This could very well be the best invention since the Internet. Why? Because it lets the kids have fun while also putting them to work. By attaching a Husqvarna leaf blower to a Power Wheels truck, this inventor has created a winning combination of work and fun for his kid. With a setup like this, you can just sit back and watch your child blow all the leaves in your yard into a nice pile. Granted, it might take a while for your kid to get good at it, but he’ll be improving his motor skills and helping you with an annoying task at the same time.
The F-150 Power Wheels Truck
The truck this inventor has attached a leaf blower to is a Fisher-Price Power Wheels F-150. The truck’s foot-pedal operation is made to drive like the real thing, so it can actually improve a kid’s driving skills so he’s better prepared to drive a real car or truck later on. The truck has extra-wide off-road tires for driving on concrete or grass. It can also go forward and in reverse, and an electronic braking system stops the car as soon as the driver takes his foot off the pedal. The truck has a 6-volt battery and can go as fast as 3.5 miles per hour. Designed for kids from 2 to 6 years old, the truck is made of durable plastic and has a maximum weight capacity of 65 pounds.
More about Power Wheels
Power Wheels have been around since 1984. They were originally made by Kransco, but Mattel purchased the line from them in 1994. These battery-powered ride-on cars became more and more popular as Fisher-Price, which is a subsidiary company of Mattel, added new vehicle model licenses. Fisher-Price saw record sales in 1999 after releasing their Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Ride-On. In addition to the Ford F-150 seen here, other popular scale versions of real car models include the Jeep Wrangler, Cadillac Escalade EXT, and Ford Mustang.
The Origins of the Leaf Blower
Of course, the leaf blower dates back even farther than Power Wheels. Invented in the late 1950s, it was first introduced as an agricultural chemical sprayer. However, people found that by taking the chemical dispensing parts off, they could use it as a blower. This paved the way for mass production of leaf blowers, which are now a staple lawn-care tool. Interestingly, people have integrated leaf blowers in to other inventions besides the one seen here. For example, a man-sized hovercraft was actually recently built from a leaf blower as well.
The Husqvarna Company’s Lawn Care Products
The leaf blower attached to the truck here is a Husqvarna blower. A Swedish company, Husqvarna has actually been around since 1689, believe it or not. The company started out as a rifle factory, then moved into making sewing machines a couple hundred years later. In the 20th century, they started making motorcycles, lawn mowers, and chainsaws. These are products they still offer today along with other gardening tools like leaf blowers, snow blowers, trimmers, tillers, and more.
Husqvarna’s 130BT Leaf Blower: Lightweight and Efficient
The leaf blower looks to be a 130BT model, which is a lightweight backpack blower designed to be used for long periods of time. As such, this type of blower is actually perfect for this guy’s invention. With its new X-Torq engine, the 130BT offers decreased emissions along with more power and better fuel economy. Here are this machine’s key specs:
- 374.34 cfm air flow in pipe
- 29.5 cm3 cylinder displacement
- 145 mph air speed
- Weighs 14.55 pounds
- 1.1 horsepower output
- 7,500 rpm max power speed
It’s no secret that leaf blowers are loud, which is why this little guy is wearing ear protection. This particular leaf blower has a sound power of 102 A-weighted decibels, and a sound pressure level of 91 A-weighted decibels at the operator’s ear.
Want to Make One of Your Own?
It would actually be pretty easy to make one of these contraptions. All you would likely need is a leaf blower, a battery-powered toy truck or car, and some zip ties to tie the blower nozzle to the truck. Of course, you would need to secure the actual blower to the back of the vehicle as well, which it looks like this guy has done by strapping it around the truck’s body just above the back wheels. Personally, I think this is a genius invention that a kid could have a lot of fun with.