Your gutters are easy to forget about, even during the fall—at least until rain is spilling over the edge instead of draining from the downspout. Even if you have a leaf blower, you’ll find that many models don’t offer optional attachments for clearing gutters. But if you dread climbing a ladder to grab handfuls of soggy leaves and debris, or don’t like paying someone else to do it, consider the Worx GutterPro, a $40 accessory designed for handheld leaf blowers.
Gutter attachments for leaf blowers follow a standard design. One piece attaches at or near the blower’s outlet, at the base of the nozzle. That piece attaches to the first of several cylindrical sections that screw onto one another. (You add or remove them as needed to meet a desired height.) At the end is one last screw-on section with a tapered, roughly 180-degree turn. The connected sections of the GutterPro, Model WA4092, extend eight feet in all for a total height of 11 feet from the ground.
The GutterPro, however, naturally lacks the first section, which traditionally must be specific to the blower it accommodates. So the bottom piece instead has an attached fabric sleeve you slip over the blower’s outlet; it’s shown (second photo below) on the nozzle base of the Craftsman 74936 sweeper. To tighten the sleeve, you repeatedly raise and lower the sleeve’s latch, which ratchets to tighten the cover’s grooved-rubber strap. On the sides of the latch is a two-part release, which you press when you need to remove the sleeve to, for instance, use your leaf blower the usual way.
Testing the GutterPro
We tested the WA4092 with six leaf blowers from four brands—and a range of blowing power. We were able to connect each one and clear moist clumps from multiple gutters. Performance, despite the mix of models, didn’t concern us, though how long it took predictably varied. What might concern you, depending on which leaf blower you own, is the company’s claim, both on the package and in the slim manual, that the product fits all blower/vac brands up to five inches in diameter. Elsewhere, such as on Sears’ web page for the product, the description reads “Universal fit for most blowers.”
The latter wording matches our experience. On the gas-powered Stihl BG55, removing the nozzle down to the base would have left nothing for the GutterPro’s sleeve adapter to wrap around, so we used the next-best course and removed only the nozzle tip—with satisfying results. With the 20-volt cordless Craftsman 74936 sweeper, the GutterPro’s sleeve wrapped tightly around the outlet base and stayed put, though with anything but loose, dry leaves you’d want to use a machine with more air power.
We had less success with the corded Toro 51599. As with other corded Toro models, the plastic piece that shields you from the impeller also secures the leaf blower’s nozzle. Since that piece must remain in place, the GutterPro’s sleeve did not have a circular component you could tighten the sleeve around. The adapter thus fell off three times during testing.
The other three leaf blowers we used to test the GutterPro, all Worx Turbine models—the corded Model WG517 and the cordless WG546.2 and WG591—fared well. While the blowers’ outlets measure slightly less than 4 ½ inches wide, the sleeve needed some tugging to fit on before we could tighten it. Once on, it stayed on. Another Worx blower, the TurbineFusion WG510 blower/vac, has a five-inch outlet but is too large for the WA4092. Next month, a modified version, the Worx GutterPro WA4093, will become available for use with the WG510 and other blowers. We suggest you consider that one instead if you’ll be fitting it onto any of the Worx Turbine blowers we tested.
Whichever blower you use with the GutterPro, though, one weakness is inescapable. Because the piece that connects to your leaf blower’s outlet is held on by fabric with a rubber strap, not firmly attached as the blower manufacturer’s own gutter kit would be, handling can be unwieldy. With any gutter kit, you’ll hold the blower with one hand, operating its controls. With the other, you’ll hold the extension tube to help guide it above the gutter.
But since your blower’s outlet base doesn’t support the weight of the GutterPro, you have to hold the tube upright as well as guide it. You also have to carefully align the bend of the extension’s hook properly with the adapter. If you don’t and the fabric sleeve twists in place as you turn the hook toward the gutter, you’ll lose much of your airflow, even in the powerful turbo modes of the Worx WG517 and WG591.
The gutter kits designed for specific leaf-blower lines are your best bet for a gutter-cleaning extension. But the Worx GutterPro Model WA4092 costs less than some of these options and could be the better choice if you have more than one leaf blower—or want to lend the kit to family members for their own gutters. Just be sure to try out the kit first with whatever blowers you might use it on, and try holding the long extension tube upright while it’s connected and air is passing through it. Fine with the extra elbow grease? You’ll be happy for the exercise. If not, as with other Worx products you can return the product (with receipt and original packaging) for refund or exchange within 30 days. For $40, it’s worth a try.