Esters can be converted to 1o alcohols using LiAlH4, while sodium borohydride (\(NaBH_4\)) is not a strong enough reducing agent to perform this reaction.
1) Nucleophilic attack by the hydride
2) Leaving group removal
3) Nucleopilic attack by the hydride anion
4) The alkoxide is protonated
Prof. Steven Farmer (Sonoma State University)