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.
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.
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