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2 or 4 cycle trimmer

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by birddseedd, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    first question is cost.

    second is batteries. Heavy commercial use will kill the battery very quickly. what is your expected lifetime on your batteries and how much are the replacements.

    can they be charged off of the 12v from a truck. you can buy more gas, but you cannot just run to a gas station and pickup a charged battery.

    any place you have demo's people can see?
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    ok i guess quesiton one was on the web
  3. LandscaperPro

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    Yeah, birddseedd. Cost is simmilar to the cost of most commercial gas trimmers. Replacement cells are around $150 or about 30 gallons of gas (cells have a 1yr warranty) I know of a guy using his same battery and trimmer for going on 3yrs now. Equipment has 5yr consumer and 2yr commercial warranty. The battery is an Advanced Lithium-Ion Power Cell. Similar to those used in your smart phone. A fully charged cell lasts as long as a tank of gas. They can be charged by a 12V source. We have some of these in our store front warehouse in Spring Valley, NY. That may not be close to you but there are dealers nation wide.
    If you picked one up and turned it on, you'd $#!^. I was very impressed myself.
  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    Whats the actual run time? Sounds like a hr? hr of run time and a hr of charge? Most trimmers only last about a hr when running wide open the whole time.
  5. LandscaperPro

    LandscaperPro Sponsor
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    JCLawn, actual nonstop run time is 60-70 minutes (equivalent to a tank of gas). Almost 5hrs nonstop run time with the Quad Power backpack. This trimmer has 2 speed settings. A speed setting for normal trimming and a torque setting for cutting thick brush. The run time is longer if used entirely on the Torque setting.

    Some people may need an additional power cell to get them through the whole day while one cell will work just fine for others. Either way, one cell will be done charging by the time your first one runs out. You'll never be left with a dead battery.

    They are also capable of being charged with your 12V vehicle power supply.
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    How many actual power cycles can theses batteries go before they start to loose their life?
  7. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    These new fangled "lectric uns" sound interesting enough. But I'm going to give them a few years to work the weaknesses out of them. No field testing for me (unless of course you want to send me a demo).
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  8. LandscaperPro

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    Birddseedd, unfortunately I cannot tell you an exact #. The batteries do have a 1yr warranty. I have spoke to a gentleman who is going on his third year with his CORE Trimmer and he never mentioned anything about the battery becoming week. These Lithium-Ion batteries are comparable to those in your smart phone or those used in other Lithium battery operated hand tools like Dewalt, Ryobi, Rigid, ect. Most of these style batteries can be used for years as long as they are not subjected to extreme high and low temperatures and never notice a loss of "juice".
  9. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    The only thing that i worry about is that batteries only have a certain number of times they can be cycled before they loose their abilitity to hold electricity. after that youll find it only holds half its charge. so youll be buying new batteries at 150 a year rather than gas at 150 a year.
  10. LandscaperPro

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    HAHA! Guerilla, I agree, nobody wants to be the first guinee pig. But, field testing was done years ago. That is why CORE spent 6 years perfecting this idea before it ever went to market. The owners and designers knew that if they wanted to make it in the commercial industry they could not waist their or their customer's time by releasing products that they knew could not withstand the test of time, labor, and abuse. This is not a new technology, it is only new in the commercial lawn care industry.

    If you could, GOOGLE some testimonials of people who have used and of course still are using CORE Gasless Products.

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