Last updated on May 15th, 2022 at 07:25 am
There are different types of leaf blowers including handheld, backpack leaf blowers and powerful wheeled walk-behind units.
Among the three types, and apart from wheeled walk-behind units, a backpack leaf blower not only provides more power and air speed to clear large areas of leaves, sand, gravel and debris, but is also more ergonomic allowing the user more comfort during use.
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The main reason why it’s carried on the back like a backpack is to distribute the weight of the machine through your shoulder and back, instead of only your arm like a standard handheld model.
Backpack leaf blowers are also more mobile, because as long as it’s worn on the back and shoulders, the user can walk with it anywhere across different terrains. Unlike more powerful work-behind models, you don’t have to push it, or worry about the shape of the landscape. It’s portable and powerful at the same time.
Here in this article, I’ve reviewed 10 of the best ones out there, both gas and battery-powered so you can choose the right one for your property.
1. Echo PB-9010T Gas Backpack Leaf Blower
Of all the backpack leaf blowers reviewed in this article, the Echo PB-9010T features one of the biggest and most powerful engines you’ll find on a machine like this.
Producing an industry-leading blowing force of 48N, the Echo PB-9010T 79.9 cc engine blasts out air with so much force that there’re very few things that will stay standing in its part.
In fact, if you’re not weighty enough, this blower might actually blow you away, and that’s facts. With a whopping 1110 CFM of air volume produced at the nozzle at a speed of 220 MPH, there’s nothing that will stand in its path, including fallen leaves, wet or dry, small branches and gravel.
This is the ideal commercial blower you need to get any type of yard cleaning job done, including driveways, walkways, and lands covered with trees with layers of fallen leaves.
Because of the powerful air volume passing through the blower pipe at extreme speeds, the end of the pipe is fitted with a metal ring to prevent or reduce wear and eventual damage of the pipe.
The intake system of the Echo PB-9010T draws cool air and channels it into the harness, across the user’s back to prevent sweating if the weather is hot and improve user comfort.
To prevent clogging the intake system in dusty conditions, there’s a top mounted pleated paper main filter and a foam prefilter to filter out any dust from the air and keep the engine running in good condition.
For ease of use, the Echo PB-9010T features a see-through fuel tank so the user can easily determine when the fuel is low and refill as needed.
Although it’s the most powerful backpack blower you’ll find, it weighs just 26.7 lbs. Not very light, but just light enough to stay comfortable while getting the job done.
The only downside to the Echo PB-9010T is that the ridiculous amount of forceful air coming out of the nozzle can possibly knock you off your feet if you don’t maintain a good balance while operating it.
2. Schroder SR-6400L Backpack Leaf Blower
Equipped with a 3.7 Horsepower engine, the Schroder gas backpack leaf blower stands as one of the most powerful units you can use to rid your yard of fallen leafs, dirt and debris.
The 2 stroke 63.3 cc engine produces enough power and air flow to keep your yard clean, allowing you to remove dirt and debris, fallen leaves, sand, and even gravel from a large area as swiftly as possible.
Still talking about the engine, the Schroder SR-6400L produces air volume of 920 cubic feet per minute at a speed of 230 miles per hour.
It has a fuel tank capacity of 65 oz. or 1.9 L, and the whole setup weighs just 19.5 lbs.
When using a backpack leaf blower, user comfort is key. It should be easy to wear and rest comfortably on the back and shoulders.
The Schroder SR-6400L is well-built to achieve that, as it comes equipped with a soft comfortable harness that will reduce strain and fatigue on your hands, arms and back.
3. Husqvarna 360BT Gas Backpack Leaf Blower
The Husqvarna 360BT gas backpack leaf blower is the newer model of the already successful and widely used Husqvarna 350BT.
Just like the 350BT, the Husqvarna 360BT comes equipped with a highly powerful and fuel-efficient X-Torq engine which makes it ideal for commercial applications.
The 3.81 horsepower X-Torq engine is designed to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 percent and also reduce exhaust emissions by up to 60 percent, which makes it far better than most other engines especially for the environment.
Producing up to 631 cfm volume of air at a speed of 231 mph, the Husqvarna 360BT produces enough blowing force to clear heavy layered debris, fallen leaves and even gravel.
In terms of ergonomics, the 360BT features an offset handle which makes it easier to control the air nozzle by preventing the arm from being pulled downwards from the blow force of the air coming through the nozzle.
Although it weighs 23.2 lbs, the Husqvarna 360BT features a well-designed, comfortable and load-reducing harness with wide shoulder straps and a hip belt which makes it very easy to carry around.
Featured also is an air purge system that removes air from the carburetor and fuel system so the engine can start up easily even in cold conditions.
4. Ego Power+ LB6000 Battery-Powered Backpack Leaf Blower
Gas engine powered blowers weigh up to 20 lbs. and above, but the Ego Power+ LB6000 weighs just 12.5 lbs. That’s because it’s not powered, but battery powered.
You get to wear this thing on you and work with it without even feeling the weight, because it’s lightweight, it’s got a good harness, and most importantly, it gets the job done.
Apart from being lightweight, it’s also very quiet. There’s no gas engine here, it’s all battery operated. So, it can be used in residential areas without being noisy and annoying people.
Producing up to 600 CFM of air at a speed of 145 MPH, the Ego Power+ LB6000 is built with enough capacity to blow off both wet and dry leaves of the ground. It’s very good for residential areas with trees all over that shedding leaves.
Although the air volume maxes out at 600 CFM, it can be adjusted from 260 to 600 CFM, allowing you to vary the speed and volume of the air to match the application.
The Ego Power+ comes equipped with a highly-efficient brushless motor that not only gets the job done, but also more durable than brushed motors.
It also features an adjustable air tube/nozzle so it can be handled easily no matter the height of the user. The harness is also very comfortable and easy to wear.
5. Dewalt DCBL590X2 Electric Backpack Leaf Blower
|Air Volume||450 cfm|
|Air Speed||142 mph|
|Air Speed||27 lbs|
Gas backpack leaf blowers are mostly acquired because of their power, and of course they are really powerful because they’re powered by a gas engine.
The caveat however, is that when you wear a running gas engine on your back, at the end of the day, you end up smelling like burnt gas.
You have to go take a shower and change your clothing before all that smell can go off. Well, to avoid all that, you can opt for a battery powered backpack blower instead of gas.
Now, if you have to go cordless with a backpack leaf blower, then you have to bring the Dewalt’s 40 volts DCBL590X2 backpack blower into the picture.
Over the years, Dewalt has earned quite a reputation of manufacturing tough power tools. The battery powered DCBL590X2 backpack blower is another one of their tough power tools that helps cement that reputation.
The Dewalt DCBL590X2 uses a brushless motor powered by one of two 40V 7.5 Ah batteries. It’s equipped with two battery ports or wells which can hold one 40 volts battery each.
On the control handle is a battery switch which you can use to switch between the two batteries to choose which one to draw power from.
Also on the handle is a variable speed trigger which you can use to vary or change the speed of the blower to suit your needs. Once you vary the speed and arrive at a speed you like, you can use a speed lock, or what is normally known in gas blowers as cruise control to lock down the speed for a much easier handling.
The Dewalt DCBL590X2 produces 450 cfm of airflow at a speed of 142 mph, which is a lot of air volume and speed for a battery powered blower.
If you really desire the comfort of using a battery powered blower, then consider getting the Dewalt DCBL590X2.
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6. Makita EB7650TH Backpack Leaf Blower
|Engine Type||4 stroke 75.6 cc|
|Air Volume||670 cfm|
|Air Speed||200 mph|
The problem with most 2 stroke engines found in most backpack leaf blower is that they use mixed fuel for operation. And improper mixture of this fuel usually results in failure of these engines.
That is why you usually hear complains like, “after using it twice, I tried the third time and it could not startup anymore”. Well, the truth is the engine has failed, and the most likely reason is improper fuel and oil mixture.
To resolve that problem, Makita introduced their MM4 4 stroke engine which uses gas only, not a mixture of fuel and oil.
The Makita EB7650TH is a commercial grade backpack blower which uses the MM4 4-stroke engine not only to eliminate engine failure due to bad fuel mixture but to produce a more powerful gas backpack blower for your needs.
Whether you’re a landscaper or you own acres of land with trees all over that shed leaves, the Makita EB7650TH backpack blower is a very good choice that will provide all the power you need on a daily basis.
The 75.6cc MM4 4-stroke engine produces airflow up to 670 cfm at wind speed of 200 miles per hour. With this, you can get all the leaves and debris cleared off your property in no time.
It’s equipped with heavy duty anti-vibration mounts which is located between the blower frame and the engine to minimize vibration produced during operation and increase the comfort of using the unit.
A padded and well ventilated back pad, harness with shoulder straps that are easily adjusted depending on the size of the user all combine to give maximum comfort to the user during operation.
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7. Poulan Pro PR48BT Backpack Blower
|Engine Type||2 stroke 48 cc|
|Air Volume||475 cfm|
|Air Speed||200 mph|
The Poulan Pro PR48BT is a budget friendly backpack blower with just enough power to cater for all leaf clearing needs in your yard.
It comes equipped with a powerful 48cc 2-stroke engine which generates up to 475 cfm of airflow at speeds of 200 mph. This is surely not the most powerful of backpack blowers, but it has enough power to meet any home owner’s leaf or yard clearing needs.
The Poulan Pro comes slapped with a lot of useful features that makes using it very intuitive. For instance, it has the variable speed feature which helps you to adjust the speed of the air depending on the material you’re blowing.
You can reduce the speed for light materials such as dry leaf, and increase it to blow off denser or heavier materials such as sticky wet leaves and debris.
The cruise control feature is also very useful. It allows you to use the blower at a constant speed without engaging the throttle, allowing you to focus on directing the barrel of the blower and focusing on the leaves, dust or debris you’re blowing off.
The harness that comes with the Poulan Pro is also well made for user comfort with large padded adjustable shoulder straps which makes it easy for the user to work with it for long periods without getting weighed down by the weight of the blower.
If what you’re looking for is a powerful but budget friendly backpack blower for taking care of the leafs and debris on your yard, then you should seriously consider giving the Poulan Pro PR48BT a shot.
Note that, to get the best out of the Poulan Pro or any other 2 cycle engines for that matter, you have to use fuels that don’t contain ethanol in them.
And the best way to ensure you don’t use those type of fuel is to get the premixed fuel online or from your local hardware store.
Ethanol attracts water and can actually damage the engine of your blower. If you want to mix your own fuel, try to adhere to a 50 to 1 mix ratio, or refer to your user manual.
Using incorrect ratios of fuel mixtures or using ethanol based fuels can actually damage your engine and may cause the engine not to start.
So, if a manufacturer encourages you to buy premixed fuel for their blower, it’s most likely in your best interest.
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8. Greenworks Pro – Best Electric Model
|Air Volume||580 cfm|
|Air Speed||145 mph|
With up to 580 cfm in volume of air and 145 miles per hour of air speed, the Greenworks pro offers another battery powered backpack leaf blower which you can use to make quick work of blowing away leaves both wet and dry from your property without the drawbacks that goes with a gas blower.
The blower uses a brushless motor in combination with the popular Greenworks 80 volts battery system which works together to maximize the runtime of the tool.
With the battery fully charged you can get 20 to 30 minutes of run time from the blower, which is just enough for any home owner to cover a lot of ground with the tool in action.
The Greenworks Pro backpack blower is equipped with nice features to make it easy and comfortable for the end user to control and use the tool.
It comes equipped with a variable speed control which you can use to vary the speed according to the size or type of leaves or debris you’re blowing with it. Wet leaves may require more mph, while dry leaves require less speed, and the variable speed control just comes very handy in such situations.
Also included is the cruise control feature which you can engage to keep the blower running at a particular speed while you work with it.
Finally, an included turbo button comes in handy when you need more power to clear off stubborn leaves and debris off your property.
With the Greenworks Pro, you have a blower which you can start up any time you want just with the press of a button. No pull starts and smelly gas mixtures that comes with gas engines.
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9. Redmax EBZ7500RH Backpack Leaf Blower
|Engine Type||2 stroke 65.6 cc|
|Air Volume||770 cfm|
|Air Speed||236 mph|
If you ever have to define a commercial gas backpack blower in two words, you can just say the Redmax EBZ7500RH.
Whether you’re a commercial landscaper or you just trying to clear leaves, dust and debris off your property, the Redmax EBZ7500RH one of the top guns you can ever get to do the job.
Equipped with a 65.6cc Strato-Charged 2 stroke 3.9 horsepower gas engine, the Redmax EBZ7500RH is capable of generating air volume up to 770 cfm at speeds as high as 236 mph.
With air volume and speed like this, the Redmax EBZ7500RH is one of the most powerful backpack blowers you can ever get your hands on today.
It comes with different features designed to make the unit as easy as possible for the user to handle and maneuver.
The back pad is designed to allow air flow through it which in turns cools down the user when the weather is hot.
A tube mounted throttle allows users to easily control the machine and maneuver the air tube at the same time.
Also, the harness features wide padded should straps which makes it comfortable for the user to wear and work with it for long period of time without feeling weighed down by the weight of the unit.
A see-through fuel tank ensures you’re always aware of the level of fuel in the tank and replace it before it’s empty.
Overall, the Redmax EBZ7500RH is definetly a one of the most reliable backpack leaf blowers you can get your hands on today, with enough power to even handle commercial landscaping projects easily.
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10. Maruyama BL85-T
|Engine Type||2 stroke 64.7 cc|
|Air Volume||900 cfm|
|Air Speed||200 mph|
The name may not sound familiar, but the Maruyama BL85-T is one of the best commercial grade pressure washers you can opt for today.
With the capacity to produce up to 900 cfm of air at 200 mph, the Maruyama BL85-T is definitely a top dog when it comes to backpack blowers.
When the leaves get wet, with dry sticks lying around everywhere in your property, when your other blowers can get them off your yard, a powerful beast like the Maruyama BL85-T will definitely get the job done.
It’s equipped with a 64.7cc 2 cycle gas engine for continuous operation. The gas tank is a see-through gas tank which easily reveals the level of the gas in it, so as to easily tell when to refill it when working with it.
Vibration is expected when working with a gas powered blower. However, the Maruyama BL85-T features 4 independent suspension springs which dampens the vibration and protects the user from it.
The harness features heavy duty wide and padded strap which makes it easy to secure the blower on your back during operation and greatly increase user comfort.
Even with all the power produced, the Maruyama BL85-T only weighs about 20 lbs which is very lightweight when compared to backpack blowers in its class
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How To Choose A Backpack Leaf Blower
Knowing fully well that you need a backpack leaf blower, how do you choose a suitable one for the kind of application you have in mind?
Well, since you might be new to all of these, we’ve put together a few terms you’ll come across when making your choice, and we’ve explained them so you can be able to differentiate between what one manufacturer offers and what another does.
So, here are the terms or specs and what they mean.
What is CFM?
CFM is an acronym for cubic feet per minute. The CFM of a leaf blower means the air volume of that leaf blower, or the volume of air that comes out of the nozzle of that blower in one minute.
That is what the Cubic Feet Per Minute means. So, if a blower has a cfm of 250. It means that blower produces 250 cubic feet of air in one minute when running.
So, the CFM is the volume of air that a blower produces in a minute. Leaf blowers with higher CFM usually come with wider nozzles for blowing out the large volume of air they produce.
If you’re looking to get a really powerful blower that will make short work of the leaves in your yard, you need to pay more attention to the CFM of the backpack leaf blower you’re trying to get.
The more CFM it has, the more power it has to push those leafs off your yard for good.
What is MPH?
Another acronym or spec you’ll come across when shopping for blowers is MPH. MPH is an acronym which stands for miles per hour. This means the speed at which the air comes out of the nozzle.
MPH is not the volume of the air that comes out, but rather, the speed at which this air comes out.
So far, the MPH though important, is not the most important specs you should be looking at when shopping a backpack leaf blower or a leaf blower of any kind. Like I mentioned earlier, you should pay more attention to the cfm.
So, if you’re trying to choose between blower A and B. If B has more CFM than A, but A has more MPH than B. Then B will move more leaves than blower A, hence doing a better job than A.
What is CC
CC is usually associated with gas leaf blowers and it stands for Cubic Centimeter. The CC of an engine stands for the volume inside the engine block that the piston sweeps through.
Put simply, it can also stand for the size of the engine. A higher cc will definitely result in a larger engine, heavier, but more powerful engine. Also producing less noise.
Now, with those terms out of the way, let’s talk about the features you should look for when choosing a backpack leaf blower.
Factors or Features To Consider
Here are important features you should look for when shopping for a backpack leaf blower you’re going to use either for your own residential application or for commercial applications.
Power is definitely not something you want to ignore when shopping for a backpack leaf blower, especially when you’re trying to blow wet leaves from your yard or garden.
Again, this is where you have to take into account the engine capacity and the amount of CFM it produces. Like I mentioned earlier, more CFM means more power to move leaves.
Leaf blowers are very noisy when they’re running, with some even producing as much noise as chainsaws. So, if care is not taken you might end up annoying your neighbors or even worse breaking your local environmental laws.
The noise rating of a leaf blower is usually specified in decibels. Higher decibels means more noise. So, try to check out the decibels rating of the blower you’re trying to acquire.
Also, the lower CC engines tend to produce more noise than the higher CC engines. So, that is something you need to take not of when choosing a backpack leaf blower.
Backpack weed blowers are usually easier to carry and handle due to the fact that it comes with a harness which allows you to carry the blower on your back, with the weight distributed across your back and shoulders.
That however, does not mean you shouldn’t care about the weight. Even though your back and shoulder bears it, you’ll going to get tired easily if the weight is too much for your back and shoulders.
So, while paying attention to power and noise, also try consider and compare the weights of different blowers to make sure you get the one that’ll be easier for you to work with, especially if you’re working for several hours.
This is where you have to choose between a gas powered backpack leaf blower and a battery powered backpack blower.
With a battery powered type like the Dewalt DCBL590X2, you don’t have to deal with fumes or emissions from a gas engine. Though you have to then deal with less power.
For gas blowers, some produce lesser emissions than their other gas counterparts. For instance Husqvarna employs their X-torq technology to not only reduce fuel consumption in their gas backpack leaf blowers, but also to reduce emissions produced as well.
The Hussqvarna 350BT and the Husqvarna 580BTS uses the X-torq tech to reduce emissions from the engine.
Run Time / Tank Type and Capacity
Let’s face it, each time fuel finishes from the tank, you have to put down the backpack leaf blower from your back, refill it with fuel and put it on your back again.
This will not only tire you out, especially if the blower is heavy, but it increases downtime. So, trying to get a backpack leaf blower which has a tank with enough room for fuel is definitely not out of place.
Also, try to get one with a see-through fuel tank which is good for you to know the level of fuel in the fuel tank.
Most of the ones reviewed in this article all come with see-through fuel tanks.
Before you put the leaf blower on your back to start blowing away leaves, you have to start it up, and trust me, nothing is more annoying than an engine that takes forever to start.
If your gas backpack leaf blower don’t start running after 1 or 2 pulls of the start cord, then there’s something wrong. So, check out reviews and make sure it starts up quickly.
You don’t want to expend all your energy starting up the blower, when you haven’t even blown away a single leaf.
If you’re blowing off dry leaves in your garden where there are other delicate plants, you don’t want to go full throttle on the leaf blower, because you might end up doing some serious damage to your plants.
So, a leaf blower with a variable speed trigger can come in handy here. With it, you can try to vary the speed per your needs or circumstance.
Ease of Maintenance
It’s no news that gas blowers are not easy to maintain. Most of them require you to mix up fuel in certain proportions to make sure the work well.
Improper mixture of fuel might result in difficulty in starting the blower, more emissions from the engine and even result in damage.
Thus, gas blowers are kind of difficult to maintain. Unlike their battery powered counterparts which requires little to no maintenance.
If you’re going for gas powered leaf blowers however, you should try to get premixed fuel specified by the manufacturer which will ensure that your engine keeps running at tip-top condition and also satisfy some warranty conditions for manufacturers that insist you need to use their premixed fuel for the warranty to stand.
Premixed fuel don’t usually come cheap, but it’ll certainly make it easier for you to run your backpack blower without any hiccups.
Type of Application
Depending on the size of your yard or what you want to use it for, you might have to choose between a consumer grade backpack leaf blower and a commercial grade backpack blower.
Talking about consumer grade and commercial grade. I would say any backpack leaf blower producing less than 600 cfm of air can be called consumer grade.
While those that produce above 600 cfm of air can be used fairly comfortably for commercial jobs without any problems.
Some of the best commercial grade backpack leaf blowers you’ll find include the Maruyama BL85-t, the Husqvarna 580BTS, the Makita EB7650TH and the Redmax EBZ7500RH, just to name a few.
While some consumer duty backpack blowers that will work well for you include the Husqvarna 350BT, and the Echo PB-580T just to name a few.
Ergonomics – Strap Design / Balance
For a leaf blower to be called a backpack leaf blower, it has to come with a harness for you to be able to carry it on your back.
The thing is, some backpack blowers come with better harness than some. The type or condition of the harness that comes with your backpack blower will determine how comfortable you are wearing it on your back and working with it. Ultimately determining how long you can work with it.
A good harness should have wide shoulder straps which helps to distribute the blower weight across your shoulders.
A thin shoulder strap concentrates the weight of the blower in a particular part of your shoulder which can cause pain in that area and discomfort after some time.
Some shoulder straps are designed to receive air or ventilation which helps to prevent moisture and sweat from building up in your and shoulders under the shoulder strap.
Okay. Like I said earlier, when using a backpack leaf blower, you wear in on your back, which means the engine is attached to you and close to your body.
That means you’re going to be receiving all the vibrations from the working engine. That is why backpack blowers like the Makita EB7650TH is fitted with good anti-vibration mounts to reduce the vibration produced by the engine.
I think this is something you also have to look into when shopping for a backpack leaf blower.