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Ego Power+ LB4800E leaf blower Review

A very powerful battery-powered leaf blower

Verdict

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An excellent machine for the money, the Ego Power+ LB4800E has the same power as a petrol model.

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Variable speed with boost
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Shoulder strap not included

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £119.99
  • 3 speeds (high efficiency, high power and turbo boost)
  • Brushless motor
  • Air speed: low 72km/hr, high 120km/hr, boost 148 km/hr

If you want a powerful leaf blower that offers the same performance as a petrol-driven model but for far less money, then the Ego Power+ LB4800E could well be the leaf blower for you. Using turbine-fan engineering, inspired by advanced aeronautics technology, it delivers a massive 810 cubic metres per hour of air volume AND WHAT?

To start the Ego Power+ LB4800E, you press the green safety switch found on the top of the handle with your palm, which releases the trigger. This is a useful design since it means that when the safety is on, you can carry the machine around with your hand on the trigger without it switching on by mistake.

Once the safety is off, you pull the green trigger on the underside of the handle to get the machine going. On the front of the handle is the green speed control lever, which offers up variable speeds between 72 and 120km per hour. In front of the safety switch is a green Turbo boost button, for those occasions you require even more power.

Ego Power+ LB4800E boost button

The Ego LB4800E has provision for a shoulder strap, but it doesn’t come with one as standard; it costs an additional £8.99. The nozzle is simply a straight tube on a bayonet fix, easily snapped into place.

The 2Ah battery, which is the industry’s first 56V one, took only 45 minutes to charge. You can also get 5Ah and 7.5 Ah Ego batteries for this machine. On boost you get a 10-minute run-time on 2Ah. You’d get 25 minutes on 5Ah, and 35 mins on the 7.5 Ah. With the 7.5 Ah battery at low speed you’ll achieve an incredible three and a half hours’ run-time.

The minute you switch on the Ego LB4800E to Boost, you’ll notice that high air volume; it actually pushes your hand back. Low speed is perfectly adequate for shifting dry leaves and grass clippings, for example, or sweeping a path after mowing. We managed 60 minutes’ run-time using this setting.

The leaf blower is very easy to use. Obviously, you’ll have to engage your other hand to alter the speed between low and high, but you can work all the controls without issue even whilst wearing thick gloves.

Ego Power+ LB4800E power dial

On Boost, the Ego LB4800E took a speedy four minutes to clear 40 square metres of damp leaves off grass. Leaves blew more than a foot in the air when I used the Ego LB4800E to guide them over a four-inch kerb. It could blow a mixture of damp and dry leaves over 4 metres and move them when they were piled up 200mm deep. The leaf blower was also blowing gravel along the ground and is capable of clearing a path that’s thinly covered in dry soil and debris.

As mentioned, the Ego LB4800E doesn’t come with a shoulder strap, but if you work it with one, it’s beautifully balanced and easy to use. Since it’s a heavy machine (3.55kg with the 2Ah battery), it might be a good idea to invest in a strap if you’re likely to be working for long periods. However, even just hanging the blower from your hand, it does naturally fall into the perfect 45-degree angle for blowing.

Ego Power+ LB4800E in action

The Ego Power+ LB4800E is fairly noisy on Boost, but it’s unlikely to irritate neighbours on the other settings (73dB on Low, 81dB on High and 84dB on Boost).

For those who have plenty of leaves to move, the Ego Power+ LB4800E is an excellent, powerful replacement for a petrol model – but you’d need to buy the bigger batteries for longer run-times. Of course, bigger batteries would result in a weightier machine, therefore making the shoulder-strap a wise purchase.

The LB4800E might suit professional gardeners, given that it’s far cheaper than a petrol-driven blower with much the same performance. Those with smaller gardens may want to turn to an alternative model off our Best leaf blower list, however.

The Ego Power+ LB4800E is a super-powerful battery-powered leaf blower.

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