Blown Away

stihl battery powered leaf blowerLeafblowers are generally something I avoid – too noisy, too heavy and too powerful, resulting in plants being blown away along with the leaves. What’s wrong with a broom? And I really can’t be doing with petrol-driven equipment – the garden isn’t large so there is no need – and as I’m about as far as you can get from a petrol-head, I find them a bit of a palaver and all-too-often difficult to start.
So, after this extended moan, the good news is that I’ve found a leafblower that is easy to use, easy to control and much quieter than most. Quiet Mark the organisation that promotes the development of quiet equipment (indoors and outdoors) suggested that I trial some of their recommended leafblowers and the star of the trio (the other two were petrol-driven) was the Stihl cordless lithium powered BGA B5. The trigger operation means that you can vary the speed by increasing or decreasing the pressure which makes it far easier to control and stop. It is much quieter, especially at slow speeds and is reasonably light and comfortable to use. It happily deals with piles of soggy leaves and is easy to angle so that you can remove excess leaves from the border without stripping the insulating layer I like to leave in place over winter.
The downside is the price – the blower costs £229, the batteries start at £105 and the charger units start at £35. If you already have other Stihl cordless equipment with compatible batteries and chargers you won’t need to buy these and there is absolutely no doubt that Stihl make superb equipment, but I think you need a larger garden than mine to justify the cost. Ho hum – back to the broom.

2 Responses to Blown Away

  1. Jenny from Australia

    I love Tulip trees! We inherited one when we moved house 20 odd years ago. Very mature, no idea of age, but it had been struck by lightning, splitting the trunk from top to bottom! Its still standing, but looking worse for wear now, but I cannot bring myself to do something about it, yet. And I love the glorious yellow autumn foliage and then the lovely tulip flowers in spring, that are well concealed, but I look for them every spring. I did buy a small tulip tree to replace the older tree, the small tree is currently growing in the wrong place, but waiting on me to deal with the older tree and then replant the smaller tree close to where the old tree stands now. Love your site, first time I have let a comment!!!

  2. The Enduring Gardener

    Hi Jenny – Pleased to hear from another tulip tree fan. I’m pleased you like the site – comments like this keep me motivated. :)

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