Exact time in history when the first leaf blower was used is unknown.
All we know for sure that around 1950, people start using leaf blowers to clean debris, leaves, or grass cuttings from their yards.
So the exact date of the first leaf blower and how did this first leaf blower looks like is unknown.
However, we can create a timeline and see how did leaf blowers improve through history.
The history of leaf blowers is quite interesting and you can learn more about it in this article.
It All Started In Japan
In the 19th century, somewhere in Japan, the first leaf blower was born. It was a large handheld bellow that was used to remove debris in the garden.
No engine, no battery, only human force. Even today, this invention is used all over the world, but not to blow leaves, it is used to spark barbeque fire.
1950 or 1970 Engine Powered Leaf Blower
The first leaf blowers with the engine were invented either in 1950 or 1970.
According to one source, Dom Quinto created a modern leaf blower in 1950.
The first blower that Dom Quinto used was actually a machine for chemical spraying. All he did was remove the chemical tank and use it as a blower.
Other people followed his invention and did the same.
The other source claims that the first engine leaf blower was introduced in 1970 and was invented by Japanese.
Nobody knows precisely what’s the truth because back then, the world was not connected, and there was no internet to record the invention.
First Official Leaf Blower
In 1959 H.L.Diehl created the first machine that was dedicated to removing leaves and other debris. It was a walk-behind machine similar to a lawnmower. It has the option to blow as well as vacuum.
The Dutch company, by the name Vandermolen, released the first two-stroke engine that was carried as a backpack.
This modern leaf blower has higher mobility than the walk-behind lawn leaf blower. This was the first backpack leaf blower and this happened in 1960.
Echo creates the first gas-fueled handheld leaf blower in the seventies, which was later manufactured by other big companies, including Husqvarna.
In 2003, Electrolux was the first company that put a patent on an electric leaf blower. Later on, many other well-known companies use the same patent.
Battery Powered Leaf Blowers
In the late 2000s, manufacturers developed a strong and powerful battery that can provide enough power to supply leaf blower.
Today battery powered leaf blower is the best option because of mobility, low pollution emission, and reduced noise.
Even in the cities with an explicit ban on leaf blowers, a battery-powered leaf blower is getting a green light.
Leaf Blower Bans
In the 70s, some cities start banning leaf blowers because of noise pollution.
And since these bans started in the 70s, it is believed that first engine-powered leaf blowers were, in fact, invented in 1970.
In the 80s, despite some cities banning the use of leaf blowers, a market is making record sales.
In 1985, 75 000 leaf blowers were sold. Only two years later, 464 000 were sold. And in 1989, 800 000 machines were sold in the USA.
More City Bans in 1990
In 1990 Los Angeles, cities in California start massive bans on leaf blowers. Until 2000 almost whole California have bans on leaf blowers.
However, most of these bans are on gas-powered leaf blowers. Today many cities use battery-powered leaf blowers to keep city parks clean and free from leaves and other debris.
But still even today some cities have a complete ban on leaf blowers. Any type of leaf blower can’t be used inside the city.
These bans make sense since noise pollution is quite high when operating a leaf blower.
Why They Ban Leaf Blowers
Most of the cities ban leaf blowers because of loud noise. But leaf blowers powered by gas are also significant pollutants since the two-stroke engine is not burning fuel efficiently.
There is also a potential health risk of blowing fine particles in the air, which can be inhaled by people. Today we know that particles in the air are one of the main factors in lung disease.
But, electric and cordless battery-powered leaf blowers are still going strong and we can expect something new in the future.
Electric leaf blowers give you an opportunity to clean your backyard from debris and leaves.
Leaf blowers are powerful and there are many models on the market to choose from.
In the next couple of years, we can expect even more powerful leaf blowers with long-lasting batteries.