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Offline Philbert

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Re: Kobalt 40v chainsaw polesaw etc
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:07:32 pm »
First time I have seen those, and I was recently in a Lowes, prowling around the chainsaws (found one chain on backwards).  Might want to start a cordless/battery OPE section of the forum for these types of tools?  They seem to be expanding quite a bit and it makes sense to keep them together.

I have been using and am familiar with the Oregon 'PowerNow' tools (chainsaw, pole saw, string trimmer, hedge trimmer).  STIHL, Husqvarna, Bosch, Makita, and Ryobi all have at least some of these products in the 36-40 volt range.  Some also have mowers.  HD also introduced a 56 volt line ('EGO') that is now in their stores.

Quality of construction is always a point to consider, along with features, ease of use, availability of parts, selling price (with or without the batteries), etc.  I was told that there are only a limited number of manufacturers for the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, but they are not inter-changable between different brands of OPE. 

Most of these battery powered OPE I have seen have been manufactured overseas.  A rep at a local tool show pointed out that most (all?) don't have UL listings, like their corded electric counterparts, even by the same manufacturer - they do have other approvals (IEL. CSA, etc.), so I think that we have a whole industry still developing.

Philbert

 

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