Lawn & Yard Care


Craftsman 60V Max Hedge Trimmer: Product Review


This cordless hedge trimmer is good for light- to middle-duty residential use due to its long battery life (60 to 80 minutes on a single charge), light weight (under 10 lbs.), good maneuverability, and reasonable price. It makes clean cuts on thinner stems, perfect for users with small gardens and hedges who need to keep a manicured look. But if you’re looking for a hedge trimmer that can muscle through thicker vegetation, you might want Continue Reading


Sun Joe® Cordless Go-Anywhere Portable Pressure Washer (SPX6001C): Product Review


What a great concept - a completely self-contained, cordless pressure washer that doesn’t need a nearby spigot, hose or electrical outlet (meaning there’s no hose or electrical cord to get tangled up in). Water is supplied from an attached 5.3-gallon bucket and power from a 40V li-ion battery. What’s not to like about that? For a 40V power washer, the run time is excellent, averaging over 21 minutes on high power. That gives you enough time Continue Reading


Craftsman 60V Max Handheld Blower: Product Review


This is the lightest cordless blower I’ve tested to date, as well as one of the most powerful. At just over 5 lbs (10 lbs with the battery installed), a 90-minute run time (on the low setting), and 600 CFM blowing at 110 mph, this is one heck of a blower. It doesn’t have a shoulder strap but it simply doesn’t need one; it’s light-weight and well-balanced enough to be easily held with just one Continue Reading


Sun Joe® SPX1501 Pressure Washer: Product Review


I like this little beast of a pressure washer. To me, it's like a wolf in sheep's clothing - despite its petite size and toy-like appearance, it's a powerful cleaner. I'd put it in the "beginner" pressure washer class because of its useful pressure rating of only 1400 PSI. But if you're looking for a basic unit without a lot of bells and whistles, a unique adjustable spray nozzle (no more losing individual nozzles!), easy-to-attach Continue Reading


Craftsman V60 Max 60-volt Cordless String Trimmer (CMCST960): Product Review


If you have weeds, tall grass where it doesn’t belong, or hard-to-clear areas around your yard, look no further. This cordless Craftsman trimmer is light-weight (10.2 lbs), simple to use, adjustable, highly maneuverable, and very reasonably priced. With 60V of power, it has the oomph needed to whack through thicker grass and weeds, and I was easily able to trim my 1-acre lot with only a single charge. The battery isn’t as heavy as 120V Continue Reading


Corona EdgeMASTER Lawn & Garden Edger (LG 3684): Product Review


The Corona EdgeMASTER is lightweight yet strong enough to take a lot of abuse, making it a good choice for edging in tough conditions, such as in compacted soil, heavily matted turf and through thick roots. The ComfortGEL handle makes it easier on your hands than models without the extra cushioning, and the highly ridged footrest gives you a secure footing when putting your weight on it. The tool can be rocked back and forth Continue Reading


WORX Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner WG644: Product Review


For a portable, highly convenient power cleaner that requires no cords or a fixed water source, the Hydroshot™ offers a perfect alternative to typical units. Two 20-Volt Lithium Ion batteries power the unit, eliminating the need for cords or gas. It cleans well at high PSI, removing dirt and mold easily, while it also waters plants when using the two-speed trigger with a gentle squeeze. Easy assembly and smart functions make the Hydroshot™ an excellent Continue Reading


Yardmax Chipper Shredder (YW7565): Product Review


For the price (under $800), I love the Yardmax chipper shredder. It’s a better chipper than any unit I’ve used, and it’s almost as good as others when it comes to shredding. The self-feeding feature makes it much easier to feed material into the large hopper, and the combination of a powerful engine and heavy cutting blades makes quick work of branches up to 3 inches in diameter. It’s a well-built, heavy-duty unit that should Continue Reading


Earthquake® Tazz Chipper Shredder (30520 K32): Product Review


For the price-conscious homeowner wanting a powerful, compact chipper/shredder to use a half-dozen times a year, the TazzTM is a fantastic choice. It excels at shredding all sorts of yard debris and the 20:1 reduction ratio turns it into a nice mulch. It does a very good job chipping long, straight branches, although somewhat less so when it comes to very short or forked branches. It’s lighter weight than comparable machines, easy to maneuver and Continue Reading


Redback 120vRX Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer: Product Review


Redback does it again with a lightweight yet powerful offering with its new120vRX Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer. It’s simple to use, runs non-stop for about 70 minutes (the weeds will run out before it does!), operates at 6,000 RPM to easily tackle even tall, shrubby weeds, and is highly maneuverable. Plus, it’s very competitively priced. Of all the string trimmers I’ve reviewed, this is the one I most recommend. Continue Reading