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Types of blowers: electric, battery or petrol
If you want to keep clean a turf, a clearing or a path with dry leaves and other dirt, the use of a blower can be essential to achieve your goals. There are many types, which can be divided into electrical and petrol engines. Generally electric blowers are battery powered, but cable models are not lacking despite their obvious inconvenience. If you have to work on an area that is not too large, a battery-powered model will be great, and you will save on the cost of fuel. In the case of large areas or with large quantities of waste and leaves, it is advisable to have a petrol model that guarantees a much higher power and autonomy but with higher noise and operating costs. In this guide we will cover the battery-powered blowers since they are the most used in non-professional fields.
Now we have to choose a model that suits our needs. Almost all the blowers on the market also act as vacuum cleaners but it is good to check that this useful function is present before proceeding with the purchase. If you intend to vacuum large or moist leaves and small organic waste it is imperative to choose a model with the chopper. In this way you will be able to remove much more foliage before having to empty the collection bag than the models without this fundamental component. The essential parameter to understand the power of the blower is the speed of the outgoing air, measured in miles per hour (Mph). Another important factor that should not be underestimated is the CFM or air flow rate measured in cubic meters per minute. The ideal device has a balance between these two parameters since a model with a high CFM but a low speed is not very effective, as well as a model with high air speed but low CFM.How to use the blower efficiently
Although it seems like a simple job, blowing the leaves off the lawn or driveway without spreading them even further is quite challenging and requires keeping in mind a few simple guidelines. If the blower mode is used on hard surfaces such as concrete or in corners and interstices, it is a good idea to set the engine speed to the minimum since the leaves and dirt will move easily and we will avoid spreading the dirt further. Proceeding in sectors and pushing the leaves into a corner to collect them is the best strategy to save time and effort. In the case of use as a vacuum cleaner, be careful not to suck up stones or branches as they could damage the chipper or the extractor itself. To limit the problem it is advisable to set the engine to idle.
Battery-powered blower: The blower for harvesting walnuts, chestnuts and almonds
Not everyone knows that you can use this tool to collect small fruits like olives, walnuts and chestnuts. To this end, it is necessary to have the function of an aspirator and set the motor speed to the maximum as the necessary power is greater than that which must be applied to suck up simple leaves. Furthermore it is necessary to deactivate the chopper. Before harvesting it is advisable to blow the leaves and dirt off the ground. Usually if the blower is suitable for collection it must be made explicit in the instruction booklet. Otherwise, it is enough to search the web for the changes to be applied to your model, which are usually inexpensive and easy to implement. The most advanced models have a double bottom in the collection box that allows you to directly separate the fruits from the earth and dirt. If you use the appliance mainly for this purpose, it is advisable to use a specially designed vacuum cleaner to avoid damage caused by intensive use.