battery operated hedge trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by kandalawncaremgr, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
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    Looking into possibly adding battery operated trimmers. Anyone use them, if so what's the pros and cons, I would like to hear. I just can't seem to master gas ones.
     
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Are you using this machines for commercial use:nono:
     
  3. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
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    Well mostly residential. But yes for company use. Don't really get a lot of trimming jobs. Just looking for people who have them and use them.
     
  4. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't use battery powered hedge trimmers, but I do use a battery powered pole saw as well as a battery powered chainsaw. Here's my point of view based off my experience with these:

    Pros:
    -Maintenance for these tools is very minimal.
    -If they're sitting for an extended amount of time, you don't have to worry about fuel going bad.
    -No time spent waiting for the engine to warm up.

    Cons:
    -Battery life is really short for most all b/o lawn equipment, so you typically want a few spare batteries.
    -Overall power and RPMs of b/o tools are marginally less than traditional gas powered equipment, making some jobs take longer than they would otherwise.
    -If left in an open trailer or the back of a truck, electronics are more prone to damage from the elements.
     
  5. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
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    I'm sure there much lighter also. I'm purchasing new trimmers this spring and I'm not sure just what I want. That's why I posted to get the great feedback from other lco.
     
  6. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just for clarification, are you referring to string/line trimmers or hedge trimmers?
     
  7. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
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    Hedge trimmers. To trim hedges. I have echo gas trimmers .
     
  8. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Oh, okay. I'm not sure if they're still hanging out on this forum, but there were some guys here who ran b/o hedge trimmers. They weren't doing a lot of trimming with them, but the tool seemed to do the job for them. Some of this was discussed in a thread I started last year. If you want, I can shoot ya the link to that thread.
     
  9. kandalawncaremgr

    kandalawncaremgr LawnSite Member
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    Yea if ya wouldn't mind that would be great. Thanks
     
  10. a clear difference lawn

    a clear difference lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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