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Old May 22nd, 2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Experiences with The battery operated trimmers?

I've read mixed reviews, have a lot that should be the right size to not worry about battery dieing.

Sick of 2-stroke motors. My 7 year old echo has decided to not work this year leaky fuel lines, air sucking in somewhere, and it has starte to be difficult to start the last year or so anyway.
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I have a propane powered lehr. I love it.
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4 stroke trimmer..............
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I have a battery powered black and decker, its actually not too bad. I have their battery powered chain-saw-on-a-stick, and chain-saw-loppers, and they all take the same batteries.

It is fine for cutting grass around trees, walls, etc. Thats what we use it for. Its not going to make you happy if you are trying to cut large weeds that have strong stalks, or if you are trying to trim 100 sq ft of grass you can't get with the mower. I have bigger 2 strokes for that.

What I like with the battery one, is its simple. Its always ready (we have a total of 4 batteries, with chargers, so we have a rack of them ready to go at any time), and if you realize you missed one tree, you grab it, buzz-buzz, and done. No having to fuel and warm up a gas whip.

Because its easy, my wife will take it and go do the trees when she feels like it, she would never use the gas whips.

Would be great for a normal city lot, or spot duty like we do. Mine is 6 years old, and works fine. I would guess there are newer ones with LiPo batteries that are lighter and better capacity than my old 18v NiCad model, but I don't tend to run out of battery with it.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:42 AM   #5
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I have the 24V Black and Decker. It's ok if the batteries hold a charge (which they don't anymore). It doesn't even come close to comparing to a ICE powered unit though.
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I have a LiIon Troy-Bilt.... I hate it.
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I have a B&D. On a 2nd battery.
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i just bought a "4 stroke" Stihl last weekend...very happy with my purchase. Torque and no 2-stroke smoke/smell though it still takes gas/oil mix. Plus if you buy the synthetic oil when you buy the trimmer they double the warranty.
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My mom has the ryobi 18 lithium one. The couple of times I have used it, no complaints.
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i just bought a "4 stroke" Stihl last weekend...very happy with my purchase. Torque and no 2-stroke smoke/smell though it still takes gas/oil mix. Plus if you buy the synthetic oil when you buy the trimmer they double the warranty.
stay with the synthetic we have had much better luck keeping the valves clean this way
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Experiences with The battery operated trimmers?

I've read mixed reviews, have a lot that should be the right size to not worry about battery dieing.

Sick of 2-stroke motors. My 7 year old echo has decided to not work this year leaky fuel lines, air sucking in somewhere, and it has starte to be difficult to start the last year or so anyway.
go buy some fuel line and a $10 carb kit.
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go buy some fuel line and a $10 carb kit.
It's not worth my time to spend the time buying parts, and fixing it, only to then spend 5- 10 minutes to start the fucking thing every time i need it.


I rebuilt the carb last year, helped for a little, want something that doesn't suck.
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stay with the synthetic we have had much better luck keeping the valves clean this way
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It's not worth my time to spend the time buying parts, and fixing it, only to then spend 5- 10 minutes to start the fucking thing every time i need it.


I rebuilt the carb last year, helped for a little, want something that doesn't suck.
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It's not worth my time to spend the time buying parts, and fixing it, only to then spend 5- 10 minutes to start the fucking thing every time i need it.


I rebuilt the carb last year, helped for a little, want something that doesn't suck.
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I have the B&D, came with two batteries and been using it for three years. No complaints, does my acre lot, half of it fenced on less than one battery. Mine are the nicad batteries no issues.
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Electric the B&D's are nice, my choice next time will be propane, but I have not researched if it will take the attachments.

I use a limber, blower, and tiller on my Ryobi though.
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i bougt the works gt the lithium battery one , the one from tv and love it !!!!!
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i got a 18 ryobi li-on on here. it works pretty good. one battery will not do a big yard. works great for my campsite up north. it was too cheap not to at least try it. glad i bought it!
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Xwhatever on the Black and decker working for me.
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