How To Start A Leaf Blower

When fall rolls around, a leaf blower becomes an essential tool in your gardening arsenal. These handy devices save you the back-breaking work of raking leaves, but they come with their own set of challenges, especially if you are unfamiliar with how to operate them. In this comprehensive guide, we will cover various methods and specifics on starting different types of leaf blowers.

How to Start a Gas Leaf Blower

Preparing the Blower

  1. Safety First: Always wear protective gear including gloves and safety goggles.
  2. Check Fuel: Ensure that the fuel tank is filled with a proper gas and oil mixture.

Steps to Start

  1. Locate the Primer Bulb: Usually, a rubber bulb near the carburetor. Press it 5-6 times.
  2. Set the Choke: Move it to the ‘full’ position.
  3. Pull the Starter Cord: Give it a sharp pull. Once the engine sounds like it’s about to start, move the choke to ‘half’, then pull again.
  4. Run and Warm-up: Let the engine run for a few minutes before you begin your work.

Table: Troubleshooting Gas Leaf Blower Starting Issues

ProblemPossible Solutions
Won’t StartCheck fuel level, spark plug
SputteringAdjust the choke
StallsCheck air filter and clean it

For more troubleshooting tips, click here.

How to Start a Stihl Blower BG 50

The Stihl BG 50 is a popular model, so let’s delve into its specific startup procedure.

Steps to Start

  1. Engage the Choke: The control lever should be on the cold start setting.
  2. Press Primer Bulb: Do this until you see fuel in the bulb.
  3. Pull Starter Rope: Until the engine fires.
  4. Reset Choke: Put the lever in the warm start setting and pull the starter rope again.


  • Always start with a full fuel tank.
  • Store in a dry area to avoid moisture-related problems.

List: Must-Have Accessories for Stihl BG 50

  • Gutter Cleaning Kit
  • Vacuum Attachment
  • Nozzle Extension

How to Start a Leaf Blower for the First Time

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If you’ve never used a leaf blower before, there are a few general rules to keep in mind.

General Guidelines

  • Read the Manual: Always start here for brand-specific guidelines.
  • Safety Check: Ensure no pets or children are nearby, and wear safety equipment.
  • Test in an Open Area: Try starting and operating the leaf blower in a clear, open area first.

Tips for First-Timers

  • Don’t be alarmed if the leaf blower doesn’t start immediately. It’s common for new machines.
  • Ensure that all settings are as recommended in the user manual for the first start.

How to Start Craftsman 25cc Gas Blower

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Craftsman blowers are known for their reliability. Let’s go through how to start the 25cc model.

Steps to Start

  1. Set the Choke: To the starting position.
  2. Primer Bulb: Press 10 times.
  3. Pull Starter Rope: Three to four pulls should do it.
  4. Adjust Choke: Once it fires, set the choke to the run position.

List: Troubleshooting Steps for Craftsman 25cc

  • Check Fuel Quality
  • Examine Spark Plug
  • Inspect Air Filter

How to Start Stihl Backpack Blower BR 800

The Stihl BR 800 is a powerful, professional-grade blower.

Steps to Start

  1. Set to Full Choke: The control should be in the cold start position.
  2. Press Primer Bulb: Until filled with fuel.
  3. Pull Starter Rope: Until you hear the first sounds of the engine.
  4. Half Choke: Move to this position and pull the starter rope again.


  • This blower is powerful; make sure you are well-balanced before starting it.
  • Ensure the backpack straps are properly adjusted for a snug fit.

There you have it: a detailed guide on how to start various types of leaf blowers, including specific models. Remember that each leaf blower is a bit different, so it’s important to read your owner’s manual for any particular nuances. Happy leaf blowing!

Hello! I'm Charlie Carr, blogging from the heart of Arizona. My stories celebrate its vast deserts, rich heritage, and urban buzz. Off the keyboard, I'm hiking Sedona's trails or gazing at our starlit skies. Join me in exploring the wonders of the Grand Canyon State and beyond!

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