Every once in a while I get an urge to pick up a new toy, so recently I snagged the Black & Decker Leaf Hog. It was long overdue for me to acquire a tool to further shred up my leaves for the compost pile…what a difference! Before that, I was merely ripping up leaves by hand…definitely not feasible.
While I would never consider to use its primary function as a leaf blower, its vacuuming/shredding ability is awesome. I was surprised how ergonomic and quiet this thing was during operation. It feels nice in the hands, and it’s not as heavy as I thought. The vacuum bag snaps on and off easily with one hand, and it can hold a fair bit of stuff. While one run over a leaf pile will tear them up nicely, I found that it works better to empty the bag out on the ground and suck them up a second time…what results is nice, anti-clumping leaves for your compost pile.
I don’t really have much else to say about it…I think the video does it justice. It’s just one of those tools that makes you feel more complete in some shallow way, kind of like on the TV show Home Improvement when Tim the Toolman would get fired up revving a weedwhacker. “More power!” Then again, other than this all I have is a power drill and a bass amp, so it doesn’t take much to get me excited.
Nonetheless, this is a killer tool that has my approval for ease of use. Two dirty thumbs up.