The Hitachi RB24EAP is a compact gas-powered leaf blower that can do the job nicely and is backed by an impressive seven-year consumer warranty. Like most warranties, any negligence, improper use of or incorrectly mixing the gas and oil voids the agreement, but otherwise, you're covered for an extended time so you can get years of service out of your leaf blower.

In addition, this Hitachi machine can blow debris 18 feet in 16.54 seconds; this was the farthest distance of any of the leaf blowers on our lineup. Interestingly, this blower is compact, but it pushes 441 cubic feet of air through its tapered nozzle per minute at a velocity of 170 mph. This is somewhat lower than some of the other models we evaluated, but it can work just fine for a small yard.

This gas leaf blower weighs in at 8.6 pounds, which means this machine is light enough for most people to use around the yard, on a driveway or along walkways. You'll find the Hitachi RB24EAP is pretty loud at 96.6 decibels, which is comparable to the average lawn mower. It's best to use ear protection with this leaf blower, as it is with all leaf blowers on the market because they all tend to exceed U.S. noise standards.

The lightweight body of this Hitachi contributes to its easy handling. When you need to put the blower down, it has an auto-return switch that resets the On button so the blower starts quickly when you return.

This model sports a low-emission engine with a fuel tank capacity of 17.6 fluid ounces. Like many similar gas-powered leaf blowers, this Hitachi model has specific needs for the type of fuel it uses. Before running the machine, be sure you've used a proper 50:1 ratio mix of gasoline to oil. Hitachi recommends 89-octane gasoline, which you can find at almost any local gas station. This Hitachi model complies with EPA standards to limit hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides in the air. Surprisingly, this gas leaf blower does not come with any operating instructions.

The Hitachi RB24EAP leaf blower is compact and easy to carry and rather noisy, but it blows debris, dirt and leaves away in a speedy fashion and would work especially well in a small yard.

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