Leaf blowers are common to every household, especially the ones which have a backyard or a front lawn. As is obvious from the name, leaf blowers are meant to blow the leaves to clear away the area. Leaf blowers were basically invented as agricultural chemical spraying machines. However, shortly after their introduction, some consumers modified it by eliminating the chemical dispensing device from it.
When this modified version of the chemical sprayer became popular, the manufacturers saw the potential of this product and this brought about the production of what came to be known as the leaf blowers. Soon the leaf blowers became famous in homes across the nation. As compared to a normal rake, using a leaf blower was much less time consuming and easier to use. And in short time it became an indispensable gardening tool of every home. If you’re willing to invest, nothing can speed outdoor jobs more than a backpack leaf blower—the gardener’s answer to the jetpack.
Assembly of a Leaf Blower
A leaf blower is a simple tool which has an electric motor or an engine which propels air and a long nozzle in the front through which the air is released at high pressure. The engines used initially in some leaf blowers were two-stroke engines, but due to some environmental issues, they were mostly replaced by four-stroke engines.
The more common ones are those which are handheld. If they are fitted with a vacuum then there is a small bag attached to it to collect the leaves and debris. Then there are those which are mounted as backpack units. These prove to be more ergonomic.
The Basics of Using a Leaf Blower
A leaf blower is pretty easy to use as it is a very simple piece of machinery. However, there are certain things which need to be taken care of so that your yard is cleaned up efficiently without it being a hazardous operation. Below are some tips that you should follow as safety precautions when handling a leaf blower.
- If the leaf blower starts to vibrate a lot in the beginning then shut it down and try again after a short break. There are those that usually vibrate throughout the blowing but then they become very cumbersome in the operation and might prove to be very fatiguing to the arms and hands.
- It is better if you keep the task of cleaning up your yard or lawn on a dry day because trying to blow wet leaves and debris could be a messy job, not to mention difficult. Similarly, avoid using the leaf blower when it is already very windy outside. This is only going to add more work to your list.
- Wear a safety apparel or something protective over your clothing because it is indeed a messy business. Also cover your ears with protective ear muffs as a leaf blower is quite noisy and continuous loud noise can damage ears. Similarly, you also need to protect your eyes. The strong air which blows from the nozzle blows leaves, broken twigs, splinters, and any small debris material. There is a lot of chance that something can get caught in the eye. To avoid the chance of damaging your eye, wear protective glasses.
- Select an area in your garden or backyard where you are going to collect all the leaves and debris. Start from one side, working your way to the other side. It is better to lay something over there on which all the leaves can be collected. It is easier to pick them up later on.