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10 Best Backpack Leaf Blowers (Reviews For 2023)

The Ten Most Powerful & Easy To Use Backpack Leaf Blowers

Today we’re featuring the ten best backpack leaf blowers on the market that will not only take the strain off your arms but also offer significantly more air velocity and a handy tube-throttle switch to make clearing leaves and debris a “breeze.”

If you’re tired of carrying a Leaf blower around the yard every time you clear leaves, twigs, and other debris, you’ve come to the right place. 

The 10 Best Backpack Leaf Blowers

 

Editor’s Choice:   Husqvarna 360BT – 2-cycle Backpack Blower

Husqvarna 360BT 65.6cc 2-Cycle Gas 890 CFM 232 MPH Backpack Leaf Blower

Why We Like It

Combining fuel-saving X-torque technology, excellent ergonomics, and well-known durability, the 360BT leaf blower from Husqvarna tops our list as the best backpack blower for a large yard. Ironically, this model is also rated as one of the best commercial backpack leaf blower models on the market.

If you have not used a “Backpack Leaf Blower,” – Here’s a Backpack Blower Video from Husqvarna:


Specs

  • X-torque technology for reduced exhaust and better fuel efficiency
  • 631 CFM airflow rating
  • 3.8 horsepower
  • 65.6cc 2-stroke engine
  • 2-year warranty

Our Take Away

Overall, we find the Husqvarna 360BT to be the best backpack leaf blower available. If you’re looking for a durable unit that offers the power you need for large yards, this blower won’t disappoint. In our opinion, the Husqvarna blower also has the most comfortable harness relative to its weight.

HUSQVARNA BACKPACK BLOWER

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Runner-Up:  Schroeder Backpack Blower #SR-6400L

Schröder Leaf Blower - Schröder Backpack Blower - Gas Leaf Blower - SR-6400L - 3.7 HP Engine - 5 Year Warranty

Why We Like It

The SR-6400L from Schroeder is a contender for the best backpack leaf blower for homeowner use and even for some commercial applications. With a 63cc engine putting out 3.7 horsepower, this blower offers excellent power in an ergonomic, reliable package and is the most powerful backpack leaf blower we’ve reviewed.

Specs

  • 63cc 2-stroke engine
  • 3.7 horsepower
  • 920 CFM airflow rating
  • 230 MPH max airspeed
  • Industry Leading – 5-year warranty

Our Take Away

You are not alone if you’ve never heard of the Schroeder Group.  Schroeder has, however, been around a long time, in fact, since 1949.  The Schroeder Group is a German manufacturer specializing in modern machine equipment.

While it comes in a close second to the Husqvarna 350BT, this Schroeder blower is a powerhouse blower that will hold up to intensive use. For larger yards or those with significant hills, the considerable power of this model will undoubtedly be helpful.

SCHROEDER BACKPACK BLOWER

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Best Value:  Poulan Pro PR48BT

Poulan Pro PR48BT, 48cc 2-Cycle Gas 475 CFM 200 MPH Backpack Leaf Blower

Why We Like It

True to the brand’s usual form, Poulan has put together arguably the best backpack blower in its price range. While not as powerful as the Husqvarna or Schroeder listed above, the Poulan PR48BT is an obvious choice for Best Value in our backpack blower reviews.

Specs

  • 48cc 2-stroke engine
  • 475 CFM airflow rating
  • 200 MPH maximum airspeed
  • Adjustable tube throttle

Our Take Away

While it won’t compete with commercial-level blowers, the Poulan Pro PR48BT is an excellent option for small to medium-sized residential yards.

If you’re relatively new to 2-stroke engines (mixing gas and oil), follow the manufacturer mix ratio closely since the Poulan blower seems particularly sensitive to improper gas/oil ratios.  And if you’re looking for one of the best cheap backpack blowers on the market – this is one to consider.

POULAN BACKPACK BLOWER

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Best “Commercial” Backpack Blower:  Echo PB-8010T

Backpack Blower, Gas, 756 CFM, 234 MPH

Why We Like It

Regarding raw power, the PB8010T from Echo is the champion commercial blower on the market. As a result, it’s also one of our picks for the best commercial backpack leaf blower you can buy.

Courtesy of a 79.9cc engine with an excellent 1071 CFM airflow rating, this blower can easily tackle jobs well out of the reach of most other leaf blowers.


Specs

  • 79.9cc 2-stroke engine
  • Durable – Lightweight carbon fiber frame and fan case
  • Tube throttle
  • 1,071 CFM airflow rating
  • 211 MPH maximum airspeed
  • 2-Year Warranty

Our Take Away

Although this Echo model could be a little more than the average homeowner will need, it is the perfect tool for anyone with a larger property or for professional landscape contractors who need maximum power and reliability.

The Echo PB-8010T is the hands-down winner in our commercial backpack blower comparison.

ECHO BACKPACK BLOWER

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Best “Cordless” Backpack Leaf Blower:  EGO Power + 56Volt

Why We Like It

Powered by a 56-volt lithium-ion battery, this cordless blower offers reasonably good power and incredible convenience. This blower may be the ideal option if you’re not a gas tool upkeep and maintenance fan.

Note: The Ego Blower link includes the “tool only” without the battery or charger – which must be purchased separately.

Specs

  • 56-volt lithium-ion battery power
  • 600 CFM airflow rating
  • 145 MPH maximum airspeed
  • Quiet operation

Our Take Away

This tool from EGO Power+ is easily one of the best backpack leaf blowers in the cordless category. Although less powerful than some gas-powered models, at 600 CFM, this backpack blower still delivers excellent power and is lightweight enough for practically anyone to use effectively.

Note for buyers:  Make sure you already “own” or “buy” the 56 Volt Lithium-Ion battery required for operating this tool.

EGO POWER + BACKPACK BLOWER

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Best Value Battery Powered Backpack Blower – Greenworks

Greenworks Pro 80V (180 MPH / 610 CFM) Cordless Backpack Leaf Blower, 2.5Ah Battery and Charger Included BPB80L2510

Why We Like It

Thanks to its 80-volt battery system, this unit from Greenworks is easily the best battery-powered backpack blower you’ll find on the market today. Though unsuitable for commercial use, this unit produces power similar to that of a mid-range gas blower. With its variable speed trigger, this blower is also incredibly user-friendly.

Specs

  • The 80-volt lithium-ion battery system
  • 580 CFM airflow rating
  • 145 MPH maximum airspeed
  • Turbo button for added power when needed
  • INCLUDES 80 Volt lithium-ion battery

Our Take Away

This Greenworks blower may be the perfect unit for you if you have a small to the mid-sized residential yard. Thanks to its battery power source, this blower will save you the trouble of gasoline engine maintenance while providing almost as much power as a traditional gas model.

The lack of a gas-powered engine makes this one of the lightest and most comfortable backpack blowers.

GREENWORKS – BACKPACK BLOWER

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Best 4-stroke Backpack Blower:   Makita EB5300TH

Makita EB5300TH 52.5 cc MM4® 4-Stroke Engine Tube Throttle Backpack Blower

Why We Like It

Because of its 4-stroke engine (no oil/gas mixing required), the EB5300TH from Makita is as easy to use as it is powerful.  With this powerful backpack blower, you can forget about mixing oil and gas and get to work.

The Makita model is also one of the easiest starting backpack blowers you’ll find anywhere on the market.

Specs

  • 52.5cc 4-stroke engine
  • 2.5 horsepower
  • 516 CFM airflow rating
  • 184 MPH maximum airspeed
  • High-capacity air filter
  • 1-year warranty

Our Take Away

This is the model for you if you want to avoid mixing oil and gas for your blower. Although its engine isn’t the most powerful in our reviews, the Makita offers more than enough power for most yards.

Thanks to being a 4-stroke unit, this blower is also a bit quieter than comparable 2-stroke models.

MAKITA BACKPACK BLOWER

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Most Affordable “4-strokeBlower:   Craftsman BP410

Why We Like It

For 4-stroke (no mixing of oil and gas) power in a budget-friendly package, the Craftsman BP410 is an excellent and reliable tool to consider buying.

The Craftsman backpack blower offers a surprising level of power, despite having a relatively small engine. We also like its easy-starting feature, which is always a big concern for users.

Specs

  • 32cc 4-stroke engine
  • 460 CFM airflow rating
  • 205 MPH maximum airspeed
  • Easy starting
  • 2 – Year Warranty

Our Take Away

While it may be a bit underpowered for huge yards, the Craftsman BP410 is an excellent option for homeowners with medium-sized yards who want to escape the difficulties of mixing oil and gas for 2-stroke power tools.

As is typical with Craftsman, the BP410 is impressively well-made and is likely to stand up well under regular use.

CRAFTSMAN – BACKPACK BLOWER

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Best Priced “Husqvarna” Backpack Blower:   Husqvarna 130BT

Husqvarna 965102208 130BT Back pack Blower

Why We Like It

It’s no secret that Husqvarna is one of the best outdoor power equipment industry names, but their tools can sometimes be a bit pricey. The 130BT backpack blower is a blower that brings the Husqvarna quality at a reasonable price.

Specs

  • X-torque technology for reduced emissions and increased efficiency
  • 29.5cc engine
  • 1.1 horsepower
  • 425 CFM airflow rating
  • 2-year warranty

Our Take Away

The 130BT from Husqvarna is just about the perfect combination of power, convenience, and value. Based on its lightweight versatility and capable – but less powerful engine, we can easily rate the Husqvarna as the best backpack blower for small yards.

While it won’t tackle the kind of large projects that the Husqvarna 350BT provides, it does have the advantage of being much lighter and easier to handle.

HUSQVARNA – BACKPACK BLOWER

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Best Backpack Blower With “Electric Start”:  Troy Bilt TB4BP

Why We Like It

One of the most common problems we see people have with gas blowers is that they’re sometimes hard to start. If you want easy starting every time, consider the Troy Bilt TB4BP with electric starting capability. Note: this blower uses Troy Bilt’s electric jump starter, sold separately.

Specs:

  • 32cc 4-stroke engine
  • 500 CFM airflow rating
  • 150 MPH maximum airspeed
  • Ergonomic weight distribution
  • 2 Year Warranty

Our Take Away

Between its electric starting capability and 4-stroke power, the TB4BP stands out from the pack, especially at its price point. This blower is a versatile tool for small to medium-sized yards that will help you get the job done time after time.

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Backpack Blowers (FAQ) and Buyer’s Guide:

 

Which Backpack Leaf Blower is the Best?

Though the best model varies based on your personal needs, the best Gas-powered backpack blower we recommend is the Husqvarna 350BT. This model offers, in our opinion, the best combination of power, versatility, and dependability for the broadest range of uses.

If you’re more interested in a Battery-Powered  Backpack blower, we recommend the EGO Power + or Greenworks 80V battery-powered backpack leaf blowers.

How Do You Start a Backpack Leaf Blower?

The method to start a Gas-powered backpack blower is very similar to creating a handheld blower.  Watch how to make both types of backpack blowers in the videos below:

How do you begin a Gas-powered  backpack blower: Video

  • Carefully set the backpack blower upright – on the ground.
  • Turn the switch to “On.”
  • Prime the carburetor (push the bulb – 3-4 times)
  • If the backpack blower is cold, close the choke
  • Pull the starter cord (unless, of course, it’s an electric start)
  • Once it’s running, open the choke, and you’re ready to blow.

 


How do you start a Battery-powered Backpack Leaf Blower: Video

  • Insert a fully charged lithium-ion battery
  • Turn the switch to “On.”
  • Adjust the speed trigger, and you’re ready to blow.

Can you Vacuum Leaves with a Backpack Blower?

Backpack blowers are designed for one thing – to move leaves and debris as quickly as possible, all while taking the strain out of that chore.  If you’re interested in a leaf blower that also includes a vacuum – check out our reviews for the Best Leaf Vacuum, Mulchers, and Blowers.

How Do You Use a Backpack Leaf Blower?

The operation of backpack blowers varies somewhat with each model; however, these are the standard features found on most backpack blowers:

  • Comfortable-easy to wear harnesses
  • Trigger-mounted speed control located on the blower tube
  • Massive CFM power (cubic feet per minute)
  • Point and blow debris with enormous wind speed

Are Backpack Leaf Blowers Noisy?

Yes, though, battery-operated blowers are quite a bit quieter than their gas counterparts. As with most other power tools, hearing protection is recommended when using gas leaf blowers, especially more powerful models like the Husqvarna 350BT.

Are Backpack Leaf Blowers More Powerful Than Handheld?

Generally speaking, yes. For example, the Husqvarna 350BT moves up to 692 cubic feet of air per minute. Compare this with the handheld 125 V+BVX leaf blower – rated at 495 CFM, and you’ll see a typical power gap between backpack blowers and handheld leaf blowers.

Are battery-powered or gas-powered backpack blowers better?

While both gas and battery-powered blowers serve the same function, gas blowers are typically more powerful.

For instance, the Schroeder gas blower with 920 CFM is much more powerful than EGO’s battery blower at 600 CFM. However, that limited amount of extra gas power may not be as important to some as the convenience of a plug-and-go, battery-operated blower.

 

Conclusion:

Our extensive reviews show that the Husqvarna 350BT, Schroeder, and Poulan Pro PR48BT are the best backpack leaf blowers on the market today.

Of course, our reviews include what we think are the best blowers for most customers.

Depending on your needs and budget, you may prefer one of the other excellent backpack blowers listed in our reviews above.  We hope you can save your arms and try one of these fine inventions today.

References & Further Reading:

Kevin
Kevin
Kevin is the author and editor for Best Home Gear. In addition to his work in publishing, Kevin enjoys exploring the Outdoors in Michigan and Arizona, Hiking, Cycling, Fishing, Reading, and Completing Projects for the Home and Garden.

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