Autumn or Fall is generally a period of the year with relatively pleasant weather and colorful trees all around. However, it is also a season when leaves fall off from most of the trees. Hence, a commercial leaf blower becomes an essential tool to own during these times. In this post, I’ve discussed how to use a commercial leaf blower safely and efficiently.
A traditional way of clearing leaf debris around the house is by manually raking and piling the fallen leaves which is quite time-consuming and stressful, but with the use of a commercial leaf blower, a better job can be done in lesser time. If you haven’t a professional leaf blower yet to do the job, check out the guide and reviews of top rated commercial leaf blowers with common inquiries answered.
Leaf blowers release a large volume of air at a very fast speed through the nozzle, thus making them a very good tool to use when clearing leaves from a large surface. When using a commercial leaf blower, you could be inclined to just put on the machine and let it work. However, in order to reduce the time you will spend tracking back, below are some techniques on how to properly use a commercial leaf blower.
Start by Choosing the Best-suited Leaf Blower: The market is filled with different types of leaf blowers for different types of jobs. It is therefore very important to consider the size of your landscape and the volume of leaves that drop each time. A relatively small yard with less amount of dropped leaves can be maintained using a small-sized, less power-consuming leaf blower. In the same vein, a large expanse of land with more fallen leaves will need a bigger and more powerful leaf blower.
Get Familiar with the Machine
If you are using a leaf blower for the first time, take time to understand how it works by reading the instructional manual and make sure all parts are functioning as stated.
Leaf Blowers are Loud
The noise level from leaf blowers is really high, so check local law restrictions. It is important to check noise ordinances by city & state or region although there are no regulations at the country level for the leaf blowers. The rules are intended only to control the excessive and inappropriate use of landscape maintenance equipment. Make sure what time you can use or not. Otherwise, it could result in significant fines for landowners or operators.
Ensure Safe Practices
When using a leaf blower, leaves and other debris fly off. Act completely to protect yourself especially by putting safety gears to protect your eyes from the flying debris, long clothes, and gloves to protect your skin, and work boots to protect your feet. Also, ensure pets and humans are far enough away from the leaf blower during operation. Use ear protection if the noise level of your machine is too high.
Choose the Right Time and Weather to Use the Leaf Blower
Windy and wet periods are generally bad times to blow leaves. It is more difficult to blow wet leaves compared to dry leaves as the leaves would have become denser and sticky. You can however choose to blow during a light breeze, especially if the direction of the breeze is towards where you intend to blow the leaves.
Check Point and Use a Good Strategy to Blow the Leaves
Generally, the goal of using a leaf blower is to gather the leaves to form a pile. Develop a map of where you want to start and finish. You may own a yard or garden cleaning service that must be strategic and professional to operate the machine. Here are a few strategies you can employ when blowing the leaves:
- Fueling: Since most leaf blowers are two-stroke engines, so it is necessary to use a mixture of gasoline and two-stroke engine oil. Follow the manual for the recommended mixture otherwise, it can damage the engine. Fuel up the leaf blower before starting and never fuel while running. Always turn off and cool the leaf blower before refueling and avoid refueling indoors. Again, keep the fuel operated engine away from open flames.
- Choke Control: The choke position needs to be moved for a cool engine before the start and keep it on position or reposition after starts the engine. The exception is only the warm engine. See the image shown.
- Start the leaf blower: Start the leaf blower engine by pulling the starter handle if it is gas-powered or plug-in and turn the switch to start if it is an electric start leaf blower. Now you are ready to go!
- Blow in one direction: Choosing to blow the leaves in a single direction will keep you from blowing leaves into areas where you’ve already worked.
- Place the leaf blower by your side with the nozzle slightly pointed to the ground. Walk slowly while gently swinging the machine from side to side until the leaves are heaped in a pile.
- Choose a spot where you want all the leaves to end up and gently work towards that spot. You can place tarpaulin at that spot to make it very easy to haul off when you are done blowing the leaves.
- Stop: To stop the engine, press the stop switch.
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