I'm sitting on my front porch, laptop on the lap and across the street this guy with a gasoline powered leaf blower is doing his thing.
- Gasoline burning
- Pollution: a) exhaust from burning gasoline, b) noise pollution
He just went around the corner, must know I'm writing a rant about him. Anyway there was a moment where he was blowing the leaves in my direction and while the leaves never went anywhere near me the stinky exhaust came billowing across me and probably shortening my life by a few microseconds.
It's most likely a two stroke engine and we know those are extra polluting.
Thing is - why aren't they electric? We who have played with Dewalt battery packs and the like know how powerful they are. Surely someone could design an electric leafblower using rechargable power tool packs like the Dewalt packs. How hard can that be?
There's been a long running issue about leaf blowers but from what I can tell it's mostly about the noise. That wave of stinky exhaust that just blew around me shows it's more than noise.
It's not like this is rocket science - it would be real easy to design such a thing. Oh, hmm, a google search shows they do exist. Changes the question to: why aren't they being used?