Cordless electric tools are the way to go. Over the last few years, battery technology has improved a great deal. This means that the cordless tools that are available today are more powerful and give you longer working times than they did in the past.
Electrically powered leaf blowers are preferred by most homeowners. They are quieter than gas machines, require less maintenance and don’t emit fumes, nor do you need to mix gas and oil. Electric leaf blowers are also lighter and easier to use. The only problem with leaf blowers that use an electric cord is that the cord limits your working range. You have to work within a reasonable distance from a power socket and the cord can easily become tangled as you move around the garden. This is why so many people are choosing battery-powered leaf blowers over any other option.
In this article, we’re going to look at the best cordless leaf blowers that you can find. All of them offer outstanding value for money, so whether you want a really powerful machine that will make light work of cleaning up even the largest yard or something smaller and lighter, you’ll find it here. Our aim is to help you make an informed decision before going out and spending your money.
Choosing the Right Cordless Leaf Blower 2018
Many people have difficulty choosing battery tools because the specs can be a little confusing, especially when it comes to battery power. There are always two battery specs that you should look at, that is the Amp Hour (AH) rating and the voltage. Your working time will be determined by a ratio of the two specifications. A machine that uses higher volts will require fewer amps to run. So if you compare a 20V blower to a 40V one, they could well deliver the same power but the 20V machine will require twice as many amps to deliver the same watt output. If both these machines use the same AH battery (eg 2AH) and deliver the same power output then you will get twice the amount of working time from the 40V machine. Often you’ll find that the machine with the higher voltage has a lower AH rating. So if the 20V machine has a 4AH battery and the 40V model has a 2AH battery, your working time will work out the same.
We look at the power of a leaf blower in terms air volume measured in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) and airspeed, usually measured in Miles per Hour (MPH). The CFM determines the amount of debris the blower can move. A leaf blower with a high CFM rating will be able to move heavier objects like stones, wet debris or snow. A higher CFM rating also means that it will move a larger volume of light material than one with a lower CFM. The MPH determines how fast the blower will move debris. So if you’re looking for a machine that will clean light material like dried leaves very fast, you’ll want one with a higher MPH rating and not necessarily a high CFM rating. If you’re going to want to clean heavier material like snow or wet debris, a higher CFM rating will be preferable.
Now that you have a better idea of what you’re looking for, let’s take a look at the top-rated leaf blowers on the market in 2018.
1. GreenWorks Pro GBL80300 80V 125MPH – 500CFM Cordless Blower
The GreenWorks range of garden tools are very popular and their Pro 80V batteries are used in wide variety of tools. This means that you can get all the battery tools that you’ll need for working in the garden and they can all use the same battery. This is a great advantage, especially if you want to get extra batteries to extend your working time. Having all your tools using the same battery will make it much more affordable compared to buying separate batteries for each item.
The 2AH 80V battery used in the GreenWorks Pro GBL80300 gives you outstanding power with a very good battery time. So you can expect up to 70 minutes when used at low power and around 30 minutes if you’re blasting at higher power settings. With a power capability of 500 CFM at 125 MPH, you’ll get a lot done in short space of time.
The Greenworks Pro leaf blower is a very easy and comfortable machine to operate. It has a trigger switch to control the power that is perfectly positioned within the soft-grip handle. With a weight of 8.9 LBS, you can work effortlessly for good length of time without experiencing any discomfort.
The GreenWorks Pro is an excellent choice for people with any size yard and the 80V battery is compatible with many other GreenWorks tools, even high-powered items like a lawn mower or chainsaw. The kit comes with on 80V 2AH battery and charger. There larger batteries available in the 80V Pro series if you want to extend your working time on a single charge.
2. Oregon Cordless 40V Max BL300 Blower
The Oregon 40V Max leaf blower offers very impressive battery power and excellent quality. Using the standard 40V 4AH battery will give you a working time similar to that of the GreenWorks blower that we’ve just looked at but with a bit more power. This leaf blower delivers 507 CFM at 132 MPH thanks to their advanced fan technology. You also have the option of upgrading to a 6AH battery that will further extend your working time.
It’s designed for maximum user comfort with two power triggers, one that presses from the top and one in the usual pull position and it has a trigger lock switch which means you don’t have to hold the trigger switch when you’re using it continuously for longer periods. It weighs 8.9 LBS so it’s just as light as the GreenWorks blower. It’s a very compact machine, measuring 11.5″ X 5.5″ X 31.25″.
Oregon is known for producing quality tools and offers a 3-year warranty on the machine as well as a 2-year warranty on the battery. This is a powerful and compact leaf blower that rates very well among the top brands.
3. DEWALT DCBL720P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium-Ion XR Brushless Blower
This little blower from DeWalt is ideal for cleaning up around the home, garage, patio and smaller yards. It is not as powerful as many of the others (400 CFM at 90 MPH) but makes up for this in other respects. It’s designed to be compact and lightweight and is the perfect solution for people want to use it both indoors and outdoors. Weighing only 9.7 LBS and measuring 23.44″ X 7.81″ X 15.25″, it’s one of the smallest and lightest leaf blowers you’ll find. It’s exceptionally quiet too (61dB), which further improves its indoor use advantage.
The 20V 5AH battery gives a very good working time and the 20V DeWalt battery tool range includes around 160 different tools all using the same battery. What’s even more impressive about this 20V range is that they are compatible with the new DeWalt FlexVolt battery which offers up to five times more working time than the conventional 20V batteries.
I like the robust design that is a DeWalt trademark and the battery housing makes a useful stand for when you place the tool on the ground. It has a variable speed trigger control that can lock into position when you don’t want to hold the trigger continuously.
The DeWalt name has a longstanding reputation for durability and performance, which makes this an easy choice for those who trust the brand. It’s ideal for people who want a quality blower for cleaning the patio, indoor areas, and smaller garden cleaning tasks.
4. Snapper XD SXDBL82K 82V 550 CFM Cordless Leaf Blower
The Snapper XD 82V cordless leaf blower offers just about the best power you’ll find at a price that compares well to less powerful models. At 550 CFM and 130 MPH, it can hold its own alongside much larger gas leaf blowers and the 2AH 82V Briggs and Stratton battery offers a very reasonable working time for a machine this powerful – up to 40 minutes. Like the others, you have an option of getting a larger battery to extend your working time.
One of the features on the Snapper, that is not found on many leaf blowers, is the steel tip on the blower tube. This allows you to scrape hard stubborn debris that can’t be removed by air power alone and generally protects the tube from damage. Controlling the power is fantastic with an infinite control trigger switch.
The Snapper kit includes the 82V 2AH battery and charger. This battery can also be used in a number of other Snapper garden tools. The warranty is also one of the most impressive at 5 years for the machine and 2 years for the battery. This powerful leaf blower is great for larger yards and will make heavy cleaning jobs as easy as it gets.
5. Makita XBU01PT 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Cordless Blower Kit
Makita has been making battery powered tools since the late 1970’s, so they have a lot experience when it comes to batteries. This is most evident in their chargers which offer rapid charging (probably the best charge times of any battery charger) and electronic charge monitoring. This, together with a fan-cooled charger, means that Makita batteries tend to outlast most others. In my experience, Makita batteries can last up to a year longer than others. They also have an extensive range of tools that use the 18V LXT battery. So when it comes to a one size fits all battery, the Makita LXT range is one of the best.
This leaf blower is similar to the DeWalt model that we looked at, in that it’s a lightweight compact blower designed for smaller tasks. It has a capacity of 155 CFM at 208 MPH. Its size and weight make it the ideal tool to use around the home and in the garden. The little Makita weighs only 8 LBS with batteries with a total length of 36 1/4″. The soft grip handle and easy trigger control make it a very comfortable and easy tool to use.
The cordless leaf blower comes with a battery and rapid charger. Makita is also one of the top brands when it comes to battery tools and their battery charging technology is, arguably, the best there is. If you’re in the market for a small multi-purpose blower, this one is one of the best alongside the DeWalt that we looked earlier.