Why do people hate leaf blowers?


Leaf blower overkill  |  Photo credit: Hector Alejandro licensed under CC BY 2.0

Because everything about them is so awful!

Well, that’s just our opinion. , howstuffworks.com, gives a more detailed answer. Dove starts by noting that “unlike lawn mowers, leaf blowers are probably the most villainized devices in the lawn care universe,” because they are now used year-round and for many–most?–the noise level they create is unacceptable. As a result, when leaf blowers first became common in the U.S., Dove says two California communities, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Beverly Hills, banned leaf blowers back in the 1970s.  And they have been followed since then by hundreds of communities nationwide that have banned or limited their use.

Why are leaf blowers so hateful? Dove asks and answers:

What is it about leaf blowers that people hate? Is it the decibels? The constancy? Do leaf blowers pose real dangers to the health of users or others who happen to be within earshot? Increasingly, the answer appears to be “yes” —to all of the above.

In the end, leaf blowers create a whirlwind of dust that includes, among other things, dried animal feces, molds, and fungi. Gasoline-powered leaf blowers emit a litany of horribles, including benzene, a known carcinogen. And then there is the noise, which is not merely a nuisance but also a serious health threat.

As for those who would ask how we could possibly deal with fallen leaves without leaf blowers, may we suggest the following:

Photo credit: Carol VanHook licensed under CC BY 2.0


Rakes are a healthier, cheaper, and quieter alternative to the loud, filthy, and dangerous leaf blowers we’ve put up with for entirely too long.


Comment (1)

  1. Jan L. Mayes

    I hate blowers but I’ve had several serious back injuries and can’t rake even with a back brace. I found a 68 dBA vacuum/mulcher (blower attachment not used). So excited until I used it. Measured noise was 93 – 99 dBA AVG. Black & Decker used TWA in product specs as if product used for time equivalent to an 8 hour work shift. It was 68 dBA TWA. Not 68 dBA AVG like I assumed because it’s a consumer product. If they wanted to make quiet vacuum/mulchers they could with noise cancellation. In the meantime, unless any quiet product is independently verified, manufacturers are playing games with how they report noise in product specs. https://www.janlmayes.com/buy-quiet-black-decker-68-dba-blowervacuummulcher-review/


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