cordless yard tools

otter-b1(SW Ohio/ z 5/6)July 11, 2012

I am looking for cordless yard tools. I've found the Ryobi and Black&Decker series online. I am hoping for some feedback from those who have used the tools before I invest in either of the series. Here's my list of questions/concerns - I'm sure I will come up with more.

Ryobi vs Black &Decker?

voltage differences - there are several choices - 18v is most common with most available tools. Also available are 20v, 24v, 36v, and 40v. Do I need the bigger battery if the resulting amperage is the same?

are these tools powerful enough for the work I need to do?

Specifically:

pole saw - needs to cut up to 3" diameter (if possible)

trimmer - needs to whack big weeds, not just grass

blower - needs to move leaves off grass, not just hard

surfaces

cultivator - would be used in clay soil - mostly partially

prepared flowerbeds that need cleaned up and soil

improved

Any comments and info will be welcomed. TIA

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exmar

Hi,

IMHO, the cordless won't do it, or won't do it for long. Consider "corded" if you don't want to deal with small gas engines. Or, get a small genset for convenience and still go with corded. You'll only have one small engine to deal with that way.

Do a search here and at other sites on life expectancy for cordless tools, also look at replacement cost of batteries.

Good luck,

Ev

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 6:39PM
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rager_w

I just purchased the Ryobi 24v Li trimmer. I've had gas, corded and other cordless models. I really like this new unit. It will wack down anything. Sure is a lot easier to control than my Echo, 2-stroke.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 9:55AM
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otter-b1(SW Ohio/ z 5/6)

Thanks for the input. Still mulling things over and gathering info from as many sources as possible. Had really hoped for more favorable reviews - but that's why I'm asking - don't want to shell out for something that won't perform the task.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 4:15PM
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otter-b1(SW Ohio/ z 5/6)

Thanks for the input. Still mulling things over and gathering info from as many sources as possible. Had really hoped for more favorable reviews - but that's why I'm asking - don't want to shell out for something that won't perform the task.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 4:24PM
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