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Best Leaf Blowers 10/22/12

Tired of raking leaves? Experts at Consumer Reports found the best leaf blowers let you sweep them away with ease. Tests of 29 blowers show the best choices put power before pizzazz. Don't be fooled by this infomercial for the Worx Tri-Vac WG 500. It looks like this plug-in electric blower has what it takes to keep a smaller piece of property well manicured. Infomercial "The Worx Tri-Vac is a superior blower, a powerful outdoor vac, and a heavy-duty mulcher, all in one tool." Peter Sawchuk Consumer Reports "Well, it certainly is a great concept. But our testing showed that it does none of them well." Instead, consider this plug-in Toro Ultra Blower, model 51599. It's top rated and a Consumer Reports Best Buy for 70 dollars. It was very good at sweeping and extremely easy to use. For added mobility, gas-powered blowers pack power without the cord. Consumer Reports recommends this Stihl -- model BG 55, for 150 dollars. It combines impressive leaf blowing and easy handling. Backpack blowerIf you have a large piece of property, a backpack blower makes the job much easier.
Peter Sawchuk "It is more expensive, but you'll find the extra convenience worth the money." This Craftsman, model 79401 is a relatively low-priced backpack blower for 250 dollars. And it's a solid performer. ."

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