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Easy Yard Clean Up: 3 Leaf Blowers to consider

With Spring in full force (and summer quickly approaching) there are two words that people dread: yard work.

Not all yard work has to be a pain in the you know what. Life can be made much easier with some of the tools that are now on the market. Today I have three leaf blowers that can save you time and keep you sane with constant outdoor maintenance demands.

1) Toro 51585 Power Sweep 7 amp 2-Speed Electric Blower

If you are looking for an inexpensive leaf blower that still gets the job done, the Toro 51585 Power Sweep is an ideal candidate. Listed at just $35, the 51585 has 2-speed air control (130 mph and 160 mph), weighs about four and a half pounds, and includes a two year warranty.

2) Troy-Bilt TB2BP 25cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered 150 MPH Back Pack Blower

If you are looking for something more heavy-duty, the Troy-Bilt TB2BP is a good option. The 2-stroke engine requires an oil and gas mix, utilizes new padded harness technology, and has a spring assist starting system. List price is approximately $170, and included is a two year warranty. An important side note is that this leaf blower is not for sale in California, as it is not CARB compliant.

3) Husqvarna 356BT 51.7cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered 177 MPH Quiet Back Pack Blower (CARB Compliant)

Last is the $480 Husqvarna 356BT 51.7cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Blower. Unlike the Troy-Bilt TB2BP, this blower is CARB compliant. This blower boasts low noise technology that is “a revolutionary new concept for blowers.” Decibel rating for the Husqvarna 356BT is as low as 64, and has a tube-mounted throttle control. If you spend a lot of time doing yard work, this is the ideal blower.

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