Consumer Search rates the Hitachi Hitachi RB24EAP the best gas leaf blower, while Popular Mechanics rates it tied for third with two other blowers. The best gas leaf blower according to Popular Mechanics is the Stihl BG 55C as of 2015.
Popular Mechanics found the air movement numbers to be lower on the Stihl BG 55C compared to other blowers but notes that it is still more effective at moving leaves because its air movement is more focused. The HItachi has a top airspeed of 170 miles per hour and the longest warranty Consumer Search can find at seven years; however, it does have the drawback of not vacuuming. If vacuuming is needed alongside leaf blowing, the Husqvarna 125BVx is Consumer Search's choice.