Are you tired of lugging big, heavy hand held equipment around your yard? Have trouble getting your tools started? Hate all the noise and fumes? You might be surprised to know that there are battery powered options available for all of your hand-held equipment needs that offer comparable power and less bulk than their gasoline powered counterparts. Echo and Husqvarna offer some surprisingly powerful options for homeowners and commercial landscapers alike.
While you probably know that battery powered equipment has been around for quite a few years now, you may not know how far the equipment has matured in that time. Batteries weren’t lasting, power was lacking, and the tools frankly, just couldn’t cut it. This new generation of battery powered equipment is truly worthy of a second or even third look. The biggest benefits by far are battery life, power of equipment, ease of use/upkeep, and the equipment is environmentally and wallet friendly.
Battery Life: It simply depends on how much you are cutting and what kinds of materials you are cutting through. The average homeowner should be able to trim grass, bushes, and weeds around their homes on a single charge. If you are cutting down thick brush or weeds, it may take a little longer and you may need to stop for a charge. There are also different battery voltage types to consider which will give you more run time per charge. Average charge time per battery is about 45 minutes and there are different charger options to consider that will cut that charge time down by half. It is also worthy of note that batteries are interchangeable between manufacturer’s equipment pieces – meaning one battery can be used to power your trimmer, mower, chainsaw, etc. What cannot happen is using a Husqvarna battery on an Echo piece of equipment and vice versa.
Power of Equipment: The power of battery equipment has come a long way since they were first introduced. It’s pretty difficult anymore to tell the difference between the power of battery and gas powered equipment, at least for homeowners. If you have a lot of thick brush or own a lot of property, gas powered is likely still your best bet, but the average homeowner won’t be able to tell the difference in quality and power. For example, leaf blower power is measured in CFM-Cubic Feet per Minute. What this measurement tells you is how much volume of air can be moved by the blower in a minute of time. The larger the number, the more debris that can be moved. Battery powered handheld blowers from Husqvarna can reach up to 530 CFM and Echo’s model is comparable at 550 CFM; their gas powered counterparts are running between 391-453 CFM.
Ease of Use/Upkeep: This is the category where gas powered equipment just cannot compete. There are no pull cords, no fuel mixing, no seasonal maintenance requirements, and the equipment is less bulky and lighter which means you aren’t fatigued when operating it. There are also just as many battery options as gas options for each piece of equipment. Blowers, trimmers, chainsaws, hedge clippers, and mowers are all available in battery powered equipment. There are also fewer parts to break, no carburetors to get dirty, and less frustration with no pull string starters.
Environmentally and Wallet Friendly: Lastly, if you are tired of the fumes and noise, and tired of dealing with oil and gas, you’ll be happy to know that the battery powered pieces are very environmentally friendly. You won’t have to worry about your carbon footprint with battery powered equipment. Plus, you can now do your landscaping clean up without worrying about disturbing the neighbors too. Another advantage is the money you will save in fuel and gas expenses. The up front costs are higher with battery equipment, but without seasonal services, gas, oil, parts, etc, it’s easy to see that your wallet won’t be lighter for long.
Here at Premier Outdoor, we have several Echo and Husqvarna battery powered pieces in stock. We are here to help you with all your sales, parts, or service needs. Feel free to stop at the shop at 301 Westview Drive in Franklin or call at 317-738-0618. As always, until next time-enjoy the mow.