Some leaf blowers (or leaf vacuums) are portable so that they can be strapped to the back like a kind of backpack.
In this article, we would look at the best backpack leaf blower for wet leaves, and our top picks.
Leaf blowers and leaf vacuums with collecting bags are not only used privately in your own garden but also in public areas.
For example, they’re useful when leaves and plant waste have to be cleared from entire parks or roadsides and sidewalks.
Depending on the performance of the vacuum cleaner, small and large as well as dry and wet leaves can be vacuumed from sidewalks, the terrace, or lawns. Powerful leaf blowers achieve a suction capacity of 14 cubic meters per minute and more.
Therefore, high-performance leaf blowers, which are intended for continuous, daily use, are equipped by the manufacturers with practical elements that help in such cases and make work easier, but also physical stress should be minimized.
Leaf Blowers For Wet Leaves
Here is our pick of the top 7 leaf blowers for wet leaves:
1. Black & Decker GW3030 (leaf vacuum, blower and chopper)
A lot of performance at a comparatively low acquisition cost: The Black & Decker GW3030 is designed for large areas where there is a power supply.
Features: continuously adjustable 3000 W and 418 km / h blowing speed.
The bag with zipper and shoulder strap with padding holds 50 liters. It currently costs around 85 euros.
2. Bosch ALS 25 leaf blower and leaf vacuum
The advantages of the Bosch ALS 25: low weight (3.3 kg) with astonishing performance. The electric vacuum cleaner, blower, and chopper have a power consumption of 3000 W.
It thus develops an airflow of 300 km / h, in its collection bag there is a maximum of 45 liters of leaves.
In terms of price, it is around 10 euros less than the Black & Decker GW3030.
3. Gardena ErgoJet 3000
The ErgoJet 3000 has simply proven itself: the Gardena electric leaf vacuum, blower, and chopper has been on the market for at least four years. The power is also 3000 W, with the blowing speed at 310 km / h.
The collection bag only holds 40 liters, but this should still be sufficient for most applications. The ErgoJet 3000 is available for around 80 euros.
4. Atika LSH 2500
The price tip among the electric leaf vacuums: The Atika LSH 2500 is available for around 40 euros. From a technical point of view, you have to make compromises compared to the first three models: only 2500 W input power, only 270 km / h blowing speed.
5. Einhell GE-EL 3000 E
The Einhell GE-EL 3000 E also joins the range of professional leaf blowers. As the name suggests, this device also has an input power of 3000 W and a maximum blowing speed of 300 km / s.
At 6 kg, the Einhell is a bit heavier. The price has been adapted to comparable products: around 60 euros.
6. Bosch ALB 36 Li – cordless leaf vacuum
Thanks to the battery, you are completely flexible in the application area of the Bosch ALB 36 Li. With its 3.3 kg weight, the leaf blower also remains handy.
However, according to the manufacturer, blowing and sucking should stop after just 26 minutes. With a charging time of 90 minutes, it is, therefore, advisable to buy a second battery. Including a second battery, the ALB 36 Li costs at least 250 euros.
7. Makita BHX2501 – petrol leaf blower
Apparently less popular with buyers are alternatives to electric leaf blowers, such as gasoline-powered devices, although the devices can be used anywhere. The selection alone is much smaller. This is certainly also due to the price: You have to pay around 190 euros for the Makita BHX2501.
What types of leaf blowers are there?
Leaf vacuums are available with different types of drive.
As with many other garden tools, a distinction is made between three types of drive for leaf blowers and vacuums:
- Devices with electrical, or mains operation
- Leaf blowers with petrol engines.
Which type suits you best depends, among other things, on the respective area of application.
To make your decision easier, we are introducing the individual leaf blower device types with their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Cordless leaf blower
Battery-powered leaf vacuums and leaf blowers are still relatively new to the market. They offer a good compromise between flexibility, and environmental awareness, but do not come close to the performance of electric, or gasoline devices.
The progressive lithium-ion technology has considerably increased the working time of cordless tools, but it is limited in the case of power-hungry garden tools such as leaf blowers – they are therefore only suitable for smaller gardens, or areas.
Pros of Cordless Leaf Blowers
Cordless leaf vacuums and blowers score especially with their environmental friendliness and flexibility, as there is no annoying power cable.
In addition, they differ from gasoline devices at least in terms of engine volume, and are cheaper to buy in comparison.
If you have several cordless garden tools from the same manufacturer, the batteries can in many cases be swapped among the tools and thus used more effectively.
Cons of Cordless Leaf Blowers
The lower performance is currently the biggest disadvantage of cordless leaf blowers.
On the one hand, this shortens working hours, and on the other hand, these devices often have problems with wet, and large leaves.
Electric leaf blower
Environmental awareness, volume, and performance are the focus of electric leaf vacuums, and leaf blowers.
However, this is at the expense of freedom of work, as there must always be a power connection in the vicinity. On the other hand, they are considerably lighter than other types of devices.
Pros of Electric Leaf Blowers
If you pay particular attention to the price, you will quickly end up with electrical devices – they are significantly cheaper to buy than cordless, or petrol vacuum cleaners.
In addition, you can work with them continuously without changing the battery or refilling the fuel.
In terms of performance, devices with a mains connection do not need to hide behind petrol leaf blowers and are at the same time significantly less maintenance-friendly.
Cons of Electric Leaf Blowers
Although the range of electric blowers and vacuum cleaners can be considerably extended using a cable drum, the power cable significantly restricts freedom of movement, as is also the case with electric lawnmowers.
Gasoline Leaf Blower
If you have a large garden and rely on the performance, a gasoline-powered leaf blower is recommended.
However, not all devices in this segment are extremely powerful, so when you buy one you have a choice of how much power you actually need. In the professional sector, petrol leaf blowers are used almost exclusively.
Pros of Gasoline Leaf Blower
The greatest advantages of petrol vacuums and blowers are freedom of movement and long uninterrupted working hours. With powerful equipment, you can easily vacuum up wet, and heavy leaves, or blow them into a heap.
Cons of Leaf Blower
One of the major drawbacks of gasoline leaf blowers is that they burn fossil fuels, creating nuisance fumes, and the gasoline engine, which requires regular maintenance. In the past, two-stroke engines were often found in the older models in particular, which produced a lot of harmful exhaust gases.
With the new devices, the pollutant emissions are significantly lower but still relatively high in comparison. Furthermore, hydrocarbons and other nitrogen oxides are emitted, which are harmful to the environment.
The noise pollution should not be underestimated either, as the garden vacuums operated by an internal combustion engine generate penetrating noise.
Here we recommend the use of suitable hearing protection. In the leaf blower comparison, these devices are also among the most cost-intensive.
Tips on Buying a Leaf Blower
With our purchase advice for the right leaf blower
There are different criteria that should be considered when buying a leaf blower:
Gasoline, electric and cordless leaf blowers are available on the market. These in turn have advantages but also disadvantages.
Petrol leaf blowers have the highest performance and offer great mobility because no power connection is necessary. For this reason, a “cable tangle” is avoided, as no cable drum or the like is required.
However, emissions should not be underestimated either. In addition, you must first find out which gasoline mixture you need for your leaf blower. Not every fuel can be used and under certain circumstances the device can even be damaged.
Electric leaf blowers score with their comparatively low noise pollution and the lack of exhaust gas production. The disadvantages are to be found here in the restricted mobility as well as with the low performance.
If you don’t have a power outlet nearby, additional equipment such as an extension cord must be purchased. Experience has shown that this can quickly become a dangerous trip hazard.
The cordless leaf vacuum offers you many advantages because it combines many advantages. It is quiet in operation and there is no cable connection, so these devices are just as flexible as the petrol garden vacuum.
However, there are downsides in the low storage capacity, so that the maximum runtime is between 20 and 40 minutes (depending on the manufacturer and quality). If you need more time cleaning your garden, this model is the wrong choice.
Suction power / suction volume
With a high suction volume, large mountains of leaves can be removed quickly. The suction power of leaf vacuums is usually given in cubic meters per minute (unit: m³ / min).
Most devices have a suction volume of at least 10 m³ / min. In order to be able to vacuum wet and heavy foliage, the suction power should be selected as high as possible.
Blow function / blower speed
Almost all leaf blowers on the market also offer a blow function that can be switched to in a few simple steps. With the resulting leaf blower, you can blow leaves, branches, and other rubbish onto a heap if necessary. If you want to use this function frequently, fan speed is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a leaf blower.
A good fan speed is important for you to be able to work efficiently with the leaf blower. A proper leaf blower with a blower function has a fan speed of at least 200 to 220 km / h. However, some high-performance models are also able to blow up to 400 km / h. However, a higher fan speed is usually associated with a higher volume.
If you have to collect a lot of leaves or if you would like to compost the sucked-in foliage, you should choose a leaf blower with a high chopping ratio. The smaller the shredded leaves, the more compact it is collected in the collection bag and the easier it is to compost it later. The ratio is usually between 10: 1 to 16: 1.
When buying, you should also take the collection volume into account, as a device with a large collection bag means that you do not have to empty it as often. Most leaf blowers have a collection volume between 45 to 50 liters. However, models with a smaller collection bag are also available.
As mentioned above, garden blowers and garden vacuums generate a high level of noise. For this reason, we advise you to always wear suitable hearing protection when using it. The higher the fan speed, the higher the noise.
Therefore, before buying, you should consider whether a device with a standard fan speed is sufficient or you need a high-performance model. In addition, the statutory rest periods must be taken into account.
Weight is also one of the basic purchase criteria. Over the past few years, manufacturers have developed increasingly lighter devices, some of which even weigh less than three kilograms with accessories.
The heavier a leaf blower or leaf blower, the greater the strain on the back. We recommend checking the weight of the device at a specialist dealer in your area. In this way, you can find out whether the model is suitable for (long-term) gardening.
Backpack leaf blowers help in getting sanitation done faster in large areas. In this article, we have discussed the benefits and top picks of leaf blowers for your convenience.