How to Start a Leaf Blower


There are three types of leaf blowers; gas-powered, battery-powered, and corded leaf blowers. In this post, we’ll show you how to start your leaf blower and troubleshoot it. It is fairly easy to start your electric leaf blowers. It is the gas-powered blowers that people often have problems with starting it. You can read Are Electric Leaf Blowers Better than Gas

How to Start a Gas Leaf Blower

Before you start your leaf blower, check the fuel level, and ensure you have enough fuel. Make sure you use the correct gas to oil ratio if you are refilling the tank. After fuel checks, the next thing is to check if your leaf blower has a pump. If it does, then pump it a few times to get the gas flowing.

Look for the choke lever on your leaf blower and put it in the right position. Pull the starting cord till the engine runs; after a few seconds, put the choke in the open position. If your leaf blower stall, you’ll need to put it back on and let it idle for about ten seconds before opening the choke.

Ensure you use the right gas to oil mix as too much oil will lead to the blower, releasing a lot of smoke. It will cause starting problems. Check your manufacturer’s manual for instructions on the oil gas mix ratio and whether you need to mix oil with the fuel.

How to Start Your Corded Leaf Blower

Starting your corded leaf blowers is as easy as pushing the start button. If you can’t find the on button, check the instructions to find it. Also, some models and manufacturers may have different ways of starting your leaf blower, so be sure to carefully read the manuals.

Plug your corded leaf blower into the appropriate power outlet and use the recommended power cord.

How to Start you Battery-powered Leaf Blower

If you are using a cordless leaf blower, all you need to do is charge your batteries, make sure they are properly connected, and then switch it on by pressing the on button. Read your manuals to find the power button, although it shouldn’t be too hard to find. The manuals will also tell you the appropriate charging time, the charger ratings, and how to handle the battery.

What to Do If Your Leaf Blower Isn’t Working

There are many reasons why your leaf blowers won’t start, and we’ll tell you how to troubleshoot the most common reasons for leaf blowers not starting.

Spark Plugs

Faulty spark plugs are often the cause of your blower not running, so check if your plugs are defective and have them replaced.

Air Filter

Your air filter may be clogged, which will result in your engine stalling as it’s not getting enough air, so get the air filter replaced.


The carburetor of your gas-powered leaf blower may be clogged if you leave fuel in the blower for extended periods without use. Cleaning the carburetor will fix this.

Faulty Cord

If you use a corded leaf blower, check whether you are using the correct cord for your leaf blower. A faulty or incompatible cord will not supply your blower’s needed power to work, so change it to the right cord.

Faulty Outlet

Sometimes the culprit is usually a faulty power outlet, so be sure to plug in your leaf blower into another outlet to confirm if it will start. Also, the power outlet may not be rated to handle the leaf blower, so ensure you use outlets supplying the recommended voltage.

Dead Batteries

Check if the batteries are dead and recharge them. If they have reached the end of their lifespan and can’t hold a charge again, you will need to replace them.

Faulty Buttons

The switch buttons on your electric blower may have become defective and are no longer turning it on. Get the blower to a competent repairer. You can also read the manuals to see if it’s something you can fix yourself.


Starting a leaf blower shouldn’t be a hassle; however, this post will help if you are having trouble. Ensure you don’t misuse your leaf blower, store it in a tool shed, and carry out regular maintenance to keep it working for a long time.