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Autumn. Lots and lots of dead leaves and only the best petrol leaf blower will do. The word alone conjures up images of grey skies, Halloween, and of course dead leaves.

If you have a large garden with a lot of trees, or if you have a very large tree that sheds a lot of leaves, you’ll know all too well that it can be a long and tiring work raking up mountains of leaves. The worst thing is, you wake up the next day and another sea of brown leaves has taken its place, seemingly out of nowhere!

To help deal with this is in the most time and labour (and sanity) saving manner, we suggest that you spend a little money on a decent leaf blower so here’s a comparison table to find the best petrol leaf blower at the best possible price.

Best petrol leaf blower Reviews

ImagesMake & ModelManufacturer Features/SpecificationsRatingPrice

Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower - Orange

Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower

  • Powerful 27.2cc Petrol Engine
  • Anti-Vibration System
  • 2-Stroke Air Cooled Engine

4.5/5 from 28 reviews

Mcculloch Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

  • High performance petrol backpack Blower for use over long periods with reduced fatigue for the user...
  • Comfort padding and straps
  • Features variable engine speed with cruise control
  • Features easy access engine cover
  • Sound pressure level at operators ear 95 dB(A)

4.4/5 from 33 reviews

Makita cordless leaf blower

  • 4-stroke engine for fewer emissions and more efficient fuel consumption
  • Mechanical decompression system for consistently easy starting
  • 2 part blower tube for easy storage in cramped sheds and garages
  • Compact and lightweight

4.4/5 from 158 reviews

McCulloch leaf blower vacuum

  • Petrol BlowerVac 25cc
  • Adjustable cruise control
  • 45 litre capacity collection bag
  • Integrated leaf shredder
  • Mulch ratio 16.1 Anti-vibration system

4/5 from 129 reviews

Parker PBV-2600 26cc 3 in 1 Petrol Leaf Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher & Shredder

  • Strong and Reliable 2 Stroke Engine
  • 3-in-1 Leaf Blower, Vacuum & Mulcher / Shredder
  • Lightweight & Easy to Use
  • Warranty & UK Seller Support
  • 1HP / 0.70kW Power Output

3.9/5 from 95 reviews

Petrol leaf blower

The options you have are electric leaf blowers, cordless leaf blowers, and petrol leaf blowers.

The cheapest type are the electric leaf blowers that are connected via a power cord to the mains supply. They offer very good value for money and can be very powerful. The only downside is the length of the power cable dictates how far you can move with the leaf blower in hand. If you have a small garden, they can be a good choice.

Cordless leaf blowers have more range and give you wider freedom of movement because they are powered by batteries and don’t have a power cord. Problem is, you have to keep the battery charged when it’s not in use and battery life can limit how long you can use them for. Spare batteries can help but they can cost as much as the main unit itself.

Petrol powered leaf blowers are easily the most powerful and are suited to people with medium to large sized gardens, or if you have an above average amount of leaves that fall in your garden or driveway. They are usually the most expensive kind of leaf blower and also the loudest, but they do a great job of clearing those unwanted leaves, and save you a lot of time and effort.

This article has been produced to focus on petrol leaf blower products. If you think one of the other types might suit you better, you can visit their respective pages by clicking on these links here- best electric leaf blowers, best cordless leaf blowers.

Ok, let’s get started with our best petrol leaf blower reviews. We start with a great all round tool from a brand that is always associated with quality: Makita.

Best petrol leaf blower

So it’s no surprise we found ourselves at the Makita for best petrol leaf blower.

1. Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower

Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower
4.4 out of 5 stars ( 158 customer reviews )
Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days

We chose the Makita BHX2501 petrol leaf blower has our number 1 for a few reasons. It is worth mentioning that Makita really are producing incredible garden kit, it was only last week we ranked a Makita best cordless lawn mower, then days later best cordless hedge trimmer, and best cordless brush cutter too. Basically, Makita are doing making notch machinery at excellent money.

Firstly, it has a 24.5cc 4 stroke engine as opposed to the more common 2 stroke type engines that a found on power tools. 4 stroke engines are quieter, produce less vibration, and are better for you and the environment because they don’t produce the same amount of emissions as 2 stroke engines.

4 stroke engines, like the one powering this petrol leaf blower are usually more fuel efficient too, although this model, with only a 0.5 litre fuel tank, still has to be refilled fairly often. On the plus side, the fuel tank is translucent so you can keep an eye on how much you have left.

The reason for the smaller fuel tank is that Makita have tried their best to keep this petrol leaf blower compact and lightweight. Intending it to be carried in one hand as you walk along.

Carrying along with this compact theme is the design of the blower tube, which can be separated into two parts and stored away easier than a single solid piece.

Some lower quality petrol leaf blowers can be a pain in the backside to start, but this Makita starts up very nicely thanks to a mechanical decompression system and electric ignition. I won’t pretend I know the ins and outs of workings of that system but I can honestly say it does what it’s supposed to.

Petrol power tools make noise, it’s unavoidable and something you have to trade off for the extra power. Makita have fitted a large capacity muffler in this model to try to limit this, and again they have done a decent job.

I personally didn’t try the vacuum attachment that can be purchased separately, but I have been told that it can be a bit fiddly to attach. Then again, it only costs an extra ten pounds so it might be worth a look.

Personally, I just used this petrol leaf blower to do just that-blow leaves, and blow them it did, with a good output of focused air coming out the flat nozzle that allowed me a lot of control over where the leaves where going.

To sum up, this is a great product that will keep on ticking for years as long as you keep up the basic maintenance tasks.

Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower Review

Best Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower Features

What needs work on the Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower

24.5 4 stroke engine Vacuum attachment is said to be a bit fiddly
Less noise and vibration than a 2 stroke engine
Translucent fuel tank
Compact and lightweight
Powerful air output
Large capacity muffler keeps noise to a minimum
Easy to start

Moving on with our best petrol leaf blower reviews now with a particularly beefy model suited to heavy duty work…

2. Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower, 46 cc
4.4 out of 5 stars ( 33 customer reviews )
Usually dispatched within 24 hours

If power is high up on your list of requirements when it comes to your petrol leaf blower, then look no further, as the McCulloch GB355BP has it in spades. They make excellent quality equipment and probably manufacture the best robot mower at the moment that’s well priced.

At 46cc, the engine is almost twice the capacity of the Makita BHX2501 and it has a fuel tank that is 4 times bigger, being able to hold 2.2 litres of petrol.

The engine in this McCulloch is a 2 stroke device, so you need to mix the oil in with the petrol before pouring it in. 2 stroke engines are usually noisier and smokier than 4 stroke units but they can produce a lot of power, and this one can blast out air at speeds of 355kph. At that speed you can not only blow leaves but other debris such as twigs and cuttings.

With the extra power and engine size comes extra weight, and the McCulloch GB355BP weighs just over 9kg. This isn’t a big problem though as this is a petrol powered, backpack leaf blower and designed to be carried differently to handheld models.

The backpack that comes with this petrol leaf blower is a very good one, with nice padded shoulder straps that help to take the weight off your back.

The control system is something that resembles a fighter pilot’s stick, and has a responsive trigger that changes the speed of the blower as you add or reduce pressure. If you want to keep at a constant speed, you can flick a switch and it goes into cruise control, allowing you to take your finger off the trigger and still work away.

Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower Review

Best Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower Features

What needs work on the Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

Large 46cc engine Extra power comes at a fuel cost
Produces air speeds of 355kph
Large 2.2 litre fuel tank
Backpack has comfortable shoulder straps
Pressure sensitive controls to control speed
Adjustable trigger control
Good quality construction

The position of the trigger grip can be adjusted and slides along the leaf blower so you can find just the right length and feel as comfortable as possible.

If you decide to buy this powerful petrol leaf blower, make sure you have plenty of fuel hanging around as, with any powerful engine, the extra ‘oomph’ comes at the cost of petrol.

On the other hand, the extra power helps to get the job done in half the time, so I suppose it balances out in the end.

Occupying the third spot in our list of best petrol leaf blower reviews, is the Stihl BG86CE ergo start. An amazing garden tool if you don’t mind paying a bit extra for it.

3. Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower

Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower - Orange
4.5 out of 5 stars ( 28 customer reviews )
Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days

Stihl garden tools are often the choice of professionals because of their reliability and long working life.

The Stihl BG86CE petrol leaf blower is a handheld tool that gets its impressive power from a 27.22cc 2 stroke engine that has built in air-cooling so you can work for longer without worrying about overheating.

Some 2 stroke engines can be stubborn starters but this Stihl has their ‘ergo start’ design to ensure that it starts up from cold easily and quickly every time. The engine has been designed to reduce the amount of emissions it produces and also to be good on fuel to save you a few quid while helping the environment.

Another thing people complain about with 2 strokes, is vibration. Again, Stihl have tackled this problem by fitting this petrol leaf blower with 4 springs that act as an anti-vibration system. Nice, soft padded handles also help to reduce any vibrations passing through the machine while it’s on, so you won’t be shaking like a ‘leaf’ after a long spell on this machine.

The build quality of Stihl products is always of highest level, and this petrol leaf blower joins the ranks alongside its namesakes. Everything feels strong, solid and heavy duty.

At 5kg it is light enough to be carried in one hand, but if you intend on using it for long periods, or if you lack upper body strength, you might want to consider buying a shoulder strap of some kind.

The tool arrives pre-assembled, you only have to twist on the black blower pipe onto the main unit and you’re ready to mix your fuel, top up, and blow away that garden debris with the Stihl BG68CE’s high air speed.

Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower Review

Best Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower Features

What needs work on the Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower

Powerful 27cc 2 stroke engine More expensive than its competitors
Ergo start feature
Semi-automatic choke lever
Low emissions
Anti-vibration system
Lightweight at 5kg
Incredibly reliable and well built

Flooding the engine on a petrol powered garden tool is something a lot of us have done at some point, especially with our first purchases, but Stihl have given this model a semi-automatic choke lever to reduce the chance of that happening.

Other good features are the purge pump primer that also helps the engine to start up easier, and a built in stop switch where the throttle lock returns to the start position automatically after the machine is switched off.

Next in line is another product from McCulloch. This time it is a hand held leaf blower with a very competitive price tag.

4. McCulloch GBV345 Petrol Leaf Blower/Vacuum

Our second McCulloch petrol leaf blower is the GBV345 leaf blower/Vacuum.

As you have probably already guessed from the name, this machine can be used to either blow the leaves where you want them to go, or suck them up into the integrated shredder to be used as mulch on your garden.

The 345kph blowing power that the 25cc engine produces is more than enough to clear leaves and debris from your lawn and path and the flare nozzle does a good job of concentrating the air into a tighter area when you need to shift some stubborn wet leaves.

As we already mentioned this petrol leaf blower can also act as a vacuum, and to store all the leaves that it picks up there is a 45 litre vacuum bag. Unfortunately, the bag can’t be released and emptied separately so you have to carry the whole tool over to the bin, which is annoying. Also the zip on the bag doesn’t open the whole length of the bag making it harder than it should be to get all the leaves out.

Like the Makita BHX2501, McCulloch have chosen to make the fuel tank on this model translucent to help you know when it’s getting close to the time to refuel. The tank can hold a maximum of just under a litre, which is more than our top rated petrol leaf blower.

Vibration has been taken into account by McCulloch and the measures they have taken to reduce it in this model seem to work well. I think the solid overall construction of the tool and the soft grip handles also play a part here too.

McCulloch GBV345 Petrol Leaf Blower/Vacuum Review

Best McCulloch GBV345 Petrol Leaf Blower/Vacuum Features

What needs work on the McCulloch GBV345 Petrol Leaf Blower/Vacuum

3 in one- Blower, Vacuum, and mulcher Vacuum bag could have been better designed
16/1 mulching ratio
Powerful and blows air at 345kph
Flare nozzle focuses air well
45 litre vacuum bag
Translucent fuel tank
Soft start feature

Other notable features are the cruise control that is adjustable so you can save yourself some hand strain if you have to pull a long shift in the garden, and the soft start technology which means you don’t have to yank hard on the pulley to get the machine going.

The McCulloch GBV345 petrol leaf blower weighs 4.4 kilograms which is just under average for a petrol handheld leaf blower. The weight is well distributed and the blower feels well balanced when you are holding it.

Our final review is the cheapest of our best petrol leaf blowers, and comes to us from the parker brand.

5. Parker PBV-2600 26cc 3 in 1 Petrol Leaf Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher & Shredder

Parker PBV-2600 26cc 3 in 1 Petrol Leaf Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher & Shredder
3.9 out of 5 stars ( 95 customer reviews )
Usually dispatched within 24 hours

Priced at just over 90 pounds, the Parker PBV-2600 might be just the thing if you’re on a tighter budget.

It is a 3-in-1 petrol leaf blower, vacuum, mulcher and shredder. As a blower, it is very competent, and the 26cc engine does a soiled job of blasting enough air to shift both dry and wet leaves, even if it is a bit ‘thirsty’ when it comes to fuel consumption.

The vacuum setting doesn’t work quite as well as the blower but it isn’t bad. I just wish that Parker hadn’t designed it so that the exhaust points up when vacuuming as you get a face full of fumes in some positions.

The mulcher/shredder also works ok, but is nothing special. It’ll give you a good enough mulch to add to your compost heap.

I was happy that the 26cc engine started up very easily, even without using the choke but I did prime the carburettor first by pressing the slightly hard to get to primer pump.

The only set up I had to do was attach the pipe, but that was trickier than expected as the two sections were very close in size and diameter. This meant a bit of bending and squeezing of one of them was needed to get them to fit together.

At around 4kg this parker petrol leaf blower is light enough to carry around in one hand and wield without too much effort.
As expected with low cost tools, the quality of the casing material is ok, but not up to the same standard as the other, more expensive products we’ve reviewed here.

And that pretty much sums the Parker PBV-2600 up- it’s a decent little petrol leaf blower that won’t break the bank, but just isn’t ‘polished’ enough to compete with the likes of the Makita BHX2501 and the McCulloch Petrol Backpack Leafblower.

Parker PBV-2600 26cc 3 in 1 Petrol Leaf Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher & Shredder Review

Best Parker PBV-2600 26cc 3 in 1 Petrol Leaf Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher & Shredder Features

What needs work on the Parker PBV-2600 26cc 3 in 1 Petrol Leaf Blower, Vacuum, Mulcher & Shredder

Low cost at just over 90 pounds Fuel consumption could be better
26cc 2 stroke engine Build quality can’t compare with more expensive brands
Powerful blowing action
3-in-1 blower, vacuum, and mulcher
Easy to start
Lightweight
Soft start feature

At around 4kg this parker petrol leaf blower is light enough to carry around in one hand and wield without too much effort.
As expected with low cost tools, the quality of the casing material is ok, but not up to the same standard as the other, more expensive products we’ve reviewed here.

And that pretty much sums the Parker PBV-2600 up- it’s a decent little petrol leaf blower that won’t break the bank, but just isn’t ‘polished’ enough to compete with the likes of the Makita BHX2501 and the McCulloch Petrol Backpack Leafblower.

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Stihl petrol leaf blower

You just can’t go wrong with a Stihl petrol leaf blower. Stihl rely on their high quality without compromise ethos to deliver extremely well built tools. The Stihl petrol leaf blower is no exception. The Stihl BG86CE Ergo Start Petrol Blower is a serious piece of kit, solving leaf problems with ease and I would probably suggest it’s more commercial and for large gardens with plenty of trees as opposed to small or medium sized home gardens. Irrespective of the reason you believe you need this incredible bit of kit, you will not be disappointed in performance. The only issue is the upfront cost, it provides all the Stihl quality you would expect.

Stihl petrol leaf blowers come with all the goodies you expect from a high end machine; choke, pump primer, and anti vibration systems. In a nutshell, Stihl means you get what you pay for. Now would I say it’s the best value for money? That’s another story. I think there is far better value for money to be had from the Makita range in general, not just their petrol leaf blowers.

Petrol leaf blower reviews

If you want a petrol leaf blower review, I’ll talk to you about the Makita BHX2501 24.5 cc 4-Stroke Petrol Handheld Leaf Blower. From my perspective(and opinion), I would rate the Makita every bit as good as the Stihl but for a fraction of the price and that’s why we do our petrol leaf blower reviews to ensure best value for money is sought and found at every step.

With all petrol leaf blower reviews, personal opinion and preference takes a seat, but we do our best to keep an unbiased and open opinion. Makita scores extremely highly on our site, but then so it does all around the internet, for that reason I easily vote the Makita petrol leaf blower the best petrol leaf blower. It’s unusual that a product is so unanimously voted and reviewed positively, well done to Makita for making a petrol leaf blower that all can benefit from and so well priced too.

Petrol backpack leaf blower

If you say to me, I need a petrol backpack leaf blower to solve my garden problems, I would apologise for the rudeness and ask a question with a question; do you have a big or little budget for a petrol backpack leaf blower? If you don’t mind spending big for the return in performance and quality, without question you go for the Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower. What a fantastic bit of kit. You are searching for a petrol backpack leaf blower because you need serious power. This blower delivers huge power, with excellent power to weight ratio too.

This isn’t some big lump of a machine to compensate for a lack of engine power per cc. Far from, this is a high tuned piece of engineering designed to blow extremely hard, extremely fast, without fatigue to the user. It’s really as simple as that. If you want quality from a back pack blower, you speak to Mcculloch for sure.

Makita leaf blower petrol

You want a Makita leaf blower, petrol version? Good choice, by far and away it’s the best value for money. They are producing the kind of quality at low prices that will make them the envy of all other manufacturers. Makita is far better known for it’s building trade equipment, but in recent times have done a brilliant job of muscling in on the garden scene too. Now they make all manor of amazing kit, from the best brush cutters, to the best lawn mowers. The Makita petrol leaf blower is no exception, delivery massive value for money that simply can’t be touched by its rivals.

So there we have it, the 5 products that we think are the best petrol leaf blowers reviewed for you. The models featured here are the ones we think are the best value for money at the time of writing this article, and as newer petrol leaf blowers come onto the UK market we will check them out and add them to our list, with full reviews, if we feel they are worth it and if you didn’t find the best petrol leaf blower you are looking for then it’s worth taking a look at our best leaf blower and vacuum post.