The leaves of brown came tumbling down – and now they need clearing  away

Clearing leaves has to be the most tiresome job any gardener faces.

It seems never ending as the next breeze sends more fluttering down and only the thought of rich compost for next year’s beds keeps you going.

Modern leaf clearance equipment makes this autumnal chore easier – though we often urge people to look out the old tined rake and spend a few hours with that on the drive or lawn if you want a new way of keeping fit.

But the job is now so much easier thanks to tools like this from Japanese manufacturer Tanaka.

First, the Tanaka TRB-24EAP Hand-Held Petrol Leaf-Blower, new for this year and powerful enough for both professional gardeners and homeowners.

Tanaka leaf blower
Light and powerful: Tanaka TRB-EA4 leaf blower

A 24cc engine produces a 76 metres per second blast of air which is enough to shift even trodden-down and matted leaves into a pile, making it simple to cart them to the compost pile.

The machine has a 24cc engine which is fuel efficient with low emissions, weighs 3.9kg and is well-balanced and comfortable to use.

It costs £189, £60 off the recommended price and has a five-year warranty. We deliver it free the next working day.

Next. the Tanaka THB-260PF Commercial-Grade Handheld Petrol Blower-Vac is made with commercial gardeners and estate owners in mind but will also be of interest to people with larger gardens. It is a very strongly-built machine which fires up easily and has a newly-developed high-volume fan.

Tanaka THB-250PF leaf blower
Great power: Tanaka THB-260PF leaf blower

A free attachment turns it into a shredder vac to cut and pack leaves into a 56-litre collection bag at a ratio of 14:1.

It is made more comfortable to use by the extra handle and it weighs only 4.1kg. It also has a cruise-control device, really handy for when clearing larger areas. This one costs £268, a saving of £100 on the recommended price and has a five year warranty, with two years for commercial use. Delivery is free the next working day.

Keep an eye on our blogs as we’ll be featuring more leaf blowers and sweepers in the following days and for our extensive selection, see these pages.


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