Winter Property Management With Black and Decker Corded Electric Leaf Blower, Used As Snow Blower
Black & Decker Corded Electric Leaf Blower/Vac
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Leaf Blower Used As A Snow Blower
It’s the first snowy week in Michigan and while putting my summer lawn care tools in storage I saw my Black + Decker Combination Leaf Blower-Vacuum. Since the snow was fresh and pretty much undisturbed, I decided to do an experiment with it. Could it work as a snow blower?
To find out, I plugged in the leaf blower-vac and set it up in blower mode with 2 sections attached. First I tucked the power extension cord into the cord slot so it couldn’t be unplugged and it would stay dry to avoid a water induced short to my cord.
Then I opened the front door so I could sweep the powdery snow enough to clear the porch around my door. After that I proceed to blow all the snow off my porch and three concrete front steps.
Watch This Follow Up Video To See How It Worked
Using my leaf blower like a snow blower worked pretty well.
I was pleased with the result. A much cleaner job than I would have had using a shovel or broom. Especially when I removed the snow from my door mat which cleared off completely. Any other way would have smashed snow down into the fibers of the mat.
I also have a no skid strip that cleared very well with no scraping damage to wear out the surface. Shoveling over the strip always damages it a bit each time. I also like how I could blow the snow out from tight areas, around obstacles, and it really cleaned out all the inside corners.
A shovel just can’t do that. Plus, there was no back strain, it was pretty effortless.
Additionally, I used it to blow 4 inches of snow off my car. In the video you can see me clear off the back, the windows most of the windshield and started on the hood.
At that point I figured It passed the test. It cleared off the snow without making any contact that could scratch my paint.
As I worked down to the front end of my porch I encountered two problems.
First I came across a spot where the mail carrier walked on he snow. The snow crushed and froze into ice in the footprint. That was not going anywhere with my snow blower. Because it is hard to chip off with a shovel. So it is best to do this trick before anyone can disturb the snow.
Second, I find that a first snowfall had partially melts and becomes a snow crust under the more recent snow. It is not powder, nor is it ice. When I nudge it with the nozzle of the blower it can break up an fly away. So I bet a special metal scoop attachment would help this process. You can see what I mean on the video.
Notes and suggestions.
Be careful not to let the cord or the motor to get wet. I imagine it’s not UL safety approved to be used this way. Prevent snow from going up the air intake on the bottom. Avoid snow or debris collecting on the intake guard.
Also, wear gloves and keep in mind that the air intake goes at almost 200 mph. That can produce a lot of wind chill which can freeze exposed skin.
Do not try to use this tool as a snow vacuum. Snow will crust around the motor, the motor heat will melt it and either damage the motor or cause a short circuit that could electrocute you. It is not a wet-dry vacuum.
That’s it. The Black and Decker Cordless Electric Leaf Blower-Vac used as a snow blower. Do you you enjoy videos like this?
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