Most popular types of leaf blowers

by Caitlin
5. leaf blowers (1)

The year is 1950, and the concept of leaf blowers has evolved from the gas-powered crop dusters that could be carried on the back. Crop dusters found mainstream use in pesticide spraying inside plant nurseries. It is during this period that users realized the adaptability of the design and how it can be applied as a leaf blower. Wheeled leaf blower designs first appeared in 1959, while the hand-held versions came out in 1977. Sales of leaf blowers first hit an all-time high of a million products sold to homeowners in the 80’s. You can check out a versatile, high-powered leaf blower here. Leaf blowers come in many varieties and sizes. There’s a blower for every budget. There are three primary designs of leaf blowers, based on a power source. These are walk-behind, backpack, and hand-held models. Here, we discuss some of the most popular types of leaf blowers.

Backpack leaf blowers – These are well-crafted air blowing machines that can be worn on the back by the user. They contain an engine, a fuel tank, and a nozzle that can handle air to be ejected at pressure through a long tubing. This makes it possible to implement large, powerful motors that a user can comfortably hold in their hand. The average displacement of 60cc means that walk-behind leaf blowers have a far higher blowing power compared to hand-held machines. The power source can be either gasoline or electric (cordless). Pricing starts at $400.

Walk-behind leaf blowers – Also known as push-blowers, they’re heavy-duty, built to be pulled or pushed by the user. The chassis holds an engine that saves the user from having to carry it, which also means that the weight of the blower can be expanded. The nozzle is found at the lower bottom side of the tool. This provides massive displacement capability, even more than the hand-held or backpack models. The walk-behind blowers have an average displacement of 288cc, which is almost six times that of the backpack leaf blower designs. The devices utilize 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines. The more expensive versions of walk-behind blowers feature blowback limitation and self-propelling. Pricing starts at $270.

Hand-held leaf blowers – these are leaf blowers built to be carried by the users in their hands. The engine, fuel tank, and battery are scaled-down in size to enable the user to carry it. The body of the blower is also connected to a nozzle that is sufficiently long enough to reach the ground without exerting the user. The limited weight of a hand-held blower means it can run on smaller batteries, smaller fuel tanks, and less powerful engines. Portable blowers can be either electric or gas-powered. Electronic versions of leaf blowers are powered using either a battery or a power cord. But id you’re using a 2-stroke engine, a gas-powered hand-held leaf blower runs on a mix of oil and gas. The machines come with variable speed control, easy pull starters, and mulching capacity.

The CACOOP 20V Electric Cordless Leaf Blower is a lightweight, hand-held leaf blower that is the best in class.


Leaf blowers come in many shapes, varieties, and designs. Each model has its pros and cons. The general categories of leaf blowers include hand-held, walk-behind, and backpack.

You may also like