Best Leaf Blowers

Tired of raking leaves? Experts at Consumer Reports found the best leaf blowers let you sweep them away with ease.

Tests of 29 blowers show the best choices put power before pizzazz.

Don't be fooled by the infomercial for the Worx Tri-Vac WG 500. It looks like thie plug-in electric blower has what it takes to keep a smaller piece of property well manicured.

The Infomercial says, "The Worx Tri-Vac is a superior blower, a powerful outdoor vac, and a heavy-duty mulcher, all in one tool."

Peter Sawchuk, of Consumer Reports says, "Well, it certainly is a great concept. But our tesating showed that it does none of them well."

Instead, consider thie plug-in Toro Ultra Blower, model 51599.

It's top rated and a Consumer Reports Best Buy for 70 dollars. It was very good at sweeping and extremely easy to use.

For added mobility, gas-powered blowers pack power without the cord.

Consumer Reports recommends the Stihl-model BG 55, for 150 dollars. It combines impressive leaf blowing and easy handling.

If you have a large piece of property, a backpack blower makes the job much easier.

Sawchuk says, "It is more expensive, but you'll find the extra convenience worth the money."

The Craftsman 79401 is a relatively low-priced backpack blower for 250 dollars. And it's a solid performer.

Consumer Reports says if you're thinking about getting a backpack blower, consider spending a ittle more for the Husqvarna, model 150BT. While it's more expensive at 300 dollars, it delivers a lot more oomph and is quieter, too.


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