It’s getting very close for general purpose small tools. Mowers will be different, but now 3-4 commercial manufacturers have jumped in. Give them time.It's not the electric that sucks per se. It's the capacity to power the electric. The big machines that you mentioned are diesel powered electric. I am a huge fan of hybrid technology. It is a fantastic middle ground to going green and using the benefits of both.
It is an entire different thing to have stored power that can run for periods of time with good power. That's the whole problem that these manufacturers are facing. How can they make a lightweight power source that will hold up to extended use?
Right now it ain't there. Everybody's trying to do it. They all feel the pressure and see the next step, but based on what I see, it is not feeseble at this juncture.
Hard to say. On one hand, you maybe able to justify it and capitalize on it. Smaller guys will have problems affording it. They will keep using older equipment which will have issues. As electric becomes more main stream and people work from the home, the noise differences will show them selfs.I can't imagine what guys are going to charge $$ for mowing with all electric equipment, since costs of equipment is more expensive and productivity goes down.
Well that is not quite a fair assesment. Our electric/battery Husqvarna line trimmers and edgers and chainsaws and hedge trimmers are quite a bit more efficient and productive than their gas counterparts.
Almost zero maintenence. No sparkplugs. No engine. No air filters. No carbs. No spark arrestors etc. No gas. No oil. No gas cans. No extra time at gas stations. No time and labor spent fiddling and doing anything the gas machines use up. That amount of time and labor and maintenence itself has payed for the battery electric products themselves very quickly.
We already have the energy infrastrucrue in place for battery needs. We also use the battery backpack the majority of the time. It drops the weight of the tool significantly in the hands. Have never once run out of juice using the battery backpacks.
We have seen maybe a +-5% reduction in battery performance overall on the products in 3 years. And this is heavy usage. We also know the technology. We understand how to keep the batteries conditioned and upto optimum use. Never kill a battery and never fully charge.(90%) It pays to have the extra devices that keep an eye on charging and the cells themselves.
I can’t say for his line up. To the best of my knowledge no manufacturers have come up with a blower that meets a present day back pack blower. 2 more years and they will start getting closer, I know of a few in the works presently.That's pretty impressive to only see a 5% reduction in capacity if that's on a daily charged and used battery pack for 3 years.
What's the most powerful blower you can connect to that backpack battery? I'm used to 1000cfm 200mph hour machines that I can get work done fast with and wouldn't be interested in anything much below those specs.
Are you running large electric mowers ( 60" ztr) as well? The ones I have seen specs for wouldn't make it through my typical day without a battery swap and those batteries are prohibitively expensive in my world.
An electric string trimmer and edger would work in my business most days with a battery swap or two as long as I can run guardless with 10 inches of string on each side.
Electric chainsaws and hedge trimmers are doable as well although I haven't seen many hedge trimmers with commercial grade and size blades on them.
Again, I like electric, but I have requirements that would have to be met for me to invest in it.
We can weedeat and edge a .25 acre property in about 6 minutes flat. We do that 45 times per day. I wonder how many batteries that would require to replicate that efficiency?
How many batteries would it take to mow 45 properties in a day? And how many times can you charge a battery before it loses it's efficiency?
And do you charge batteries out in the field using a gas generator -? Lol
And how to you properly recycle junk batteries so it leaves no footprint on mother earth?
you have to keep something in mind. Today’s back packs are 30-40% more powerful than they where just 10 years ago. So a better comparison is against those. We all managed to do our jobs just fine back then.