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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Best Cordless Battery Powered String Trimmers: Reviews & Buying Guide

Cordless string trimmers have come a long way over the last few years, going from cumbersome tools that ran out of battery power quickly to the new lightweight, nimble grass cutting machines that provide almost as much “oomph” as a corded or gas powered weed whacker.

Given the plethora of string trimmer models, brands and features available today, how do you choose the best one to meet your needs? Read the article!

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Troy-Bilt JET Gas Leaf Blower (TB2MB): Review

Troy-Bilt JET Gas Leaf Blower (TB2MB): Product Review

This has got to be the coolest looking leaf blower out there. Troy-Bilt went back to the drawing board with this one and came back with a design that puts a huge amount of air flow through the unit, plus has that wow factor. But does it really work? Read on to find out …

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Black & Decker High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher (BV3600): Product Review

When you need to remove fallen leaves from your lawn or garden, a combination leaf blower, vacuum and mulcher is a convenient option. The difficulty is finding a combination blower/vac/mulcher that works well in all three modes. We tested the BV3600 high performance model from Black & Decker – here’s what we found …

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Toro UltraPlus Electric Leaf Blower Vac (51621): Product Review

With fall comes fallen leaves and the question of what to do with them. Some people compost them to create leaf mold, others use them as mulch on garden beds, and others choose to dispose of them entirely. But one way or another, you have to first collect those leaves. That’s where a combination leaf blower, vacuum and leaf shredder like the Toro UltraPlus comes in handy.

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Electric Wheelbarrow Review

An electric wheelbarrow? Seriously? Before trying this one, I’d never even heard of such a thing. But now that I’ve used it for several months, I’m a convert.  In fact, I can’t imagine using a non-powered wheelbarrow again! We tested the C27-7A electric power wheelbarrow from www.electricwheelbarrows.com. This has a slightly smaller hopper capacity (7 […]

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WORX GT2.0 20V MaxLithium Trimmer/Edger Review

Editor’s Note:  WORX also has a 32V model that has exactly the same features described here for the 20V GT2.0. Are you tired of hauling around a heavy, smelly gas trimmer? Or tripping over the cord on an electric one? Then the new, redesigned WORX GT2.0 MaxLithiumTM 3-in-1 Grass Trimmer/Edger/Mower may be the perfect tool for […]

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