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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Mar 21, 2017 7:52 PM CST
OK, so as we now have a yard of our own, we limped along last year with irregular mowing, trimming, etc. I looked at an older Consumer Reports for info on trimmers. I had hoped for battery-powered since it would be much quieter and eliminate all the winterizing of 2-cycle engines, gas, oil, etc. Alas, CR seemed to bag on battery-powered trimmers. However, as the article was a few years old, and I saw 40 volt models at Lowes, I started to pine after the Dewalt & Kobalt (Lowes house brand). So, I decided to wait until I saw newer tests. Then, Lowes released an 80 volt model. Hurray! Lovey dubby

Still, I waited. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, on one of my numerous trips to Lowes, I always walk by the trimmers and that day was no exception. I then noticed a small sign about which even the employee assigned to that section seemed surprised. The sign showed a one-week offer stating if you bought one of the 80-volt machines, they would send you an extra battery ($180 value) as a rebate. Add to that the fact that they have been on sale for $50 off...well...I was starting to lean hard! Then, I noticed that it accepted the attachments that fit universally on several other mfr units. I have need for a pole saw and the extra $100 for the attachment was cheaper than a separate unit. Two days later I got a brand new edger attachment still in the box at a thrift store.

So...Friday I used the pole saw with the trimmer base. I expected it to run out the battery quickly. Piles of wood later...I was impressed. It also takes 30 mins to recharge. Yesterday, I used the trimmer laying waste to loads of non-native and feral weeds. Also impressive...and much quieter than traditional gas units on both counts. While I don't know about longevity yet, early use has exceeded expectations. I have been through 4 battery recharges now. Would love to test their 80 volt mower but not in my budget. Has anyone used these for longer periods? So far, I'm a fan.
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Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Mar 21, 2017 8:23 PM CST
The thing to watch with battery tools is the ampere hours (ah). That is what determines your run time.
I have some of the dewalt 40 volt & some 20 volt b & w . Extra batteries and a fast charger and you can work until you get tired. I have trimmers & drills. Too much to cut for a battery mower.
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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Miniature Gardening Organic Gardener Frogs and Toads Dog Lover
Birds Vegetable Grower Spiders! Hummingbirder Butterflies Critters Allowed
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UrbanWild
Apr 27, 2017 8:46 AM CST
BTW all... I just found out that my local air pollution control board offers rebates for qualified purchases of ekectric leaf blowers, leaf vacs, string trimmers, and lawn mowers...also batteries. There are also voucher rebates for the trade in of traditional gas engine tools. 2-cycle engines are highly inefficient and they are trying to move the needle on air pollution. You might see what is available in your area.

If Lowes has a d we cent sale on the Kobalt 80 volt mowers, I have an extra incentive!
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE

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