When fall comes around, you may relish in the fact that you no longer have mow the lawn in blistering heat, but that satisfaction is likely soon to fade once the leaves on the trees turn red, orange, brown, and begin to fall to the ground. This is where a gas leaf blower comes in handy. A gas leaf blower distinguishes itself from its electric counterparts in that even if the specs are equal or slightly skewed to the electric leaf blower’s side, the gas leaf blowers still have a tendency to perform better in use. Of course, gas leaf blowers are generally heavier than electric models, and you must pay more for fuel compared to electricity. Still, if you have a lot of leaves to clear, it is difficult to go wrong with the best gas leaf blower.
That being said, figuring out which gas leaf blower is the best can be a difficult and confusing task. That is why we have put together a list of the 5 best gas leaf blowers, highlighting what each one does best. Then we provide a helpful buyer’s guide, so you can find the best gas leaf blower to suit your needs.
|Name||Dimensions, in||Weight, lbs||Airspeed, mph||Air Flow, cfm||Engine, cc||Volume, dB|
|Husqvarna 125B||10.5x17.3x15||8.6||170||425||28, 2-stroke||94|
|Makita BHX2500CA||11x14.5x16.25||9.8||145||356||24.5, 4-stroke||67|
|Hitachi RB24EAP||38x16x8||9.4||170||441||23.9, 2-stroke||81|
|Tanaka TRB24EAP||17.3x11x15||8.6||170||441||23.9, 2-stroke||-|
|Weed Eater FB25||8.4x14.3x11.2||3.74||170||290||25, 2-stroke||-|
1. Husqvarna 125B – Best Performing Gas Leaf Blower
Despite its present manifestation, Husqvarna is by far the most interesting company that we reviewed. This has mostly to do with the fact that Husqvarna is actually over 400 years old–though they obviously did not manufacture gas leaf blowers when the company was founded and instead made firearms.
Still, since then, Husqvarna has undergone numerous reinventions and has settled on specializing primarily in lawn care equipment–a specialization that they have had for over a century. As such, it should come as little surprise that they are the editor’s choice best performing gas leaf blower on our list.
Of course, convenience is meaningless if those features that make a gas leaf blower easier to use do not also come with a complete package that can handle the jobs in which you might use the Husqvarna 125B for extended periods of time. Thankfully, the Husqvarna 125B is either near or at the top of all the relevant power specs. For instance, this gas leaf blower has the largest engine out of any reviewed at 28 cc. This large engine is able to generate air speeds of up to 170 mph. Even better, those airspeeds are complemented by a second-best air flow of 425 cfm. Altogether, this is easily the best performing gas leaf blower we saw.
2. Makita BHX2500CA – Best 4-Stroke Gas Leaf Blower
Makita is another company on our list that does not actually specialize in gas leaf blowers specifically or even lawn care equipment in general. Instead, Makita is known as a professional grade of power tool manufacturer more broadly. In fact, Makita is known for producing some of the most powerful power tool motors–which run on electricity, not gas.
Regardless, Makita does position itself as a professional grade company regardless the product niche and attempts to appeal to the large-scale landscaping business or consumer with their Makita BHX2500CA that may cost a little bit more up front but is far less expensive in the long run.
If you are looking for a gas leaf blower that you can use for hours on end–even potentially the entire day–that will not siphon more money from your wallet in the form of gasoline and oil, then the Makita BHX2500CA is by far your best bet. As the only gas leaf blower on our list that uses a 4-stroke engine, it is also by far the most fuel efficient gas leaf blower on our list too. Beyond that, the Makita BHX2500CA will require significantly less oil to maintain an adequately lubricated engine which further decreases the upkeep cost. Finally, the 4-stroke engine of the Makita BHX2500CA is the most durable engine on our list.
3. Hitachi RB24EAP – Best All-Around Value Gas Leaf Blower
As a company, Hitachi is not actually known for specializing in lawn care equipment, though that is definitely included in their focus on power tools more broadly. On top of that, the Hitachi Group has been around for over a century, which gives them a solid background in terms of understanding what makes a good power tool product–of which a gas leaf blower is technically considered.
That said, Hitachi is also a consumer grade to mid-tier power tool manufacturer, so they will regularly try to produce a product that is comparable to a professional grade at a lower price. Sometimes this means the product is overpriced, but other times this means the product is an amazing value.
That said, as impressive as the Hitachi RB24EAP’s power may be, there are some definite concerns when it comes to this gas leaf blower. For one, this by far the loudest gas leaf blower that we reviewed, generating a total of nearly 110 dB. This is loud enough to potentially damage your hearing in under 2 minutes if you do not wear earplugs and can still damage your hearing in 2 ½ hours even if you do. Another concern is that Hitachi may offer one of the longest warranties that we saw, but they are actually loath to honor it. Numerous customers have rated this product poorly simply due to Hitachi using fine-print and every loophole they can get their hands on to not honor their warranty.
4. Tanaka TRB24EAP – Best Vacuum Gas Leaf Blower
Do not let the name fool you: the Tanaka TRB24EAP is technically not a Hitachi product. That said, Hitachi definitely has a strong influence on the Tanaka company which is no longer even its own company.
Instead, Tanaka is a subsidiary brand within the Hitachi Group–though it was its own company for over 6 decades until 2009. While Tanaka does not specialize in lawn care equipment, they do specialize in smaller gas-powered engines which are generally under 100 cc. As such, this allows the brand a bit of leeway when altering their designs compared to their parent company.
One of the things that aligning with Hitachi provided the Tanaka TRB24EAP was the ability to share designs between the 2 brands. This means that the same power levels that you find with the Hitachi RB24EAP will also be found on the Tanaka TRB24EAP. For instance, both gas leaf blowers–as well as many others on our list–provide a maximum air speed of 170 mph. However, it is only the Hitachi and the Tanaka TRB24EAP which also provide the best airflow at 441 cfm. Finally, both are able to do so with the smallest engine reviewed at 23.9 cc.
5. Weed Eater FB25 – Best Budget Gas Leaf Blower
Despite the name, Weed Eater clearly manufactures more products than the eponymous title. That said, this is at least one of the few companies on our list that specializes exclusively in lawn care equipment and has done so for the length of its existence. Still, it should be noted that, like some other companies we have reviewed, Weed Eater is not actually its own company.
Instead, this company is a subsidiary brand within the Husqvarna AB–though this should actually only provide more comfort considering Husqvarna is one of the best lawn care equipment manufacturers around.
Of course, once you do commit to a consumer-grade budget gas leaf blower, you must understand that there will be some give to your take. With the Weed Eater FB25 specifically, this comes in the form of the ripcord. While the ripcord itself is somewhat difficult to use to start the Weed Eater FB25, this is not actually its biggest concern. Instead, the Weed Eater FB25’s ripcord has been known to either come off or the automatic recoil mechanism to fail. Either one of these issues will render the Weed Eater FB25 useless, though the Weed Eater FB25 comes with a 2-year warranty and the company sells replacement parts.
Best gas leaf blower – Buyer’s Guide
The power of a gas leaf blower is not a singular spec that has an easily identifiable number which you can point to as an easy reference. As such, it can be fairly difficult to figure out exactly which gas leaf blower is more powerful than another.
To make matters worse in this regard, most gas leaf blowers are fairly similar in both construction and design. This means that the differences between them might be minimal or that, should a larger difference be noted, the cause is usually more technical than the average consumer is willing to study on their own without a predisposition or interest in engineering in the first place.
That said, there are a couple of different aspects that are good indicators of a gas leaf blower’s power–though even here it is more an issue of weighing one against another rather than simply adding everything together.
This is by far the most important “power” consideration when choosing a gas leaf blower–though it should not be taken in exclusion or isolation of the other air power quality. This is because the air flow simply determines how much air the gas leaf blower puts out and is rated in CFM, or cubic feet per minute.
The other air power quality, airspeed, will ultimately determine how large or heavy of an object can be moved, but the air flow will determine how much and how quickly the gas leaf blower can push the debris in question.
As the second most important quality when determining which gas leaf blower to choose, consumers would do well not to overinflate its importance. This is because it is all too easy to see a large number related to airspeed, which is rated in mph, and assume that means it is better than a gas leaf blower whose airspeed is slower.
In fact, the airspeed generally only determines the maximum weight of the object that can be blown. This is important if you are blowing wet leaves or brush, but it becomes far less relevant if you are are using the gas leaf blower for most casual situations–in which case the airflow will ultimately impact how quickly the gas leaf blower accomplishes its task.
While technically all engines have some form of rating determined in horsepower, most gas leaf blowers do not use this measurement. This is in a large part due to the fact that the engines of different manufacturers are not that terribly different from one another such that one brand can achieve a significantly greater horsepower than another brand. On top of that, the difference in horsepower between the different sizes of engine used for most gas leaf blowers is generally fractional or decimal–which can make it a bit difficult to both market as well as distinguish from a consumer perspective.
- CC – Instead of horsepower, most gas leaf blowers simply rate their engine by the sheer difference in physical size. This rating is given in cc, or cubic centimeters, and is much easier to differentiate between the competing products. That said, this too can be a bit inconsistent as an engine that is larger in volume than another may provide roughly the same amount of power or even less. Still, for all things being equal, the larger the engine, generally the more power that the engine will generate assuming the pistons are larger as well. One thing to keep in mind is that a smaller engine with a more efficient power translation design can conceivably generate as much or more total power than a larger engine should the design more efficiently transfer the power to the fans.
- Stroke – This quality does not necessarily determine the overall power of the engine, though it very well can give you an idea about which engine is more powerful if they differ in this construction property. Specifically, gas leaf blower engines come in either 2 or 4 stroke arrangements. The 2-stroke engine will be able to generate more raw power than a 4-stroke engine, though how that power is managed will rarely mean the 2-stroke engine actually distributes twice as much power. On top of that, 2-stroke engines are lighter than a 4-stroke engine, which makes them better for long-term use with devices you carry by hand.
While weight is generally considered to be the primary factor when judging how easy the gas leaf blower is to use for an extended period of time, the actual design of the gas leaf blower can influence this as well. In fact, there are a couple of different areas where the design of the gas leaf blower can make a heavier product easier to use for a longer time than a lighter one. Of course, these are still few and far between, but if you see a heavier gas leaf blower with one or more of these features, you might be willing to forgive its weight.
Throttle – This is likely the most common type of function that is designed to increase the ergonomics of a gas leaf blower. In fairness, it is much more common due to the fact that it is fairly easy to alter without otherwise changing how the gas leaf blower functions or performs. In this regard, there are two primary changes to the throttle that the manufacturer can make which will impact: size and engagement. For the first quality, some manufacturers make their throttles oversized, so you can use two fingers to activate it. The more fingers you can use to activate the throttle, the less energy any single finger has to maintain. This will inherently reduce the long-term fatigue to those fingers.
The other feature that some manufacturers include on their gas leaf blower is a cruise control. This essentially allows you to use the gas leaf blower without having to hold down the trigger at all–though, this means that you will have to be more deliberate and take more time when shifting from one throttle setting to the next and will reduce the convenience of a pressure-sensitive throttle altogether.
As we can see, there is no single product which will be the best gas leaf blower for all people. If you have a large plot of land to clear, chances are that you will either opt for the most powerful gas leaf blower you can find or one which comes with numerous features designed to make using the gas leaf blower for extended periods of time easier.