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Which leaf blower for my needs?

45 10 November 17, 2017 at 12:51 PM
Hi, all. I'm a 5' shrimp with arthritic fingers, scoliosis & varicose.
Just explaining why a lightweight blower is better for me.

I have a ton of maple leaves on a 1/3 acre property, including slopes. The leaves are often 50% wet from rain.

I'm thinking of an electric leaf blower (vs. cordless or other) because perhaps it's lighterweight and less potential problems?

Can someone with experience advise which type & brand may be most suitable for my situation (as well as which 100-ft. extension cord that's fairly safe?

P.S. Please don't advise getting a lawn guy. I already have one, but something cropped up, and I'm afraid it may happen again. Also, most aren't affordable for my budget, and I can always try to find a neighboring kid to help out, when/if I finally get a blower.

Thanks.

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Hi, all. I'm a 5' shrimp with arthritic fingers, scoliosis & varicose.
Just explaining why a lightweight blower is better for me.

I have a ton of maple leaves on a 1/3 acre property, including slopes. The leaves are often 50% wet from rain.

I'm thinking of an electric leaf blower (vs. cordless or other) because perhaps it's lighterweight and less potential problems?

Can someone with experience advise which type & brand may be most suitable for my situation (as well as which 100-ft. extension cord that's fairly safe?

P.S. Please don't advise getting a lawn guy. I already have one, but something cropped up, and I'm afraid it may happen again. Also, most aren't affordable for my budget, and I can always try to find a neighboring kid to help out, when/if I finally get a blower.

Thanks.
I've been pretty happy with the Ego 530CFM model. I've been stalking it hoping it will go on it's Fall sale for $99 again any day!
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i had a craftsman plug in one. it was $20 from sears. the downside of a leaf blower is that you eventually have to pick it up.
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I've been pretty happy with the Ego 530CFM model. I've been stalking it hoping it will go on it's Fall sale for $99 again any day!
Thanks for the input Embarrassment I just saw this interesting video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bswCWVuvzJs and the winner there was the 2017 575cfm Ego (5amp), but the problem is that it's both heavier at approx. 10pounds, and more expensive.

Or at least I think he said it's heavier, whereas the 530cfm (yours), weighs approx. 7pounds.

So my questions are:

(1) Does yours weigh 7pounds or 10pounds? That info is confusing. I even have trouble lifting a 5-pound bag of potatoes. I wonder why they can't make them lighter.

(2) Also, I'm not sure I caught how long the 530 cfm's charge lasts when operated on High?
(I don't mean Turbo, but rather "high speed")
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Thanks for the input Embarrassment I just saw this interesting video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bswCWVuvzJs and the winner there was the 2017 575cfm Ego (5amp), but the problem is that it's both heavier at approx. 10pounds, and more expensive.

Or at least I think he said it's heavier, whereas the 530cfm (yours), weighs approx. 7pounds.

So my questions are:

(1) Does yours weigh 7pounds or 10pounds? That info is confusing. I even have trouble lifting a 5-pound bag of potatoes. I wonder why they can't make them lighter.

(2) Also, I'm not sure I caught how long the 530 cfm's charge lasts when operated on High?
(I don't mean Turbo, but rather "high speed")
It all depends on the battery. The 2.5ah battery weight less than the 5ah but also runs less.

I would check out the different options they list at HD for really accurate run times and weight.
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It all depends on the battery. The 2.5ah battery weight less than the 5ah but also runs less.

I would check out the different options they list at HD for really accurate run times and weight.
I see - thanks again.
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btw, if you're interested in a corded one, the Worx WG520 combined with locking cord should be pretty good because it may be the lightestweight of the lot. And it's approx. $55.

Also, to accompany the corded blower, you can get a 100ft locking cord by Coleman Cable on clearance approx. $32+tax at Walmart for free shipping with another few dollars purchase.

The total for the above is less than a $99 sale on Ego-cordless, and no need to recharge for large property, and perhaps similar power, give or take.
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btw, if you're interested in a corded one, the Worx WG520 combined with locking cord should be pretty good because it may be the lightestweight of the lot. And it's approx. $55.

Also, to accompany the corded blower, you can get a 100ft locking cord by Coleman Cable on clearance approx. $32+tax at Walmart for free shipping with another few dollars purchase.

The total for the above is less than a $99 sale on Ego-cordless, and no need to recharge for large property, and perhaps similar power, give or take.
Corded blowers are likely always cheaper than battery blowers and are probably a little lighter. I have had a corded blower and it is just a PITA though. You have to plug it in and unravel the cord and as you move around your house move the cord and plug it back in and then When you are done you have to roll it up which gets your hands dirty as the cable is always on the ground and dirty. Battery blowers on the other hand you just pick up and go with the occasional charging.

To each their own though. I am sure corded ones can work better for specific people over a battery one though. Different strokes for different folks and all Smilie
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It's not just a matter of different strokes, it's also a matter of approx. 1/3 acre property with approx. six huge maples. I totally understand why many people like cordless, and in fact, i once bought myself a refurb. Porter Cable cordless drill set, for $69 including retro-saw which i've used occasionally, albeit it's heavy due to NiCad. Yep, it's still from those days, and it even came with a spare NiCad, charger and circular saw which i've never used. Circular saws are meant for stockier muscular builds, and who knows if even the Worx isn't more than i can chew.

btw, I didn't yet buy the Worx as i'm undecided whether HomeDepot, Walmart or Amazon is best to purchase it from, as they all come with protection plans from the same california company, even though their pricing etc. may be different. So lets say after 2-3 years it breaks down, would it be a lost cause with all of those vendors?
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