If your lawn or yard is crowded with dead leaves and pine needles, you might be looking for a good way to clean them up and ensure your home is tidy and taken care of. Well, a rake is the good old way to go about it, but it isn’t exactly the most back-friendly exercise when you think about it.
Neither is it the fastest method, since there are so many machines out there that can easily do the job 10 times faster. Since we are talking about the average lawn here, you probably won’t be needing a truck or wheeled blower to clean up the dead leaves and pine needles, so what you’re looking for is a decent and powerful enough leaf blower.
You can get one of those backpack style leaf blowers that gives you the rush of handling a giant belt fed machine gun (like in the good old Hollywood action movies), or you can get the much more compact handheld electric leaf blowers. Truth is, as long as your lawn or yard is not larger than 1 acre, you really don’t need a backpack style leaf blower. Read below to find out which unit we selected as the best leaf blower for pine needles.
Hitachi Gas Powered 170 MPH Handheld Leaf Blower
In terms of raw performance, few handheld leaf blowers are as powerful as the Hitachi RB24EAP. It boasts 441 CFM of airflow, and pumps air out at an incredible 170 mph. This should be way more than what you need to blow away dry leaves during autumn, pine needles and even if you’re thinking about using it to clear away wet leaves or larger stuff such as twigs, the air speed is more than enough for those tasks.
Powering this machine, is a 23.9 cc commercial grade 2-stroke engine, which has been designed to generate high amounts of torque and can spin at insanely fast rpm’s. Despite using a gasoline engine, this blower weighs just 8.6 pounds, and the weight is evenly distributed across the frame of the blower.
The tapered air nozzle concentrates the massive airflow into a smooth, powerful stream that easily sweeps away leaves, debris, and dust from your yard and driveway. Finally, this machine is built from premium grade materials, and comes with a 7-year consumer use warranty. For commercial and rental use, the warranty lasts 24 and 12 months respectively.
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Toro Corded Ultra Blower/Vac
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Even though this Toro is very inexpensive, this little handheld blower comes with a really powerful electric motor. Surprisingly, it can blow air at speeds higher than most expensive models, and in fact it is capable of pumping out air at 250 mph, which is really impressive, given its price. The best thing about this blower is that it comes with a secondary operating mode, so you can switch between blower and vacuum modes by simply turning a knob.
There are a few attachments provided with this blower, so you can reach tight spots and even use it to clean your garage or dry the car after a wash. It comes with a vacuum tube, power insert, concentrator nozzle, cord storage hook, and a bottom-zip bag.
The metal impeller allows for much better mulching, and a variable speed control lets you adjust the power according to the type and amount of debris that you’re cleaning. The impeller will shred leaves and twigs to within 1/2”, and the easy release handle lets you detach hoses and pipes from the main body with ease.
Worx Turbine Cordless Blower
One of the most powerful cordless electric leaf blowers in the market, the WORX WG591 looks like a handheld plasma gun from an action video game. It functions like no other electric leaf blower we have ever seen, and boasts a gigantic 461 CFM of airflow, which allows you to clear your lawn and yard of all dead leaves and pine needles within minutes.
The TURBO BOOST mode lets you push the motor into overdrive, and for a short period of time the leaf blower will function with every single ounce of power that it can pull from the 56V lithium ion power pack. Even so, we highly doubt that you will need to create a miniature cyclone in your backyard anytime soon.
When you’re just trying to clear up some dry leaves and dust, set the power to a lower level with the help of a multi-speed control dial. A lightweight design, and an ergonomic operation handle make this one of the most easy to use leaf blowers.
Husqvarna Gas Powered Handheld Blower
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The Husqvarna 952711925 125B is simply the most customizable handheld leaf blower out there that is available for consumer use. Where other blowers stop at speed adjustment, this leaf blower lets you control the length of the blowing tube for easier handling, and you can even control the fan speed on the fly with an easy to reach dial. Its motor is extremely powerful, a two-stroke gasoline engine.
Everything about this leaf blower indicates a design that is geared towards providing a comfortable, highly customizable, and hassle-free user experience. Which is why, the fan housing has been designed so that the airflow is in line with the carry handle. This reduces the amount of stress that the blower puts on your wrist, since the recoil and vibrations are greatly reduced. And finally, you don’t have to compromise on performance either, since the blower hits a maximum air speed of 170 mph, and can maintain 450+ CFM of airflow at this speed.
The Best Leaf Blower for Pine Needles
If you have a power outlet situated in a convenient location on the front of your home, or in the garage, you can definitely get a corded handheld electric leaf blower. Make sure it is lightweight (most corded electric blowers will be light), and has an optional vacuum mode built in.
This way, you can suck up leaves, pine needles and debris into a bag for easy disposal. While buying any leaf blower, be it corded, cordless, gas-operated, or electric, you need to focus on two major numbers: The CFM rate of the blower and the airflow speed (stated in mph or km/h). The speed is important in deciding the power of an air blower or leaf blower.
Faster air speeds mean that you can move heavier leaves, pine needles, twigs, and more. If you’re planning on moving wet leaves or large leaves, then an air speed of at least 150 mph is a must. The CFM denotes the volume of air that your leaf blower pumps out at said speeds. More CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) means that you can move more leaves, pine needles, and twigs in any given amount of time.
In short – air speed governs the size and weight of leaves that your blower can handle, and air flow determines how many leaves it can blow per minute. The other features that you much consider are ergonomics, battery life (for cordless type blowers), overall build quality, vibration control (for smoother handling), and noise emissions.