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The Best Backpack Leaf Blowers

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Backpack Leaf Blower Roundup:
Our Pick: Poulan Pro PR488BT
 Budget Pick: Greenworks BPB80L00

Backpack leaf blowers are an excellent option for those who don’t want to carry all that weight in their arms. If you’ve used a regular leaf blower, or even just had to hold something in your outstretched hand for a long time then you know it can get heavy really fast even if you’re strong. The obvious solution is to transfer that weight to somewhere else, and backpacks are popular for a good reason.

Distributing the weight in a way that lets you use different muscles can make all the difference when it comes to handheld powered yard care equipment. In this article, we’ve explored some of the best backpack leaf blowers around.

Here’s a list of our 5 best-rated backpack leaf blowers that will make light work of leaves.

1. Poulan Pro PR48BT Leaf Blower

This gorgeous black and yellow blower is like a work of modern art when you first look at it. The shiny and matte black surfaces are incredibly handsome, and you could almost forget it’s even a backpack or a leaf blower. The joystick-like trigger stands off the blower tube like a video game controller, giving you an extra handle to hold the blower nozzle.

Looks aside, this is an excellent gas powered backpack blower. The small but mighty 48CC engine is more than enough to tackle most jobs. The air is 200 mph/475 cfm, which is more than you need to move most small debris with ease. It’s a simple feature, but we like the adjustable straps. A fixed-strap pack is harder to carry, especially if you’re taller or shorter than average. Adaptability means you can gain and lose weight and still get a comfortable fit as well.

You Can Get Premixed 50/1 Gas at any Hardware Store: 2 cycle engines like these require a particular type of gas. Anything with ethanol in it may attract water, so if you leave it sitting, you may find you have trouble starting your blower. Clear it out and run it off the premixed gas you can get from any hardware shop instead of dealing with the muss and fuss of self-mixing gas.

The sturdy build of the pack means you don’t have to deal with as much vibration as you’ll find on other models. It’s a bit more when the PR48BT is idyl. Still, between the nice lightweight frame and the low vibration, it’s surprisingly comfortable to wear for extended periods.

2. Husqvarna 965877502

We love efficiency. Husquevarna is all about efficient and sensible solutions, so this model is designed with an X-Torq engine. What that means for you and the earth is a 60% reduction in emissions, but don’t think that means you’ll lose out on power. The smaller emissions also come with a 20% increase in fuel efficiency, and it doesn’t affect how much energy you get out of the machine. The forward-thinking, pollution-reducing thought that went into this is impressive.

The engine isn’t the only part they improved on this blower. Husquevarna added an easy to use offset control allowing a user to strain their arms less while they operate the blower. You get the full force without the muss and fuss of a bad button setup.

Husquevarna thought of everything on this model and made the harness ergonomic to reduce back strain and shoulder strap problems for the user. You can comfortably carry this pack longer thanks to the careful design.

In addition to the other controller upgrades, they’ve added a cruise control setting on the throttle. You can use your blower more easily and get the job done. Easier use means more gets done faster, and you can finish more yard work in a smaller time. Husky as their many fans sometimes call them, has a great warranty. You can even extend it by opting into the three-year warranty when you buy their fuel in the same purchase.

3. Greenworks BPB80L00

We’ve covered Greenworks before, and as you may already know, we’re big fans. Their blowers and other tools are as powerful as gas models, but they don’t use fossil fuels. We love that they care about the environment as much as you care about your yard. Their battery-powered tools are exceptional and ecologically forward thinking.

Here’s a surprisingly happy thought, Greenworks battery powered tools like this blower cost less to operate than traditional gas blowers. Saving money and the planet while you save time with a fantastic new leafblower is a triple threat. We think you’ll be pleasantly pleased with the power, value, and low prices on their products.

If you’ve ever damaged your car’s paint job with a blower, you know that power is good, but too much can be more trouble than it’s worth. Finding the right balance can be difficult. We think the 580 CFM / 145 MPH on this Greenworks machine is just perfect for moving debris and even wet leaves without going overboard.

Using a variable speed trigger always feels simpler to us. Having everything you need right there under your thumb, so to speak, makes the whole task go more smoothly. There’s nothing wrong with a one-size-fits-all approach, but customizing your user experience is more fun. Plus it gives you greater control over how you get the job done.

You can wave goodbye to the problematic pull starts that plague some leaf blowers. This pushbutton variation is just simpler to start. While you’re at it, you can also say adieu to solvents and running out of gas. No more trips to the store for more when you can plug in your blower to recharge instead. Sometimes, what a leaf blower doesn’t have is just as important as what it has.


Dewalt has been making tools for almost a century now, and with that much history, they’ve learned a whole lot about what customers want and need from them. In addition to making great tools, they stand behind the work. They copyrighted “Guaranteed Tough,” and they mean it. You can visit any one of the 77 national service centers for repairs. Furthermore, the repairs are free for the first two years you own their tools.

If free tool service isn’t enough for you, then they also added in the three-year limited warranty on their products. Dewalt believes in what they do, and we think you can rely on that promise, which is why this blower made the list. Of course, it’s not the only reason we like this company and this blower in particular.

The classic trigger on this leaf blower reminds us of the handle on a high-end drill. We like the feel in your hand. You can tell a lot about the quality of a product by the way you turn it on and control it. This variable speed trigger with its speed lock gives you confidence and reliable control in the palm of your hand.• Not

One of the biggest complaints about lawn care in general, and leafblowers specifically, is the volume. The high pitched noise bothers pets, kids, and neighbors, even when you use proper safety gear to protect your hearing. Fortunately, The Dewalt DCBL590B Max puts out fewer decibels (63dB) than most. You should still, always, wear proper safety gear, but at least you won’t be heard quite so far away.

The double battery well DBL590B doesn’t have gas or fluid hoses to gunk up. Battery powered blowers are lower maintenance than their gasoline-burning cousins. Spending less time on routine maintenance means you have more time to do other things you love. That’s a big bonus in our books.

5. RedMax EBZ7500RH

If you use your backpack blower commercially, this is the model for you. RedMax designs and builds all their equipment with industrial quality and prolonged use in mind. Likewise, if you have a sizeable yard or plot of private land to take care of, you’ll want a professional strength blower like the EBZ7500RH in your shed (or garage) to handle the big jobs.

When choosing your blower, the quality and innovation should both be on the list of deciding factors. RedMax won the Deming Execution Prize for Total Quality Control, which is something none of these competitors can say. The prize is only awarded to companies who make substantial advances in quality improvements for their equipment.

Did we mention that these guys are the kings of the 2-stroke engine? They are truly superb at creating ultra-low emission and high power engines to run spectacular machines like the EBZ7500RH. When it comes to sheer power, the RedMax has the competition licked. Sometimes you genuinely need a bigger, more powerful machine to get the job done. With this option, you can get 236 MPH and 770 CFM. That’s almost twice the power of anything else on this list. (Be extra cautious around people, pets, windows and anything painted of course)

Your RedMax uses a “Max Cooled,” back pad to help prevent you from getting hot while you use this blower. The air your leaf blower is already taking in gets used to keep you comfortable as well. Now that’s what we call brilliant multitasking.

Buying Cordless Backpack Leafblowers

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When you put as much time into your yard as most homeowners do, it’s crucial to have the right tools for the job. Learning about your tools before you buy helps you avoid costly mistakes. A great leafblower can speed up so many tasks, far more than just autumn tree debris. You can sweep a porch and driveway in minutes, clean out garage corners, and more.

On the flip side, a lousy blower will give you headaches and waste your time. It can seem like there are a million lowers out there, and the differences can get confusing. So how do you tell the difference? No worries, we can help you understand your leaf blower, and it’s needed so you’ll make the right choice for your yard. Moreover, we can help you keep your purchase in top shape with some tips and tricks for maintaining and storing your new favorite tool.

Leafblower Maintenance

Now that you’ve put all the time and effort into choosing the right leafblower, it would be a shame to turn it into trash because you didn’t take good care of it. Make sure you handle the essential maintenance for your new blower as often as it needs so you can keep it running in top shape. Your investments will always last longer if you care for them properly.

Every Time You Use It:

  • Clean the outside surfaces and air filter.
  • Check for cracks, loose screws or bolts.
  • Make sure the collection bag is appropriately situated and has no holes. Also, doublecheck the zipper.
  • Test the trigger, throttle lock, and stop switch.

Every Few Weeks:

  • Look at the air intake. Clean any debris away.
  • Clean anything you can access. Fan blades will jam if they get dirty. Don’t be afraid to remove screws.
  • Check your spark plugs, fuel filters, and fuel lines and do any repairs or cleaning you may need.
If necessary use a digital camera or camera phone to record what goes where. Take a photo every time you remove a screw, you can use them as a reference to reverse the process when it comes time to put things back together again.

If you use your blower more often, or professionally, then you may want to do the cleaning and safety checks more often. Always follow the instructions given by the manufacturer and use proper caution when doing your own maintenance. If you’re not sure how to do something, contact the seller or manufacturer for better information. Most of the time you’ll find they’re more than happy to teach you about caring for their products. They may even have some tips and tricks we don’t know about.

Why Choose a Backpack Blower

Simply put, the most obvious reason for a backpack blower is right in the name. The backpack lets you use your back, shoulders, and legs to hold up the weight of the leaf blower. If greater comfort and ease of use isn’t a good enough reason to buy one style over another, then we’re not sure what is. You can get all the same features and attachments, but without straining your arm muscles.

A backpack blower is ideal for someone who has an injury. They also work well for beginners and older consumers who want to DIY their yard and lawn care but don’t have the sort of muscle a regular ‘lawn care specialist,’ builds at their daily job. Of course, a regular joe with powerful arms or anyone who works in the business can also use a backpack blower.

First & Foremost: The inventor of the leafblower, Aldo Vandermolen, first created these ingenious machines in the 1950s. Draught in California meant that spraying off sidewalks with a hose wasn’t a feasible solution. Essentially, he was a man far ahead of his time. The blowers were faster and more efficient than using rakes and brooms, and they saved water. People could clean up quickly without using hoses or buckets and scrubbers.

Even today, a leaf blower is a sensible compromise between the need for ecologically sound thinking and the need to maintain a clean, and more importantly, a fire-safe environment. Letting leaves build up until they bury the porch isn’t just funky to look at. It’s a genuine threat to your health and safety.

What Matters Most

There are very few completely essential aspects to a leafblower. For all the technology and upgrades, there are still only three things that truly matter. First, you need to know how powerful they are. This means the engine and the ability to blow. Secondly, you need to know how loud they are so you can get appropriate protection, and not make the neighbors insane. Third and finally, you must consider the weight. Distribution aside, if you cannot lift the blower to put it on, then it’s a fabulous and expensive door stop or household speed bump.

Air Power: CFM or MPH?

When you’re shopping for your blower, you’ll see two different expressions to describe how powerful the device is on your debris and leaves. CFM refers to how many Cubic Feet per Minute you should be able to clear. Alternately, MPH is the Miles Per Hour of the artificial wind. Neither is better. They both help you to understand how powerful the equipment is when you handle it.

Noise Concerns

The dB or decibel level matters. Find the best machine you can afford that both suits your needs and has the lowest decibel rating. A clean yard is a joy but losing your hearing to get it should never be an issue. There are some outstanding ear protectors out there, from earplugs to sound dampening headsets, you can find something to suit your tastes and fit comfortably without spending a fortune. Your hearing is worth the effort, so please always wear proper safety equipment. Get some goggles or safety glasses to match.

How Heavy

A bicycle racer can tell you how much difference a single pound makes in the long run. If you only have one tree that sheds about once a year all at the same time, then this isn’t a huge issue. However, if you plan to use your blower to dust out the corners of the garage, clear the driveway tidy up the front and back lawn and remove debris from a tree-lined yard then you need to pay careful attention to the weight of the blower you choose.

Proper Storage Practices

There’s no great secret to proper backpack leafblower storage. You need to make sure that your blower is clean and upright when you put it away. A heavy-duty hook on the wall is perfect. You should never store a leafblower flat on the ground, always find a hook or a shelf for it to sit on top of. At least put it on a pallet. In a pinch, you can use the box it came with to store it away.

More importantly, if you plan to store it away for extended periods, be aware of the power source. Don’t store a gas leafblower full all winter. Gasoline is dangerous stuff. It belongs in a gas can or other proper storage container if it’s not going to be used for a while. If you have batteries, make sure you disconnect them if it’s going to be weeks or months before you need your blower again.

Final Thoughts

A great backpack leafblower is going to save you time and money on cleaning up. Just as importantly, it will save you a lot of pain. Rakes and even traditional blowers can make you sore after even a short time. Skip the drama and hassle. Grab a backpack blower instead and get everything you need without the discomfort of a traditional handheld leafblower. We hope this guide has helped you find a good backpack leaf blower that’ll keep you going for years.


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