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DIY electric backpack blower conversion using RC plane motor

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by austinb82, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,462

    pretty much but electric motors have many fewer parts.
  2. Sparc

    Sparc LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 11

    I don't know that electric tools are better, just different. Nice to have a choice with an equal amount of power and features if you don't like messing with or storing gasoline.

    Yes, a different set of maintenance and safety issues. The battery concern is a valid one that can not be overlooked. I check (by feeling the battery to see if its hot from a high discharge rate) and let them cool down after heavy use before I charge them and I keep an eye on them while charging. I run the chargers through a heavy duty timer and set it turn off shortly after the battery has fully charged (which is usually <80 minutes based on a completely drained battery). That way if I do forget then the power will be removed from the charger. Not a complete solution but it helps.
  3. rorrer.jus

    rorrer.jus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    You might be better off buying one. I have a electric brushless boat and running it at full speed I only get a 4 minute run on a full charge. That is with the boat going 25 on water.

    The only electric landscaping item I own is a hedge trimmer. I went battery over gas because it isnt used that often and I heard numerous people saying gas hedge trimmer exhaust sucks since it blows back into your face. The only thing I have to do is make sure I have a spare battery for large jobs and Im good to go.
  4. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,025

    Stihl already makes a battery powered blower and an extended battery pack that you wear on you back like a backpack. The battery blower itself is a pretty robust unit with decent output and pretty good battery life. We have three of them in service and they work great.

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