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Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? #4109553 05/29/16 08:41 AM
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I need a new string trimmer ASAP. I had a Yard Machines 4-cycle string trimmer that lasted 14 years, but needed $90 worth of parts to repair it myself when it broke so I threw it away. Some of the lithium-ion rechargeable trimmers look interesting. But you can buy a lot of gas and oil for what a replacement battery cost. I'm also wondering how many years a lithium-ion battery would last? Would getting 10 plus years out of a battery be realistic?


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109566 05/29/16 08:56 AM
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Injad a battery powered trimmer before yard works from Canadian tire. Battery died after 3 years and it wouldn't hold a charge.

I didn't want to spend $80 on a battery that only fit that trimmer. If I ever buy another battery powered trimmer it would be a ryobi since that battery also fits other tools.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109572 05/29/16 08:58 AM
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It would be gas for me.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109599 05/29/16 09:24 AM
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Li-ion would last about 4-5 years before needing to be replaced. Keep the battery inside when it's not in use, and practice good battery maintenance when possible.

I went with a li-ion trimmer recently. Hard to beat the convenience, lack of fumes, and temperamental nature of residential-grade gas trimmers. It was the same price as a cheap gas trimmer that will also likely last 4-5 years and be a temperamental thing the whole time.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109644 05/29/16 10:05 AM
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Home Depot sells the EGO 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless String Trimmer that comes with a extra battery until June 1st.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-15-in-56-...501-S/205678261

Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109653 05/29/16 10:12 AM
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Depends on the amount of trimming you'll do. If you have a large yard or areas that get lots of weed eating, gas for sure. Just a small yard that needs light edge trimming? Battery.

Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109683 05/29/16 10:51 AM
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I don't like fiddling with gas for anything but my car. The hassle of getting gas for the can, the risk of it spilling in the car or smelling it up to and fro, keeping it on hand, and then stopping to refill..to say nothing of maintenance and reliability issues that go along with gas powered stuff. I'm not a gardener, so whenever I go out there it's a real chore and anything that makes it easier and less of a hassle is a plus for me. How about you?

Unless you have a huge amount of wacking to do on a regular basis, an Li unit is fine, so what that you replace them every 5+ years, my B&D cost $75.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: Noey] #4109693 05/29/16 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted By: Noey
I don't like fiddling with gas for anything but my car. The hassle of getting gas for the can, the risk of it spilling in the car or smelling it up to and fro, keeping it on hand, and then stopping to refill..to say nothing of maintenance and reliability issues that go along with gas powered stuff. I'm not a gardener, so whenever I go out there it's a real chore and anything that makes it easier and less of a hassle is a plus for me. How about you?

Unless you have a huge amount of wacking to do on a regular basis, an Li unit is fine, so what that you replace them every 5+ years, my B&D cost $75.
Sounds like you're good candidate to use Trufuel for $6 a yr.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: JC1] #4109697 05/29/16 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted By: JC1
Injad a battery powered trimmer before yard works from Canadian tire. Battery died after 3 years and it wouldn't hold a charge.

I didn't want to spend $80 on a battery that only fit that trimmer. If I ever buy another battery powered trimmer it would be a ryobi since that battery also fits other tools.
This is what I did and couldn't be happier. Ryobi weed trimmer, blower and drill. I am going to be adding an impact driver soon.
The weed trimmer will run an hour on a full charge. Much longer then I will ever need.

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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109702 05/29/16 11:30 AM
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I gave up on both and bought an 110 volt unit.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: Eddie] #4109704 05/29/16 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted By: Eddie
I gave up on both and bought an 110 volt unit.
I can also run my Ryobi with an extension cord.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109709 05/29/16 11:45 AM
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I think if you have less than 20 minutes of trimming a battery unit may suffice. Longer than that and gas is faster.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109721 05/29/16 12:02 PM
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Gas powered only for me.


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Gas will last much longer.


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Re: Gas or lithium-ion powered string trimmer? [Re: skyactiv] #4109801 05/29/16 02:17 PM
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No.

Use gas.

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