Instead of picking up leaves and debris, air blowers use a strong blast of air to clean sidewalks, driveways, patios and garage floors. The power unit is carried by the operator and a hose or tube directs the air.
In addition to these uses, air blowers can clear trash and leaves from around shrubs, bushes, fences; they can blow leaves into a pile instead of raking, and they can blow away light snow.
Gas-powered commercial models were the first units on the market. Power is derived from a heavy two-cycle gas engine worn on the back of the operator. The engine delivers a blast of air down a hose which is connected to a rigid tube with a handle to direct the air flow.
A lighter-weight version of this commercial model, although still relatively heavy and worn on the back, is used on large acreage and commercial jobs.
Two-cycle gas engines power some of these units and offer the convenience of no cord, but are more expensive than a similar model with electrical power.
Several types of electric models are lightweight. They are carried in the hand and the complete one-piece unit is moved to direct the air. Some blowers accept vacuum kits as an accessory.
|1. Operate power blowers only at reasonable hours-not early in the morning, late at night, or at other times when people are likely to be disturbed. From 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. on weekdays, and from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on weekends.|
|2. Operate blowers at the lowest possible speed to do the job. Maximum speed is seldom necessary.|
|3. Use only one piece of power equipment at a time to keep noise levels acceptable.|
|4. Make sure the power blower’s muffler is in good Working order.|
|5. Use the full blower nozzle extension so that the air stream can work efficiently close to the ground, minimizing the spread of dust.|
|6. In dusty conditions, wet down surfaces or use mister attachments.|
|7. Use rakes and brooms to loosen debris before blowing.|
|8. Before using a blower, check wind direction. Look for open doors and windows, freshly washed cars, children or pets at play, and other things that could be harmed by blowing dust, leaves or debris.|
|9. After using blowers and other equipment, clean up. Dispose of debris in trash receptacles. Make sure none has blown into neighboring yards.|
|10. Check the condition of your power blower, including air intakes and air filter to make sure the unit is operating properly.|
|11. Wear ear protection if you operate a blower for more than two hours per day.|
Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.