How a Leaf Blower Makes a Difference to your Workload!

Time to clear the autumn leavesWhere is that leaf blower?!.

We have gardens with lots of trees, both at home and in France. Lots of trees mean lots of leaves. And lots of leaves mean lots of debris. The problem is particularly troublesome at our place in France, where we have a pool which is surrounded by a variety of trees that constantly drop debris into the pool area.

The pool is lovely, but the enjoyment is somewhat reduced by getting mouthfuls of leaves when you’re trying to swim. One of the banes of my life (and particularly my poor old back) during our long summer stay is constantly having to sweep the area. So when FFX got in touch to see if we’d like to try one of the products from their website, I decided to try out a leaf blower.

A cordless was a must. The last thing you want to do is drop anything with an electrical cord attached into the pool, especially when folk are using it! We’d hate any of our guests to go for ‘the swim that requires no towel…’ The other requirement was portability and ease of use. I really didn’t want a heavyweight device with a 2-stroke engine that I had to fire up every time I needed to use it. Plus we had to be able to easily get it to France for the summer, of course.

So, how did the Draper perform?

Overall, it was great. It was easy to put together, very compact and light. Even my 10 year old could handle it! The battery only takes half an hour or so to fully re-charge too. In terms of performance, it certainly did the job, with a slightly curved spout ideal for directing debris away from the pool. The power of the blower was perfectly adequate; too much power would mean blowing leaves up into the air only for a gust of wind to blow them back into the pool. It would also have meant a reduction in time to a discharged battery. It was also good for shifting bits of gravel and twigs off the paving, and brilliant for sweeping away grass from both the pool area and pathways around the house after I’d mowed the lawn or strimmed the edges.

Hugo clearing the pool area with the leaf blower
Hugo clearing the pool area with the leaf blower

There were several other instances that I’d never have thought of where the blower was really useful. For example, before painting, the garden furniture needed clearing of things like spider webs and bits of flotsam and jetsam. The Draper did a great job. Another example was drying off the plastic sunloungers after a shower of rain; the blower worked a treat – a bit like a garden hairdryer! As you can see from the before and after photos, the little bits of plant debris that were stuck to them with the rain were easily cleaned off without need for wiping or brushing.

It’s funny how something you’ve never owned before suddenly becomes indispensable.

The Draper cordless leaf blower is one of those things. How on earth did I manage without it? It’s saved my time, my back, and my swimming guests from mouthfuls of leaves, and possibly from an early grave! Good work Draper… Now to put it to work for Autumn in the orchard back home…!

Disclaimer: We were sent the leaf blower by FFX in exchange for an honest review.

Time to clear the autumn leavesWhere is that leaf blower?!.
Time to clear the autumn leaves

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How a leaf blower can help your workload in ways you may not have even considered yet!
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31 Replies to “How a Leaf Blower Makes a Difference to your Workload!”

  1. This looks fantastic – it’s great when you find a gadget that really helps your work load isn’t it? This looks like a keeper! x
    Rosie @ Little Fish recently posted…Living Arrows: 34/52 Last Day of Forest SchoolMy Profile

    1. Definitely is (boys and their toys!!)

  2. Now that is something I would never have thought to buy but I’m totally on board with anything that eases my workload and our yard is in need of a LOT of attention! Sadly I don’t have a pool area to worry about! 😉
    Sinead ( recently posted…Hasselback Chicken (6 Ways) with Dubliner CheeseMy Profile

  3. That leaf blower looks fab! We used to have one but it was much more cumbersome than yours. So heavy to hold and a pain to use. This one looks brilliant!

    1. I must admit Paul was a little sceptical because of the size, but it has worked brilliantly!

  4. Oh Wow! It doesn’t only blow leaves – it also clean! That’s awesome!
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  5. I really could have used something like this when I lived in Canada and spent a silly amount of my time raking leaves. I remember they used to smell amazing…
    Elizabeth recently posted…Frankie’s Abaco Avocado & Rum Cocktail RecipeMy Profile

    1. Raking leaves is such hard work isn’t it?

  6. Wow it sounds like it really has helped your workload! We get so many leaves in the garden throughout autumn and I hate having to rake them up, I always wanted a leaf blower….maybe an early Christmas present to myself. Rock and roll!
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    1. I know, rock and roll indeed! That’s what we’ve become when we get excited about kitchen gadgets and garden tools!

  7. That looks really useful, we don’t really have any leaves in our garden as we just have hedges. x
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    1. You’re lucky! I really like hedges, especially evergreen ones. Although the changing autumn colours are nice, it’s a bit of a pain!

  8. Oh wow! I need a leaf blower in my life. We have trees in our front garden and the number of leaves that fall is phenomenal. We could do so much with this.
    Beth @ recently posted…#Blogtober17 – Rubik’s Junior Animals – A puzzle for all the family?My Profile

    1. I know, they get everywhere don’t they?!

  9. I bet the leaf blower makes such a lot of difference, if I had a decent sized garden or a pool I’d definitely invest in one too x

    1. He’s wanted one for ages so he’s really pleased!

  10. What a useful gadget to have around the house. Never knew such a gadget existed. Great for the autumn season with the leaves.

  11. Such a fab gadget. We have a woodland behind our house so could do with something like this.

    1. They do seem to come down all of a sudden too, don’t they? Especially in the windy weather we’ve had recently!

  12. Brilliant, We don’t need one, but I think if I ever did I would enjoy using it far too much haha!

    1. Yes it’s a great ‘toy’!

  13. My husband has been after one of these for a while as we are reasonably rural. But I keep saying no not seeing the benefit but your post has just changed my mind! I would need have thought it could be used on the furniture.
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    1. Ah well your husband will have my husband to thank when he gets his new toy then! Hope he likes it!

  14. It does look a great product – I have never thought of having one, but it does look handy! Kaz

    1. Paul loves every gadget going, especially power tools!

  15. This looks fab! Think my daughter would love to use it! We don’t have a garden though so not much need for one in central London!

    1. Oh probably not, unless you wanted it to clear the streets of leaves maybe lol!

  16. This looks like such a great products! I’m sure my garden-loving OH would adore this.

    1. Boys and their toys!

  17. I tried this leaf blower out at a friend’s home and I just kept on looking for more things to blow. I would very confidently recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable but dependable leaf blower. I have since ignored my broom in favor of this Draper 18V leaf blower.

  18. My leaf blower laterally changed my life and dare I say it actually made clearing leaves really fun! its also good for clearing the debris out of my chicken coop and van. Great post.

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