Everything is more usable when in a backpack. A leaf blower is the sort of equipment that is used while walking around, and having it attached to your back makes even more difference than a regular backpack to a bag of the same weight. However, buying even the best backpack leaf blower requires knowing how and when to use it.
As you’re getting ready to work, there are three main things you should prepare:
- The blower. It should be sufficiently fueled; the extra gas should be somewhere nearby, in case you need to refuel it. Also, make sure it sits well and functions effectively. Read the manual: We highlight it every time, but it’s still a good idea.
- The area. Blowers are sensitive to metal, glass, and other hard debris, so you’d better remove at least the pieces that you can see manually. You won’t see all of them as some are always covered by the leaves or grass you’re clearing, so stay alert.
- Yourself. You need to protect your hands and face as you will operate with flying objects that might include stones, glass, or wood pieces. Take it as seriously as you do when you operate a chainsaw, for example.
If you use a gas model, you need to get it started before putting it on. Then you’ll be able to control it from the control handle that can be attached to the hose.
Tips on Using a Backpack Leaf Blower
To make sure you remove the leaves and the grass correctly, follow these rules:
- Don’t try to make one big pile. Sometimes, it is easier to use and remove several smaller piles, especially if the area is rather large. Take it into account before you start.
- Use the lowest speeds that can cope with the job. This minimizes the noise and makes the work more controllable. Unless you make a TikTok video where the leaves go fireworks. But after the filming is done, return to the lowest speed to handle the mess you’ve just created.
- Don’t try to get all the leaves removed. Blowers are for bulk removal; some remains will be easy to handle with a simple rake.
- Keep the angle as low as possible. This is, again, meant to keep the airflow the most controllable.
- Some models come with a built-in vacuum feature. It’s mostly used for smaller works, though. It makes more sense to make regular piles and then remove them.
Something for Gas-Powered Models
Gas-powered leaf blowers are more popular as a professional option. However, they also require some extra precautions:
- Don’t start the tool when indoors or in a poorly ventilated area.
- Move the fuel at least ten feet away before starting.
- Make sure there’s nothing flammable around (and keep in mind that dry leaves are also flammable).
- Make sure you can easily release the harness and drop the blower if you need to do it.
Learn on Practice
Again, we remind you that reading the manual makes sense. These are just generic tips and recommendations; the manual is written for the model you use and thus contains more on its controls, safety, and capacities. Learn while you’re using the tool to see its reaction to your actions. The more you learn, the better you’ll perform with it.