Is a Gas Model the Best Leaf Blower for You?
Corded electric models are inexpensive and work well, but the cord is a hassle and limits you to 100 ft. from the outlet. Still, if you have a small yard and don't use a blower often, you can't beat the low cost and zero maintenance of an electric unit.
Cordless models are by far the most convenient choice because you never have to deal with extension cords or gasoline. Some are powerful enough to move lots of leaves from a small yard, but the battery's run-time may not be long enough for a large yard.
Gas models aren't limited by run-time or cord length. They can run all day as long as you refill the tank. Plus, they're available in more styles and power ranges. Next to corded blowers, gas-powered machines have the lowest overall cost. That's why we chose them for this story.
How Long Will it Last?
With a little care, you can expect to get about 1,000 hours of use before your gas blower needs repairs. For a typical homeowner, that's about 10 years. The key to years of trouble-free operation is to always use a fresh gas/two-cycle oil mixture and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for changing the air filter and replacing the spark plug.