While effective, leaf blowers generally and deservedly draw ire from neighbors for being loud and polluting. The EPA has cracked down on emissions and noise laws, so new blowers are built with effective mufflers and there are now electric models available. For efficient yard-clearing, however, a high-powered gas blower like the Jet by Troy-Bilt is ideal.
The Jet moves 650 cubic-feet per minute of air, which comes out at up to 130 miles per hour. Though other, more expensive models claim faster air speeds, the cubic-feet performance of the Troy-Bilt puts it at the top of the product sector for debris-clearing products.
The engine in the Jet is “two-cycle” or two-stroke, which means it combines intake and exhaust during the same crankshaft revolution. Simply put, this action makes the device more polluting, which is why two-stroke engines on all but the smallest motorcycles are illegal. The Jet’s 27-cc motor is legal, but eco-conscious homeowners who don’t need to clear large lawns should look to electric models like the Stihl BGA 85.
A single ergonomic rake, though tedious in practice, will usually suffice for most urban or small land plots, so it's worth considering whether you get enough leaves to justify a dedicated tool like the Jet. If you decide to take the plunge, consumer leaf blowers don’t look better or provide more power than the Jet.