Hints & Tips
Clearing fallen leaves is an annual task which used to be hard work and tiresome with a tined rake and many a back has been tweaked doing this.
But with modern leaf clearing equipment the job is far easier and more pleasant, so here are our ten top machines which our customers have told us are great machines for the various tasks from small inner city gardens to large estates.
So to start with a great little machine, a firm favourite, easy to use and really efficient.
The MD Sweep 26 Lawn & Leaf Sweeper, currently on special offer, is an ingenious device using the forward motion of the sweeper to turn brushes in the body of the machine.
The working width is 65 cm and the working height is adjustable so that it can clear not only leaves from lawns but harder surfaces like tennis courts, paths, patios and barns.
The brushes can also deal with pine cones, acorns and the like and can deal with general dirt and grime as well.
Once the catcher is full it can be simply detached from the frame of the machine and emptied on the compost heap.
It costs £89.95 compared with the recommended retail price of £179.95 and it has a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Delivery is free the next working day.
Now a super-lightweight leaf blower that is simple to use thanks to the latest battery technology.
The Greenworks 24v Cordless Two-Speed Leaf Blower (24127A) is very quiet and will run for a full hour, 25 minutes with the switch depressed continuously.
The charger and battery are included in the price.
Due to modern battery technology the battery does not lose power when the machine is not in use. But when it is working it it has a 209 km/hour blast of air, enough to deal with the majority of leaves and other garden debris.
When you buy this product you can use the battery and charger with other 24 Volt garden tools made by Greenworks like the hedge trimmer and pole pruner.
You can also buy additional 24 Volt batteries for £59 and chargers for another £25.
This leaf blower costs £109.95 including battery and charger and is delivered free the next working day.
There is a two year warranty from the manufacturer.
Now one from a leading German manufacturer which has proved really popular due to its features.
The Einhell BG-PL 26/1 Petrol Garden Vacuum / Leaf Blower, currently on special offer, is amazing value for money.
This machine allows you to switch from blowing the leaves into a pile to sucking them up at the flick of a switch.
It also has an in-built shredding van which helps compact them into the 55 litre collection bag, a great time-saving feature as the resulting debris can then be deposited on to the compost heap or used as a garden mulch.
It has a carrying strap and a well-placed handle to make it easier to use over longer periods.
Another great plus for this blower/vac is that it has a free wheel kit worth £12.95 to turn it into an effective machine to clean paths.
There is also free two-stroke oil and a free fuel mixing bottle.
It costs just £139.95, £80 less than the maker’s recommended retail price and has a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Delivery is free the next working day.
If you have a larger property here’s a popular machine which can save you hours of time with even a leaf blower.
The MD Sweep 38 Tow-behind Lawn & Leaf Sweeper can be attached to any ride-on or lawn tractor and has a working width of over 96 cm making it suitable for properties up to 4000 sq metres.
The 25 cm brushes are strong enough to collect pine needles and dry grass and the design of the machine means the container can be emptied from the driver’s seat, speeding up the task in hand.
This sweeper is unique to us at Mowdirect and currently has 50 per cent of the maker’s recommended price of £339.95 as it is just £169.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Here’s a really powerful blower/vac, one often the choice of the professional.
The Tanaka THB-260PF Commercial-Grade Handheld Petrol Blower-Vac is very sturdily built and designed for long periods of use both for the the homeowner with large properties to keep clear and the professional gardener.
It has a 25 cc engine with electronic ignition and a fuel primer for easy starting. It also has a stress-relieved cylinder to give the engine a long life.
This one has Tanaka’s high-volume fan to give terrific power and also has a free vacuum attachment to make clearing leaves and debris even faster.
Comfortable to use for long periods it is light – only 4.1 kg – and has a cruise control for longer periods of use and has an auxiliary handle as well.
There is currently £150 off the maker’s recommended price as it is only £228. And remember the free vacuum shredder kit worth £69.
There is a five year guarantee for domestic use, two years for commercial use.
Moving on to an other popular machine which is ideal for larger properties.
The Mitox B650 Backpack Leaf Blower has a 63.3 cc two-stroke engine and can provide a blast or air of over 331 km an hour so it can shift heavier debris like larger twigs and other general debris.
It has padded shoulder straps and a back support and weighs only 11 kg making it easier to use over longer periods .
It costs £299, has a two year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
Now for a design of machine which makes clearing leaves and general rubbish much easier.
The German engineered Al-Ko 75BA Hurricane Wheeled Vacuum is as simple to use as a household vacuum cleaner as it us simply pushed along to collect leaves and other debris.
There is a 140 cc four-stroke engine giving bags of suction and the engine has been designed to start quickly with no need to prime or choke.
There are four separate working heights easily adjusted according to the surface you are clearing. The working width is 75 cm.
The turbine housing and a vac nozzle are made from powder-coated steel plate and the nylon collection bag can hold 200 litres. It is easily emptied by a zip at the back.
It costs £375 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £399. The optional hose kit costs an extra £120.
There is a two year warranty from Al-Ko and free next working day delivery.
And finally three from a leading manufacturer in the United States.
First is the Billy Goat LB352 ‘Little Billy’ Lawn Vacuum a machine
This brilliant little vac is ideal for clearing twigs, leaves and general garden rubbish from lawns , patio s tennis courts and barns. And the clever design means you can clean gravel paths without picking up the gravel.
It has a Briggs & Stratton 500 series engine and a 51 cm clearing width and is ideal for clearing areas up to half and acre.
The working height is simple altered to accommodate the surface being cleaned – there is a choice of eight heights. And you can buy a hose kit to extend its use still further.
The bag can hold 105 litres and the bag harness has an attachment at the bottom.
It costs £539 – the recommended retail price is £660 – and it is delivered free the next working day. There is a one year warranty.
Another from the same manufacturer is the Billy Goat KV600 Estate Series Lawn Vacuum now on special offer.
This one is made to tackle larger areas of around an acre and is also perfect for industrial areas up to an acre.
It is really strong as it can gobble up not only leaves but paper, cans and bottles, the perfect machine for leisure areas and community gardens.
It has a suction width of over 68 cm and a 151 litre collection bag which has commercial grade nautical style fasteners.
It weighs 51 kg and is equipped with a five bladed impellor with serrated edges to chop all the debris.
A hose kit is also available to let you get at the difficult to reach corners and crannies.
This machine costs £799 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £1100.
There is a one year warranty from Billy Goat and free next working day delivery.
And the final one is a machine aimed at the professional, the Billy Goat F902S Wheeled Blower. This is the machine to clear very large commercial and domestic properties with a 43 cm impellor with 16 blades giving a massive blast of air which will shift bottles and can as easily as it will leaves.
This has been designed to direct the air flow exactly where it is wanted and has a nozzle to clear the rubbish from along walls and fences where it often ends up.
There is a padded handlebar and large pneumatic tyres for easy manoeuvrability and has a 265 cc commercial Subaru engine which runs quietly and is known for its excellent fuel consumption.
The engine has a five year warranty and the machine one of two years.
This one costs £1045 and has a two year guarantee from Billy Goat. It is delivered free the next working day.
See our site for an extensive range of leaf clearing equipment and remember you can always ring 08454 588905 if you need more advice.
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