Leaf Vacuums

For home gardening convenience, few utilities compare to a leaf vacuum. Specially designed for the fastest home garden tidy-ups and built to remove leaves at a truly remarkable pace, a leaf vacuum is one of several accessories that every serious home gardener needs to have in their arsenal. Priced to suit homeowners and capable of a variety of tasks, these versatile utilities can speed up gardening.

Unlike leaf blowers, which are both popular and largely ineffective at clearing away leaves, most of the leaf vacuums on the market are both effective and affordable. Closer to a wood chipper than leaf blower, which we’re all familiar with due to their immense and annoying drone noise, a leaf vacuum doesn’t just push leaves from one spot to another – it sucks them up, and even shreds them to pieces.

This greater functionality, significantly more simple operation, and much more efficient feature list makes a leaf vacuum a worthwhile home purchase. If you’re considering purchasing one to help you clear away debris in your back garden, consult our simple buyer’s guide below. We’ve tested most of the top leaf vacuums, both for home use and commercial gardening, and found some amazing facts.

Leaf Vacuums and Power Output
As with most high-power garden accessories, leaf vacuums are powered by a small engine built into the vacuum itself. This engine is responsible for drawing inward power that can remove leaves from a lawn, and as such needs to be fairly powerful for large clusters of debris. Most leaf vacuums draw electrical power from an outlet, although a select few use gasoline or diesel engines for operation.

For the most part, you’re going to need to plug your leaf vacuum into an electrical outlet for it to work properly. Search throughout your garden area for a suitable spot to install a protected outlet, and remember that it needs to be within reach of other garden areas. Many leaf vacuums include a small power cord, making an extension cord – preferably a tear-protected one, a worthwhile buy.

Most leaf vacuums use a small engine, often one that draws less than fifteen amps of electricity in total. The total power output of these engines is generally under two horsepower. While this seems like a modest sum, particularly when compared to the power output of a vehicle engine, it’s really quite a powerful figure when you consider the relatively small amount of debris that’s to be cleared.

Despite its modest-sounding power output, a leaf vacuum needs a stable power connection in order to operate properly. Check that you’re using a heavy-duty power cable with your leaf vacuum, as an ordinary electrical cord may not function properly. When in doubt, it’s best to purchase a high-usage extension cord from your local home improvement store, which can substantially reduce total risk.

Leaf Vacuums, Waste Disposal, and Wood Chipping
Most leaf vacuums use a simple one-way design, in which leaves are sucked into the machine and stored inside a large bag. It’s a simple system that’s saved homeowners thousands of hours in total, many of which would have otherwise been spent raking and storing leaves manually. But not all of the leaf vacuums available have the same purpose – many are capable of disposing of leaves, too.

Take, for example, the wide range of leaf vacuums that process leaves after taking them in, using an internal ‘mulching’ system to crush leaves and turn them into a fine mulch. These leaf vacuums are a favorite of commercial gardeners, as the make disposing of leaves more simple than before. When a leaf is crushed down, it’s possible to fill each disposal bag with much more garden material in total.

Many more leaf vacuums share their features with wood chippers, often being built into a wood chipper entirely. This dual-function leaf vacuum is particularly popular with professionals, as it’s one of several easy options for disposing of both large garden debris and smaller items. While a combined vacuum and chipper is more expensive than a standard vacuum, it’s also more versatile.

While searching for the right leaf vacuum may seem like a difficult task, it’s really fairly simple if your garden requirements are in the front of your mind. Assess the amount of leaves that you may need to dispose of, and subsequently your power and storage requirements. You may not need the big, expensive model – merely a smaller leaf vacuum that’s capable of cleaning up your yard area.

With the right strategy, finding your leaf vacuum is simple. Remember that it’s an investment both in simplicity and in saved time. For commercial users, a leaf vacuum can result in more work done, and in turn more earnings. For home users, a leaf vacuum can save time, reduce stress, and make a hard day of gardening work into a stress-free, simple, and relaxing morning.

This Leaf Vacuums Review is Written/Updated on May 30th, 2011 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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