Through Spring, Summer, Fall and in some places Winter, the need to remove grass clipping, leaves and more is a lot easier, faster and more efficient with a blower. For most people, the handheld blower works well around the home and for some landscapers.
However, for those who have large properties or who are commercial landscape or facilities management, a backpack blower is the best combination of power and performance while reducing fatigue and strain. Blowers get heavy when trying to sweep large areas and a backpack blower not only removes debris faster than even handheld blowers but puts the weight of the unit where it won’t cause as much damage to the operator.
Less Fatigue Equals More Productivity
Many companies are unaware of just how much their business is impacted by employee fatigue. While most landscaping companies are aware of maintaining hydration and providing breaks in the heat, what is less obvious is the role fatigue impacts their productivity and their employees. Less strain and exhaustion in the workspace reduces the number of sick days employees take.
It also reduces the amount of breaks required and it allows jobs to be completed in less time. For the commercial landscaper, this directly translates into the ability to take on more jobs and it protects your employees and reduces your liability.
About The Backpack
So you might be wondering what this has to do with blowers. Large commercial level blowers use two or four cycle engines to work and these add a significant amount of weight to the tool. By placing the heaviest part of the tool on a backpack sling, where the weight is better supported and managed, the employee is less likely to develop strain while using it. Thus, it provides you with the power and performance to get the job done and allows the employee to be more comfortable while using it.
Five Great Backpack Blowers
Top Rated Backpack Leaf Blower
This model – Troy-Bilt Model #TB4BP Blower features four cycle engine that produces up to 500cfm and blows at up to 150mph. The wide mess distributes the weight and also reduces obstructions that can come in contact with the operator’s pressure points.
Designed for both residential or commercial use, this blower features a joystick control for easy operation and the flex tube makes it easy to get in and around objects. It has new quick start technology for more reliable starting and the people who have an use this unit love the fact they don’t have to use mixed fuel.
Best Leaf Blower for Professional Landscapers
A leader in outdoor power equipment, Husqvarna makes quality tools for getting the job done right. This model – Husqvarna Model #350BT Blower is a lightweight residential or commercial blower. It has a two cycle engine but tooled for higher torque. This blower produces a generous air flow and up to 180mph of power.
The harness is very lightweight while also distributing the weight for less operator fatigue. It features a air purge system for faster and more reliable starting and the unit is fully CARB compliant. People who use this blower love the power and performance from a mid range blower.
Top Backpack Leaf Blower for the Price
New on the market this season is this powerful blower. The Maruyama Model #BL85-T Blower packs a punch at over 200mph and can more 900cfm of air easily and efficiently. It has a padded back strap with waist belts for a comfortable fit and an even distribution of the weight.
The engine is a Kawasaki engine coming at over 60cc and it is a two cycle. The tube tip has a larger bore for a wider distribution of air but can be removed for a more targeted effect. The unit features an easy start system so you can get to work fast.
Best 4-Stroke Backpack Blower
Weighing in at just 22 pounds, this powerful blower – Makita Model #BBX7600N Blower features a four cycle engine with a cc of 75.6. It has a easy start system for fast and reliable starts and the engine is commercial grade for longer hours of use. The engine also uses less fuel than comparable models and it is fully CARB and EPA compliant.
It produces over 195mph of air flow and moves over 500cfm of air. It has a large capacity air filter and the filter can easily be removed and replaced as needed. People who have this blower love how well it works for all types of debris including snow.
Best Rated Backpack Leaf Blower
The Husqvarna Model #966629602 Blower is a premium level blower that is packed with a generous amount of performance. Air in the pipe moves at over 600cfm and the air speed is over 200mph. More than enough to handle leaves, general debris, snow and more.
The X Torq engine reduces fuel consumption and increases unit efficiency while also reducing emissions. The backpack offers a significant amount of weight distribution and the unit has a two stage filter for use in dusty conditions. People who have purchased and use this blower love the versatility and the long term performance.
Be sure to always wear the appropriate safety gear and always be aware of your surroundings as blowers can propel debris significant distances.