Spear & Jackson Leaf Blower Review – Corded vs Cordless

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Hello once again and many thanks for taking the time to visit. If you are considering buying a Spear and Jackson Leaf Blower in the coming days, then make sure to check out our Spear and Jackson Leaf Blower review which will cover both the corded version and also the cordless model so at least you have more than one choice when it comes to making your own final decision as we compare them both against one another.

Our review is based on working with these leaf blowers over a few days and we will outline all the main features that you need to know along with the important pros and cons that we came across that you can check out further below. In addition, we will also outline some frequently asked questions for both the corded and the cordless models which should answer some of the possible queries that you may have along with a comparison table which can add further clarity if needed. This review will be split into 5 parts so feel free to skip to whatever part interests you the most…

Spear & Jackson Leaf Blower Review Content:

  • Part 1: Overview of both the Corded and Cordless models
  • Part 2: Spear & Jackson Corded Leaf Blower Review (plus FAQ’s)
  • Part 3: Spear & Jackson Cordless Leaf Blower Review (plus FAQ’s)
  • Part 4: Comparison Table & Price Comparisons (other brands)
  • Part 5: Conclusion / Feedback

Before you start, please note that guide prices can only be presented at the time of this Spear & Jackson Leaf Blower review so please make sure to view the price checkers provided below to ensure you have the most accurate up to date price information.

Part 1: Overview of Corded and Cordless Leaf Blowers from Spear & Jackson

You should be aware that Spear & Jackson have been around since 1760 so they have a strong heritage and more than 250 years’ experience in this sector and they have certainly provided some great garden tools down through the years. As a result, they have received lots of individual positive reviews which helps to add confidence when buying from this brand and we certainly enjoyed the task of testing out their leaf blower tools to see how good they really were instead of having the laborious task of raking up all the leaves manually ourselves. Below is a quick outline of what these tools are all about…

Brand:Spear & Jackson
Garden Tool:Leaf Blowers – Corded S30BLV & Cordless S36BVL
Power:Corded = 3000W / Cordless = 36V
Lowest Price:Corded for less than £75 @ Argos – View Todays Price Here
Warranty:3 years for both
Support:Support is available at 0345 605 2067

Read also: Our Spear & Jackson Grass Trimmer Review – Check it out Here

Part 2: Spear & Jackson Corded Leaf Blower Review - plus FAQ’s

Spear & Jackson Corded 3000W Leaf Blower and Vac (S30BLV)

Brief Summary of Features:

Both Vacuums and blows leaves
Power level 3000W – Corded
Continue power supply
3 in 1 – Shred / Blow / Vac
Shredding result 15:1 compaction
Wheeled support & shoulder strap
Variable speed blower
Blow speed is 100 - 300 km per hr
Vacuum speed 300 km per hr
Cable length is 10m long
Collection bag has 45L Capacity
Integrated rake included
Weight 5kg / Warranty 3 years

Pros for the Spear & Jackson Corded Leaf Blower and Vac

  • In terms of power, you get a 3000W powered tool which is designed to be a 3 in 1 machine where it can blow, vacuum and shred all in the one device so there are certainly more features and options available than just a standard leaf blower.
  • You will find that the vacuum function and the shredding function work well together as the debris is shredded into small pieces which allows the bag to carry a lot more and turns it into mulch where needed.
  • To reduce the level of strain on your arms and back, it has the support wheels and also the shoulder strap which makes the chore that bit easier to do.
  • Not only do you have the integrated rake and the shredding unit in the vac mode, you also get the variable speed blow options so you can increase the level of power when required with those more difficult jobs around your garden
  • As the tube can be extended, it is a great option for taller people but it can be reduced in size also which is ideal for people who only have compact storage spaces available.
  • There is an optional accident repair package available also which covers you for 3 year also and is available for less than £12 from Argos if you wish to protect you investment that bit further. The standard warranty that applies anyway is 3 years which is certainly up there with the best when compared against other brands
  • Overall, it has plenty of power, works well and shreds up the debris nice and compact for a good quality mulch that can be used across your garden

Cons for the Spear & Jackson Corded Leaf Blower and Vac

  • Although it is great at picking up dry leaves, its ability to collect and vacuum up wet heavy leaves is a little disappointing as it tends to clog and congest up the shredder and tube somewhat. You will need to put in some rake work at times also to clear it especially if in large piles.
  • You will need to avoid wet heavy items or materials such as twigs, branches, mulch, sand, pine needles, sand and dirt as these will cause the shredding unit to become damaged and if this happens, it won’t be covered by the warranty
  • You cannot use it for large areas of grass cuttings – it is designed for leaves only but still can be used for fine dry grass clippings if needed. It is better overall when the leaves are scattered around instead of all in one large pile
  • The wheels are integrated into the unit and cannot be removed and the cable of 10m will most likely mean an extension cord will be required which will be an added expense.

Price Guide: £50 to £75 @ Argos

Further Images of the Spear & Jackson Corded 3000W Leaf Blower and Vac S30BLV are outlined below (5)

  • Spear & Jackson Corded 3000W Leaf Blower and Vac - S30BLV

FAQ’s for the Spear & Jackson Corded Leaf Blower and Vac (10)

Q1. What speed levels do the blower and vacuum provide?
A. The blower operates at 100 to 300 km/hr while the vacuum operates at 300 km/hr
Q2. Can you get a longer cable?
A. No, the maximum length is 10m long so you may need to look at extension cords also
Q3. Does it have the ability to mulch the leaves?
A. Yes, when in vac mode, the vacuum will shred, mulch and compact the leaves
Q4. Can the length of the tube be extended for taller people?
A. Yes, the tube length is adjustable so it can be shortened or extended where needed.
Q5. Can it be used over astro turf surfaces?
A. Only on rare occasions and on robust astro surfaces. You need to avoid poor quality astro surfaces with high levels of wear and tear.
Q6. Can you use the vacuum when the leaves are on small gravel pebble stones?
A. No, as it would pick up stones. You need to sweep or rake the leaves first from the pebble stones and then vacuum on a clear surface
Q7. Can it vacuum up all the wet leaves also?
A. Yes, but it tends to struggle with extremely wet heavy larger leave clumps as it can get a little congested. It is better to scatter them out with a rake or the blower first.
Q8. Does the S30BLV Corded Leaf Blower have a metal blade or a plastic blade?
A. The S30BLV 3000W Corded Leaf Blower from Spear & Jackson has a metal blade.
Q9. Can it clear leaves that are on slabs or slate surfaces?
A. Yes, it can clear these types of surfaces from leave debris quite easily
Q10. Can you turn off the shredding when using the vacuum mode?
A. No, the shredding unit is permanently on when he vac mode is on to allow the leaf bag to hold more volume

Part 3: Spear & Jackson Cordless Leaf Blower Review - plus FAQ’s

Spear & Jackson Cordless 36V Leaf Vac and Blower (S36BVL)

Brief Summary of Features:

2 in 1 tool – vacs & blows
2 batteries 18V each (36V)
Dual battery charger included
Blow speed 190 km per hr
Vac speed 100 km per hr
Wheel & Shoulder strap support
Collection bag 45L Capacity also
Lighter weight of 3.2kg
Warranty also for 3 years

Pros for the Spear & Jackson Cordless Leaf Blower and Vac

  • One of the first things to note straight away is the lighter weight with this tool as it is approx. 2kg lighter than the corded which makes operation slightly easier before fatigue starts to kick in.
  • For those of you who hate dragging cords around with you, this cordless option would be ideal as you have more freedom with the areas you can walk to and work through
  • Like the corded, you get the wheels and the shoulder strap for added support to reduce body strain along with the vac mode and 7 different speed settings so you can apply more pressure for specific type jobs.
  • You have more freedom overall and you don’t need to worry about carrying cables or cords around with you or even the added expense of extension cords so you can save some money that way.
  • Both batteries can be charged at the same time as you get the dual charger which takes on average 2 hours to complete for both combined.

Cons for the Spear & Jackson Cordless Leaf Blower and Vac.

  • Unlike the corded version that has an integrated rake, there is no integrated rake feature with the cordless which we missed when it comes to dislodging tougher clogged up areas.
  • You are limited to the length of the time you can work with these batteries which tends to be around 12 to 15 minutes from our experience before having to stop and recharge the batteries once again.
  • It can take 2 hours and sometimes more to fully recharge the batteries once again which is not all that bad but there are quicker charging batteries available from other brands. The blower speed capability is also a lot lower than the corded (190km/hr vs 300km/hr)
  • There is no shredding function included here (that the corded offers) so you will find that the leaf bag will fill up a lot quicker and the level of power is significantly lower than the corded when it comes to heavier wetter leaves. If power is what you are after, then the corded is the way to go instead in our opinion. The blower works fine but the vac mode tends to clog a little with wetter leaves.

Price Guide: £80 to £120 @ Argos

Further Images of the Spear & Jackson Cordless 36V Leaf Vac and Blower S36BVL are outlined below (5)

  • Spear & Jackson Cordless 36V Leaf Vac and Blower - S36BVL

FAQ’s for the Spear & Jackson Cordless Leaf Blower and Vac (5)

Q1. Do you need to use both batteries at the same time?
A. Yes, both batteries should be charged and used as the same time
Q2. Can the batteries be charged together?
A. Yes, the dual charger will charge both batteries together which normally takes 2 hours on average
Q3. How long will the batteries work for when fully charged?
A. When fully recharged, you can expect them to operate for between 10 and 15 minutes only
Q4. Can it collect wet leaves?
A. It works better on dry leaves as wet leaves can be more difficult. You can dislodge and scatter with the blower first and then vacuum when most of the water has been removed from the leaves.
Q5. What type of battery charger is it?
A. This battery charger is a 2.0Ah charger.

Part 4: Comparison Table & Price Comparisons

To help add further clarity, feel free to check out the comparison table outlined below for the Corded model versus the Cordless model from Spear & Jackson

Feature:Corded S30BLVCordless S36BVL
Weight:5kg3.2kg
Function:3 in 1 - Shred, Vac, Blow2 in 1 - Vac, Blow
Extendable:YesNo
Power:Cable 3000WBatteries 18V x 2 (36V)
Blow Speed:100 -300 km/hr190 km/hr
Vac Speed: 300 km/hr100 km/hr
Wheel Support:IncludedIncluded
Shoulder Strap:IncludedIncluded
Leaf Bag:45L capacity45L capacity
Cable:10m longN/A
Integrated Rake:IncludedN/A
Warranty:3 years3 years

Price Comparisons

If you feel that the price for these Leaf blowers are still a little on the high side for you, then check out 2 further options below that are worth a closer look before you make your final decision. Both of these popular leaf blowers were available on sale for less than £55 at the time of this review.

Part 5: Conclusion / Feedback

Which one would we recommend? Well, it depends on the size of your garden. If you have a large garden area that takes over 20 minutes to complete or even 1 hour, then we would definitely recommend the Corded S30BLV version as you will need the mains powered continuous supply to complete the job in one sitting. If your lawn area is small and the job only takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete, then we would recommend the cordless model instead as there are no hassle of dragging cords across your lawn as you work. After using them over a few days, we have to say without a shadow of a doubt that they are both great tools and we have no issue in recommending them to the wider public – just be careful on which one you select based on the size of your own garden. The vacuum is not as heavy duty or as powerful as the more expensive stronger brands but at least they come with the appropriate price tags to make it more affordable for the average home owner.

Our own personal preference for a medium size garden, would definitely have to be for the corded version as it offers a lot more power than the cordless, it has a lower price, an integrated rake and the shredding function to mention just a few. The cordless version for a medium size garden with tons of leaves has much less power and the battery runtime doesn’t last long enough to complete the full job in one sitting. So in summary – the Corded version is the one that we would choose between the two for medium sized gardens.

Feedback:

What about you? Have you used a Spear & Jackson Leaf Blower yourself in the recent past? Did it meet your expectations or did you come across any issues that we all should know about?

If possible, please share your own opinions or feedback on this list by leaving a short comment in the comment box section provided below – so that others across the UK community can learn also!

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2 Comments

  1. I couldn’t help noticing how long Spear and Jackson have been around, not to mention their vast experience in the industry. It now makes more sense to me as to why so many rate the brand so highly. I do favor your recommendation of going with the corded version since it has more power and is cheaper than the cordless. Seems like good value here with the price and the warranty of 3 years is one of the better ones I have seen anywhere else.

  2. Model GY8900 Blower vac only used twice in 2years went to use today and bag disintegrating falling apart
    Rang after sales refers you to web site ,went on spares none available how do I get one so it’s usable

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