Anyone have experience with 'em? How do you like 'em? I'm considering one. I only need one to trim the little nooks and crannies I can't get at with my tractor when I mow. I used to just trim with Roundup, but this tractor is a little large and can't quite get into some of the areas that I could get at with my Cub Cadet. Now, it is not much I'd have to trim. I have a gas trimmer, but it seems like such a pain for the few little areas I'd have to trim. Most of the trimmers I've been looking at online have an estimated battery life of at least 30 minutes which is more than adequate.
10-22-2019, 08:59 AM
I owned one years ago and it was adequate. Power wasn't as good as a plugged in version but it was okay and the battery usually lasted long enough to get everything.
I believe that some positive side effects of Tesla are that batteries are starting to be more efficient and last much longer. It's about time, battery life hasn't taken a huge jump forward (until now) in decades.
I had a black and decker 18 volt 12" for several years till batteries quite holding a charge(batteries shared with cordless drills at the time), I got my mom's one about the same time trimmer her's looks like new but batteries failed as well. This spring I bought her a Black and Decker 12" 20v lithium (same as my newer cordless drills & sawsall) and have no reason to not expect it to be a good trimmer and batteries are a lot better than the 18v ni-cad or what ever they were. The one I got her came with 2 batteries, they seem to have more options now for single larger batteries. I did not have any with the edger.
I would buy one in a second if my gas trimmer fails. Only thing the gas does better is the edge of the sidewalk when the grass starts creeping over top.
10-22-2019, 09:34 AM
A timely thread, this. My 120 VAC spin trimmer died last weekend after many years of faithful service (broken wire or connector inside the sliding tube to the motor), and I need a replacement. I hadn't thought about cordless trimmers. I shall be watching these comments with great interest.
I owe you an adult beverage of your choice, NT. :thumb:
10-22-2019, 09:47 AM
The EGO brand of cordless tools works well. I have the blower and the string trimmer and love them.
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10-22-2019, 10:17 AM
I have owned a Ryobi 40Volt full size trimmer for 5 years. It runs about 40 minutes and is quite powerful. The down side is a new battery cost as much as a new trimmer. However mine is still holding a full charge. It is a convenient way to handle trimming. I have only run it down once in that time. I think around 45 minutes of use. It uses a spool type of feeder, I keep a few spares on hand and just roll on new trim line when they get empty. Really it is easy to use, just kinda big and heavy. It cost me $139.
Lithium-ion batteries can greatly increase the run time usually instead of the Nickel-Cadmium type. But the Li-Ion types if not precisely engineered and manufactured can be prone to catching fire. Make sure the ones you get are UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed. Ni-Cads are not usually prone to this situation but they tend to develop a memory and if used for a short duration repeatedly they can not provide power much past that time without recharging, and are rather “weak components” anyway. Look for the UL mark for battery powered stuff.
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10-22-2019, 11:29 AM
I use Masterforce brand cordless tools that are the house brand of Menards. They're the 20 volt Li-ion batteries and I have the string trimmer, and blower. I use them both quite extensively at my cabin and they work great. I know some areas don't have Menards, but whatever your local hardware store is there is probably a house brand like dewalt, ryobi, Milwaukee, or even black and decker. All of these brands have options in string trimmers, and yard maintenance tools now. So if you have any of those kind of cordless tools check them out because you might have a shared battery capability already. My dad is a dewalt man and he just got the cordless 20v chainsaw and blower. They both work very well with the bigger 5.0 ah batteries. The bigger capacity battery the better off you'll be whatever you choose.