Submitted by Thomas Kenny
I am coming out in opposition to banning gas powered leaf blowers for personal use. As we get older and arthritis and joint issues emerge, the use a gas leaf blower has allowed me to keep my yard cleared of
leaves without the prohibiting expense of hiring a landscaper. I do compost the piled leaves.
I have tried battery powered tools and they don’t last. Either you can’t finish the job without recharging or the batteries stop taking a charge causing the purchase of very expensive replacements and the disposal of lithium batteries into the waste stream. Corded equipment for anyone with a large yard is impractical.
If it is the noise that bothers you, then there is little noticeable difference in levels, as most of the noise is from the airflow. In fact, having used both, the noise from battery or electric is worse, as it takes longer to do the job with recharging, often over multiple days. And since it is just a short window of time that
these are in use, even with a landscaper, then making a law to ban them is just a pet peeve issue that can be handled with waiting the relatively short time it takes for your neighbor to finish the job.