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Consumer Chronicle: Leaf Blowers

leafblower 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (9/23/13) – Fall is finally here, meaning that the leaves will soon be changing colors and covering our lawns. Of course, you could always break out the traditional rakes and begin piling up huge mounds of leaves. Or, you could take the quick and easy route with one of these high-powered leave blowers, available in stores across the Lexington area.

Husqvarna 50.2-cc 2-cycle Professional Gas Backpack Blower – This commercial backpack leaf blower is rated with 4.7 out of 5 stars by consumers on www.lowes.com. It has a convenient trigger throttle with cruise control mounted on the tube, and comfortable padded harness with load-reducing hip belt. The price of the blower is approximately $299 and is available at Lowe's.

Toro Power Sweep 160 mph 155 CFM 7 Amp Electric Leaf Blower – If you're looking for a leaf blower on a budget, this could be the one for you. This leaf blower is priced at around $34.97. It's rated with 4.5 out of 5 stars on www.homedepot.com. This model generates 160 mph of air speed, and is very light weight, weighing only 4.6 lbs. The two-speed air control also allows for greater versatility. It's available at Home Depot,

Black & Decker Blower-Vacuum with Leaf Collection System – Equipped with an anti-clog Vortex vacuum system that will collect the leaves for you, this product cost approximately $99.99. It has a 240 mph blow speed with a two-speed switch. Weighing 8.1 lbs., this leaf blower comes with a leaf bag and zipper shoulder strap. It's available at ACE hardware.

Hitachi 23.9-cc 2-cycle Medium Duty Gas Blower – This product is rated with 4.7 out of 5 stars on www.lowes.com. It costs approximately $129 and produces an air velocity of 170 mph with a taper nozzle. Weighing 8.6 lbs., this model features a Pure Fire II low-emission, two-stroke engine technology for a better environment as well as an auto-return stop switch that automatically resets to the on-position for easier starting. It's available at Lowe's.

Ryobi 185 mph 510 CFM Gas Backpack Leaf Blower – This leaf blower costs approximately $199. It's rated 4.2 out of 5 stars at www.homedepot.com. One of Ryobi Outdoor products most powerful leaf blowers, it features a large 42 cc engine, and puts out air at 185 mph. It is one of the heavier leaf blowers, weighing 18 lbs., but is designed to clear some of the toughest jobs. It's contoured shoulder back harness makes for a comfortable fit. It's available at Home Depot.

Worx Blower/Vac/Mulcher WG500 – This three for one special features a blower, outdoor vacuum and powerful mulcher. It's rated with 4 out of 5 stars at www.acehardware.com, and costs approximately $94.99. This leaf blower has a blower speed of 210 mph, and a collection bag capacity of 1.5 bushels. This all-in-one design has an instant one-switch blow/vacuum conversion. It's available at Ace Hardware.

You can visit anyone of these hardware store websites for a more in-depth selection of leaf blowers that can fit your needs and price range.

David Gillum
SurfKY News
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