I have been using battery powered drills for years. The convenience of these still to this day amazes me. One thing that has always turned me off as far as lawn maintenance is concerned is how inconvenient the necessary tools can be. Gasoline powered tools just don't do it for me because they rarely make it through the long winter. I also don't like spending an arm and a leg for something like a hedge trimmer that I am only going to use a couple of times a year and then store for 6 months.
I have also tried electric lawn tools. I have miles and miles of extension cords. They are cumbersome and take up space in my already overstuffed garage. Then I discovered that they make battery powered lawn tools. This news hot me like a ton of bricks. I thought to myself, even if they only last about 30 or 40 minutes at a time, I will be able to get all of my edging and trimming done in one weekend! Finally, a product that will make my life easier. Now I can access the areas that I want to access without having to mix gas and oil or mess with a long electrical cord!
I must admit I was a bit sceptible at first, but then my friend brought over his battery powered lawn trimmer and I was amazed at how much power his 18 volt battery put out.
I immediately surfed the web to investigate this and discovered that it is in fact true.
Several different companies are marketing these products. Here are a few examples:
- Tornado Tools: The google search that I conducted to research this article brough up this company. They don't have their own website, so you can purchase their products through Nextag or Tornado Tools. They have an 18V weed wacker that is rated to run for 40 minutes before it has to be recharged. This weed wacker has a9 inch cutting diameter, runs at 8,000 rpm, and only weighs a little over 7 pounds. Tornado also produces an 18 V hedge trimmer. This tool claims that it can run for 30 minutes. Battery powered hedge trimmers are nice because you don't have to worry about slicing an electrical cord as you are sculpting your hedges.
- Toro: Toro is a brand name that has been around for a long time and has a great reputation. They produce an 8 inch diameter, 12 V trimmer. What is nice about this model is that it is affordable. I don't have a very large yard to take care of, so I might consider it. If I had a larger yard, I might want to go with a tool that has an 18 or a 20-something volt battery.
- Black and Decker: Black and Decker certainly has jumped on the bandwagon as far as baterry powered lawn tools goes. They have the 12" diameter 20V weed trimmer. This is going to be one powerful weed wacker. It will also hold a charge for longer than an 18 V trimmer will. If you really require power as well as a battery that lasts forever, they even have a 24V trimmer. This beast runs at 9,000 RPM's and is capable of wacking out even the most stubborn weeds that grew up in back of your garage last summer. Speaking of 24V lawn tools, Black and Decker also has a 24 V hedge trimmer. I have already addressed how handy it is to have a battery powered hedge trimmer around, well, here is one that has some power to cut through small branches.
If you are thinking about buying one of these battery powered tools I have some advice for you:
- When you purchase your tool, you also need to purchase a couple of extra batteries with it at the same time. This willl enable you to continue working should you run a battery dry. Along those same lines, you will also want to purchase a battery charger at the same time as well. Do not assume that the tool comes with a battery charger. Ensure that it does, or purchase one if it doesn't. Either way, you are going to have to have charged batteries in order to make thise things work.
- Always have charged batteries. Once lawn season rolls around you will want to have a battery on your charger at all times. You don't want to waste your weekend waiting for one of these batteries to charge enough to power your tool.
There are very few things are are more convenient than battery powered tools. If you have never owned one, you might want to buy one to see for yourself.