When shopping for a leaf mulcher or a combination of leaf blower, vacuum and mulcher, there are many different styles to choose from. One popular choice is a gas leaf mulcher.
Gas powered mulchers are typically stronger than their electric powered counterpart. They house a more powerful engine and can go through yard wastes much quicker than electric powered mulchers. This is why commercial grade yard equipments often run on gas.
A gas mulcher does not rely on the availability and location of the power outlet. This means being able to operate your leaf mulcher in any area of the yard you want. You are not reliant on the availability of a power cord or an extension cord to be able to use it.
As a group, gas powered mulchers are subject to similar limitations. They generate a lot of noise to operate, thanks to their engines. They also require fuel to run, which can be costlier than having one run on electricity. Because they run on fuel, their engines can easily get dirty, and will require more tuning up and maintenance.
Perhaps one of the biggest issues with gas leaf mulchers is the environmental cost of operating one. A gas leaf mulcher will deposit pollutants into the atmosphere. Many of these small engines are not as efficient as the bigger gas engines such as the ones we have in cars. This can mean more emissions compared to your average car!
Largely because of these inefficiencies with using gas leaf mulchers, more and more home owners are turning to electric powered mulchers. Design advancements have given these cleaner mulchers more power. Although they don’t quite equal the power found in gas powered mulchers, they are pretty close, and can do the job quite well, too.
There is still room for gas leaf mulchers as long as you know how to work around its limitations. For example, what some homeowners and gardeners do is they have an electric powered leaf mulcher for regular use. Yard wastes that these electric machines cannot handle are grouped together and set aside. Once a pre-set quantity is reached, the gas powered machine is pulled out to process the tougher yard debris. This is one way you can lessen the emissions and still get the job done.