Rod me old wheel spanner, you are missing the point. Leaf Blowers aren't really for blowing leaves as such. The are the best thing known to man to upset the neighbours ever invented. You can wake them up at an ungodly hour whilst moving all the gash from your garden into theirs, you can also use them to make a makeshift hovercraft, but that takes a weekend to set up.
I run a waste collection & street cleansing contract in dorset, this time of year my lads use them, they can clear a lot more pavement than with a broom. Just wish we had them when i was buffers party at Osprey.
Not forgetting the slugs and snails neighbours garden is best just sling over the fence.
Leaf blowers along with strimmers waste of space. Strimmers ideal for chopping up hedgehogs and any other creature in it's path.
Best collect leaf with a lawnmower they compost faster when chopped up and can then be used for the garden therefore not using peat from the NOT S.S.S.I. in Ireland, we are not building peat bogs anymore. Of course over here we burn the stuff can be bought at your local petrol station. I think the wording is PISSING AGAINST THE WIND why do I bother?