Sweeping: Indicates the speed of moving a pile of leaves. Loosening: Indicates the speed of removing embedded leaf particles from the lawn. Vacuuming: Reflects how quickly and effectively models with vacuum capability pick up leaves and how finely they are mulched. Handling and ease of use: Includes ease of maneuvering, using controls, and changing modes. Noise at ear: Blower-mode noise is based on our measurements at the operator’s ear level. Models rated Fair or Poor at ear level emitted at least 85 dBA, loud enough to warrant hearing protection. Noise at 50 feet: Blower-mode noise is based on industry-standard measurements at 50 feet. Models rated Very Good or Excellent at 50 feet should meet common municipal limits of 65 decibels (dBA).
WeightTo the nearest half-pound in blower mode.
cc/ampEngine cubic centimeters (cc) and motor electrical amperage (amps) are from the manufacturer.
Multiple speedsOn an electric blower or a variable throttle on a gas-powered blower, these let you increase power for sweeping on hard surfaces or open ground and decrease it around fragile garden beds.
Vacuum capabilityComes with the necessary attachments including a collection bag to convert to vacuuming mode for sucking up leaves and debris.
Translucent fuel tank
Translucent fuel tankA clear tank lets you see at a glance when fuel is running low.
Spring assisted starting
Spring assisted startingTo makes starting easier, a pull-cord assembly with this feature has a built-in spring that winds up as the starting rope is pulled, to reduce the force necessary to start the engine.
Four-cycle engineUses straight gasoline and doesn't require an oil/gasoline mixture, as do the more common two-cycle engines used on most trimmers.