18V Cordless Blower OBL 1802
Whether it's a blockage in the nozzle or a broken tube, issues with your leaf blower can be frustrating.
We've looked at some common leaf blower problems and suggested ways to fix and avoid them, to help save you time and money on repairs.
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There's a number of reasons why your leaf blower might be failing to start up, and it typically depends on what fuel your models uses – petrol, electricity or battery.
How to avoid: Remove old fuel before planning to store your blower over a long period of time.
How to avoid: If you use your leaf blower a lot, try to replace the spark plug at the start of each season.
How to avoid: Clean the filter after around 10 hours of use and then replace it when it becomes too dirty to clean.
Leaf blower vacs have a fan that sucks up and shreds leaves. However, the fan can easily be blocked with twigs and clods of wet leaves.
How to avoid: Try to pick up leaves on dry days when they will be collected and shredded more easily. If there's lots of other debris such as earth mixed in, it might be quicker in the long run to pick this up by hand.
Many leaf blower vacuums have either a twist attachment or clips to keep the collection bag in place. In a Which? member survey, around one in six respondents reported having issues with a broken bag attachment.
How to avoid: Empty the bag regularly – a heavy bag will put more pressure on the attachment. Try to keep the bag clean, as it can get clogged with dust and soil. It's also best to collect leaves on a dry day, as wet leaves makes the bag very heavy.
Most collection bags are made of fabric and can get very wet after picking up leaves filled with moisture. If they're not dried out properly before being stored away, they often rot.
How to avoid: Try not to over-fill the bag – it will help it to last longer. After you've finished using it, give the bag a rinse out and then hang it up to dry before it goes back in the shed.
Stones and other hard debris can sometimes ricochet against the tube if they accidentally get sucked up, cracking the plastic. The tube can also become brittle over time, making it less study, especially if it's stored in a cold shed.
How to avoid: Be careful to pick up only leaves with your leaf blower vacuum. If in doubt, blow your garden rubbish into a pile and then pick it up by hand. You should also only store your tools in a frost-free environment.
The fan in your leaf blower not only sucks up the leaves, it also shreds them. A few members in our survey told us the fan broke when stones were picked up, or was damaged when being unblocked.
How to avoid: Avoid sucking up stones, twigs, wet leaves and other debris that will clog the fan. Also, take your time to pick up leaves and let the vac shred gradually to save time spent clearing the fan.