10 Best Backpack Leaf Blower Reviews And Guide

the 10 best backpack leaf blowers

Last updated on March 10th, 2021 at 01:42 pm

A backpack leaf blower is basically a leaf blower you can wear on your back like a schoolbag to make it easier and more comfortable to use or handle.

It comes with straps or a harness that allows you to strap it to your back and shoulders, enabling you to bear the weight of the leaf blower with your back and shoulders rather than carrying it with your hand.

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After mowing your lawn or trimming overgrown grass and weed in it, the next challenge you face is that of removing the trimmed grasses lying all over the ground.

A good rake and elbow grease can get the job done, but with a backpack leaf blower, you have the machinery to get it done a lot faster without spending much time and energy.

Leaf blowers come in 3 different configurations, which are: handheld, backpack and walk behind leaf blowers.

Any one of these types will work pretty effectively in blowing away or gathering dust, dry leaves and debris lying around in your home, yard or lawn.

However, if your yard or property is large and will require you to work for a long time, it is usually advisable that you give up any hope of using a handheld leaf blower and seriously consider getting a backpack or walk behind model.

The weight of a handheld leaf blower can actually affect you after some time, especially the gas powered handheld types, making you tire out quickly.

On the other hand, with a backpack blower, you get to shift the weight of the blower from your hands to your back and shoulders. This will enable you to work for a longer period of time without getting fatigued.

We’ve research and reviewed the 10 best backpack leaf blowers here in this article, so you can choose the most suitable one for the application you have in mind.

Here Are The 10 Best Backpack Leaf Blower Reviews

1. Husqvarna 350BT Gas Powered Backpack Leaf Blower

husqvarna 350BT backpack leaf blower
Tool Specs
Type Gas
Engine Type 2 Stroke 50.2 cc
Air Volume 692 cfm
Air Speed 180 mph
Weight 22.5 lbs

The Husqvarna 350BT backpack leaf blower is one of the best models you can use to clean and remove any unwanted waste lying around on the yard.

It’s a gas powered backpack leaf blower with a 2.1 hp X-Torq engine operating at 7500 rpm, which is capable of generating wind speeds up to 180 miles per hour.

With speed like this, even the most stubborn waste on your yard, whether wet or dry will hardly stand a chance.

The 2 stroke engine in the Husqvarna 350BT uses Husqvarna’s X-Torq technology which makes it not only more fuel efficient compared to standard 2 stroke engines, but also reduces the emissions produced during operation by 60 percent.

Simply put, the engine provides power on demand while consuming less fuel, which in turn results in less carbon emissions.

Frankly, the emissions from this machine is almost nil.

Enough with the power. Let’s go into the ergonomics of this blower.

The whole reason why you buy a backpack blower in the first place is because of ease of use. To relieve weight from your hands. In terms of that, the Husqvarna 350BT does very well.

The harness that comes with it is well designed to ensure that you’re able to use the blower for hours, without getting tired out by the weight.

Some of the air is distributed into the harness to prevent sweat or moisture from building up underneath it on your shoulders, and the shoulder straps are very wide to ensure even weight distribution.

It also features a hip belt that secures the machine on your waist and prevent it from swinging from side to side during use.

Equipped with a 42.27 ounce tank for holding fuel, the Husqvarna 350BT has a good high volume tank capacity to keep you working for a long time without refueling.

Also in-cooperated in it is a soft grip handle which makes it easy to maneuver the blower while in using it.

Note

Starting up the machine when there’s air in the carburetor and fuel systems can actually prove very difficult unless the air inside is purged out, that is why the Husqvarna 350BT is equipped with an air purge system that helps remove air from it for easier start up.

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What I like about it

  • It has a very ergonomic harness for a comfortable carry
  • Harness is ventilated to prevent sweat build-up
  • It has high CFM. Means it’s very powerful.
  • Operates quietly even though it’s a gas blower

Where it can be improved

  • It’s a bit difficult to assemble

2. Echo PB-580T Gas Backpack Leaf Blower

Echo PB-580T backpack leaf blower
Tool Specs
Type Gas
Engine Type 2 stroke 58.2 cc
Air Volume 510 cfm
Air Speed 215 mph
Weight 22.6 lbs

Another lightweight yet powerful backpack leaf blower you can use to blow leafs and debris off your yard is the Echo PB-580T.

If you’ve not used any Echo tools before, the Echo PB-580T will definitely grab your attention when you witness firsthand what it can do.

When you purchase the Echo PB-580T, you get a backpack blower equipped with a 58.2cc professional grade 2 stroke engine which provides the power needed for heavy duty leaf blowing.

The Echo PB-580T spits out 510 cfm of air through the tube at a rate of 215 miles per hour. This really makes it very easy to blow dry or wet leaves off a wide area with very little time spent.

It comes equipped with a see-through tank which is very helpful for monitoring the level of fuel in the tank so that you can refill it in time before it runs out.

If the weather is hot where you are, then you’ll really appreciate the vented back pad, which is designed with vents to allow air to circulate round the user dry out any sweat and increase user comfort while working with the tool.

The backrest is also padded to ease tension and improve comfort. Also padded is the shoulder straps which helps to reduce the weight of the blower on the user and ultimately make it easier to carry out long tasks with it.

A leaf guard situated at the inlet helps block everything but air from getting into the machine and causing malfunction.

The Echo PB-580T backpack leaf blower is also fitted with an automotive styled air fitter to aid a cleaner working machine and increase its longevity.

The throttle is mounted on the tube for easier control and maneuvering. All and all, when you get the Echo PB-580T backpack blower, you a powerful machine that can stand up to hours of heavy use without letting you down for one second.

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What I like about it

  • It has high CFM
  • Well ventilated back pad and harness to prevent sweat build-up
  • Easy start up
  • Inlet leaf guide blocks foreign objects from entering the machine
  • Tube mounted throttle for easy handling

Where it can be improved

  • It’s a bit heavy

3. Dewalt DCBL590X2 Electric Backpack Leaf Blower

dewalt dcbl590x2
Tool Specs
Type Battery Powered
Voltage 40 Volts
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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What I like about it

  • It’s electric. Which means no noisy gas engine to deal with
  • Unlike a gas blower, it requires little to no maintenance
  • Easy push button start up
  • It’s lightweight
  • Variable air speed

Where it can be improved

  • Reduced run time compared to gas powered models.

4. Husqvarna 580BTS – Editor’s Pick

husqvarna 580bts
Tool Specs
Type Gas Powered
Engine Type 2 stroke 75.6 cc
Air Volume 908 cfm
Air Speed 206.2 mph
Weight 25.8 lbs

If things really get messy around your yard and you need a big badass backpack blower to clear dry or wet leafs off, then you need to look no further than the Husqvarna 580BTS.

Equipped with it, you can easily blow away huge piles of leafs without any resistance from them. Such is the power it boasts.

It’s equipped with an X-Torq gas engine that generates 908 cfm of air at a speed of 206.2 miles per hour. With air pressure and speed like this, you can finally let the dry leaves off your yard without a fight.

Even though it weighs about 25.8 lbs, you can still work with it for hours due to the ergonomic nature of the harness that comes with it to help you strap it to your back.

It consists of shoulder and waist straps to hold the blower securely on your back. The shoulder straps are wide to ensure even weight distribution and relieve pressure on your shoulder. The waist belt is also very helpful for securing and distributing the weight of the blower.

Although it’s a little heavier than the competition, it really makes short work of blowing away leaves whether they’re wet or dry. Hence, you work for a shorter period with it when compared to other blowers.

Start up is as easy as it gets, with one or two pulls of the pull-start, you’ll get it firing and ready to blow away some leafs and debris.

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What I like about it

  • Very high CFM
  • It can stand up to heavy commercial use
  • Comfortable harness

Where it can be improved

  • Consumes more fuel compared to the competition

5. Makita EB7650TH Backpack Leaf Blower

Makita EB7650TH
Tool Specs
Type Gas
Engine Type 4 stroke 75.6 cc
Air Volume 670 cfm
Air Speed 200 mph
Weight 24.1 lbs

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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What I like about it

  • High CFM
  • Well ventilated harness
  • Suitable for commercial projects
  • Does no mixed fuel, so there’s no chance of improper fuel mixture affecting the engine

Where it can bit improved

  • Shoulder strap slides off during use

6. Poulan Pro PR48BT Backpack Blower

poulan pro PR48BT
Tool Specs
Type Gas
Engine Type 2 stroke 48 cc
Air Volume 475 cfm
Air Speed 200 mph
Weight 22 lb

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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What I like about it

  • Budget friendly gas model
  • It’s lightweight
  • Best for residential use
  • Easy start up
  • Comfortable harness

Where it can be improved

  • Not suitable for commercial use

7. Greenworks Pro – Best Electric Model

greenworks pro electric backpack leaf blower
Tool Specs
Type Battery Powered
Voltage 80 volts
Air Volume 580 cfm
Air Speed 145 mph
Weight 14.64 lbs

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.

What we like about it

  • Requires little to no maintenance
  • Easy push button start up
  • Very powerful with high CFM even though it’s electric
  • Included turbo feature allows you to blow off stubborn debris
  • Brushless motor maximizes runtime
  • Lightweight

Where it can be improved

  • Reduced runtime. 80V battery runs for 20 to 30 minutes.

8. Redmax EBZ7500RH Backpack Leaf Blower

redmax EBZ7500RH
Tool Specs
Type Gas
Engine Type 2 stroke 65.6 cc
Air Volume 770 cfm
Air Speed 236 mph
Weight 23.6 lbs

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.

What we like about it

  • Ideal for commercial projects
  • It has high CFM
  • Features a see-through fuel tank to easily monitor fuel level
  • Very comfortable harness
  • Back pad is ventilated to prevent sweat build up

Where it can be improved

  • It’s a bit noisy

9. Maruyama BL85-T

maruyama BL85-T backpack leaf blower
Tool Specs
Type Gas
Engine Type 2 stroke 64.7 cc
Air Volume 900 cfm
Air Speed 200 mph
Weight 20.9 lbs

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

What I like about it

  • Commercial grade
  • Comfortable harness
  • It has a see-through gas tank which makes it easy to monitor fuel level
  • It’s lightweight compared to other gas models

Where it can be improved

  • It could use a better assembly instructions.

10. Echo PB-755ST Backpack Leaf Blower

echo PB-755ST backpack leaf blower
Tool Specs
Type Gas
Engine Type 2 stroke 63.3cc
Air Volume 651 cfm
Air Speed 233 mph
Weight 24.7 lbs

Like the aforementioned Echo PB-580T, the Echo PB-755ST is a more powerful Echo backpack leaf blower you can get both for residential and commercial leaf blowing applications.

The Echo PB-755ST comes equipped with a 63.3cc 2 cycle gas engine which is capable of producing 651 cfm volume of air at a speed of 233 mph.

The throttle is tube-mounted to assist in easy control and maneuvering of the unit during operation. Also included is the cruise control feature which lets you keep the blower at a constant speed, allowing you to focus on directing the barrel and the materials you’re blowing off.

Echo equipped the PB-755ST with an easily accessible automotive style filter which protects the engine against contaminants in the air that might damage it when they gain access into it unhindered.

Ergonomic features of the Echo PB-755ST include a well-padded backrest and wide shoulder straps which secures the blower to your back while you work and improves user comfort when handling the tool.

It’s also equipped with a see through fuel tank to help monitor the fuel level during operation. The fuel tank is 62 oz. in volume which is just enough to give you a decent runtime with the engine in just one fill.

Overall, the Echo PB-755ST is one leaf blower that can meet both residential and commercial applications.

What we like about it

  • Can be used for both residential and commercial applications
  • Well-padded backrest and wide shoulder straps
  • Tube-mounted throttle makes it easy to handle the blower
  • Cruise control feature allows you to release tension on the throttle and focus on directing the air barrel

Where it can be improved

  • Use ear protection. It’s noisy.

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

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.

Noise

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.

Weight

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.

Engine Emissions

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.

Start-up

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.

Variable Speed

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.

Vibration Control

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.

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