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Is A Leaf Blower Really Faster?

On a walk early this morning, I encountered a darkly comic sight: three grown men with leaf blowers tackling a strip of grass 50 feet long by 20 feet wide. On my way back 20 minutes later they were still at it. I could hear the noise all the way across the valley.

I have a simple question for you. Is a leaf blower really so much faster than a rake?

7 comments to Is A Leaf Blower Really Faster?

  • Jeff

    More time for less effort is a trade-off people are willing to make, no matter how annoying the consequence.

    • But the point, Jeff, is that the leaf blowers really AREN’T less effort. They’re inefficient machines, even if you don’t count the extra time you have to spend going to the gas station to buy gasoline for the things.

  • Tom

    Well now hold on a sec. You rake and you feel the stress in your lower back and repetitive stress in your arms, wrists, hands, pecs, solar plexus & knees also. i’m no fan of leaf blowers either(and actually think raking leaves and cutting grass are ridiculous wastes of energy) due to noise, fume inhalation and forearm stress.

  • Jake

    Racking pulls out the dead grass and helps the yard as well. Its healthier for you, the yard and the enviornment…

    • What’s truly best for the environment is to allow the leaves to blow into hedgerows, where they fertilize, or to sit and molder where they fall. Better soil quality all the way around.

      My solution is to plant more trees and bushes and perennial every year, so that there’s less lawn. Lawn = place where leaves can’t be allowed to sit.

      • I just raked a pile of leaves into a bed that had been overtaken by bishop’s weed. I’ll keep it on as mulch until April, then pull back the leaves and yank out the sorry, spindly yellow sprouts. Then I’ll keep the leaves on for another year and let them decompose into a good new layer for the next year’s weed-free bed.

  • JeffD

    Looks like there’s another Jeff these days so I’m switching to JeffD. And what Jeff wrote looks like something I would have written and while I agree with what Jeff wrote I’ll add that I’ve tried a leaf blower and hated it, I’ll take a rake. Also where I grew up they used to burn the leaves runining Fall but I think they’ve nearly stopped doing that moving the air pollution to the electric plants and adding noise pollution. Though I’d bet that burning the leaves created more air pollution than the electric plant creates for the electricity of the leaf blower.

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