FAQ: Which is better: A Lawn sweeper or leaf blower with vacuum attachment?

You Asked: Which is better, A Lawn sweeper or leaf blower with vacuum attachment?

We answered:

When it comes to lawn care equipment, many people tend to decide between lawn sweepers and leaf blowers. Both can be great tools in helping you maintain your lawn. However, each has its own pros and cons, although you may find that one is more suited to your needs compared to the other.

Lawn sweepers are economical, especially if you opt for the fully manual sweeper that you just have to push around. These also emit lesser amounts of noise compared to leaf blowers that use a motor or an engine, so this means that you can use a lawn sweeper early in the morning when your neighbors are still asleep. The design is still efficient despite the lack of a motor since the gearing system allows the forward action of the sweeper to deliver the leaves to the bag at the back of the sweeper. You can also opt for powered lawn sweepers, but these emit a bit of noise so you may need to time your lawn sweeping sessions so that you do not irk the neighbors.

Leaf blowers with vacuum attachments are good for those who want something portable but powerful. A motor powers the blower, which is good if you are no longer as strong as you used to be and you do not want to feel dead tired after moving a strip of lawn. Leaf blowers with vacuum attachments may require a bit of time to master, but once you get the hang of it they are easier on the arms and shoulders compared to manual rakes and lawn sweepers. If you must use leaf blowers, choose four-stroke engine, backpack mounted units which cause less air pollution and are more ergonomic. Blowers suck leaves and twigs and propel them into a bag, so cleanup is effortless. The only downside is the noise, but you can work your way around this by cleaning up the yard during the day or when the neighbors are not at home.

Another thing to consider is hopper or bag holding capacity. Most push lawn sweepers have an average hopper capacity of about 7-9 cubic feet compared to the smaller bags of most lawn vacuums which average around 1.5 – 2 bushels (which equals around 1.8 – 2 cubic feet). So as you can see, there’s a huge difference in capacity. HOWEVER, the blower vacuum’s (most of them) like this Worx TriVac we review here, also mulches as it vacuums and reduces leaf size at a rate of 10 to 1. Plus, you end up with a nice mulch also which you can use for other purposes.

Bottom line: Push Lawn sweepers are nice if you prefer something that will pickup other debris like sweet gum balls and mulching is not a concern. Electric, battery, or gas powered blower with vacuum attachment is nice if you want a multi-purpose machine and prefer to mulch.

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