Best Petrol Leaf Blower – 5 Top Models Compared & Reviewed
PETROL LEAF BLOWER REVIEWS 2018
Updated September 2018 - After looking at another 4 models that looked promising, we found that they were no better than our current recommended leaf blowers so our 'Best Pick' for a 3rd year running is still the Makita 4 stroke Petrol leaf Blower.
If your'e fortunate enough to be able to watch the beautiful leaves, as they change colour in the Autumn, then your probably no stranger to the task of clearing up the masses of leaves as they fall off the trees.
One tool that makes this job a whole lot easier, is the 'Petrol Leaf Blower'. There are a few types of leaf blowers available from corded electric leaf blowers, which are ideal for smaller gardens, but you have the issue of the power cord to worry about and access to the nearest socket.
Another good alternative is the 'cordless leaf blower', these are great for small and medium sized gardens but can sometimes lack the power to shift, stubborn wet leaves, however there are some great cordless models available which have plenty of power and long usage times of up to an hour, before needing to be recharged.
If you're in need of a leaf blower with plenty of power, and the ability to use any where, without worrying about how close you are to the plug socket or running out of power and recharging the battery, then your best option is probably to invest in one of the best petrol leaf blowers.
After hours of countless research we came to the conclusion that the Makita 4-stroke Petrol Leaf Blower is the best leaf blower for most people. Its impressively light but is also one of the most powerful models and being Makita, the build quality is nothing short of exceptional. Finally having a 4 stroke engine there no oil to mix making it perfect for home owners.
The Best Petrol Leaf Blowers Which Are Included In Our Review Below:
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Makita 4 Stroke Petrol Leaf Blower
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BEST BUDGET MODEL
Timber Pro Petrol leaf Blower
McCulloch MAC GBV345 Leaf Blower
McCulloch BGV 325 leaf blower
Parker Backpack Leaf Blower
Choosing the best cordless leaf blower, that is right for you
There is now a large choice of reliable, good quality petrol leaf blowers on the market, You'd be surprised, how much you can get a good petrol leaf blower for, and with prices ranging from just under £100 for budget models, to over £300 for the latest all singing, all dancing models, you're sure to find one to suit your budget.
What can they be used for - Leaf blowers have many uses, specially models that also have a vacuum and shredding feature. Their main use, as the name suggest, is for clearing up fallen leaves, but there also useful for blowing grass clipping and hedge cutting off paths, driveways and other areas. This can save you a ton of time, when compared to getting the old trusty brush out. They can also be used for clearing all sorts of debris including litter, the vacuum function can be used for anything from vacuuming in the shed, to sucking up leaves and making them into mulch to put around your plants and bushes.
Best Budget Model
The Timberpro 26cc petrol leaf blower the ideal entry level model at a budget price
Don't be put off by the low price, it packs plenty of power and with an impressive air speed of 140 mph, it shifts even the most stubborn wet leafs.
Comes complete with every including the vacuum set with collection bag.
Comes with 2 years warranty and full spares back up service. You want find a better model for such an amazing price.
Below are a few pointers to take into consideration when choosing one that is right for you.
- Weight - As petrol leaf blowers have petrol engines they can be heavy, specially when compared to cordless leaf blowers that can way less than 2 kg. Petrol leaf blowers generally weigh between 4.4kg and 6kg with backpack models weighting as much as 10kg. If your planning on using one for long periods of time, you might want to opt for a lighter models.
- Engine Type - There are two types of petrol engines, the first one is the '2 stroke engine', with these, you need to mix the oil with the fuel before putting the fuel into the engine, this needs to be done every time you re-fuel. Then there are 4 stroke engines, with these, you put the fuel and oil into the engine separately, so you only need to top up the fuel. We really like 4-stroke engines as they seem to be more reliable and you don't need to worry about mixing the correct oil and fuel ratio every time you need to top up the fuel, for the less technical gardeners, 4 stroke engines are probably the better choice.
- Blow and Vac Function - All models blow powerful blasts of air so you can blow the leaves into a nice neat pile very quickly, some models also have a vacuum function with a collection bag. If you have lots of leaves on flower beds, the vacuum feature can be ideal for collecting leaves from around plants and in places that are difficult to blow leaves out of.
- Warranty & Guarantees - Most models come with some sort of warranty. Most include at least 1-2 years warranty. We only review models that come with warranty, so you know your covered should it become faulty.
OUR TOP 5
BEST PETROL LEAF BLOWERS
OUR TOP PICK
MAKITA 24.5cc 4-STROKE PETROL LEAF BLOWER
Makita are well known for there quality power tools, that are built to last and their 'Makita 24.55cc 4 stroke petrol leave blower' really does tick all the boxes when it comes to performance and quality.
At only 4.4kg, it light weight, well balanced which makes it very easy to use, powered by a powerful 24.5cc, 4-stroke petrol engine it produces 1.08hp, this produces an amazing 145mph of air flow to move even the most stubborn of wet leaves and other garden debris.
The 4-stroke petrol engine means that theirs no fuel / oil mixing to do every time you refuel, just add fuel and your ready to go, the mechanical decompression system ensures that it starts first time, every time.
The compact design and the two part tubes, ensure it can be stored easily in small spaces.
It also have the ability to use it as a vacuum, but you need to purchase the Makita suction kit blower separately as it does not come included as standard.
Comes with 1 years manufacturer's guarantee for extra peace of mind.
Simply put the Makita BHX2501 Petrol Leaf Blower is one of the best petrol leaf blowers we have ever reviewed, firstly the build quality is excellent and you can tell, from the minute you open the box that this is a machine that it is built to last.
Its fairly light weight when compared to other models, and is well balanced and very comfortable to use. Its fairly quiet on idle and not too bad when on full power, specially when you compare it to other '2 stroke models' we have reviewed.
The 4-stroke engine is one of the main features that sells this petrol leaf blower, no oil to mix makes it simpler to refuel and generally they are also cheaper to run, as mentioned above this is also one of the reasons its so quiet which makes it a joy to use.
It has plenty of power, which means it had no trouble blowing dry or wet leaves on areas such as lawns which can sometimes be troublesome and stubborn for some leaf blowers, but this Makita model seems to get the job done without any issues.
The engine starts straight away cold or hot, set a little choke and after just a couple of pulls and it starts no problem.
It does have the availability to turn it into a vacuum, which it does do a really good job at, the only downside is the vacuum tubes and bag need to be purchased separately for around another £60. You can see the attachment here
A small issue is that the air intake is on the left side, this means that if your right handed you might find it starts sucking your pants. Not a big issue and its easy to use with two hands which avoids this but worth mentioning, certainly not a deal breaker.
Its takes around 15 minutes to get setup from the moment you take it out of the box, and the tubes can be a very tight to fit, but be patent and you will be fine. This again, just shows how well built it is, after all you would not appreciate the tubes coming apart while in use.
Overall a fantastic machine for some one looking for a quality petrol leaf blower, who is willing to spend that little bit more for quality and reliability.
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BEST ENTRY LEVEL LEAF BLOWER
TIMBERPRO 26cc Petrol Blower, Mulcher & Vacuum
The Timberpro 26cc 3 in 1 petrol powered blower, vac and shredder is the ideal entry level leaf blower that offers excellent value for money.
A 26cc, 2 stroke petrol engine, fitted with a easy start mechanism ensures that it starts first time, every time with minimal effort. Its quick and easy to assemble and is designed for professional and amateurs gardeners in mind, comes compete with the blow tube, vacuum tube and large 45 litre collection bag.
With an impressive air speed of 140 mph, it makes light work of both dry and wet leaves and works great on all surfaces including grass and gravel.
The vacuum attachment is very easy to attach and is great for sucking up leaves and garden waste, which it shreds and collects in the 45 litre collection bag.
Timberpro also have excellent telephone and email support for technical and product advice and spare parts are available should you need them. It comes with 2 years warranty for full peace of mind,
The Timberpro petrol leaf blower is an amazing bit of kit, its very powerful and easy to use. Unlike a lot of other petrol leaf blowers, this model also has the vacuum and shred functions as standard and comes with everything you need to get started. These include the vacuum tube and the 45 litre collection bag, complete with the strap. This means theirs no other optional extras you need to buy as it comes complete with everything you need to get started.
The built quality isn't as good as Makita or McCulloch, but its cheap and cheerful, however, don't let this put you off, as it works great and has plenty of power and does a great job at blowing leaves into neat piles.
The vacuum has pretty good suction, but seems to clog up if you try and vacuum large piles of leaves, specially when wet. If you go easy and give it a little shake it does seem to clear the block, however it seems best to try and avoid using the vacuum function on large piles of very wet leaves, however it works just fine on dry leaves.
It doesn't seem as well balanced as some of the other models, however it still light weight, comfortable to use and you get around 40 minutes out of a full tank of petrol.
Because it has a 2 stroke engine, its quite loud, so wear a pair of ear defenders and you also need to mix the correct oil / fuel ratio which takes extra effort to ensure the fuel and oil is mixed correctly. However to make this simpler, it does come with a mixing bottle to make this easier.
Overall its offers great value for money, what is most amazing about the Timberpro petrol leaf blower, is that you get all this for just under £100, just don't expect the built quality to be as good as models such as Makita or McCulloch, as it simply not designed with quality in mind, however for the money it gets the job done.
A great entry model or ideal for someone who looking for a good all round leaf blower at very competitive price.
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TOP PICK, RUNNER UP
McCulloch MAC GBV 345 Petrol Blower/Vac
The McCulloch MAC GBV345 Petrol Leaf Blower/Vac is powered by a high performance, 2 stroke, 25cc petrol engine that produces an impressive air speed of 345kmh (215mph). With all this blowing power it makes light work of even the most stubborn of wet leaves and garden debris.
The ergonomic handle, with its integrated throttle control and its light weight design (only 4.5kg) means its very easy and comfortable to use for long periods of time and reduces fatigue.
The vacuum option is very easy to swap from the blower and makes light work of collecting leafs and other garden debris. The waste is sucked up and passes through a steel shredding blade that reduces the material to a rate of 16:1, its then collected in a large 45 litre collection bag. The shredded mulch can then be composted or used a mulch in your garden to put around the base of plants, this is great for protecting plants in winter.
Comes complete with the vacuum tube and collection bag as standard and comes with 1 years warranty.
The McCulloch MAC GBV345 petrol leaf blower is our runner up for the 'best petrol leaf blower' and we deliberated long and hard about which one is the best. All though its very well made, and did a great job as both, a blower, that is absolutely brilliant at, and a vacuum, which its also brilliant at, because it uses a 2 stroke engine, its fairly noisy compared to the Makita's, 4-stroke petrol leaf blower.
However its worth noting that its fairly quite for a 2-stroke engine, specially when compare it to cheaper models such as the Timberpro leaf blower.
That being said, its just as impressive in terms of performance, quality and on the plus side, its significantly cheaper and comes with the vacuum attachment and collection bag as standard.
From getting it out the box its takes about 10 minutes and your ready to fuel it up.
As it has a 2 stroke engine, you do need to mix the fuel with the correct ratio of oil (50 to 1), this does take a little more effort, specially for those who are not use to using 2 stroke machines and this does need to be done every time you refuel. Don't worry too much though, as its fairly straight forward once you done it a couple of times. Its simpler than sounds.
It starts first time, everytime, a couple of pulls and it comes to life, the 'anti vibration' seems to do the job and the variable cruise throttle control is great if your using it for longer periods.
Switching between the blower and vacuum is a little awkward as you need to remove a nut a bolt to change between to two, not too much of an issue but i'm sure that the designers at McCulloch, could come up with a slightly better way, maybe a wing nut or similar.
A well designed peace if kit that offers great value for money and a quality that it hard to beat, if your in need of a reliable petrol leaf blower then this McCulloch Leaf Blower/Vac could be what your looking for.
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ANOTEHR GREAT VALUE
McCulloch MAC GBV325 Petrol Blower/Vac
This McCulloch BGV 325 leaf blower, is the little brother to the McCulloch 345 which we reviewed above, it looks very similar, but it does lack a couple of features. Its still powered by a 25cc, 2 stroke engine but the air speed is slightly less on the 325 model, at around 320 kmh (200mph), thats around 15mph less than the larger model.
However the air speed is more than enough to clear large areas of leaves, even when wet.
The ergonomic handle, with its integrated throttle control, and its light weight design (only 4.25kg) means its very easy and comfortable to use for long periods of time and its designed to reduces fatigue.
As with the bigger model, the vacuum attachment is very easy to swap from the blower. The waste is sucked up and passes through a steel shredding blade that reduces the material to a rate of 10:1, its then collected in a large 45 litre collection bag.
Comes complete with everything you need including the vacuum tube and collection bag and it comes with 1 years warranty.
We really like the McCculloch 325, as we do the larger '345 model', so which would we recommend you ask. Both models do a fantastic job and start first time, however this model did lack a few features so I suppose it depends how much you value these features.
The main feature this model lacks, is the 'cruise control' which the more expensive model has, this means you have to constantly press the trigger when using it. The other models makes this a little easier as you can set the 'cruise control' to the desired air speed you need. Not essential but it is a great little feature which is specially handy when using it for longer periods of time.
This model also has a slightly slower air speed output, however its only marginal and barely noticeable.
If you not too worried about this feature and want to save your self a few pounds then this model is a good alternative.
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IMPRESSIVE WIND OUT PUT OF 210MPH
Parker 65cc Backpack Petrol Leaf Blower
If your looking for something with lots of extra power, that will make light work of even the largest jobs, then the Parker 65cc Backpack Petrol Leaf Blower might be what your looking for.
Powered by a 2-Stroke, 65cc engine that produces 3.75 HP, it comes complete with an 'easy start' system and anti-vibration dampers, produces an impressive 210 mph wind output which will clear all types of debris or litter.
The adjustable high quality back harness ensures its comfortable to use for extended periods of time without putting too much strain on your back and arms.
For the best performance, it has a conical blow nozzle fitted, which increases the airflow velocity to ensure even the biggest piles of wet leaves, can be blown into a nice pile, ready for collecting.
Our first thoughts are that its very well made, its no 'Stihl leaf blower' but then again, one of them would set you back at least 4 times more than the Parker petrol leaf blower.
Its very very powerful and does clear large piles of very wet leaves very quickly with no real effort, I would say its great for large areas such as on industrial estates and around large car parks etc and even large gardens but it might be a little to powerful for smaller gardens.
Its starts first time without any problems but can be a little tricky after refueling but it does start after a few pulls.
Its comfortable to use, but after around 2 hours its starts to feel a little heavy but you can clear a large area in a couple of hours.
If you have got a large area to clear then i'm sure the 'Parker Backpack 65cc leaf blower' would be suitable for most people, other users have commented on how much fuel it drinks, but it doesn't seem to use any more than other 2-stroke power tools such as chainsaws and hedge trimmers.
A great leaf blower at a fantastic price.
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OUR FINAL VERDICT
If your after the very best quality, with performance that's hard to beat, then the 'Makita 24.5cc petrol leaf blower' wins hands down. Its very powerful and does a great job at clearing up all types of debris including litter and most importantly large amounts of damp wet leaves.
The build quality is excellent, it simply cannot be beaten, what makes this model special is its one of the only 4 stroke petrol leaf blowers. This means it much quieter than 2 stroke models and removes the need to mix petrol and oil as you do with all other 2 stoke models, this just makes things a lot simpler.
If your looking for a good, reliable leaf blower and your not too worried about having the very best and don't want to spend, quite as much as the 'Makita leaf blower' would set you back, then both of the 'McCulloch' models are a good option, specially the 'McCulloch 345 model' with its added features.
If you just need a good, reliable model, for pottering around the garden, clearing leaves, hedge trimming and garden waste, but need to budget, then the 'Timberpro 26cc petrol leaf blower' is worth careful consideration. Its cheap and cheerful design makes it the perfect entry level model on a budget.