What is the best leaf mulcher? Electric models are safer and show higher performance. They can be corded or cordless, with the latter being more convenient. However, cordless units have a limited battery life, which is why you should better opt for a corded option that will allow you to work as long as you need without interruption. As for power requirements, a model with a 12-amp motor will be a wise choice. Apart from that, the product should have a high mulch ratio, which is a measure showing how well the machine reduces the volume of leaves. The best ratio is somewhere between 15:1 and 18:1. Other aspects, such as the size of the collection bag and adjustable speed, are also important.
Leaf mulchers are divided into two main categories — gas-powered and electric devices. Gas models can be either backpack or handheld and their main advantage is a cheap source of energy. That said, they have a number of weak points, such as a noisy operation, heavy weight, higher price and, more importantly, they pollute the air and, therefore, are not environmentally-friendly. Electric devices are safer, lighter in weight, not so noisy, and have no emissions.
Black Decker BV6000 Leaf Mulcher
This leaf mulcher has a 12-amp motor and two speed options. Apart from mulching, it serves as a blower and vacuum. With a weight of just 8 pounds, the unit is heavy-duty and works great. It boasts a good mulching ratio (16:1), which means that you will get one bag of mulched leaves from 16 bags of loose ones. You will be able to effortlessly switch between a blower and a vacuum, with the former perfectly dealing not only with leaves but also needles and all sorts of lawn debris. Alternatively, you may try the WORX model with a bladeless mulching system. This option has a more powerful motor but a lower mulching ratio.
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