Testing Battery Powered Yard Tools | Ask This Old House

30May 2018

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and landscape designer Jenn Nawada test out a variety of battery operated yard tools
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Cost: $100-$2500

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools List:
String trimmer
Hedge trimmer
Push lawn mower
Leaf blower
Pole saw
Snow blower
Wheel barrow
Ride on lawn mower

Roger and Jenn determined that battery powered tools work well for small to medium sized yards. While these tools were effective compared to gas tools, one setback they noticed is that batteries are not interchangeable across different brands of tools, and most companies do not make full lines of battery powered yard tools, meaning multiple batteries are required in order to make the full switch from gas to battery.

Roger and Jenn saw a variety of tools manufactured by Husqvarna (https://www.husqvarna.com/us/), Oregon (https://www.oregonproducts.com/en/?site=oregon), and Greenworks (https://www.greenworkstools.com/).

The battery powered ride on lawnmower is manufactured by Ryobi (https://www.ryobitools.com/).

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