Poulan Pro Lightweight Backpack Blower

Last updated date: September 15, 2022

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Poulan Pro Lightweight Backpack Blower

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We looked at the top Backpack Blowers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Backpack Blower you should buy.

Update as September 15, 2022:
Checkout The Best Backpack Blower for a detailed review of all the top backpack blowers.

Overall Take

This backpack blower gets high marks for its sturdy construction and sleek ergonomics. With variable speed settings and a cruise control feature, it's easy to use even for beginners. The engine puts out 200 MPH of blowing power, enough for heavy jobs like snow.

In our analysis of 116 expert reviews, the Poulan Pro Lightweight Backpack Blower placed 3rd when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Poulan Pro 48cc backpack blower delivers high power & excellent blowing force to handle cleanup of leaves & yd. Debris. 48CC 2-stroke engine. 200 mph/475 cfm. Cruise control. Heavy duty frame. Variable speed throttle control.Adjustable shoulder straps. Poulan Pro pre-mixed fuel is the perfect mixture of synthetic oil, fuel stabilizer and gasoline. It provides better lubrication, reduced smoke and minimizes engine deposits to help extend the life of your equipment.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

21 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

527 user reviews

What experts liked

200 MPH blowing power offers exceptional residential performance. Similar features to models that cost hundreds of dollars more.
- BestReviews
Backpack is light and sturdy and can be used for long periods of time without discomfort.
- Yard Care Life
The cruise control and speed trigger implemented for an easy device command to soft-grip handle on the tailpipe – the whole blower structure was designed with user comfort and convenience from the ground up.
- Best Advisor
The multifunctional properties of this backpack blower make this device even better! Apart from efficiently blowing away the leaves, this backpack blower also gets rid of the dry snow, old manure, and other debris too.
- Top Ten Review Pro
It has a well-placed trigger control, mounted to the end of a flexible pipe.
- Prime Reviews
And while it has quite a bit of power, it is also surprisingly quiet, in fact it is the quitest of all the units reviewed in this article!
- Essential Home and Garden
This is one of the least expensive around.
- Wiki EZ Vid
The design of this backpack leaf blower is probably its greatest feature.
- HouseholdMe
This blower is well-equipped with a 2-cycle engine that produces a great deal of power, achieving speeds of up to 200 miles per hour; the maximum airflow is rated at 475 CFM, which is how the machine is so able to pick up even larger debris with ease. Even wet leaves are movable.
- Outdoor Ideas
One of the best-looking units on our list, and our personal favorite in terms of aesthetic.
- Helpful Habit
The device can generate speeds of up to 200 mph and has a maximum air volume of 475 cubic feet per minute. You’ll also be able to use the variable speed throttle to pick the perfect speed for the task at hand.
- Best of Machinery
This Poulan Pro 48cc Backpack blower has the lowest price of any of the blowers on our list, but it still manages to be a very strong blower.
- The Saw Guy
The construction quality of this backpack leaf blower is fantastic. The frame is exceptionally well built with premium quality materials. Definitely, the Poulan Pro 967087 is a fantastic choice for a long run.
- Best Plus Reviews
We love that this backpack leaf blower can be used for heavy-duty jobs in the yard. It has powerful engine.
- Review Wind
Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 200 MPH, which is pretty much what is to be expected for gas-powered backpack leaf blowers.
- Leaf Blower Guide
Easy to use customized controls with variable throttle and cruise control.
- The Filter Master
Even ladies will find Poulan Pro manageable. Being not too heavy and comfortable to wear, this model will be easy for you or your significant other to operate and maneuver.
- Garden Aware
The frame is sturdy and can withstand long usage in various degrees, yet is light enough not to exhaust you before you finish the work.
- Guru Review Club
December 11, 2017 | Full review

What experts didn't like

48 cc engine may not be practical for industrial strenght jobs, but it still has a lot of might for the size.
- BestReviews
Very loud and must be used with ear protection.
- Yard Care Life
The 2-stroke requires a strict observance of fuel and oil mixing proportions when refuelling the tank.
- Best Advisor
The backrest offers good support, but the straps don’t seem to fit as comfortably as the others.
- Prime Reviews
The user manual is not great.
- Essential Home and Garden
Assembly instructions are confusing.
- Wiki EZ Vid
One of the main downsides is most likely that the assembly may be a bit confusing.
- HouseholdMe
Burns through fuel quite rapidly.
- Outdoor Ideas
Instructions may be somewhat difficult to understand without taking some extra time to decipher them.
- Helpful Habit
The instruction manual is not at all clear. I mean for the beginners the manual is somewhat difficult to understand. The manufacturer should make it clear in their updated version.
- Best Plus Reviews
The cruise control is a nice feature, but many people will find that they need to change the speed as they are using it.
- Review Wind
It has low CFM (475 CFM).
- Leaf Blower Guide
Replacement piece can be somewhat hard to track down.
- The Filter Master
The gas tank is easier to fill if you buy a special funnel.
- Garden Aware
May have problems with the starter.
- Guru Review Club
December 11, 2017 | Full review

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Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations. You can find her show on Prime Video.

An Overview On Backpack Blowers

The sight of auburn leaves on your lawn in the morning is a refreshing calling card of nature, reminding you that fall is here in all its multicolored splendor. It’s also a sign that you’ve got a hefty dose of yard work coming up.

If that yard is big enough and those leaves are plentiful enough, you’ll probably want to trade up from that lightweight handheld leaf blower. When you want a yard cleaned up quickly, there’s nothing like the power of a backpack blower. The heftiest ones can even handle more than one season of yardwork by blowing snow off your driveway or getting rid of branches and other light debris.

There can be a wide range of efficiency in backpack blowers, but the power source is one of the first things you’ll want to look at. And while electric blowers are an increasingly popular choice, gas-powered models still have plenty of upsides.

When it comes to electric blowers, you’ll find corded models at the lower end of the spectrum on price. It’s easy to see why, as these units not only leave you tethered to a power cord but generally supply less power. Cordless electric blowers won’t necessarily sacrifice any of that power for the convenience of free-roaming operation, but they may have less runtime depending on the battery.

Gas-powered blowers can be a little intimidating for those who haven’t handled them before, but the Big Bad Wolf has nothing on their strength. They operate on the same general type of internal combustion engine you have in your car (or more likely, your lawnmower), and those engines can be divided into a couple of types: 2-cycle and 4-cycle.

You might see them also referred to as 2-stroke or 4-stroke, but it means the same thing. Those numbers are the number of strokes (or cycles) needed to complete the process of combustion and exhaust that turns gasoline into energy. Without getting into the mechanical weeds, suffice to say that 2-stroke engines get that process done quicker and dirtier. It translates into an engine that’s not only light but powerful and cheaper to boot. On the downside, 2-stroke engines tend to be louder and less efficient, resulting in more pollution. Most engines of this type also require a precise mixture of oil and gas that goes into the same intake chamber, but you can usually buy this fuel pre-mixed.

On the other hand, 4-cycle engines are more like your car. The gas and oil are loaded into separate tanks. With more moving parts to deal with, these engines are heavier but more fuel-efficient, saving you money in the long run on gas. In either case, you can get a good measure of your engine’s output by checking the displacement volume. On the high side is 40 cc’s or more. Sometimes 4-cycle engines are easier on your body, too.

“While heavier than a 2-cycle,  it operates at cooler temperatures,” says Vicki Liston, our home improvement expert and host of “On The Fly… DIY,” an award-winning show featuring helpful DIY project tutorials.

Electric or gas-powered, you’re going to want to know how powerful it is. Any backpack blower is liable to pack a lot more wind than a handheld model, but exactly how much is enough? You’ll see blowing power measured in two ways: MPH (miles per hour) and CFM (cubic feet per minute). MPH, of course, is a measure of wind speed, but that won’t mean much if there’s only a trickle of air coming out of the nozzle. CFM is a measure of volume, and it’s an equally important part of the equation. For backpack blowers, MPH might range from 100 to 300 or higher, while CFM varies from 300 to 700 or so.

“If you plan on blowing around heavier items like twigs, sticks and pebbles, look for a high CFA or MPH rating,” adds Liston.

The Backpack Blower Buying Guide

  • If you’re already committed to getting a backpack blower, it’s easy to be swayed into getting the most powerful model for the cheapest price. But if you want to keep your neighbors on your good side, consider the efficiency. Backpack blowers can be extremely loud, and in a crowded community, that might greatly limit the time you can use it without making enemies. Be sure to check the decibel level on the blower before you buy. Gas models tend to be the noisiest, but there’s a lot of variation on that statistic.
  • If you’re buying a cordless, electric powered blower, take a moment to read through the parts. It’s not a given that your battery will be included. They can cost a pretty penny, and that’s not even including the charger. Even so, you may still come in cheaper than the higher-end gas models. If your lawn is especially big, you may want to consider investing that extra dough in a second battery to swap into your blower when the first one runs out of juice.
  • Weight is also a big consideration, particularly for older users. Electric backpack blowers might weigh 10 pounds or less, while gas blowers can top out at more than twice that for 4-cycle models. Their extra power might get the job done fast, but you can expect to tack on some extra minutes if it’s too unwieldy to use. Some of that can be mitigated with solid design that distributes the weight evenly.
  • Accessories can be a huge plus, turning a simple leaf blower into a versatile cleaner. Many blowers come with at least one interchangeable nozzle. Flat tips are good for blowing a wide swath of loose leaves and debris, while rounded ones can help break up deeply embedded or wet leaves. Other handy add-ons include leaf bags to hold all that mess, or gutter kits.
  • Your backpack blower’s vibrations might make leaf blowing painful. “Vibration can quickly cause fatigue and numbness and can turn the work into an extremely uncomfortable experience,” says Liston. Look for anti-vibration features to avoid this problem.
  • You may be used to mowing the lawn in comfortable clothes, but leaf blowers require a little more caution. No matter how adept you are at using them, there will be loose debris flying around. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles and perhaps a breathing mask — and for long-term hearing protection, a pair of earbuds is a must.
  • Depending on where you live, your leaf blower might only get used a couple of months out of the year. Don’t let that be the only time you turn it on. To ensure that your blower keeps operating at peak efficiency, run it once a month in a well-ventilated area.