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cordless trimmers

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by harryoldguy, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. harryoldguy

    harryoldguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I need help. Please tell me which are the top 5 cordless commercial grqde trimmers(weedwhackers).
  2. ZeroSignal

    ZeroSignal LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    when you say cordless I hope your not saying one of those battery pack units? None...

    Or are you talking about a gas powered units?
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I used to use a Black and Decker cordless trimmer when I first moved into our home about 7 years ago.

    It was used already and used it for one summer until I started buying equipment for the business.

    I will say, it worked well as long as you kept up on the trimming. If you got really tall, thick grass then of course it wasn't that great.

    Also had two batteries for it. I've also used some other HO black and decker equipment and I suggest them to my customers for their own personal use around the home.

  4. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    This is as close to "commercial grade" as I've seen.
    At my dealer's open house, I spoke with a guy from Core GasLess Power, who was demonstrating a new, rechargeable string trimmer.



    From the website:

    It was... "interesting".

    Random observations after looking at it and running it. (no cutting)

    SO quiet and NO vibration.
    It has two speeds to give added torque when desired.
    2 year commercial warranty.
    Well balanced.
    There's no "shaft" - the tube only contains wiring.
    The motor is in the head - and it's quite unique. (see website)
    I believe they source some parts (handle and head/shield) from Echo.
    I believe he said it would be $419 including 2 batteries and a rapid recharger.
    OK to get wet. Head can be run in/under water w/o damage. (not sure how waterproof the rear/battery section is)
    Battery has been tested to run for 1 continuous hour on lower power setting.
    I believe he said the cutting power was roughly equivalent to a 26cc gas trimmer.
    The head/spool can be swapped for different types.
    I was told it works "great" with a blade and that they are going to add a safety bar option for blade use soon.

    I'm sure it has it's applications, and isn't for everyone, but I could not deny that it appeared well designed, and well built. If it were lighter, it would have made me a bit more interested. As it is, it's only .7 lbs lighter than my Stihl FS90R, so the only benefit would be near zero noise, and no more tingly hands.

    Anyway, I thought someone may enjoy looking at this unusual new product.
    I've always dismissed "cordless" trimmers as being unpractical, but this one appears to be closing the gap in some aspects.
  5. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    $279.99 with one battery pack and 3 hour charger. careful though, replacement power cells are $150.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Also, one of our local, well established dealers have been selling the WORX products that you see infomercials for on TV.

    They say they've tested them and they like the product, but I have no personal experience with them.

  7. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Yep. The guy said that the only difference between their "commercial" and "homeowner" packaging is that the commercial comes with TWO batteries and a RAPID charger.
    Overall, if you're looking to get two batteries, the unit with the rapid charger is the better deal.
  8. Edge & Engine

    Edge & Engine Inactive
    Messages: 31

  9. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    However.. they cannot power through "viney" weeds, because as soon as they wrap around the lower end between the head and the cup, it stops the trimmer flat out. This wasn't something I experienced in my initial test run before ordering, but an in person demo to a lawn care business owner had this happen and immediately stated to me that a gas trimmer wouldn't have stopped cold like that, that it would have had the power to at least keep turning. I can't say I didn't agree with him and loose some of my enthusiasm for the units at that point. It also took a while to untangle it from the unit.. :-(
  10. Davido

    Davido LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I'm actually interested in these products. I do not believe them to be a complete replacement for gas trimmers, but for an already well-manicured property - edging and light trimming - it seems very interesting to me. They also make hedge trimmers, blowers, etc. that uses the same technology (circuit board rather than wire winding) to keep them lighter. I wonder how long they will last? is there contact on the circuit board of any type? It gets so hot here (Vegas) you have to beat the heat by starting as early as possible. Some communities have noise restrictions in regards to landscape maintenance - such as not starting 'till eight AM or so. Plus, with the smaller properties in this area. Hmm. Interesting.

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