When the town of Maplewood, New Jersey, recently instituted a summertime ban on landscape workers’ use of blowers, residents speaking in favor of the ban at a town meeting cited emissions from the gasoline-powered machines almost as frequently as noise.

What’s more, the New Jersey community is far from the only city to enact, or at least entertain, restrictions on blowers.

That trend may bolster equipment sales by companies such as Stihl and Husqvarna, which are leading the way in battery technology.

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