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Battery powered equipment - 2020

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by JFGLN, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. Work4Food

    Work4Food LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73


    Are you talking powerful enough to run a zero turn?

    My backpack battery weighs about ten pounds.....

    Are you comparing a small Makita 5ah to the much larger and more powerful 5 ah batteries produced by other ope manufactures?

    I live in California so battery only may be here sooner than Id like just glad there are viable options already available and more on the way.

  2. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,258

    A 5amp hr battery is a 5amp hr battery. Doesn't matter what company that makes it. That battery will give you 5amps for 1 hr.
  3. No gloves

    No gloves LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    How you break the powerhead? The ego powerhead?
  4. Work4Food

    Work4Food LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    Your not factoring in the voltage rating. Makita = 18volt x 5ah = watt hours 90

    Ego = 56volt x 5ah = watt hours 280

    Storage capacity is much higher with most higher voltage platforms.

    So a 2.5ah battery in a 56volt system is equivalent to about a 8ah battery with a 18v platform.

    So I run a 7.5ah battery on my 56v platform equivalent to around a 24ah on Makita 18v .

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2020
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  5. Work4Food

    Work4Food LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I modified a trimmer head attachment to accept a brush blade then abused it by repeatedly running a hooked down two point blade.....I used it quite a few times then broke something up by the motor. Then repeated it a few months later on a second power head. $139 plus t+l each time.

    Those hooked blades are unbeatable when dealing with blackberries but hard on machines.

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2020
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  6. Work4Food

    Work4Food LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    My apologies if everyone knows this but Makitas 18v x2 platform is a 36v system so although you can put two 5ah batteries on it you still only have 5ah of storage at 36volts.

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  7. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,258

    I learned something new.
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  8. rippinryno

    rippinryno LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,508

    Has anybody a season in with the echo trimmer? How does it hold up? i like my echo gas units and would definitely go with an echo battery if they're solid.
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  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 23,138

    Same here.
  10. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 21,217

    Have had the pas version for about a year
    Moved the string cutter happy with it since
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