Leaf Blower Maintenance Tips
Make sure you have plenty of space to work with before you begin looking at your leaf blower. You'll need a well-ventilated area if you have a gasoline-powered leaf blower. Use a drop cloth in your work area to make cleanup easier.
Specific aspects of leaf blower maintenance may differ between models. This article covers general practices. Be sure to read the documentation that came with your leaf blower before starting to work on it. The documentation might also include a maintenance schedule. Be sure to always follow manufacturer's instructions. Remember to contact the manufacturer with any concerns or questions.
Turn your leaf blower off and let all moving parts come to a stop before performing any maintenance, cleaning or inspections.
Remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug on a gasoline-powered leaf blower. Disconnect an electric leaf blower from its power supply. Follow any pre-maintenance procedures the manufacturer specifies.
The blower engine or motor may be hot. Don't operate a gasoline-powered leaf blower indoors or in an area that doesn't have proper ventilation.
Gas Blowers: General Maintenance
Gas Blowers: Check and Add Oil (4-Cycle Engines)
Gas Blowers: Change the Oil (4-Cycle Engines)
Electric Blowers: Cleaning and Battery Care
One of the benefits of electric leaf blowers is that they need less maintenance as gas models. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your corded or cordless blower in top working order.
- Wipe down the blower with a clean cloth.
- Inspect the blower for loose, damaged or missing parts. Tighten loose fasteners and have damaged or missing parts replaced before using the blower.
- Check the air intake for dirt, debris and anything that might block air flow.
- For cordless blowers, follow the manufacturer's instructions for battery maintenance. You may need to remove the battery from the charger once it's at full capacity, store the battery at a specific level of charge or periodically charge it during the off season. Some batteries have cooling vents that need to be kept clear of dirt and debris.
Monthly Maintenance for Gasoline Leaf Blowers
- Replace the fuel filter.
- Clean the outside of the carburetor and fan blades.
- Examine the fuel line, fuel filter, cables and connections.
- Check the spark plug and replace it if needed.
Storing Your Leaf Blower
Don't overlook the importance of storing your leaf blower properly.
- Allow the blower to cool before storing it.
- Store the leaf blower in a dry, well-ventilated place to ensure fumes don't come into contact with sparks or open flames.
- Make sure the leaf blower is out of the reach of children.
- Manufacturers might recommend draining the fuel system or running it dry before storage, or they may specify storing the blower with the tank full of fuel mixed with a fuel stabilizer for long-term storage. If you drain the fuel, contact your local recycling center for disposal instructions and dispose of the fuel properly.