When you pick up your new leaf blower, there’s no better feeling than the first time you switch it on and feel the kickback from the power.
It’s definitely one of the most enjoyable yard maintenance tools.
However, when you pick up your leaf blower, the last thing on your mind is usually the day it breaks down.
In this article, we’ll go over how to take care of your leaf blower.
We’ll show you exactly what you need to do to prevent an early breakdown of your leaf blower, and how you can make sure it stays in great condition for years to come.
General Leaf Blower Maintenance
Different leaf blowers require different levels of maintenance.
However, every leaf blower has a few general maintenance requirements to keep them running smoothly.
Whenever you’re finished using your leaf blower for the day, take a minute to inspect it and wipe down any components that might accumulate any debris or dust like vents, fans, and air filters.
If you spot any dust or dirt covering the outside of your leaf blower, use a bit of soap and water with a cloth and wipe it down.
Don’t use any harsh chemicals that might damage the leaf blower.
Also, make sure you check your leaf blower’s trigger or throttle once a week, even if you aren’t using it in the off-season.
Maintaining Your Gas Leaf Blower
Gas-powered leaf blowers provide a ton of extra power, which means you’ll need to take extra care of them compared to electric leaf blowers.
Every gas leaf blower will come with a list of components that need to be checked at the beginning of the season.
Here are the common components that you should remember to check:
You should clean your air filter after every 10 hours of using the leaf blower. First, remove felt or sponge pieces from the filter.
Next, soak them in soapy water quickly, rinse them, and let them dry.
Finally, put a couple of drops of oil into the sponge or filter.
If your blower uses a paper filter, gently tap it against a surface to remove any dirt.
You should replace it once a year.
Just like cars, gas leaf blowers have spark plugs that need to be maintained.
You should regularly disconnect the spark plug and check it for any corrosion once a week while regularly using it.
You should replace it every year or ever 25 hours of use.
After 30 days, your gas will start to degrade. If left longer than that, it can damage the fuel lines and gas tank.
Make sure to drain it monthly. For long term storage, drain the tank, run the engine dry and make sure it’s empty before putting it away for the off-season.
Remember to always use the right amount of 2-stroke oil with the gas for 2-cycle engines (50:1). Never use motor oil as it could damage the engine.
Your fuel filter sits on the end of the fuel line that goes into your fuel tank.
First, disconnect the spark plug, and use a small hook to take the filter out. Put a new filter in once per year.
2-cycle leaf blowers use a gas and oil mix, but 4-cycle leaf blowers will have separate tanks for oil and gas.
Do your first oil change on a 4-cycle leaf blower after the first 20 hours of use.
Then, begin changing it every 50 hours after that.
If your carburetor becomes clogged up, it can stop your engine from starting or prevent it from firing.
Simply remove the external panel and do a couple of quick sprays of carb cleaner inside the choke.
You should clean the carburetor once per year.
Leaf blowers with catalytic converters to reduce emissions will also feature a spark arrestor on the muffler.
You need to remove the screen from the exhaust pipe and clean it with a brush monthly.
Some gas leaf blowers will have a built-in vacuum.
If yours does, make sure to take the vacuum bag out and clean it once per year.
Maintaining Your Electric Leaf Blower
Electric leaf blowers aren’t as demanding, maintenance-wise as gas leaf blowers.
However, they still require ongoing care if you want to make sure they run well for years.
If your leaf blower is battery operated, remember to inspect the battery before every use.
Check for leaks and check the charge level.
If your battery is fully charged, don’t leave it in the charger or even in the leaf blower when you’re not using it as it will drain the battery.
At the beginning of the season, clean your leaf blower’s battery contacts by wiping them with a dry cloth.
You should do this once per month in-season as well.
If you have a corded leaf blower, always remember to check the cord and the connection point before you plug it in.
If the wire is frayed or there’s a missing grounding pin on the plug, it could cause an electric shock that could damage the cord, or worse yet, give you a harmful shock.