When it comes to weekend chores, leaf blowing can be one of the most boring tasks anyone can be given – especially if the leaf blower is underpowered, heavy, and better at making noise than it is at blowing leaves.
And, if you’ve got more exciting plans with friends, you’ll need a leaf blower that can help you easily clean the driveway and the backyard.
A Ryobi leaf blower perhaps.
Ryobi has quite a number of very capable leaf blowers in its catalog with most of them coming with very good power packs too. In this day and age, I’d like to assume that your blower of choice should be cordless. After all, we are a mobile generation in nearly everything we do.
But just in case you need a bit of convincing as to why you should invest in a cordless Ryobi leaf blower, let me give you a few good reasons.
Whenever I look at power tools, especially outdoor ones, I think in order to get the best one you need to run it through the triple “M” test. Don’t know what that is? Don’t worry, I got your back on this one too:
Because you will be doing a lot of moving as you clear your yard of fallen leaves, it stands to reason that your leaf blower of choice must be mobile. A corded blower will simply tie you down, especially if you have a big yard.
Another issue you need to consider when hunting for an outdoor tool is maneuverability. This is not just an easy of being able to move with your leaf blower from one end of the yard to another as much as it is an issue of your leaf blower giving you easy access to some tight spots.
It ultimately boils down to design and functionality, qualities many a Ryobi leaf blower possess.
No one likes a high maintenance tool, even if they have a truckload of cash to play with. This is where cordless battery powered leaf blowers will come in handy. If you opt for an easy to maintain leaf blower then a Ryobi leaf blower definitely fits that bill.
Before we get into our Ryobi leaf blower review, a few technical terms are worth explaining so that you understand exactly what you are getting.
Many people look at the ratings on leaf blowers and are flummoxed. Honestly speaking, I don’t blame them as the manufacturers rarely explain them. And if you don’t know what all those acronyms and figures mean, you’ll end up buying a blower that is not suitable for your needs.
So let’s decipher the codes that explain a leaf blower’s capabilities.
One of the first specifications you will find being punted around by leaf blower manufacturers is the airspeed of the blower. The airspeed of a leaf blower, rated MPH, is the speed with which air leaves the leaf blower’s nozzle. Usually, leaf blowers with higher airspeed ratings have narrower nozzles.
Another acronym you’ll find on a blower is the acronym CFM. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and is a measure of the amount of air a leaf blower pushed through the end of the nozzle in a minute. For example, if a leaf blower has a rating of 225 CFM, it means every minute, 225 cubic feet of air are pushed through the end of its nozzle every minute.
Many times, users confuse airspeed and air volume when it comes to the practical applications of a leaf blower. The common misconception is that the greater the airspeed, the faster the blower will work.
The truth is that the air volume (CFM) is the more practical figure to look at if you want to clear your yard of lighter debris and cover more ground doing so.
On the other hand, if you work involves moving heavier debris like wet grass or bolts, then you will be better off with a blower that has a higher speed as it will have enough power to move the heavier debris.
The decibel rating on a blower is not as mysterious as the other ratings as it obviously refers to the noise the leaf blower will make. If you don’t want to wake your neighbor with your leaf blower, then the lower the decibels, the quieter (and thus more neighbor-friendly) your leaf blower will be.
Now that you know what the technical jargon on the features and specs sheets of your leaf blower mean, let’s take a look at a Ryobi leaf blower or 2, perhaps you’ll be blown away by how much you can do with one.
Now that you know exactly what to look out for when looking for your next leaf blower, let me show you a couple of excellent value for money Ryobi leaf blowers on the market.
The Ryobi Ry40400 40 V blower is a Lithium-Ion-powered cordless leaf blower that is capable of giving impressive outputs of 150 CFM and can produce wind speeds of up to 150 MPH at the nozzle. This is one Ryobi blower that will afford you the power of a gas blower and the convenient weight of a battery-operated blower.
One of the major gripes that many users of battery-operated leaf blowers have is the battery life.
This is probably one of the many areas the Ryobi leaf blower has an advantage over other battery-powered leaf blowers. The Ryobi Ry40400 is equipped with a powerful 40V battery that is capable of holding its charge long enough for you to get even the toughest jobs completed (the battery can last up to an hour).
The coolest part about the battery is that it is removable, meaning you can have one on the charger while you use another one. It also means you can get a more powerful battery if you are not happy with the capacity of the one that comes with the blower.
But a good battery is not the only noteworthy feature that the Ryobi Ry40400 sports. It also comes with a variable speed trigger that allows you to have total control of what you are doing. The trigger is ergonomically designed to make it easy for you to use the blower with one hand.
This also makes the battery last longer, as you only use the power when and where it is needed. The trigger is not the only-well designed feature on thus Ryobi leaf blower - as the whole unit is an engineering marvel (as far as blowers are concerned) and a piece of art.
When it comes to comfort, another factor that enhances the good experience is the fact that this blower is quite light-weight, coming in at only 5.7 pounds. The materials used I making it are also gentle on the hands, making holding it for prolonged periods of time quite pleasant.
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If you are looking for a lightweight Ryobi leaf blower that is capable of handling some relatively heavy debris, then the Ryobi 18V ONE+ blower is the leaf blower for you. Coming in at 4.6lbs, this is a blower you can easily maneuver around the yard without quickly getting fatigued, especially since it features a comfortable cushioned handle.
One of the best features of this Ryobi leaf blower is the fact it is a hybrid blower, meaning that it uses two types of power sources – an 18V Li-ion battery and an electric cord.
This means if you have a lot of debris to clear, you can easily clear the areas nearer the electric cord using your domestic power outlet. As you move away from the power outlet, you can then switch to the battery pack.
As for power ratings, the Ryobi 18V ONE+ Hybrid blower is easily able to give you airspeeds of up to 150 MPH and can move volumes of air up to 200 CFM at the nozzle. This gives it enough power to move even heavier debris and enough volume to help you clear a larger portion of your yard or workshop effortlessly.
This is definitely one versatile leaf blower that should be an addition to your tool shed. Sure, it may not be a hurricane, but it does get the job done.
This is one Ryobi leaf blower that strikes the perfect balance between power, performance, and price. With a nozzle airspeed of 100 MPH and volume of 280 CFM, this blower makes short work of most tasks around the house.
Despite it being named a jet fan, it comes from the technology used in giving the leaf blower 50% percent more power than its predecessor while still running on the same 18V Li-ion battery.
This Ryobi leaf blower may not be the lightest of the pack, but it is still very user-friendly at 6lbs and it features other ergonomic features like a comfortable grip and a well-balanced design. The variable speed trigger also makes blowing debris easy it is not only easily accessible but gives you the option to switch between power levels. This gives you greater control of the blower and also enables to manage power consumption well.
Speaking of power, the Ryobi P2180 ONE+ 100 MPH 280 CFM Jet Fan Blower is power by an 18V battery rated at 4 Ah, giving it much better run time than previous models and its other rivals. And because the battery is a Li-ion battery, it is fade free. But don’t worry, its depletion won’t catch you by surprise as the leaf blower sports a 4-bar battery indicator that allows you to know exactly how much charge is left.
I’m sure you’re wondering which of these 3 Ryobi leaf blowers you should get, right? Well, in all honesty, every Ryobi leaf blower on this list is a great leaf blower that will help you to clear the yard, garage, and whatever use you may have for a leaf blower.
But if I were in your shoes, I’d probably settle for the Ryobi leaf blower that offers more versatility – the Ryobi 18V ONE+ Hybrid Blower. Maybe it’s just me, but I always love having “Plan B”. In this case, the fact that the Ryobi 18V ONE+ Hybrid Blower gives me 2 options when it comes to the power source, it’s perfect in my books.
What about you? Which would you pick?
My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.