Santa Monica, California – A consumer-grade leaf blower emits more pollutants than a high-performance 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor pickup truck, according to tests conducted by Edmunds’ InsideLine.com.
The tests found that a Ryobi four-stroke leaf blower produced almost seven times more oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 13.5 times more carbon monoxide than the Raptor. An Echo two-stroke leaf blower was even worse, generating 23 times more carbon monoxide and nearly 300 times more non-methane hydrocarbons than the truck.
“The hydrocarbon emissions from a half-hour of yard work with the two-stroke leaf blower are about the same as a 3,900-mile drive from Texas to Alaska in a Raptor,” said Jason Kavanagh, engineering editor at Edmunds.com. “As ridiculous as it may sound, it is more ‘green’ to ditch your yard equipment and find a way to blow leaves using a Raptor.”
Also tested was a 2012 Fiat 500, which emitted more hydrocarbons and NOx but less carbon monoxide than the Raptor. Still, the Fiat tested much cleaner than the leaf blowers.