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electric landscape tools
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 23, 2020 12:57PM
I don't want to deal with gasoline.

I will probably not mow the lawn, I pay $45 every 2 weeks to let someone do it, 0.8 acre.

I need to trim some bushes that extend over driveway and also that come too close to the house.

Something battery operated, but I could also deal with a power cord.

Thanks
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 23, 2020 01:10PM
Depends how much you're willing to spend and whether you're concerned with buying into a system.

I've bought Ego brand tools from home depot, keeping an eye out for refurbished models that come with batteries.



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: Carm
Date: May 23, 2020 01:21PM
I have two power corded lawn care items. One is blower and the other is a bush trimmer that I don’t use that often.
Line trimmer and lawn mower are both gas and both old but still running.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: Michael
Date: May 23, 2020 01:40PM
I've been buying the Ryobi 18v stuff for a number of years and I'm satisfied with it. My gas trimmer went south last year and I was waiting for Costco to put them on sale. Then I saw the 40v Ryobi trimmer with expansion capabilities at Home Depot. I bought it and I really like it. I've trimmed around our 1/2 acre lawn 3-4 times and also trimmed a pathway through the woods that's maybe 100 yards by 4' and the thing shows half a charge still. I have a chain saw trimmer attachment from on old trimmer and it hooked right in and works fine. They're developing a range of devices to use with the 40v batteries. I'm not ready to yet unload my gas stuff (mower, chain saw, backpack blower) and replace with the 40v but if the trimmer lasts well I'll probably gradually shift to battery.

[www.homedepot.com]

Edit: Oops, I misread your post and thought you were looking for a grass trimmer. They also sell a hedge trimmer in the 40v series but I haven't tried it. I use a corded hedge trimmer--a cheap Black and Decker. One problem with corded hedge timmers is the possibility of cutting the cord. I know about doing that...



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: rz
Date: May 23, 2020 01:52PM
I have the Ryobi 40v hedge trimmer. Does as well as the corded B&D trimmer I had. Yeah, I cut the cord too.

I'm a big fan of the Ryobi line. Lots of auctions here sell scratch and dent Ryobi stuff cheap, so I have a bunch of it. I've yet to have any issues with any of it.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 23, 2020 02:03PM
Ryobi quality depends a little on when it was produced. I bought a 40V mower in 2015 and thought it was very under powered. A more recent purchase was a 40 V dual string trimmer after my 18 V model died. The new 40 V model has more than enough power but don't expect the battery to last more than 20 minutes at full power.



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 23, 2020 02:12PM
Another Ryobi fan although I'm satisfied with the 18v One+ system. I got the hedge trimmer and line trimmer on eBay for 1/3 less than Home Depot. I also bought an aftermarket battery off Amazon for a fraction of the Ryobi brand-name, it seems to work just fine. That those items and my tools all use the same battery is nice.



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: May 23, 2020 02:16PM
I have Greenworks 40V equipment, including hedge clipper, blower, brushless string trimmer, and brushless lawn mower. The string trimmer is heavy, but much more powerful than my old B&D corded trimmer. I haven’t noticed any lack of power with my hedge trimmer compared with my old B&D corded hedge trimmer, but it is a bit heavier. The blower is lightweight, but adequate for leaves and small sticks.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 23, 2020 02:18PM
OK, not ready to pull the trigger just yet, but I think this could be interesting

[www.homedepot.com]

tool only is $150, tool + 1 battery is $200 and tool + 2 batteries is $320. No brainer to go for 1 battery, and further down the road will get more 40V tools that should come with the same battery.

I will also look at RIDGID, they have lifetime warranty on batteries I think.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: graylocks
Date: May 23, 2020 02:23PM
i have an Ego Mower and recently got an Ego String Trimmer. The trimmer is good but its main feature for me is the Powerload System. reloading the string has been the bane of my existence ever since i became a home owner. I've only used the power load once but it is as if the heavens opened up and granted me salvation. I got a refurbished model from Home Depot. I already had a battery.

Ego String Trimmer

whatever your yard needs i heartily recommend Ego products.



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 23, 2020 04:27PM
I’ve used the Ryobi click link products for 25 years. When they cane out with the 40V trimmer I jumped on it. The battery lasts for the whole half acre yard. Or 20 minutes of rototiller use. I love it.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 23, 2020 04:28PM
I have .75 acres and I also let a lawn company do the mowing. Fast and cheap. I do use several battery yard tools though.

BLACK+DECKER LHT2436B 36-Volt Bare Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer, 24-Inch [www.amazon.com]
I'm very happy with it but it does heat up with constant use. I've burned out a few that were replaced under warranty. Now I try to do my projects in smaller sections to give it time to cool down.

BLACK+DECKER LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer [www.amazon.com]
Extremely happy with this. It just goes and goes.

Flowtron LE-900 The Ultimate Mulcher Electric Leaf Shredder [www.amazon.com]
One of the best things I've bought for the yard. It makes quick work of large piles of leaves. Corded.

Toro 51621 UltraPlus Blower/Vac, Red [www.amazon.com]
It does a good job of blowing stuff into piles. I did not like it for mulching leaves though as I clogs on larger leaves too easily. Corded.

BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 40-volt Cordless Chainsaw, 12-Inch [www.amazon.com]
I've only used it twice so far but it worked great both times. Once for cutting a tree maybe 8" across and once for some thick vines.



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 23, 2020 04:28PM
We are going all EGO. Mower, snow blower already. Trimmers will be next. They have a current modest sale on now. Let me find the link.

[egopowerplus.com]



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 23, 2020 05:36PM
thanks a lot. Will read reviews later tonight and will probably order something this weekend.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: May 23, 2020 05:53PM
We have the EGO mower with a 5 amp battery and the EGO string trimmer with a 2.5 amp battery. This weekend we added the EGO lawn edger into the pack. We bought that without a battery. Next on the agenda is a cordless chainsaw and a blower.

There will be no going back to gas...with the exception of the snow blower.



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 23, 2020 11:00PM
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Markintosh
We have the EGO mower with a 5 amp battery and the EGO string trimmer with a 2.5 amp battery. This weekend we added the EGO lawn edger into the pack. We bought that without a battery. Next on the agenda is a cordless chainsaw and a blower.

There will be no going back to gas...with the exception of the snow blower.

We love our Ego snow blower. Works every time, no nasty smell from our ICE blower.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 24, 2020 04:50PM
I've been super pleased with the Greenworks 60V tools. 21" mower, string trimmer and backpack blower. Would like a hedge trimmer, but I would not use it all that often, so the manual giant scissors are fine.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: May 24, 2020 08:15PM
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sekker
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Markintosh
We have the EGO mower with a 5 amp battery and the EGO string trimmer with a 2.5 amp battery. This weekend we added the EGO lawn edger into the pack. We bought that without a battery. Next on the agenda is a cordless chainsaw and a blower.

There will be no going back to gas...with the exception of the snow blower.

We love our Ego snow blower. Works every time, no nasty smell from our ICE blower.

Yikes I dunno. Our snow can get deep. We had a couple of storms at 20-30 inches of heavy wet snow this winter, which can turn into a berm 4 or 5 feet high at the end of the driveway. It can even be a challenge for our two stage Honda blower.



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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: BernDog
Date: May 25, 2020 11:33PM
Just recently jumped onto the EGO bandwagon as well. Replaced my 18v Ryobi hedge trimmer. Can’t believe I waited as long as I did to do that. String trimmer is ordered and should be here by the weekend. I like the Ryobi 18v stuff for drills and what not (I have plenty), but I’ve now officially moved on for yard tools. No experience with Ryobi 40v.
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Re: electric landscape tools
Posted by: AllGold
Date: May 26, 2020 03:01PM
I stopped into Home Depot the other day. My old Black & Decker string trimmer's battery is totally dead so if I can't figure out how to replace the battery (it's not modular) then I'm in the market for a new string trimmer.

Anyway, my point is I also looked at mowers. I saw the prices on electric mowers (modular batteries) and thought they were sky high. Then I noticed the gas mowers and their prices were even higher. So electric mowers having higher prices... not so much.



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