Leaf Collection: Blower vs. Vacuum

wl2+11.5+fpt+self+propelled+vac+b+s+ms+new-50st_rLeaf blowers are effective for blowing leaves into manageable piles. Gas and electric models are available, although gas-powered units are more common. Blowers are a logical choice for smaller yards where leaves can be collected in a few piles.

Leaf blowers have shortcomings, however. Leaves must be bagged and hauled away to a municipal collection point like a recycling center or dump. The work often becomes time-consuming, expensive, and impractical.

For many homeowners, the leaf vacuum is a better choice. Walk Behind or Self-propelled models like the DR Leaf and Lawn Vacuum 11.50 Premier are ideal for smaller yards and extra hilly property. Watch this video to see how this powerful machine can collect 7 bags of debris into a single bag.

The reason for this time-saving, economical feature is a solid steel impeller. It’s the only one of its kind with a lifetime warranty guaranteed against breaking or bending.

The 11.50 Premier features 3 forward speeds and reverse for charging up hills or slowing down to maneuver through tight turns around landscape beds. The workhorse of this powerful machine is a Briggs & Stratton Intek OHV Engine that provides 11.50 foot-pounds of torque. It is available with either manual-start or the added convenience of electric-start.

The 11.50 Premier comes standard with a 37-gallon dry capacity collector, making transfer to a composite or collection bin clean and easy. A built-in chipping mechanism chips branches up to 2 inches in diameter, providing even more function and convenience.

The 11.50 Premier is on sale for $1,699.99 ($1,799.99 list price). The electric start model is on sale for $1,899.99 ($1,999.99 list price).