Steph is on a mission to convince me that battery powered tools are a viable alternative to their corded counterparts. As a millennial, she has grown up with all things battery powered and has no doubt that they all work well. I, as a Baby Boomer, having experienced first gen battery powered tools, am not quite as convinced of their usefulness. Anyone who used a first gen battery powered tool probably ditched it for a corded version pretty quickly.
I’m slowly coming around on the battery powered bandwagon after successfully trying out a Ryobi pole saw at home and using several Ryobi power tools at the Haven conference.
A few weeks ago, Steph convinced me to purchase a battery powered leaf blower to replace our corded one (although it worked well, it had an extension cord stuck in it*). We decided to do a side by side comparison before we ditched the corded version. Watch the video above to see the results!
Leaf Blower Report Card
Do I need it?
You don’t know you need a leaf blower UNTIL you use one! Both the corded and battery powered versions did a great job with the battery powered version edging out the corded version based on the convenience of not having to deal with a cord.
Do I have something that can already do the job?
A low-tech broom gets the job done, but it takes forever!
A corded version works great especially if you’re only doing sidewalks or driveways, as the cord doesn’t get tangled and trapped by obstructions. Once you move off hard surfaces the battery powered version gives you mobility and freedom to get into tighter spots without a cord getting hung up.
The battery powered version is a bit lighter, a few decibels quieter, and well balanced. It’s a good choice for someone doing a lot of yard work or someone like me who just wants to tidy up a bit and doesn’t want to deal with dragging an extension cord around.
*We took apart the old blower to see why the plug was stuck. Apparently one of the prongs had become fused into the plug and there was evidence of burning around all the plug openings. We are lucky we didn’t have a fire with this!
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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