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Anyone using battery pack hand held equipment?

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by Myk, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Primo Landscaping

    Primo Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    This has been an interesting discussion. I considered buying some electric trimmers for this season but did not yet since a lot of our properties are large and many biweekly. I am waiting until run times and actual torque are a bit more equivalent to gas powered units.
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  2. HortGuy1

    HortGuy1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    DEWALT specifically designed the DCCS620 20V MAX compact cordless chainsaw as a versatile option for tree work and cutting timbers. According to the company, the chainsaw delivers:

    • A 12-inch Oregon bar and chain that offers low-kickback cutting in compact spaces, as well as tool-free tensioning and auto-oiling.
    • The ability to achieve up to 90 cuts per charge using a 20V MAX 5.0 Ah lithium-ion battery on 4- by 4-inch pressure-treated pine wood.
    • The convenience of starting the chainsaw with the pull of the trigger, eliminating the cold starts and carburetor issues that come with gas-powered chainsaws.
    • A weight of 9 pounds, which is optimal for small cuts in tight spaces.
    • An efficient brushless motor.
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  3. Love the Green Biz

    Love the Green Biz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,692

    Good points all for the Dewalt 20V 5.0 ah-I use them in their 22 inch hedge trimmer and blower. I get long run times-I've trimmed 150 plus ornamentals on one charge and the blower goes for at least one hour in total (though I've never run it continuously). I use a CORE 21 V line trimmer for personal and business use (mostly edging and cleaning valve box perimeters) and get a decent run time out of it but it is 3 years old and the power cell is like hefting two bricks. As the cells improve the industry should start to see the light-you can't beat the comfort of no oil/gas mixing, pulling cords and the lack of fumes.
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  4. Velo781

    Velo781 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    Amazon has Gold Box deals going on today with the Greenworks 80v handhelds. $119 for a trimmer with battery and charger. $60 blower. I picked up some extras.
    This is when you buy. Way cheaper than gas equipment and plenty good for city lots.
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  5. Love the Green Biz

    Love the Green Biz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,692

    Checked it out-deals are legit. Guys-great opportunity to try battery products on the cheap. The blower is $60 alone or $169 with battery/ charger and this gives you the extra battery. It does 125 mph and 500 cfm. Great for grab and go, blow and trim. Try it-you'll like it!
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  6. big E W

    big E W LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    sorry diddnt read all post just signed up today figured id throw my 2 cents in
    we run all stihl gas hedge trimmers as of now
    actualy just got 2 diff model stihl battery op hedge trimmers to demo this week was not impressed with them felt like toys cant comment on battery life only used them for a little while
    i did run 2 models of the greenworks hedge trimmer i loved them batterys lasted a full day for us light weight and cut great would rather the greenworks over the stihls if had to pick
    we will be keeping our gassers for now tho
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  7. Love the Green Biz

    Love the Green Biz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,692

    I just used the Greenworks 40 volt hedge trimmer and cranked out 45 solid minutes of heavy trimming before it gave out. I trimmed the same area last year with the Dewalt 22' and it went 60 minutes on the 5.0 AMP/hr cell. Greenworks was a slightly better trimmer-but only slightly. As the cells come down in price it will come to the point of having a dozen charged cells on the truck being no issue. Drop them in their charging station and plug them in overnight at the shop.
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  8. Wye Oak Tree

    Wye Oak Tree LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,369

    Hey! What's your opinion on Stihl battery equipment? I was at my dealer last week and they are pushing it pretty hard. I'm not sure if the trimmers are worth it yet but I was keen on the larger handheld blower.
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  9. Love the Green Biz

    Love the Green Biz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,692

    I just watched a series of promo vids on Stihl. Interesting battery lineup with the AP series being the upper end. I looked over their extended hedge trimmer and will buy one soon. The BGA 85 has battery onboard with 104 MPH and 385 CFM-more than enough to do clean ups early to late season. A little light for Spring and Fall work but a great way to skip the fuel issue most of the season. The BGA 100 is meatier with 128 / 447 #s but needs the backpack battery (this makes the blower only 5.5 lbs and a long run time on a single charge). Granted you get higher MPH with gas but you don't really need it most of the time.

    My battery experience is with Core, Dewalt and Greenworks. The Core is my line trimmer and it is every bit as powerful as my Echo gas. With Dewalt I have their 22" battery trimmer and use it with the 5.0 ah cell (trim for 1 hour plus) and their 90 MPH blower (which does maintenance cleanups easily). I recently got to use the Greenworks trimmer and blower (40 volt) and was impressed. The crux here? Go for it. Stihl is a top brand and once you say goodby to the fuel, fumes and noise plus having instant start you won't look back. And their blower has a unique design feature-the air intake is tapered away from your leg so you won't be brushing up against it and restricting air flow.

    Adopting battery tools is a slow transitional effort-do it one at a time. Settle on a line you like and stock up on batteries. Don't look back on the cost-you'll recoup that soon enough.

    Look into Mean Green Mowers while you are thinking of battery equipment. Check out their videos and cost saving (and worker saving) over time compared to gas. Night and day difference in the no fuel and less fatigue factors.
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  10. Wye Oak Tree

    Wye Oak Tree LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,369

    good info Thumbs Up I have been thinking more about it. Late this summer I was trimming hedges on a really hot day and the breeze was blowing the exhaust right into my face. I started to feel sick and couldn't finish the job. Also the instant start is appealing. Recently my trimmer has been acting up and sometimes won't start at all (someone mentioned ethanol is eating the gaskets)
    So with your Dewalt trimmer do you have to take 4-5 batteries with you to get through the day?
    I like the way battery power notion is gaining momentum. In 3-5 years it might be right on par with the heavy duty commercial equipment
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