Backpack Leaf Blowers Vs Lightweight Leaf Blowers

If you have decided to buy a leaf blower, the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you require a lightweight blower designed for light yard work or are you in search of a heavy-duty machine to fulfill commercial property needs.

The most important considerations when shopping for your new blower will be whether a handheld lightweight model or one of the backpack blowers will be a suitable choice for you.

Typically the handheld leaf blowers are easier and more convenient to operate. This is due to the fact that they have been designed with an average house owner in mind. These blowers weigh much less than when compared to the backpack leaf blowers and make light work of clearing debris and leaves off driveways and sidewalks. Many of these models come with various attachments and a few can be converted into vacuums or mulchers.

When it comes to the backpack leaf blowers, these have been designed to suit larger landowners. These types of leaf blowers typically weigh much more than the other types of blowers and make use of gas chambers designed for extended blowing. These blowers are recommended mostly for individuals or properties with more than an acre in land or for commercial landowners.

Backpack Leaf Blower: Husqvarna 965102208 130BT

This particular model strikes the compromise between convenience and blowing power. The efficient fan and X-Torq engine is able to deliver air speeds of 145 mph. Even though the blower is heavy and weighs in at 14 pounds, it has been created to wear as a backpack that offers the larger land owners much relief in order to clear a large property easily and quickly. You can see our full review of the Husqvarna 130BT backpack blower here.

The gas chambers on the backpack leaf blowers offer a way to work continuously until the job is completed. These types of blowers are powerful enough for commercial properties and are considered quiet loud at 94 dB. Due to the fact that they are considered relatively expensive, bulky and far louder than the light weight models they are not recommended for the average type home owners.


•Airflow of an impressive 145 mph

•Blower is created to be worn like a backpack


•These blowers are bulky and make use of gas chambers

•They are loud

Below is an example of one of the top rated lightweight leaf blowers and one of the top rated backpack leaf blowers currently available on the market.

Lightweight Leaf Blower: Work WG545 WORXAIR Lithium 20 Volt Blower

If you have decided you do not want to spend a fortune on a new leaf blower, then the WORXAIR is a suitable choice for your needs. Under a hundred dollars you can easily get rid of leaves from driveways and walkways and enjoy using the various attachments. Each of the attachments is designed for specific tasks. One of these is the dust-brush that can be used on dusty areas that are not easy to reach, and the inflator nozzle is a handy tool to blow up inflatable pools, air beds and more.


•8 attachments included with the blower

•This cordless blower is extremely lightweight and weighs a mere 3.5 pounds


•The blower can only run for 15 minutes at a time

•The battery takes up to three hours for charging

•Features a single setting with a an airflow regarded as somewhat slow of only 120 mph

How Much Horsepower Are You Looking For?

The horsepower is related directly to overall-power of a leaf blower. To decide how much power you require from a leaf blower you need to think about what you want to use the blower for. Ridding dry leaves from a walkway needs far less horsepower than tackling small branches. If you are in search of a leaf blower that serves the purpose of vacuum and mulcher you need to choose the ones that provide more power.

We have reviewed some more gas operated backpack blowers listed below;

Husqvarna 560BTS backpack blower and the Husqvarna 150BT blower

There is a new addition to the Husqvarna range of backpack blowers, the 360​BT backpack blower, see our review here.


Choosing the right leaf blower can offer you with all the requirements you may be looking for. If you only require a leaf blower for small tasks such as removing leaves from your drive way a light weight option is your best choice. On the other hand if you have a commercial or very large property, the backpack leaf blowers are a recommended choice.