Know Before You Blow

Consider these five debris blower features, and how they relate to the task on-hand, before making a purchase this spring.

Blower style – Debris blowers come in various styles. Your options include handheld, backpack, push and mounted. The type you choose will depend on the frequency with which you will use the blower, and the size of the debris job you are handling.

Sounds levels – The blower's noise level will come into play when considering the area you plan to use it in. Some residential areas have noise limitations during certain (or all) hours. The sound-pressure level of blowers is typically measured in decibels or dB(A). A smaller dB(A) means lower noise levels.

Wind speed and volume – A blower's combination of wind speed and CFM (cubic feet per minute) work together to move debris. The air flow has the power to pick up and move the debris, while the CFM helps move the materials in the direction desired.

Power and chute adjustment – Most blowers offer a variable speed. Look for one that has a button or trigger that makes speed adjustment easy, to change it on-the-go to meet job demand. Walk-behind blowers should feature an easy-to-use chute adjustment system.

Comfort features – With a backback blower especially, comfort is an issue. Many blowers offer padded straps and breathable or vented back for added comfort. Quality handheld blowers are balanced for easier holding.

Click here to view the debris handling and blower products in our Product Guide.