Hints & Tips
The arrival of autumn has been marked with the heat of summer – well almost!
But even a faint breeze has started the leaves falling and lawns and paths are now starting to look a little scruffy.
Leaf sweeping and raking is one of the worst jobs for the gardener – you’re not sewing or harvesting or weeding between shrubs or rows of vegetables, just clearing up.
And just as you finish the wind dislodges another load from the trees so you have to start over again.
But it is important to keep leaves off the lawn and shrubberies and paths and drives matted with leaves can become very slippery.
So here, to help you with the chore, are ten top deals on leaf blowers and hand-held and backpack models.
And don’t forget you can always give us a ring on 08454 588905 if you can’t quite find the machine you looking for, we’ll almost certainly be able to suggest one.
The first is a great little machine for the smaller garden, the Cobra BV2600 Electric Blower-Vac, light and dead easy to use.
A 2600W electric motor blows the leaves into a pile and then, with a flick of a switch, you can vac them and shred them into a collecting bag.
The debris is shredded to a tenth its original volume leaving you with a valuable mulch for tender plants or with material which will rot down quickly on the compost heap.
The engine speed can be varied according to the debris you are collecting and it also has a patio wheel.
It costs just £42.99, £7 off the recommended price, has a two year warranty and free next working day delivery.
A more powerful machine is the Toro 51594 Ultra Handheld Electric Blower-Vac with its 1450W motor.
This too will both vac and shred leaves and other garden debris – just remove the blower tube and click on the vac tube.
You can vary the motor speed and the velocity the maximum is 350km/h and the metal impeller will shred the debris to one sixteenth its original volume.
The bag can hold 53 litres.
This on costs £99.95, £20 off the recommended price with free delivery within two to three working days and a two year warranty from Toro, a leading USA garden machinery manufacturer.
Here’s another powerful leaf blower, and this one weighs only 2.4kg.
The EGO LB4800E Power+ Cordless Blower (Tool Only) relies on the latest lithium-ion powerful battery for power and will give the same blast or air as many petrol-powered machines but with a fraction of the weight and none of the fumes.
The battery will give an hour blowing time and can be re-charged in just 40 minutes.
It has three settings to choose from so you can vary the blast or air depending on the debris.
It costs £119, £10 less than the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a five year warranty.
The Cobra BV26C Petrol Blower-Vac is from the same stable as the first on our list but has a 26cc engine. And it still weighs only 5kg.
With this one to switch from blowing to vac and shred mode you just change the tubes – it’s a simple task with no tools needed.
The debris bag holds 45 litres.
It costs £119.95, £10 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a two year warranty.
This next one has been a favourite for several years.
The Einhell BG-PL 26/1 Petrol Garden Vacuum / Leaf Bloweris a great value machine from a leading garden machinery manufacturer.
It has a 25.4cc engine and switching from blowing to vac is dead easy, just flick the lever, no stopping to change tubes.
Debris that you’ve blown into a pile can then be sucked up and shredded into a 55 litre collection bag.
It also has a carrying strap to ease the strain when working for prolonged periods.
It costs £139.95, is delivered free the next working day and has a two-year warranty.
Another from Cobra, a British manufacturing company, is the Cobra BP43C Backpack Blower.
This is made for those of you with larger gardens and has a 43cc engine with a cruise control function and a comfortable blower tube handle.
A great value machine its costs £159, £20 off the recommended price. It has a two year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.
The Echo PB-251 Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower has 25.4cc Power Boost Tornado engine produces a 71 metres a second blast of air and is designed to shift really large volumes of leaves, even wet and matted ones.
The engine has a professional air filter to give it a longer life and the blower weighs just 4.5kg. The machine also has an anti-gyroscopic system to make it easier to use.
It costs £179, £60 off the price recommended and is delivered free the next working day. There is a five year warranty.
Now we are getting into some really professional machines, the sort you’ll find being used on larger parks and estates.
The Oleo-Mac BV270 Pro Leaf-Blower with Free Vac-Kit is on exclusive special offer and from an Italian manufacturer and a leading manufacturer in Europe.
This one has a 30.5cc engine producing a 234 km/h blast of air. And with such force it can also clear up twigs and other debris, even pine cones.
When used as a vac the four-bladed steel impeller is a very effective shredder, blasting the resulting mulch into a 36-litre collection bag.
The vacuum tube, normally sold as an extra is included in the deal.
It costs £219.95, £80 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a three year warranty.
The next one is from a Japanese company whose equipment is increasingly used by professional gardeners.
The Tanaka THB-260PF Commercial-Grade Handheld Petrol Blower-Vac is made for intensive use of public parks and gardens and for homeowners with large gardens and drives to keep leaf and debris free.
It has 23.9cc PureFire engine designed for a long life and has a high-volume fan. It also has a free vacuum attachment to collect and shred the leaves when they’re blown into a heap.
It also has cruise control and auxiliary handle to make it easier to use over longer periods and it weighs only 4.2kg.
The price is £268, £100 off the recommended price and that includes with vacuum shredder kit worth £69.
It has a five year warranty, two years for commercial use and is delivered free the next working day.
And last in our top ten is a really powerful one aimed at commercial gardeners and those with small estates and will produce 163mph blast of air.
The Echo PB500 Backpack Leaf Blower has as 50.8cc engine, very fuel-efficient and powerful.
It has a backpack frame with an adjustable shoulder strap and a trigger throttle control. It also has a heavy-duty air filter to give it a longer life.
With a five year warranty and free next working day delivery it costs £349, £120 off the maker’s recommended price.
These are just ten of the machines you’ll find on our site. You can find a truly massive selection on these pages.
The beauty of autumn has moved poets and authors to write wonderful words in praise of the colours, scents and sheer beauty of the season.
It’s a fair bet that these men and women of letters never had to use a tined rake over a large lawn or they might have had to to re-think their praise.
With modern equipment they would have time to appreciate the season of mellow fruitfulness and mists a bit longer.