In this guide we’ll take a look at the best petrol leaf blowers for the UK market.
I’ve compared power, performance, weight and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Petrol Leaf Blower?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Incredibly powerful leaf blower for clearing lawns and even clogged gutters!
This Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower is a super powerful tool with an incredible 46 cc engine. It’ll deliver an air speed of up to 355 km/h but also has different power settings making it suitable for a range of different jobs. The 2.2 L fuel tank keeps it running for a long time without refuelling, and it will even clean out your gutters!
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More Detailed Petrol Leaf Blower Reviews
Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower Review
This Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower is a very highly powered 46 cc backpack leaf blower.
My experience with this leaf blower has been very positive: the instruction manual is clear and the instructions are simple to follow.
It has a variable-speed engine as well as a ‘cruise function’ which both come in handy for different uses; I could use a gentle air flow on my flower beds and a more forceful blast on my driveway.
It can produce an air speed of 355 km/h which is the strongest of all the products I have tested.
While this is not the lightest leaf blow around, weighing 9.16 kg, the backpack design makes it easy to use and avoids your arms getting tired too quickly. The straps are padded and very comfortable to wear. The only slight downside is that it is a bit more awkward to use left-handed.
It was easy to mix the fuel and fill this leaf blower, and after filling it’s simple to start. You may have to use the choke in cold conditions, but I have found it to be reliable and straight forward to get going. It runs very smoothly and is reasonably quiet for a petrol leaf blower. The fuel tank has a 2.2 L capacity meaning it can go quite some time before refuelling.
The leaf blower is extremely powerful and makes light work of clearing even wet leaves quickly and effectively. I have also used it to clear out gutters and it does so in no time at all – a great relief because cleaning out gutters can be such a long job!
This is a powerful and reliable machine that is comfortable and easy to use. It clears up wet leaves and cleans gutters with ease, ideal if you have a large garden with lots of trees or shrubs. It’s the best petrol leaf blower on the market, offering excellent value for money.
ParkerBrand Petrol Leaf Blower Review
This ParkerBrand Petrol Leaf Blower is a really powerful tool and would be ideal if you have a very large garden with lots of trees and shrubs. It has a 338 km/h wind output that makes light work of clearing even the thickest and wettest leaves
It is the heaviest model that I tested, coming in at 12 kg; however, the backpack style and comfortable harness means it’s comfortable and the weight is distributed well. It is also reasonably quiet when in use.
Overall, it’s easy to use and reliable; starting first time on all but the coldest of days. The large fuel tank is always a plus – fewer ‘stops and starts’ when getting big clear-ups done in the garden.
This leaf blower offers power, comfort and great value for money. It’s a worthy choice if you’re looking for one of the best petrol leaf blower models on the market.
Makita BHX2501 4-Stroke Petrol Leaf Blower Review
This Makita BHX2501 4-Stroke Petrol Leaf Blower is at the top end of the price range; however, it does offer a lot for the money.
It has a powerful 4-stroke engine which produces fewer emissions and reduces fuel consumption compared to 2-stroke models. You can also buy an attachment that turns it into a powerful vacuum cleaner – one machine to do two jobs!
The fuel is easy to mix and filling the tank is very straightforward. The machine is reliable and easy to start.
One thing I really like about this leaf blower is that it is compact and easy to store; the blower tube can be split into two sections. At 4.40 kg it is also one of the lighter options and is easy to use. However, because it is hand-held, without ‘backpack’ style straps, I found I couldn’t use it for quite as long as the previous products without taking a rest.
At idle, this machine easily clears up dry leaves. At full throttle, even wet and sticky leaves are removed with no effort. It has a simple trigger to adjust the power, and I imagine it would also be useful for light snow. However, it did seem to need refilling a bit more than the Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower.
This machine is light and easy to use and reliable. It starts first time nearly every time and is also relatively quiet.
Garden Machinery Warehouse Petrol Leaf Blower Review
This Garden Machinery Warehouse Petrol Leaf Blower is another powerful leaf blower that is well designed and easy to use. It feels solid to use and starts reliably with no problems.
It is also quite light at 5 kg, but as it is hand-held, I don’t find it quite as comfortable to use as the heavier backpack-style blowers over long periods. It was easy to mix the fuel and fill the tank and it started reliably with just one or two attempts.
It comes with a mixing bottle and plug spanner.
Overall, a this is a light and powerful leaf blower for which is one of the best petrol leaf blowers when it comes to value for money.
eSkde Backpack Petrol Leaf Blower Review
This eSkde Petrol Leaf Blower provides plenty of power in an easy-to-use and comfortable backpack-style machine.
It has an adjustable throttle which also has a ‘cruise function’, allowing you to set the speed depending on the job you’re doing.
The padded straps are comfortable to wear, and you can use this machine for quite a long time without becoming fatigued.
With a 1.2 L fuel tank this leaf blower strikes a good balance between weight and how much work you can get done before needing to stop to refuel. It comes with a mixing bottle and tool kit to help make the refilling process and maintenance easier.
This moderately priced leaf blower is perfect for small-to-medium leaf clearing jobs.
Things to Know Before Buying a Petrol Leaf Blower
A petrol leaf blower is an invaluable tool if you have a lot of trees and shrubs in your garden that shed leaves.
Leaf blowers can be used to remove leaves from the lawn or flower beds without damaging your plants. They add the perfect finishing touch to your garden, creating an extremely polished look.
What’s more, leaf blowers can also be used to tidy up your gravel driveway, clean gutters, clear light snow and even dry your car!
Petrol leaf blowers are particularly powerful are are conveniently easy to re-fuel when necessary. No doubt you’ll be keen to find the pest petrol leaf blower for your specific needs, but it can be hard to know exactly what to look for. For this reason, I’ve put together to following tips to help you make an informed purchase:
Leaf blowers are versatile tools and certainly shouldn’t be thought of as a one-trick pony! Here are a few suggestions of different uses for your leaf blower:
- Tidying leaves – ok, so this is obviously but certainly had to be included in the list; however, there are plenty of other uses…!
- Clearing snow – while a leaf blower is not the same as a snow blower, the most powerful products will still do a great job shifting light or powdery snow from your paths and driveway.
- Cleaning your gutters – I frequently use a leaf blower to clear all the leaves and debris from my gutters. A leaf blower makes this a simple job. Just make sure no one is standing below you when you do this as they could get a nasty surprise and a covering of wet, mouldy leaves.
- Cleaning your car – if your car has got really messy inside you can give it a blast with your leaf blower to get rid of most of the dust and debris, before finishing with the vacuum cleaner.
- As a vacuum cleaner – some leaf blowers have a reverse vacuum setting – even more useful for cleaning the car!
- Drying your car – leaving your car wet after washing can cause spots to form and spoil the appearance of the paintwork and glass. Using a leaf blower to dry your car will save you the effort of drying it with towels and give you a streak and spot free shine.
- Keeping your dryer vent clean – a build up of lint in your dryer vent is a fire hazard, so use your leaf blower to blow through the pipe and clear out all the dust and lint.
- Cleaning your lawnmower – a leaf blower will also do a great job of cleaning grass clippings from your lawnmower after use, saving you getting your hands in there to do the job and stopping your mower getting clogged up.
Petrol leaf blowers have a number of advantages over electric models, but they may not be the right choice for everyone.
Petrol leaf blowers are usually powered by a 2-stroke engine which makes them exceptionally powerful. There’s no cord to worry about which makes them perfect for large gardens – no trailing leads causing tripping hazards or extension cords to have to mess around with.
The downside to petrol leaf blowers is that they can be harder to start, expensive to maintain and heavy to use. You might find it difficult to use a petrol leaf blower sustainably over a long period, plus they tend to be very noisy.
Electric leaf blowers are either corded or cordless. Cordless leaf blowers are a great alternative to petrol machines. These are easy to use although have far less power. While suitable for smaller outdoor spaces, they aren’t nearly as effective as petrol blowers. Another downside to cordless machines is that they will run off a battery which may only last around 30 minutes and take an hour or more to recharge.
However, electric machines are lighter than petrol models and don’t emit unpleasant or harmful fumes. Corded electric machines can be pretty powerful, although usually still not quite up there with the petrol models, but they do have the disadvantage of requiring a mains socket extension cable, and leaving leads trailing around the garden.
As mentioned, petrol leaf blowers can be heavy. For this reason, backpack leaf blowers are often a popular choice, especially if you want to opt for a leaf blower with a heavier, more powerful engine.
Handheld leaf blowers are usually lightweight so can be suitable for smaller cleaning jobs, but they may still give you arm ache after a while!
If you have a lot of leaves to clear, a powerful petrol leaf blower with a backpack design might be the best option.
If you’re planning to use a handheld leaf blower, the weight is extra important. Some of the lightest models I’ve tried are just a few kilograms, while the most powerful models may weigh over 10 kg. Check the product specifications and make sure that the model you’re considering is a manageable weight – especially if you’re set on having a handheld design.
Remember that even a backpack-style leaf blower will need to be light enough for you to carry on your back for an extended period, and when filled with fuel they will be even heavier.
The fuel tank capacity will determine how long you can use your leaf blower for before you run out of fuel.
The benefit of a larger fuel tank is that you can tackle a bigger area without having to refuel. This means you can complete the job a lot faster, with less stops and starts.
The downside to a larger fuel tank is that too much fuel will make your leaf blower a lot heavier – which means you may need to take regular breaks anyway!
It may ultimately come down to personal preference and how much weight you can carry for an extended period.
Petrol Leaf Blower FAQs
This depends on the type of leaf blower you purchase, but generally petrol leaf blowers are a lot louder than electric models. It’s essential that you wear ear and eye protection when using your leaf blower, as the noise level can be as high as 115 decibels. Anything over 85 decibels is thought to be harmful to hearing.
Both leaf blowers and garden vacuums serve a similar purpose, meaning you’ll only require one or the other. If you want to remove leaves from a smaller garden, a vacuum may be the best option.
For larger areas where you can create piles of leaves at the side, a leaf blower is a more practical choice. Vacuums tend to be better suited to delicate cleaning tasks and narrow spaces.
Keeping your leaf blower in good condition will prolong its lifespan. After every use, I recommend wiping it down with a damp cloth.
Regularly check the filter to ensure it’s free of debris and in good condition.
You should store your leaf blower in a dry, safe and well ventilated area.