If you live anywhere near trees that house leaves or needles, chances are you know how frustrating the late summer and early fall months can be
It’s easy to get caught up with how nice and convenient the shade can be during the hot summer months, but dealing with fallen leaves or needles, or even just branches, can be a drag.
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Most people may decide to use a rake to contain their leaf problem. While this can be a viable option, who really has time to rake up their entire yard? Plus, if you don’t pick the piles up fast enough, the wind may just come along and destroy your work at some point.
Fortunately, for those with pesky leaf problems, there’s a power tool to help: the leaf blower.
Now, you may have heard of these tools but never thought about using one. Part of this, we’d assume, stems from the fact that there are so many different brands and models to choose from.
Do you want gas or electric? Commercial-grade or residential? Do you need a vacuum function? These are just some of the questions people must consider before purchasing, or thinking of buying, a leaf blower.
Speaking of buying one, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some inexpensive models first.
Today, we’re going to see how a Craftsman leaf blower performs. Craftsman makes some decent, budget-friend blower models that are available for any potential job.
Specifically, we’ll be checking out the CMXGAAMR27BV 27cc gas blower.
Let’s see how it performs.
Craftsman should be a company that you’ve heard of at this point.
The brand was once owned and sold exclusively through Sears stores, but back in 2017, it was sold to Stanley Black & Decker. This meant that more companies were able to carry the brand.
Craftsman has been around since 1927. Since their inception, they have been making power equipment and tools. Most of their products are aimed at the budget-quality category, with most of their tools being good options for lighter-use applications.
Thus, it shouldn’t be a surprise when the Craftsman leaf blower for less than $165 shows up.
Once you get past the name, from here on out to be referred to as CMX27BV, this Craftsman leaf blower delivers some good statistics on paper.
One of the only leaf blowers in this price range to offer an MPH rating of over 200, the CMX27BV also delivers a solid 450cfm (cubic feet per minute). This statistic shows you how much power is behind the blower, along with the amount of air, in volume measurements that’s expelled.
Of course, delivering this much power can wear down the machine quicker than another with a better-tuned fan system.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-start leaf blower, Craftsman has you covered. Their pull-start systems feature a fast start technology that makes getting to work quicker. All you must do is prime, put the choke on, and pull the cord.
There is an included vacuum kit, which allows you to collect those leaves and debris blown around. This isn’t a standard inclusion, so it’s nice to see Craftsman throw it in. The CMX27BV is rated for heavy-duty usage, so having this here makes sense.
The fuel tank is transparent which makes it convenient to check the fuel levels, and you’ll find a cruise control feature that makes it simple to maintain a certain power.
There’s a 2-year warranty on this blower, which is about average for any power tool in this category.
Overall, this is a lightweight blower at 9.8 pounds that delivers some good performance.
This applies to all leaf blowers, not just the Craftsman we’re reviewing, but if you’re unsure of how to operate a blower, we’ll walk you through the basic steps.
Almost all leaf blowers today are either gas-powered or electric-powered, with some using batteries.
Most blowers are simple to use and start, provided you have some background knowledge on how to start a piece of power equipment such as a lawn mower. Just make sure to use, and mix, the proper gas-to-oil ratio in a gas blower, prime the machine, flip the choke, and then pull to start.
With electric blowers, it’s as simple as plugging in and flipping a switch or depressing the trigger.
When in use, you’ll want to use the specific power that feels right for your yard or driveway. There’s no sense in overblowing any leaves or debris. Likewise, you’ll need enough power to move the droppings, so find the right balance and if, like the Craftsman leaf blower, there’s cruise control, we’d suggest setting it.
You’ll want to create small piles around the yard by blowing in from the outer edges of the affected areas. Don’t be picky about getting every leaf, as it will take more time to do so.
Once you’ve blown all the debris into piles, simply throw them into compost-safe or yard waste bags and call it a day.
We mentioned the price bracket before, but this Craftsman leaf blower comes in at $159 retail.
You can find tools for cheaper, but most of the time, these will be underpowered and come with the barebones of features.
For this model, we feel the price tag is sufficient for what it offers. Craftsman isn’t reinventing the wheel here, in terms of new technology or features, but they are providing a product that has the means to perform at a high level.
We will put this blower to the test later against models that do carry a smaller price tag, but just know that making a quality leaf blower does cost more.
Thus, it makes sense why this Craftsman leaf blower is more expensive.
We think it’s safe to assume that no one should completely trust a budget-minded company, no matter how good the quality can be.
This simply has to do with the probability of outcomes, so to speak.
All this said, Craftsman does make some good leaf blowers, and the CMX27BV is no exception in the public’s eye.
Most people have found that this Craftsman leaf blower fills their void of turbine products quite admirably. There’s a lot of talk regarding the way the leaf blower starts, and continues to run, over the course of time.
Plus, there weren’t many issues with reliability over time, which is always great to see. The only drawback that people seemed to find was with the vacuum feature. Namely, the bag would get clogged often, with people having to stop and fix it.
Of course, the model is also new enough that there’s no way to tell how long this blower can ultimately last.
Overall, there’s a positive public opinion here, which bodes well for the CMX27BV.
As with any power tool, there are tons of companies with multiple models out there. Below, you’ll find three close competitors to the Craftsman leaf blower, one being electric and two being gas models.
It’s hard to deny the overwhelming positive public opinion on this Hitachi leaf blower, one that will probably give the CMX27BV a run for its money.
The RB24EAP is built on a 24cc, 1.13hp commercial-grade gas engine, which powers the blower to 170mph and 441cfm ratings. The device weighs in at a light 8.6 pounds, making it easy to tote around for all jobs.
Hitachi has fine-tuned the engine and fan performance to deliver great results in a small package, and most debris won’t stand a chance in the yard.
Really, there isn’t much negative to say about this powerhouse in the medium-duty leaf blower department other than the air intake occasionally attaching to your pant legs.
One of the best things about most Hitachi power tools, too, is that they provide you with a 7-year limited warranty. This should give you peace of mind when buying any of their equipment, as you won’t have to worry about defects down the road.
You can have this model at hardware stores for a reasonable $129.
Bolens is another company that is known for making quality products within a decent price range. Their BL125 is no different.
It’s a 25cc gas engine that looks to move debris at 400cfm and 180mph, no matter if it’s gravel, sand, or grass-based debris.
The BL125 does weigh more than any of the other blowers on our list at a hardy 12.2 pounds. This just means your arms may get tired faster when using it for long periods of time.
Unfortunately, while this is one of the cheapest gas blowers you can find on the market, it’s probably not a good option to consider. There is a noted design flaw where the blower will run out of the box one time but then quit on you. It’s an iffy purchase that may or may not work every day.
The saying “you get what you pay for” is applicable here.
If you do take the chance, this leaf blower carries a 2-year limited warranty, and you’ll find it on the cheap at local hardware stores for $80.
One of the better battery-powered gas blowers on the market is the BL60 by Greenworks.
This is an electric leaf blower that produces gas-like performance at a decent price point. The motor runs off a 60v battery, which provides a solid 45 minutes of blowing time on one charge, provided you don’t rely on turbo boost (540cfm) the entire time.
You also have nice features like push-start, and the overall weight of this blower is the lightest on our list at 7.3 pounds. Gas engines inherently weigh more than electric systems.
A nice feature of going battery-powered stems from the ecosystem of the devices. Using a 60v Greenworks battery allows you to buy, and then use, their other 60v products seamlessly.
It’s hard to find a whole system worth investing in, but if you’re looking to get rid of your gas-powered devices due to maintenance costs or environmental issues, the BL60 is a great option to do so.
All Greenworks power tools come with a 4-year limited warranty, and the BL60 is available for purchase for $179.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quality piece of equipment that should last you years down the road, there’s reason to consider this Craftsman leaf blower.
There are plenty of different models by numerous different companies out there to consider, but when buying any power tool, you want something that is built to last, not built to last a couple of years.
We feel that the CMX27BV hits all the right notes.
It has the convenience features you should look for in almost any power tool, like transparent tanks and quick-start systems. Plus, there are ways to improve the comfort and usability by adding an electric start system.
There’s plenty of power to use under the hood here, which makes it great for all sorts of clean-up jobs. Besides, you don’t want equipment that can’t finish a project.
Craftsman may not be the number one brand on your list when it comes to tools, but they are one to consider. You might be surprised with the value you find.