We compare the best gas leaf blowers to see which rises above
Although cordless leaf blowers are getting all the attention, professional landscapers still use gas for most of their work. As battery technology improves, this may change. We have compiled a list of the top gas leaf blowers so you can see which models are the best performers and the most affordable.
To find out more about the differences between battery-powered and gas leaf blowers, read our article.
Best Overall Gas Leaf Blower
Stihl BR 800 C-E Magnum Backpack Blower
Let’s get one thing straight—the ECHO PB-9010T technically has a bit more blowing force than the Stihl BR 800 C-E Magnum backpack leaf blower. However—and this made a big impression on us—we cannot stress how awesome the side start feature is on the Stihl. Once the BR 800 is up and running, you can simply pull on the side handle (located on the left hip) to get it back up and running. Do you need to stop to have a conversation? No problem—stop the blower and then restart it at will—without having to take it off your back.
And, of course, the 41 Newtons of blowing force put out by this backpack doesn’t make it a slouch either. This blower is capable of producing more than 900 CFM and 230MPH of air velocity. This blower is powerful and quiet with a 4.4 bhp engine. It can also be used from 50 feet away to produce noise levels of 78 dB(A). Do you require more blowing power than 41 N? Most likely not. And up until last year, you really didn’t have an option to get more. The only downside is that Stihl doesn’t offer any backpack blowers with a hip throttle. If you want that feature, you’ll need to go with a different brand.
Most Powerful Gas Backpack Leaf Blower
ECHO PB-9010T Backpack Leaf Blower
ECHO claims that this blower is the most powerful in existence. This feat was possible with a 79.9cc motor. They tuned it to produce a massive 1110 CFM and 220 mph. That translated to 48.0 Newtons force in certification testing.
Our testing didn’t result in the same value. It was higher. It was 4 Newtons higher, reaching 52.0 Newtons with our meter. Keep in mind that environmental conditions affect blower force and we don’t have the controlled setup of a lab. Regardless, the ECHO PB-9010T is the strongest backpack blower we’ve ever tested—by far.
We like everything about this blower—including the large translucent 83.8-ounce fuel tank, the comfortable straps, and the convenient location of the air filter. The PB8010 is no slouch. But if you need something extra, the PB-8010 is a great choice. “oomph”—this toolIt is. It can also be found with a hip throttle (the ECHO P-9010H).
Price: $629.99 (either model)
Best Handheld Gas Leaf Blower
ECHO PB-2620 Blower
This qualifies our pick. You may prefer the additional airspeed of the Husqvarna 525BX’s flat nozzle…or the Stihl Easy2Start system found on the BG 86 C-E. Stihl is recommended if you have problems with your elbows, arm, shoulder, or arm. The Echo PB-2620 costs about $60 less than any of the alternatives, making it a great pick as our best handheld gas leaf blower. Echo makes it easy for you to maintain your blower. 2-year commercial warranty (5 year consumer).
The X-Series blower produces 456 CFM from the tube, with 15.8N of blowing power and 172MPH (maximum) airspeed at its nozzle. It’s a beast, and we’d buy this over any other handheld gas leaf blower on the market.
Best Lightweight Gas Leaf Blower
Husqvarna 525BX Gas Blower
The Husqvarna 525BX blower was our first experience with it back in 2015. It still does. It combines lightweight design with powerful power in one package. We have yet to see another at 9.5 pounds (dry). toolYou can pack this punch and still lose weight.
With this toolThe tube can deliver a respectable 459 cubic feet of airflow, plus up 192 MPH using the flat nozzle. (157 mph with round nozzle). At 15N of blowing force, we also know they aren’t fudging numbers anywhere to impress us. That’s a solid performer for such a lightweight gas blower. Husqvarna has made this blower more comfortable by reducing vibration.
Best Gas Leaf Blower for Home Use
Troy-Bilt TB27BH 2-Cycle Gas Leaf Blower
The Troy-Bilt TBB27BH, which costs less than 140 dollars, was our top gas leaf blower for home. It boasts a powerful 27cc engine that can reach a staggering 450 CFM/205MPH combination. It does all of this while also offering homeowner features like a SpringAssist pullstart and a bonus curve tube. This curved tube makes it possible to get under low-lying bushes or other landscape features that would be impossible with a straight tube.
Troy-Bilt’s gas leaf blower is lightweight at just 10 pounds and has a 14-ounce fuel container. This makes it a powerful yet lightweight machine that will work well for homeowners. It’s also very affordable.
Best Gas Leaf Blower & Vacuum Mulcher
Stihl SH 86 C–E Gas Shredder Vac/Blower
The Stihl SH 86C-E blows where most blowers fail “leaf”You can see what I did there? It also includes a triple-bladed, steel mulcher that sits over the impeller to finely chop inbound leaves and debris into fine particles. This shredder/blower/vac is our choice because many other models simply push debris through the plastic impeller and onto the bag. It doesn’t take long to end up with a clogged (or even broken) impeller once you grab a stick or some larger debris by mistake.
The Stihl Easy2Start program is also available for the SH 86 C/E. It’s also made in the USA. You get a solid 15 Newtons blower mode with 170 mph speeds and 444 CFM blowing volume. At 12.3 pounds, it isn’t the lightest unit you’ll carry around. It is very portable, however, because you can grab it with your two hands while vacuuming. tool. A vacuum/mulcher is not necessarily more expensive, but it’s likely to last a long time.
What is the Best Gas Leafblower for Money?
Craftsman B2200 25cc 2-cycle, 430 CFM Handheld Gas Leaf Blower
Craftsman B2200 25cc handheld gasoline leaf blower produces up to 430 CFM from the tube. The concentrator nozzle can be used to blast away dirt and debris at 200 MPH. Craftsman’s easy pull start has made for consistently simple starting historically. We love that they include a tool-A rubberized grip on handle.
Another great feature is the integrated metal scraper at the tube’s front. This allows you to remove tougher materials without damaging the plastic. At 10.3 pounds, this isn’t the lightest blower, but it’s within a half-pound of the lightest models we’ve tested in this class. Craftsman also offers a 2-year limited warranty. For all these reasons—and the $129 price—we chose this as our best gas leaf blower for the money.
Who makes the best gas-leaf blower?
Given the many brands, models, styles, and options available, it is not easy to decide which gas leaf blower is the best. We have tested many brands and found that Echo, Husqvarna, Stihl and Husqvarna are the best in innovation and performance. Of those, Stihl has the best dealer network—in the United States at least. Stihl has more than 10,000 authorized full-line service dealers, according to our last check.
The question of who makes a gas leaf blower the best requires several caveats. Our Stihl recommendation clearly favors professional users, ranchers, and large property owners. When we turn to value for the homeowner, you can begin to see some exceptional products from other manufacturers—even consumer-minded brands like Craftsman.
It all comes down to build quality, ergonomics and warranty. All of these are important. “rubberbanded”Together, so that you can increase certain parameters and other flex in response. We like to pay more for a product which lasts longer and provides more functionality. That doesn’t, however, always make sense for those who don’t need a ton of performance from their gas blower. Spending less is a great idea for anyone who has very little use.
More gas leaf blower reviews and recommendations from brands we trust
The best cordless wrench for you is the one that uses the battery you already have. If that’s you, here are our top recommendations from other brands we trust to get the job done.
Best RedMax Gas Backpack Leaf Blower
We got the highest Newton force measurements ever recorded when we tested the RedMax EBZ8500 (non-expired). The replacement RedMax EBZ8550, (EBZ8550 RH for tube throttle), gives you even more power, speed, volume, and power. This gas leaf blower produces over 41 Newtons of blowing power and is rated at 1077 CFM and 296 MPH with the round nozzle. That’s very impressive, and fans of RedMax know that these blowers last forever. In fact, the only thing preventing this from being our top pick was the sheer convenience of Stihl’s side-start feature.
Best Ryobi Gas Backpack Leaf Blower
The Ryobi RY38BP backpack blower is the base model for Ryobi 40V RY40440. It has 175MPH airspeed and 760 CFM. This 20-pound blower is equipped with a recoil start system and an anti-vibration mechanism to reduce stress on your shoulders and back. A hip belt is the only thing that’s missing (which we think is a mistake). Pros don’t typically use a hip belt, but consumers not used to wearing a backpack blower can really benefit from the added weight distribution. This Ryobi gas leaf blower is undoubtedly the best, as the RY38BP backpack model performs better than the gas handheld. “jet fan”blower at 240 CFM and 15 MPH
Best Homelight Gas Leaf Blower
Homelight doesn’t make a ton of blowers, but we prefer the Homelight UT26HBV to the smaller UT09525. It also has a cruise control function and can vacuum leaves if required. The vacuum kit is $20 more and has a better build quality. This gas blower works well for those not requiring a ton of power and who don’t plan to use the toolFor more than 30 minutes per semaine. It’s not that the tool can’t handle more, but in general, we consider this a lighter-duty tool.
Best Makita Gas Blower
Makita Corporation stated in 2020 that it would cease production of engine products by March 31, 2022. We loved the Makita MM4 4-cycle backpack blaster, and its low vibration. If you really want to nab a Teal gas blower before you can’t any longer, the Makita EB7660TH 4-stroke backpack blower has the goods. 75.6cc engine produces 706 CFM and 206 MPH of airspeed at tube. The 4-stroke technology and the muffler make this blower sound much quieter than other backpack blowers. Since they discontinued the BBX7600N, the EB7660TH is the best Makita gas blower you can buy…if you can find it in stock.
Best Poulon Pro Gas Blower
Poulon Pro has a variety of leaf blowers, including handheld and backpack models. There’s a lot of competition in this space, so shop around and pay attention to some of our recommendations above first. We actually prefer Poulon Pro’s handheld blowers due to their lower price point and features. The capable PRB26 can be purchased for $115 if you are just looking to blow. That’s an excellent price if you don’t need to blow off an acre of maple leaves. The 25cc PPBV25 blower/vac combo is available for $50 less.
Price: $163 for PPBV25 and $115 for PRB26
Best Shindaiwa Gas Leaf Blower
We loved the Shindaiwa EB802 backpack leaf blower when we tried to find the best. The Shindaiwa EB910RT is a far superior model. The EB910RT (or EB910) isn’t just the best Shindaiwa leaf blower—it’s an 1110 CFM (48N) beast that puts out air at up to 220 MPH. On top of that it offers an air cooling system through the back pad that keeps you cool while you work—not a very common feature among Pro brands. The carbon fiber frame comes with a wear ring that can be used to scrape debris from the plastic tube. This blower can also be purchased with a tub or hip throttle. This Shindaiwa backpack runs loud—but you also get a ridiculous amount of work done while using it.
Price: Starting at $379
What we look for when testing and evaluating gas leaf blowers
A blower is really about two things, air volume and speed. You can alter one but sacrifice the other. A good way we’ve found to balance that out and understand true blowing force is to measure the ANSI Newton force at the end of the nozzle. This allows us to establish a standard test that we can use across all manufacturers and models. It can be used with backpack blowers and gas leaf blowers as well as battery blowers.
We quickly noticed the difference between gas and battery-powered leaf blowers when we began measuring Newton force with a force meter. Gas leaf blowers still hold the lead—by a fairly large margin. Although gas is becoming more popular, professional landscapers still prefer to blow leaves with gas, even though they are getting more popular. “tactically”Use battery-powered products only when it makes sense.
Air Volume (CFM).
While Newton force gives us an idea of overall blowing power, air volume—represented by CFM, or cubic feet per minute—tells you how much work the blower gets done. CFM is the measure for how much material you can expect this blower to move. Spread a thick layer of dried leaves across a lawn. All things being equal, a leaf-blower with a higher CFM should blow leaves faster and more efficiently than a leaf blower without a higher CFM. toolA lower CFM rating
Air Speed (MPH).
Air speed is another side of the equation. This rating, measured in miles per hour (MPH), tells how much air comes out from the end the nozzle. Why is this important? Higher air speeds should make it easier to move sticky or wet leaves. toolYou can achieve a lower air speed. Combining high air speed and a high CFM will result in a leaf blower that is very efficient.
Size and weight
Professional landscapers may not find a heavier backpack blower to be too bothersome. However, if you can get more air volume, speed, and force out of a lighter package…wouldn’t you want to? We consider the overall size and weight of our options when making our selections. We pay particular attention to handheld leaf blowers, which can really benefit from a reduced weight.
Blowers with less power are usually lighter and smaller. This spec tends be heavier towards homeowners and handheld. toolsAs a result.
It is easy to get started
As you can see from the top pick, the ease of starting really impressed us. Compromising a 2-cycle motor can cause repetitive stress injuries. We love spring-assist start systems that help in this process.
Most gas leaf blowers begin with a more complex choke process on their first start. However, subsequent starts are easier. Stihl capitalized this with their side mounted starting handle. Once the backpack leaf blower has been started, it is possible to start other blowers without taking the handle off. toolFrom your back. We can’t stress how convenient that is for professional operators who may need to stop to talk to coworkers or clients while operating a backpack blower.
Although it is not a big deal, we do check the blower’s fuel efficiency. We also take into account the fuel tank’s size so we can calculate how much run time you have before you need to refill. If your backpack leaf blower has a small fuel tank, and you need to refuel more often throughout the day, it will waste time.
Price and value
As always, value is an important part of how we view any project. tool. It’s not about which one is the cheapest, it’s about getting the job done well while getting the most bang for your buck.
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