Study: Gas leaf blowers put out more pollution than F-150 trucks

Study: Gas leaf blowers put out more pollution than F-150 trucks

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by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 7, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 5:37 PM

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. -- A new study comparing emissions found that a gas leaf blower releases more pollution than a full-sized pickup truck.

The emissions tests, conducted by Edmunds.com, also compared results from a Fiat 500.

"A half-hour of yard work with a leaf blower is equivalent emissions-wise to driving the F-150 Raptor full-sized pickup from northern Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, or about 4,000 miles," said Jason Kavanagh with Edmunds.com

Researchers used two different kinds of leaf blowers for the study: The backpack-style Echo PB-500T and the handheld Ryobi RY09440 model.

Some cities have already outlawed gas leaf blowers. People can also purchase electric-powered blowers or, of course, use a rake.

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