Ditching gas powered Lawn Tools

Discussion in 'Environmental' started by xcel, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    As spring approaches, Marian and I were talking about lawn care and how to improve both our carbon footprint and improve ease of use.

    With my far beyond expectations met, Black and Decker 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vac experience over the past two years for car care, I thought if the Black and Decker Hedge trimmer(s) and Blower(s) lineup were rated within the Top 5 from various review sites, I would lean heavily towards that brand. Low and behold, the Black and Decker units were in the Top 1, 2, or 3 in review after review of the perspective products.

    Black and Decker 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vac


    The Pivot Vacs time of use on a single charge, SoC longevity, practicality, and low upfront price was so good I purchased 5 of these since the first purchase over 2 years ago for family members across the country.

    While I am still considering a cordless weed trimmer, the cordless hedge trimmer and blower replacements have been chosen.

    Black and Decker 40V MAX 22 in Hedge Trimmer (LHT2240C)


    Features + Benefits
    • 22 in. dual-action blade reduces vibration for comfortable trimming
    • Quickly cuts branches up to 3/4 in thick for a variety of trimming tasks
    • Wraparound auxiliary handle makes it easy to maneuver vertically and horizontally
    • Full length trigger and soft grip for convenient operation
    • State of charge indicator shows battery charge level at a glance
    • Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 40V, nominal voltage is 36V
    Product Specs
    • BLADE LENGTH: 22 in
    • POWER SOURCE: Lithium Ion
    • PRODUCT TYPE: Hedge Trimmer
    • SYSTEM: 40V MAX
    • WEIGHT: 6.9 lbs.
    Black and Decker 40V MAX Lithium Sweeper (LSW36B)


    Features + Benefits
    • 120 MPH sweeper clears debris from hard surfaces like driveways, decks, and garages
    • Works with high performance 40V MAX Lithium Ion Battery for long run time (battery and charger not included)
    • POWERCOMMAND controls speed for maximum run-time or maximum power
    • Lightweight at just 4.7 pounds for quick and easy blowing of debris
    • Low noise design allows for quiet operation
    • Blow tube with built-in scraper allows users to loosen matted leaves and stuck-on debris
    • Soft grip handle provides added comfort during use
    • Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 40V, nominal voltage is 36
    Product Specs
    • AIR SPEED: 120 mph
    • DECIBEL: <66 dBA
    • POWER SOURCE: 40V MAX Lithium Ion Battery
    • SYSTEM: 40V MAX
    • TYPE : Hard Surface Sweeper
    • WEIGHT: 4.7 lbs.
    I picked up the BLACK+DECKER Cordless Hedge Trimmer (w/ battery and charger) for $99.99 and BLACK+DECKER Cordless Sweeper (w/out battery and charger) for $69.96 = $169.95 + $13.17 tax = $183.12 and free delivery from WalMart.com which was a little less than Amazon. I only needed one battery and charger since the 40V battery fits both. Fingers crossed that there is enough stored power in a single battery to handle doubling up. If not, I will buy a second battery and there is still no need for a second charger.

    I will let you know how these new cordless lawn tools work after a few uses.

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  2. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    We got this during one of HF's many sales:


    Paid around $150 for it.

    It's my FIRST chainsaw ever, and I'm very happy with it. I have yet to fell a tree with it, but it cuts through 2" branches very quickly. I've done several minutes of intermittent cutting/trimming, and the battery still shows full charge.
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  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I was halfway to that goal a few years ago. Then I moved to a small farm. I've had to upgrade my chainsaw twice. A bigger gas riding mower. A tractor.

    There's a certain scale where liquid fuel is the only reasonable option. Aviation is another. So let's save the stuff for that and use alternatives where possible.
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  4. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    I have been zero gasoline for my home tools for well over a decade, and in my cars for over 5 years.

    Still looking for a GOOD electric snowblower. I have had a corded Toro - worked great, until it hits a small stick; and a corded Snow Joe - which has some sort of heat-triggered cutoff; and now I have the first gen 2-stage battery powered Snow Joe - which is just to weak to work in anything heavier than powder snow.

    I have a battery strimmer, corded chainsaw, corded leaf vacuum/blower, corded chipper, corded mower (that needs repair of a worsening vibration).
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  5. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    I have the Lynxx 40V Lithium string trimmer/edger and the Lynxx chainsaw from Harbor Freight. I've been extremely happy with the chainsaw, and although I've been happy with the trimmer, the head doesn't feed as well as my $20 electric trimmer I used to have from Harbor Freight. I'm tempted to buy another $20 trimmer and put the head on my battery powered one.

    I noticed that Harbor Freight has a new line of battery powered equipment, including lawnmowers. They look impressive, but my mower runs quite well, and I'm not looking to spend a few hundred just to eliminate buying gas to mow my small .2 acre lawn. I am in the process of transitioning my lawn to Zenith Zoysia, which requires less water and mowing, so I am saving gas there.
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