How to choose a garden vacuum cleaner (blower)?

“It’s a sad time! The charm of the eyes! ” – summer residents, gardeners, and utilities are unlikely to agree with the classic. For them, the arrival of autumn means a constant struggle with fallen leaves, and not enjoying the golden landscapes. But by adopting backpack blowers (it is also called an air blower), you can greatly facilitate work and forget about rakes and brooms. Moreover, in the spring this device is useful for spraying green spaces, in the summer – to remove the mowed grass, and in the winter some models are adapted for clearing the local area from the snow. The garden vacuum cleaner is easy to use, lightweight and convenient, even a teenager can carry out garbage collection with it.

Depending on the upcoming volume of work and the expected frequency of use, the units are divided into professional models and household ones. Sufficient power is 2000-2400 W for maintenance of a small area (eg blower MTD BV3000 G). Higher power will be required in areas such as parks and squares.

Garden vacuum cleaners exist not only with one operating mode, there are also combined – blower and vacuum cleaner (Bosch ALS 25). The first forms a powerful stream of air, which allows you to shove all the garbage into a heap – leaves, branches, cones, bags, pieces of paper, etc. The second mode works according to the opposite principle – it sucks the debris into a specially designed bag through a plastic bell.

But in order to make it finally clear to you which model of garden vacuum cleaner is better to choose, we will take a closer look at the basic design, existing types of motor and control of the device.

Ergonomics

The main components of a garden vacuum cleaner are the pipe and the motor. Many models are equipped with two pipes (including SOLO 441). To collect garbage in a heap, first install with a narrow nozzle (injection pipe), and then replace it with a wide mouth (suction) in order to draw the garbage into the bag. By the way, it is more convenient when switching between modes is provided without dismantling the nozzle. 

Another important part of a garden vacuum cleaner is the impeller. If you plan to harvest leaves, grass cuttings and small twigs, then you can safely choose a device with an impeller made of impact-resistant plastic. But for the collection and processing of cones, a tool with steel knives is needed, which is not afraid of even thick branches and plastic bottles.

When choosing a garden vacuum cleaner, we recommend that you also pay attention to the volume of the waste bin and the availability of the grinding function, and the optimal ratio will be 10: 1, i.e. reduction of the initial volume of waste by 10 times (Sadko SBE-2600). The crushed contents of the garbage bag will also be an excellent soil fertilizer.

Make sure that the model you have chosen has an anti-accidental function. Also keep in mind that blowers and vacuum cleaners distill a lot of dust during operation. It will not be superfluous to have an air purification system; the frequency of filter replacement depends on its efficiency. Among other useful additions, it is worth noting a shoulder strap and wheels – their presence makes it more convenient to control garden equipment of this kind.

Engine types

They are equipped with “air brooms” with gasoline engines, electric or battery engines. But before using any device, you must put on special uniforms: protective clothing, glasses from dust and debris, headphones, gloves to absorb vibration.

The most popular among summer residents are electric garden vacuum cleaners. They weigh much less than similar devices with a battery or a gasoline engine, are quiet, and most importantly – cheaper. Modern models are equipped with the ability to smoothly adjust the airflow. For example, in BLACK & DECKER GW2610V, this speed varies from 210 to 290 km / h. But it is worth remembering that the performance of the vacuum cleaner directly depends on the connection to the mains, respectively, you will have to make sure that there is enough length of the network cable for the entire section.

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