Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Lawns, Ground Cover, & Wildflowers

Leaf Blowers Go Green (page 4 of 4)

by National Gardening Association Editors

Gas-Powered Blower-Vacs

Echo: Perhaps the quietest gas blower, the Echo PB-46LN Quiet 1 produces only 65 dBA in the blower mode. Rated cfm/mph: 370/180. Price: $480, including vacuum attachment. Also see Shred --N-- Vac models ES-2100 and ES-2400. Both feature a four-bladed metal shredding blade, a 12:1 reduction ratio, and a 2-bushel bag. The 2100 is rated 300 cfm and 135 mph; the 2400 is 315 and 140. Both produce 70 dBA. Prices are $200 and $250 respectively. For information: (800) 432-3246, or www.imeinc.com/clients/default.htm.

Homelite: The Vac Attack features an anti-vibration handle and is rated at 70 dBA. It weighs only 10.9 pounds in the vacuum mode and has a 12:1 reduction ratio. A gutter-cleaning attachment is available. Rated cfm/mph: 360/160. Price: $137. For information: (800) 242-4672.

Husqvarna: Model 225HBV is designed for heavy-duty use and uses an automotive-type catalytic muffler to reduce emissions and noise. Sound level is 74.8 dBA. It also features an anti-vibration system that uses springs to isolate the engine from the handles. The optional vacuum kit uses steel blades in the fan and has a 16:1 reduction ratio. Rated cfm/mph: 392/128. Price: $255, including vacuum kit. For information: (800) 487-5962, or www.husqvarna.com.

John deere: The lightweight BH30 features a translucent fuel tank to allow easier and safer refueling, and a six-position throttle lever. Sound level is 69 dBA. Rated cfm/mph: 450/180. Price: $216, including vacuum attachment. For information: (888) 669-7767, or www.deere.com.

Mantis: Model BSV boasts a 12:1 reduction ratio, thanks in part to its four-bladed metal shredding blade. Two-bushel-capacity bag is standard. Sound level is 69 dBA in the blower mode. Rated cfm/mph: 350/130. Price: $250. For information: (800) 366-6268, or www.mantisgardentools.com.

Weed Eater: The quietest (dBA not available) and cleanest gas blower-vac from Weed Eater is the BV2000, which also carries the Barracuda name and is capable of the same 16:1 volume reduction as electric models. Gutter-cleaning attachments are available. Rated cfm/mph: 400/200. Price: $120. For information: (800) 554-6723, or www.weedeater.com.

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