine mounted on the backpack frame to five a 360km an hour current of air enough to shift even the most suborn patches of trodden down wet leaves.

The blower tube is controlled by a joystick to achieve precise control.

It has a two-year warranty and free delivery the next working day and costs £339, £40 off the recommended price.

Now three machines which make leaf clearing a doddle as they are not dissimilar to a conventional household vacuum cleaner.

From Germany comes the Al-Ko SOLO 750P Lawn Vacuum / Leaf Sweeper, a really well built machine with a 158cc Briggs & Stratton engine, reliable and mean on fuel.

Al-ko Solo Lawn Vac
Vac for the lawn: Al-Ko Solo Lawn Vac

It has a working width of 75cm and a 200-litre collector and there are four working heights to choose from.

And for an extra £149 you can buy a hose kit to clean out debris from steps and decking and behind garden sheds.

This great machine costs £599, £60 less than the recommended price. Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two-year warranty.

The next one is from a world-leading USA company in the field, the Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Lawn Vacuum.

This is a real professional machine, light and easy to use and will make dealing the autumn leaf fall an easy job even on a large garden of around an acre.

It is a really strong machine and can gobble up leaves and twigs and even cans and glass bottles so it is handy for clearing the debris after a party. According to a recent customer it is an “Excellent, heavy duty product…a revelation, rescuing us from hours of drudgery.” The suction width is 68.5cm and it has a 151-litre collection bag easily emptied once full.

The secret is its five-bladed steel impeller to shred down the debris and pack it tightly into the collection bag.

Billy Goat KV600 estate series vacuum
Clean solution: Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Vacuum

It is equally at home on lawns or hard surfaces and has an infinite height adjustment.

For the hard-to reach areas there is an optional hose kit which costs £209.99.

The machine costs £929.99, £70 off the recommended price and is delivered FREE the next working day with a one year warranty and FREE oil.

And this one is made for professionals or ken amateurs with really large areas to maintain.

The Weibang Intrepid LV800 PRO Wheeled Leaf & Litter Vacuum with Hose Kit (Honda GX Engine).

The machine has a suction width of 80cm and a three speed gear box so you can match your speed to the task in hand.

The Honda 163cc engine is designed to reduce exhaust emissions and keep vibrations to a minimum.

The collection bag holds 240 litres of debris and it has pneumatic tyres to give excellent grip on all types of surfaces.

The castor wheels on the front mean it is easy to drive around obstacles and the supplied hose kit lets you clean out around flower beds and steps.

It costs £1899, £200 off the recommended price and it has a five-year maker’s warranty.

We deliver it for free within two to three working days of receiving your order.

And for those of you luck enough to have a really large lawn, and presumably a lawn tractor, this device will keep your grounds neat and tidy through the autumn.

Clean Sweep: Agri-Fab Smart Sweep 44″ Towed Leaf Sweeper.

The Agri-Fab Smart-Sweep 44″ Towed Lawn & Leaf Sweeper (45-0492) will sweep leaves into the collector with just one pass – no needs to turn back and cover the same area twice.

The sweeping width is 112cm and it is a sturdy machine with heavy duty brushes and high-torque gearing as well as adjustable working height.

The collection box holds a massive 710 litres and can be emptied from the driver’s seat using a neat little lever.

It is attached to the lawn tractor using a universal pin hitch.

Good sturdy product performs well” was a recent comment from a customer.

It costs £389, £110 off the recommended price and has a three-year warranty with free delivery the next working day.

And the final machine is one which will appeal to professional gardeners.

The Billy Goat DL1301HEU Leaf & Debris Truck Loader sucks up all manner of debris, even bottles and branches, and shreds down to a twelfth it volume before blowing it in the back of a truck.

Billy Goat Truck Loader
Loads of rubbish: Billy Goat truck loader

It can deal with massive amounts of rubbish and uses a serrated impeller to process the debris. The power comes from a Honda engine which develops 13hp. A recent customer commented “...we are delighted with it.”

The hose is three metres long as has a 20cm diameter and is made from transparent polyurethane and is fitted with a handle to make control easy, and you can but a kit to allow it to be hang from the tailgate of your truck.

We deliver it within two to three working days and it has a one-year warranty and costs £2569.99, £100 off the recommended price.

These ten top machines for leaf and debris clearance in the autumn give you an idea of the really wide variety of machinery available but if you have any questions about which one is right for your purposes then please give us a ring.

We’re on 03454 588905 and our helpful and friendly product advisers will be very happy to help.

Excellent service. Efficient and knowledgeable.” A.Terry

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Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.