5 Leaf Blower Maintenance Tips

When it comes to cleaning the fallen leaves, debris from the garden, driveway or even the pathway, the first equipment popping in everyone’s mind is a leaf blower.

Quick and easy!

During winters, if you are tired of sweeping the snow, then, you can use a leaf blower to get your job done!

Right from the lawn care duty to clearing the snow, the leaf blower is used on a regular basis. As it is not seasonal equipment which comes out of the storeroom only during a particular season, it should be kept under regular maintenance.

Follow these maintenance tips to make your expensive leaf blower perform long in an efficient way:

User’s manual:

Most people have a habit of operating the machine without even giving a glance to the manual. The assemble and operation differs from machine to machine.

Thus, make sure to go through the user’s manual before you start using the leaf blower so that you can have a better knowledge of your purchase.

Right fuel:

Use the right quantity of the fuel makes you leaf blower last long. While mixing, do not forget to use ethanol content (less than 10%) and gas having 89% of octane rating.

You should always mix the fuel in the approval fuel container and make sure you do not store the prepared mixture for more than 30 days.

While if you let it for more than 30 days, you can see a gum-like residue which is created by ethanol as it begins to separate. It is not what you use it, it is how you use it! Use it wisely

Clean blower:

Always keep a track on the working efficiency of your leaf blower. Be it the electric or gas powered leaf blower, make sure it is not covered with dirt or dust particles.

If you have the electric leaf blower, gently wipe off the accumulated dirt outside the blower. Also, check the blower so that there is no damage or cracks.

In case of a gas powered leaf blower, always clean the spark plug and the air filter. Make sure you keep the blower clean by often wiping off the gathered dirt. If you happen to see any crack or split between the gas lines or any other damage, do not delay to contact the service center or the concerned person for help.

Cleaning the filters:

Make sure to check on the air filters and fuel filters often. While cleaning the air filter, always remove the cover of the air filter and then gently clean the filter.

Also, if you do not see any light through the filter, make sure you replace the air filter.

In case of the fuel filter, start by pulling the fuel line which is in the fuel tank. Now, you can start removing the old filter from the fuel line. Make sure you find the proper replacement for the filter, replace it and put it back.

Do not forget to go through the user’s manual for complete guidance to replace the fuel filter.

Time to time replacement:

It is quite obvious that if a machine is being used for the long term, it definitely undergoes a “wear and tear policy.” If you run the leaf blower with the mal-functioning tools, there is a high chance of your leaf blower breaking down.

Usually, the lock trigger and the blower throttle tend to loosen or wear out when used for a longer period. So, replace the wear out tools when necessary.

Keep a track on the working condition of the start rope. Also, check for any gas leaks. Double check the tubes are properly connected and tight. Keep an eye on the switch as well and check whether the buttons are sticking.

Not only maintaining, but the working efficiency also depends on how you store it.

Before you store:

Allow the machine to cool completely.

Make sure to store it in a well-ventilated and dry place.

Keep away from children and pets.

No wonder the leaf blower is expensive. Why not? It does make our daily boring chores easier and quicker. The only thing we have to worry about is effectively maintaining the leaf blower. Maintaining any machine is not just a task, it is a habit!

Author: Dexter Sinistri

Dexter Sinistri is a famously centrist writer who has worked as a Hollywood correspondent for a number of leading publications since 2005. Though once a photographer, Mr. Sinistri struck out as a writer on all things celebrity, and he likes to consider himself a tremendous asset to Glossy News, though by most accounts, he has fallen somewhat short of this effort.