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I guess I'm lucky. My gas powered stuff starts with six pulls or less. I like the torque and the dependability of gas. I have battery drills and have had them since they first came out. Even with two batteries I run out of power with them. They are just not the equivalent of an AC power tool in that department. I hate to think of how many days it would have taken to drill 3/4" holes through eight inches of poured, reinforced, concrete so I could get conduit in for some cameras.
 
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I've mowed, trimmed and blowed for the last 50 years in the 115 degree Arizona desert. (I'm 83 now). I've used every piece of equipment imaginable. Last summer I found the perfect, remotely controlled via cell phone, solution. Push a couple buttons and it's all done. The only problem is I had to learn Spanish. This solution does not come in English. I've looked all over.
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I understand. A regular sized yard where I live is around $80 to $100. Screw that. Now, when I turn 83, I will have been pushing daisies for quite some time I am guessing, so it won't matter. :)
 

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Buy a quality commercial grade weed wacker and you won’t have these problems.

Line lasts a long time, is cheap and easy to re spool. Also starts by 3rd pull every time.

I use Stihl gas powered lawn equip. My blower, edger and weed wacker are all over a dozen years old and they are very reliable.

I’m starting to think about battery powered weed wackers so I bought a Milwaukee 18 volt since I have all the batteries and chargers for other tools. Although it works pretty well, is fairly light and lasts long on a charge it just doesn’t have the guts for the thicker stuff. Line is harder to re spool and doesn’t last as long.


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I have a Milwaukee unit that has different attachments. Weed trimmer, pole saw, and hedge.
I also have the Milwaukee leaf blower.
The Milwaukee equipment is the best thing that I ever owned for yard work.

I have all kinds of Milwaukee tools and they are top quality.
Milwaukee here too. I updated to the whole quik-lok system for $400 after just having a couple of their 1st gen yard equipments. Before they built condos behind my house, I used to do a 10' X 40' section of weeds behind my fence to keep them from spreading into my yard. This thing is better than any gas trimmer I've owned...weeds were literally flying everywhere, I had them in my hair and all up and down my body when I was done...the damn farmer never cut that part of his property between his corn and my fence...asshole.
 

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No offense, TechBill, but if it's Kobalt it came from Lowes. Not buying any of their crap. That's not to say I won't by DeWalt or Milwaukee power tools from Lowes, but Kobalt is homeowner grade.
I agree with with you 100% that it's a homeowner grade and it may not be the best product out there or something for commercial uses. I also would say many of Kobalt tools quality are on the par with Harbor Freight tools and it's even cheaper to buy the tools at Harbor Freight. Even Home Depot tools are slightly better than Harbor Freight but the price is almost the same as Harbor Freight so I usally shop at Home Depot first before going to Harbor Freight for tool I rarely use but need it at the moment.

But what I am saying that the 80V Kobalt lawn equipment DOES impressed me and I do like how it operate and handles.

it does get the job done and better than I expected so I am impressed with the 80V models coming from Kobalt / Lowes knowing the type of quality their tools produces. It something we only use once a week during warm season so it's not heavily used and it'll probably last a good another 15 years as long I replace the lithium batteries inside the battery pack myself which I planned to do when the batteries reach the end of its' life instead of buying a new pack that runs about 300 dollar per pack.

All my wood tools are cordless DeWalt tools except the reciprocating saw which is corded because I brought it before "cordless" tools gain popularity when lithium batteries was more standard over the nickel batteries. Reason I went with DeWalt tool for my woodworking needs cuz I use it often so I wanted something better that will take good abuses and last 10x longer but parts ready available if I needed to do repairs myself. I already had to replace the transmission on my cordless DeWalt drill after owning the tool for 5 years however it was easy to do and I really do abuse my wood tools daily so I expected something like this to happen.

A cordless drill from Harbor Freight would just get tossed in trash can if I broke it. I have tossed many tools in the trash can from Harbor Freight and I just recently broke a corded hammer drill from HF after using it for 2 years. I will toss it and get another one from HF when I need it again since it not often I need to use a hammer drill so it's not worth for me to buy one for $200.00 from DeWalt when I can get it for $19.95 at HF and toss it in the garage somewhere when I am done with it until I need it again.
 

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Buy a quality commercial grade weed wacker and you won’t have these problems.

Line lasts a long time, is cheap and easy to re spool. Also starts by 3rd pull every time.

I use Stihl gas powered lawn equip. My blower, edger and weed wacker are all over a dozen years old and they are very reliable.

I’m starting to think about battery powered weed wackers so I bought a Milwaukee 18 volt since I have all the batteries and chargers for other tools. Although it works pretty well, is fairly light and lasts long on a charge it just doesn’t have the guts for the thicker stuff. Line is harder to re spool and doesn’t last as long.


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I have a 15-20 year old Stihl string trimmer that has lived its entire life in the woods in an unheated shed. The case is covered with mold. The shed never sees sunlight. It starts in 3-5 pulls every time. I can't tell you if the spark plug has ever been changed. I bought Husqvarna trimmer line, and the stuff is tough!! Edging sidewalks, walls, lasts a long time before I whack the ever living crap out of the head on the grass to make it automatically feed. If yours doesn't you aren't hitting the ground hard enough and fast enough, with enough speed still in the head - it has to be rotating!

I also have a Stihl chain saw. Biggest Pain in the a$$ to start, until you learn the secret. Damned thing doesn't have a priming bulb. So you full choke it, pull 3 times, then half choke, pull 3 times and it starts. Skip the full choke if hot and try with no choke. If you don't do this, it WILL flood. Do this and it starts every time. Heck, I am about to go use it now.

I have several battery devices, drills, blower. But, given I have 3 acres on two sites to care for, I need the power of the gas.
 

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I have have a cousin that has been a life long union carpenter. He says (and I have to agree with him) purchase Dewalt, or Milwaukee, but purchase from anyone but Lowes or HD. As what they sell are not the same quality. And you can purchase for about the same money elsewhere.
He has dropped accidently, many Dewalt tools from three stories high. And they keep on ticking.
He's been site supervisor on many commercial jobs. He's seen what lasts, and what doesn't, buy the commercial grade if you want long life out of it, and in most case's its not that much more money.
As aside, in his words, "Craftsman anything has been complete and utter crap for over 20yrs now".

I have a battery Milwaukee impact driver, that kicks ass, and been used weekly for over 12 yrs now.

Everything in his work truck is Dewalt, and he's owned them for yrs. And they get used, heavily 5 days a week.
 
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As I stated before, I had a Greenworks battery 40V lawn motor that died. I paid $99 for the lawn mower almost 6 to 7 years ago (used), and it came with 3 batteries, two large, one small. The batteries are doing great still! So I went ahead and ordered this when it went on sale (paid $125):

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Holy crap this thing is a monster! I bit heavy, and a bit long, but once I got the hang of it...wow. Don't like the string on it, but that is easily replaceable. Heck, my 13 year old daughter (nearly as tall as me) handled it just fine.
Bought this pole saw as well (on sale for $62) as I have beaucoup tree limbs to trim, and I AM NOT paying the estimated $1500 or so to do it. NOPE. Hell, if I get half of them done before it craps out, I am good with it!

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