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#4465840 - 07/21/17 07:37 AM String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions
lancerplayer Offline


Registered: 09/09/07
Posts: 274
Loc: Cleveland, OH
I'm looking for a battery powered string trimmer and blower that share the same battery and charger. I have no interest in gas powered string trimmers or blower...I simply do not need the power. The yard is a typical suburban development size yard (approx 75' wide x 135' deep). I do not need the most powerful or latest and greatest. I just need something that offers good value for the money and performs well. There seems to be many options out there, but doesn't seem to be a unanimous winner. I would like to keep everything (string trimmer, blower, batteries, charger) below $300...the lower the better without purchasing junk.

What is your recommendation?
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#4465843 - 07/21/17 07:43 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
Have you seen the new Milwaukee Fuel string trimmer ?

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#4465844 - 07/21/17 07:48 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
drtyler Offline


Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 405
Loc: GA
My vote is for Ryobi. While I haven't used the blower, the string trimmer is pretty good. Prices are decent too.

Heard good things about the EGO products, but I haven't had a chance to use any.

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#4465887 - 07/21/17 08:40 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
Bgallagher Offline


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under $300 you might be able to pick up a lower/mid level Echo or Stihl. Both good brands
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#4465924 - 07/21/17 09:18 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
Blkstanger Offline


Registered: 08/13/11
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Ryobi! I have a trimmer and blower. Have had them over a year and they have been flawless.
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#4465932 - 07/21/17 09:24 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
KrisZ Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Toronto, Canada
I don't have any personal experience with battery powered trimmers or blowers, but from my reading, most people are disappointed by their performance.

The size of the yard has no relevance when it comes to edging or blowing heavy stuff off. You simply need certain amount of power to perform these tasks period.


Edited by KrisZ (07/21/17 09:30 AM)
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#4465958 - 07/21/17 09:43 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1862
Loc: Chicago, IL
I have the EGO line of stuff, just a trimmer and mower so far (blower on the list for this fall). I like my EGO stuff a lot, plenty of power and very smooth. I can't personally compare it to any other brand though. I just read the online reviews and the EGO stuff typically did fairly well in the battery powered OPE shootouts, specifically for the tools I planned to purchase (mower, trimmer, blower).

It should be right in your budget, looking at Home Depot, the trimmer with 2.5Ah battery is $180 and the tool only 3-speed blower is $100. The more powerful blower is $130.

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#4465959 - 07/21/17 09:44 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: KrisZ]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: KrisZ
I don't have any personal experience with battery powered trimmers or blowers, but from my reading, most people are disappointed by their performance.

The size of the yard has no relevance when it comes to edging or blowing heavy stuff off. You simply need certain amount of power to perform these tasks period.


Agree 100%

Batteries just can't "empty out" fast enough to make a good blower. For $30-$40, get an electric corded one.

The trimmers are so-so. They work "ok" on light little grass leaves, but not so much on thick weed stalks.

High-draw devices like these are hard on batteries, and shorten their life considerably.
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#4465974 - 07/21/17 09:59 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: Linctex]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12641
Loc: NE,Ohio
Originally Posted By: Linctex
Originally Posted By: KrisZ
I don't have any personal experience with battery powered trimmers or blowers, but from my reading, most people are disappointed by their performance.

The size of the yard has no relevance when it comes to edging or blowing heavy stuff off. You simply need certain amount of power to perform these tasks period.


Agree 100%

Batteries just can't "empty out" fast enough to make a good blower. For $30-$40, get an electric corded one.

The trimmers are so-so. They work "ok" on light little grass leaves, but not so much on thick weed stalks.

High-draw devices like these are hard on batteries, and shorten their life considerably.


Absolutely not true. You just need to get a higher voltage setup.

Yes the 20volt types are usually somewhat anemic.

The echo 58v string trimmer is $129 refurb right now.
https://www.directtoolsoutlet.com/catalo...r/category/378/

If you get a decent blower they can be similar to a midrange gas blower
http://www.homedepot.com/p/ECHO-145-MPH-...8V2AH/300385645

Some of these people making suggestions.. I have a suggestion for you.. try some of the new equipment before saying its inadequate.

Yes they have some weaksauce 20v models.. but there is decent stuff out there now.

I have used both. I demo'ed the echo trimmer and its definitely fine for homeowner use.. nice and quiet too.

The blower was less useful for doing a massive yard of leaves.. but adequate for dry use.

I have a nice backpack blower pb-580t and the battery blower wasnt in the same category but it wasnt
bad compared to my hitachi rb24eat blower. More air, less mph.

Amazing for drying off a car after washing it.
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#4465989 - 07/21/17 10:12 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
09_GXP Offline


Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 430
Loc: Indianapolis, IN
Ryobi, I love both the trimmer and blower. Would definitely make the same purchase again.
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#4465992 - 07/21/17 10:15 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
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Registered: 03/18/08
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Loc: South Florida
Echo battery powered will be top quality. About $360 for both.

Edit: Looks like battery and charger might be sold separately. Ouch.
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#4465996 - 07/21/17 10:18 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: Rand]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12641
Loc: NE,Ohio
Edit time expired.

just noticed that direct tools has the blower too
https://www.directtoolsoutlet.com/catalo...wer/category/2/


total under 300 before tax for timmer and blower.. free shipping.

includes 2 batteries.. so pretty much continuous use with a 10min break or so.

Just dont get the echo electric chainsaw it had funky issues.. with the anti-kickback and such "kicking in" for no reason etc.. maybe they will fix that.. it was amazing for an electric chainsaw except for those issues..

Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Echo battery powered will be top quality. About $360 for both.

Edit: Looks like battery and charger might be sold separately. Ouch.


the refurb ones I listed both came with battery and charger.




Greenworks and kobalt 80v series are also good options.

The Milwaukee fuel trimmer is ok the only decent 20v one IMO.. and a good idea if you already have a bunch of their tools and batteries.
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#4466002 - 07/21/17 10:24 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1862
Loc: Chicago, IL
Rand, I agree with you 100%. 10 years ago or so, I'd probably agree with Linctex and KrisZ, but batteries nowadays, particularly the lithium variety, can put out HUGE amounts of current.

Just look at the world of power tools, 18-20V impact wrenches are approaching the power of a high end pneumatic wrench. A corded impact wrench can't achieve a comparable amount of torque.

I think the only reason I'd go with a corded model is due to price, and the only reason I'd go with a gas powered model is for run time.

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#4466012 - 07/21/17 10:38 AM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: EdwardC]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12641
Loc: NE,Ohio
Originally Posted By: EdwardC


I think the only reason I'd go with a corded model is due to price, and the only reason I'd go with a gas powered model is for run time.


The model I listed with 2 batteries the string trimmer would run endlessly.
(charges fast)

The blower would require about a 10-15min break per hour

The blower isnt for massive yards and leaves.. I have a backpack blower for that.
but they are both nice tools and not the wimpy stuff available 10 years ago.
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#4466284 - 07/21/17 03:11 PM Re: String Trimmer and Blower Suggestions [Re: lancerplayer]
dareo Offline


Registered: 10/17/07
Posts: 1448
Loc: utah
I just got the dewalt 20v blower on amazons prime day sale. Its insanely useful since i can grab it and have instant air flow and no gas fumes. That being said it cannot compete with a gas blower for heavy use. I will keep my gas blower and this electric. I got the dewalt mostly for garage and car cleaning tasks and its great. I am heavily invested in the dewalt platform and this was almost free considering what a 5ah pack and extra charger cost alone.
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