Cordless leaf blowers pull off quite an impressive balancing act, offering the convenience and simplicity of an electric machine alongside the portability of a petrol blower. Until fairly recently this would have been impossible, but modern lithium-ion batteries mean that home gardeners can now enjoy the benefits of clean, quiet performance in a leaf blower without being constantly tethered to the nearest power outlet. As such these machines are perfect for use in large, leafy gardens or for clearing out summer houses, garden sheds or similar areas where an immediate power supply is not close to hand.
Admittedly these machines may not yet be the ideal choice for the professional landscaper or busy contractor as even the most powerful battery powered blower will struggle to keep up with commercial grade petrol blowers and the need to stop and recharge batteries makes them unsuitable for all day operation. But with cordless blowers now capable of achieving impressively high air speeds and flow rates they will easily handle the majority of domestic applications, shifting leaves, dirt, clutter and similar detritus in no time at all. Due to their lightweight design it is even possible to use these machines above shoulder height (which isn’t something we’d recommend trying with a heavier petrol blower) thereby enabling effective clearance of rubbish and dead leaves from gutters and other difficult to reach areas.
An additional advantage of cordless blowers is that they are much simpler and less expensive to maintain than a petrol blower (as you won’t have to deal with the hassle of fuel mixing or replacing spark plugs) and significantly easier to get started. Not being tied to a power outlet is also handy as it will allow you to work in areas inaccessible to corded machines and eliminates the need to use extension cords in larger gardens, which is particularly useful if your garden abounds with trees, ornaments and other obstacles around which cables might become tangled. Yet a cordless machine will still deliver the fume-free, low-noise user experience which makes electric blowers so admired among urban gardeners across the world (it’ll also make you more popular with your neighbours, especially if you’re working on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning).
Factors to consider when investing in one of these machines include those typical to all blower vacuums (such as maximum air speeds, nozzle options and ease of operation). But you should also make sure to check out battery life and charge times with these machines to ensure they will meet your particular requirements.