For small areas, like a patio or walkway, leave the rake in the shed and reach for this lightweight 18-volt battery-powered blower. You get a nice little gale at the pull of the trigger, with no worries about maintenance or the limited reach of a cord. The lithium-ion battery has about a 15-minute runtime and takes about 60 minutes to recharge. Fine print:
Blower speed: 200 cfm at 120 mph. 55.1 dB.
About $100, 4.2 pounds; ryobitools.com