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.