Whether you are cleaning your gutters, raking leaves, blowing away freshly mowed grass or spring-cleaning your yard, a reliable leaf blower is a useful tool to have on hand. Tanaka makes a lightweight leaf blower with the TRB24EAP that can serve your basic yard, driveway and sidewalk cleaning needs.

This Tanaka by Hitachi gas-powered leaf blower weighs only 8.6 pounds, which makes it easy to use for those with large yards, and it is backed by an impressive seven-year warranty. Only one other leaf blower on our product lineup boasts a warranty that long; most tend to be considerably shorter, with some lasting only two years.

Given that the model needs a mixture of gas and oil (Tanaka recommends a gas-to-oil ratio of 50:1) rather than a battery or electrical cord, you have more portability, and its lightweight design increases your ability to reach every corner of your property.

This model can blow debris a distance of 17.5 feet, which is a median range for the leaf blowers we examined, and it has an air speed of 170 mph. The Tanaka's performance is standard compared to the other products on our lineup, but it falls behind a bit since it lacks additional features.

The best leaf blowers come with extras to help you get the job done faster and easier, like variable speed settings and vacuum attachments. However, this handheld blower has only one setting and does not come with additional attachments. It also lacks a vacuum feature, which means clean-up is going to go slower and be more of a hassle.

This blower reaches 96.7 decibels, meaning you'll need to wear proper ear protection. If you want a quieter leaf blower, consider the Black & Decker LSWV36. It does not feature anti-vibration capabilities, but for the average user, this may not matter if you're just doing a quick job in the backyard. You can also buy anti-vibration gloves that are designed to help minimize vibrations while operating power equipment.

If you are looking for a no-fuss leaf blower, this model can fit your needs. The product is a two-piece blower, so when you're done, you can detach the motor and nozzle for easy storage. This is a helpful product if you're looking for a leaf blower for average use.

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