Power Tools


Troy-Bilt Chipper Shredder (CS4325): Product Review

This 2-in-1 chipper/shredder does a fantastic job with branches up to 3 inches in diameter. With a powerful 250cc 4-cycle engine, a large fuel tank (so you can run full out for up to 90 minutes), 10:1 reduction ratio and a 5-bushel collection bag, it quickly chews up and spits out even very hard wood. RATING: 5 stars


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 stand up well to use over the long term. And while it’s heavy, it’s also well-balanced and easy enough to move around on the large, all-terrain tires.


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 built to last.


Redback 120V Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower: Product Review

[Video Review!] The cost of the Redback 120V blower falls at the lower end of comparable tools by other manufacturers. Having tested others, I find the Redback a great value. Power meets light weight, maneuverability and long battery life. What’s not to like?


Yard Force 120V RX Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower: Product Review

[Video Review!] Will this help me to keep the cleanest yard in town? Absolutely. Will I recommend it others? Absolutely, but I will give the caveat that power comes at the expense of some heft. Do I think this is the best cordless leaf blower I’ve used to date? That would be a great big YES.


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.


Greenworks 24 Volt, 2-speed Cordless Sweeper: Product Review

I would unequivocally recommend this sweeper. It has a lot of nice features, including dual speeds, light weight, excellent balance and charge indicator lights on the battery. I like the extra power when it’s needed and the lower MPH for normal applications (and conserving battery life). It removes the debris that a broom can’t touch, and does it with speed and precision. Note that this is not a blower and so wouldn’t be useful for moving larger debris or wet leaves. Read the full review to see why you might want this instead of a leaf blower.

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Yard Force 120vRX Lithium-Ion 18” Cordless Line Trimmer: Product Review

With plenty of power to tackle even 2-foot weeds with ease, this 120v cordless string trimmer can easily replace a gas-powered model. It has a 50-minute run time and charges in under 40 minutes. Although it’s fairly heavy (17.8 lbs with battery installed), it’s easy to maneuver and does a great job at trimming and edging.

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WORX GT Revolution 20V 12″ String Trimmer / Edger / Mini-Mower (WG170): Product Review

If you’re looking for a lightweight, adjustable, and convenient cordless string trimmer, I highly recommend the WORX GT Revolution 20V 12” String Trimmer / Edger / Mini-Mower. It’s easy to use, does a very good job, takes up hardly any space when storing it, and with the two included batteries it runs long enough to cover a ½ acre yard. Of all the weed eaters we’ve reviewed, this is the one I turn to every time.

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Yard Force Pressure Washer (YF1600A1): Product Review

I like the Yard Force LR1600A1. It’s a beast of a machine packed in a small, easy to use unit. It has plenty of power to clean just about everything, especially with the included turbo nozzle. It’s simple to set up and easy to drag around on the two wheels without having to lift it (although it’s lightweight enough to be easily lifted and moved with the folding handle). I also appreciate the attention to detail when it comes to the ergonomic design; there’s an easy-to-access compartment to store every necessary piece of gear to run the unit.


Earthquake® Versa Tiller Cultivator: Product Review

Don’t be fooled by the small package – this is a powerful tiller cultivator that can be operated safely and easily by most gardeners. It’s highly adjustable, with options to use 2 or 4 tines at widths of 11, 16 and 21 inches, and depths up to 11 inches. It’s reliable, starts easily and is highly maneuverable. Anyone who has a new yard or garden with soil that needs to be broken up can save hours of otherwise back-breaking work with the Versa Tiller Cultivator.

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Redback 120V Lithium-Ion 21” Cordless Push Lawn Mower: Review

This is a high quality, powerful, full-size, push mower (it’s not self-propelled) that’s a good replacement for a gas mower for lawns up to ¼ acre (you’ll get about one hour of mowing with one battery charge). With multiple batteries, you can cut as big a lawn as you’re willing to mow. It offers mulching, side discharge and bagging options, 7 height adjustments, and easy maneuverability. Redback offers a full range of 120V tools so the battery and charger are interchangeable with other tools.

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YardForce 120vRX Lithium-Ion 22″ Self-Propelled 3-in-1 Mower: Product Review

The Yard Force 120vRX Lithium-Ion 22” Cordless Lawn Mower is a high-quality mower. It has a quick-start button, can distribute the grass clippings three ways (mulching, bagging, or side-discharging), is quiet and easy to maneuver, and doesn’t pollute the air with gas fumes. We tested it on various types of grass and were impressed with the results.


Greenworks G-MAX 12” Cordless Chainsaw: Product Review

The Greenworks G-MAX 12” Cordless Chainsaw is a smaller, lightweight cordless chainsaw that has a surprising amount of power and can cut through 10” tree trunks. Its power to weight ratio is darn good, it’s nice and quiet and will run for over 25 minutes on a single charge. Overall, this is a good saw for odd jobs around the yard and smaller wood/tree cutting. It’s available in 14” and 16” models for larger jobs.


Greenworks 40V G-Max (22262) Cordless Hedge Trimmer: Product Review

The 40V G-Max (22262) Cordless Hedge Trimmer is designed for the homeowner and DIYer who doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles (and let’s be honest – most of us don’t need all of the “extras”). All in all, I give the Greenworks 22262 high marks for its broad usability, comfortable grip, lightweight, and battery life adequate for all my trimming needs.


Sun Joe Lithium-Ion 40-volt 12-inch Cordless Tiller + Cultivator: Product Review

Don’t be fooled by its toy-like looks – the Sun Joe tiller + cultivator is a real workhorse! Lightweight, maneuverable, and compact, it’s ideal for anyone with a smaller garden or limited storage space (the fold-down handles are a plus!). It’s extremely quiet (making it great for those living with neighbors nearby or with strict noise pollution standards), incredibly easy to use, and the sharp blades and power easily turn hard soil into something your plants would be proud to grow in.


Redback 40V Lithium Ion Cordless Pole Chainsaw (106070): Product Review

This is a decent pole chainsaw that cuts aggressively but can stop unexpectedly. I had stopping problems with the first saw I tested but Redback Customer Service quickly sent me a replacement that didn’t have the same issues. It’s well balanced, easy to use with the included shoulder strap and will run for about 25 minutes when fully charged. The instruction manual needs a major revamp and the bar and chain oiler cap has the potential to leak while the saw is in use.

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Troy-Bilt Gas Cultivator (TB146EC): Product Review

This gasoline-powered cultivator offers superior performance, and refined fit and finish. The powerful, lightweight unit is very easy to maneuver, uses a 4-cycle engine (so there’s no need to pre-mix gas and oil), and has handles for easy transportation. Starting it can be a little awkward so you may want to also buy the optional JumpStart engine starter.

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Dirty Hand Tools 10” Mini Cultivator: Product Review

The cultivator has a lot going for it, including a powerful (43cc, 2-cycle) engine that tears through soil with ease, adjustable handles, replacement blades and easy operation. However, assembly is a challenge and it vibrates a lot which makes it difficult to control and, in our tests, loosened knobs, popped off sparkplug connectors and bent the wheel connector.

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Redback 40V 12” Li-Ion Cordless Chainsaw (106068): Product Review

The Redback 40V 4.0 Li-Ion Chainsaw (106068) has all the necessary power to cut through anything from small brush to 10.5” logs, making it comparable to a consumer-grade, gasoline-powered chainsaw. It’s lightweight, easy to use, has a plethora of built-in safety features and is sturdy enough to tackle just about anything. I recommend it without any reservations – it’s simply the best cordless chainsaw I’ve tested to date.

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Breez R2 Propane Tiller Cultivator: Product Review

This is one heck of a cultivator! Lightweight, strong as an ox, easy to use, relatively quiet and best of all, no gasoline. This is the first propane-powered tiller cultivator on the market and it’s a winner. If I had to choose just one from all the cultivators I’ve tested, this would be it.

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Black & Decker Cordless Pruner (#BD1168): Product Review

This cordless, rechargeable pruner promises to make pruning easier for those with limited grip strength or arthritis, and those who do a lot of pruning. However, we found that those with larger hands thought it was comfortable to use, but gardeners with smaller hands and those with arthritis or little grip strength had trouble with it. It has limited utility as it won’t cut through anything thicker than ½ inch (and that’s only in softer material) and I wonder about quality control since the first one I received didn’t work.

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Sun Joe 40-Volt 16-Inch Battery-Powered Chainsaw (iON 16CS): Product Review

The Sun Joe 16 in cordless chainsaw is a powerful tool, well balanced, with important safety features. However, its one flaw is the amount of times it stops while cutting.

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Greenworks G-Max 40v Lithium Cultivator (27062): Product Review

The Greenworks G-Max 40v cultivator has surprising power, very good quality construction and gives excellent results. It might be overkill for a very small garden where a garden fork would do the work. And it might be underpowered for a really big garden. But if you’re looking for a replacement for a gas-powered cultivator, this is definitely one to consider.

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Redback (E522D) 40V Cordless Lithium-Ion Hedge Trimmer: Product Review

If you’re ready to cut the cord on your electric trimmer or want to upgrade your underpowered 20V rechargeable hedge trimmer, get the Redback E522D. It’s priced right between the least and most expensive trimmers in its category, and this sturdy tool feels built to last for many seasons. It easily cut through everything I threw at it, is easy to maneuver, has good battery life and doesn’t feel any heavier than a corded model.


YARDMAX™ Electric Log Splitter: Product Review

The YARDMAX™ Electric Log Splitter does only one thing – splits wood – and does it really well. I love it and couldn’t be more pleased with the results. It’s sturdy, works fast, is easy to use, and eliminates the usual stresses and strains of splitting wood.

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Sun Joe Electric Pressure Washer (SPX3000): Product Review

The Sun Joe Electric Pressure Washer is easy and comfortable to use, with a lightweight, easy-to-control trigger handle, an upright wheeled design that makes it easy to move, and onboard storage for all parts. It doesn’t have as much power as a gas model but for most jobs it provides more than enough pressure.


Greenworks G-MAX 40V Lithium-Ion Cordless 8” Pole Saw (20672): Product Review

The Greenworks G-MAX 40V Lithium-Ion Cordless 8” Pole Saw (model 20672) is a generally well made product that makes clean cuts through smaller material (under 4” in diameter) but has battery overheating problems when cutting larger branches. There’s no shoulder strap included in the saw package (a definite miss) and the owner’s manual really needs some revisions. Overall, it’s a respectable mid-grade 40V saw but wouldn’t be a good replacement for a gas-powered pole chainsaw.


Sun Joe 40V Lithium Ion 8-Inch Cordless Pole Chainsaw (iON8PS2): Product Review

Overall, this saw operates very much like its commercial grade, higher end, gasoline driven counterparts. The power to weight ratio is great, making the saw powerful but not too heavy (particularly if wearing the shoulder strap). It makes very clean cuts and the fit and finish suggest quality throughout. In my tests, the motor never lacked the power to cut through the thickest woods (up to the saw’s maximum cutting diameter), including incredibly hard deadwood. A single tool to tighten the front cover nut, chain tensioner screw, and telescoping cam lock is a real plus (one tool beats the heck out of many).


Husqvarna Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher (125BVx): Product Review

This is a good blower and mulching vacuum – when you can get it started and if the engine stays running. There are some nice features, such as the curved blower tube and comfortable strap but, unfortunately, the cons outweigh the pros.

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Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Axial Blower (2400802): Product Review

This is one of the best blowers we’ve tested to date. It has power, versatility, and quality. Be aware that if the cruise control lever is in the “on” position, the blower will automatically start when the battery is installed (that’s a potential safety issue). That aside, the Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Axial Blower (model 2400802) is definitely a recommended buy.


Troy-Bilt 40V Cordless Blower (TB4300): Product Review

Simply put, if you have the cash, want to go cordless, and want a superior quality product, buy the Troy-Bilt TB4300 Blower. It met all my expectations and then some. It’s a solid performer that can be stacked up against any gas, cordless, or corded blower in its class.


Redback 40V Cordless Blower (106062): Product Review

Redback has produced a very good blower, with excellent quality and safety features, a helpful shoulder belt, 60+ minutes run time, and four blower speeds. It has an electronic control panel instead of a variable-speed trigger-style throttle, and will only run in turbo-speed mode for 30 seconds before dropping down to high speed – two features that some users may not like. Overall though, it’s a good choice for use in the typical suburban property.

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Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Batteries – FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries used in power tools.

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Greenworks 12” 24V Cordless String Trimmer (21342): Product Review

This lightweight combo string trimmer / edger has good balance, handling and maneuverability, and it’s an excellent edger. But there is a major problem with the line and spool assembly that makes it practically unusable as a string trimmer. If Greenworks can fix the problem, this would be an excellent all-round trimmer/edger but, as it is, we cannot recommend it.

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Redback 40V Lithium Ion Cordless String Trimmer/Edger (106065): Product Review

With plenty of power, supreme edging, and long battery run times, this well-balanced and easily adjustable string trimmer/edger gets the job done.

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SunJoe Cordless Lawn Mower (16LM): Product Review

This lightweight, non-mulching 40V Li-ion mower is easy to handle, highly adjustable and makes a clean cut. The battery has decent run time and there are some nice safety features. However, the grass catcher is small and doesn’t fit easily onto the mower.

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Troy-Bilt Cordless String Trimmer (TB4200): Product Review

This 40V 4Ah cordless string trimmer is extremely powerful yet nimble, with very good battery life. It’s well-balanced (although a little heavy) and functions extremely well. Overall, it’s a good candidate if you’re looking to replace a gas-powered trimmer.

Redback 40V Lithium Ion Mower E137C

Redback 40V Lithium-Ion 16″ Cordless Mower: Product Review

The Redback E137C mower is quiet, loaded with safety features, and has several innovative design elements. It’s a fantastic mulching mower, has a high capacity grass catcher and excellent battery life. Overall, it’s by far one of the best cordless Li-Ion battery-operated mowers we’ve tried to date.

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GreenWorks G-MAX 20” 40V Cordless Twin Force Mower: Product Review

Battery-powered lawn mowers are slowly evolving to the point that some are a viable replacement for a gas-powered mower. The GreenWorks Twin Force runs on two 40V batteries, cuts and mulches extremely well, and can easily manage a typical suburban yard.