Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
Leaf blowers rely on the concept of centrifugal force. As the device’s internal fan spins, it sucks air through a vent in the back of the leaf blower and forces it down a funnel. Because the funnel is long and narrow, the air pushed through it increases in speed.
The effectiveness of a leaf blower is measured by its wind speed and airflow capacity. These measurements, in turn, depend on the size of the device’s motor.
The cheapest and least powerful leaf blowers are fitted with an electric motor and utilize an extension cord connected to an AC outlet to provide power.
The next step up consists of battery-powered models. Mainly, these devices are used to clear away leaves and other light debris from porches, patios, and driveways. A few of the most expensive cordless leaf blowers are powerful enough to sweep away the leaves that cling stubbornly to your lawn.
The upper range of leaf blowers is fitted with gasoline-fueled engines. While they tend to be heavy and expensive, these devices can quickly clear your lawn of leaves.
Today we are taking a close look at the Omote OM-1207. This battery-powered unit, which features an airflow capacity of 177 cubic feet per minute, packs a heavy punch. While not quite powerful enough to handle the sodden clumps of leaves that litter your lawn, this device should be able to clear your front porch and driveway quickly.
The Omote leaf blower weighs in at 3.4 pounds. When fully assembled, it is 33.5 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 7 inches high. The main unit is encased in yellow plastic. Its funnel is comprised of two black-colored extensions.
This leaf blower is fitted with an electric motor that turns at 13,000RPM and is fully capable of creating an airflow of 177 cubic feet per minute. It is powered by a 20V Li-ion battery and includes a charger.
- Manufacturer: Omote
- Name: Leaf Blower
- Model: OM-1207
- Dimensions: 84 x 15 x 18 centimeters (33.5 x 6 x 7 inches)
- Weight: 1.54 kilograms (3.4 pounds)
- Battery: Rechargeable 20V 2Ah Li-ion
- Operating time: 15 - 20 minutes
- Recharge time: 1 - 1.5 hours
- Air flow capacity: 177 cubic feet per minute
- Noise level: 88db
The Omote leaf blower was designed to clear away accumulations of sawdust, dead grass, and leaves from driveways, sidewalks, porches, and garage floors. This device can also be used to dry the surface of vehicles after they have been cleaned.
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This leaf blower weighs only 3.4 pounds. Most of its mass is positioned near the handgrip, providing good balance and the ability to maneuver the device easily.
The noise level of the Omote leaf blower is roughly equal to that of a window air conditioner or a powered lawnmower. I do not regard this device to be particularly loud but, at 88db, some people might consider ear protection.
The Omote OM-1207 is fitted with a detachable 20V 2Ah Li-ion battery rated to last 15 to 20 minutes. The supplied charger can recharge the battery in less than 1.5 hours.
During my initial test, the battery lasted 14 minutes. While this figure is slightly less than specified, I should note that the outside temperature was a cool 34 degrees. The operational time of battery-operated equipment diminishes in cold weather.
The Porch Test
My enclosed porch is 20 feet long and six feet wide. Its floor was littered with leaves, many clinging to the table and chair legs positioned along the inner wall.
The leaf blower required less than one minute to sweep all the leaves to the end of the porch. Another couple of minutes were expended as I experimented with techniques designed to blow the pile of leaves out through the doorway.
The Front Step Test
Within seconds after I turned on the blower, the leaves covering my front steps were dispersed.
The Driveway Test
Since I drive a scooter rather than a car, my driveway is gradually fading away to lawn. At this point, its surface is composed of a combination of gravel and sparse patches of grass.
During a test that lasted about three minutes, I cleaned a portion of the driveway and some leaves that were clumped against the outside wall of my house.
The driveway proved easy to clear, but the clumped leaves, which were damp and clinging to the grass beneath, were more stubborn.
This is a well-designed cordless leaf blower that includes a removable, replaceable, and rechargeable battery.
It is relatively light and easy to handle. This device quickly cleared the leaves from my front porch, steps, and driveway during my tests. Once the good weather returns and I begin to work in my woodshed, I see no reason why this blower could not be used to sweep the accumulated sawdust from the building. The Omote Leaf Blower is recommended.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Walter Shillington