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    Weed Eaters?

    How do the 40 Volt Lithium ones compair to the gas powered?
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    In my experience, battery powered yard tools don't stay charged long enough, even lithium powered. Unless you're taking down something fairly thin with it I'd go gas.
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    Depends on how big your property is. I have about an acre of my land that we need to use a weed eater on. I would not use anything but gas. Smaller areas....should be fine
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    I found the battery models to have problems sooner (charges not holding as long, or running out faster when it is very hot). To me it is just a hassle to not have something work when I want / need it to work, so I switched back to gas. I have a 1.5 acre yard and the battery trimmer did not always complete the mission.

    Normally I buy Stihl gas engine products (chainsaw, blower, hedge trimmer) because they last forever, but I've been using an Echo 225 straight shaft trimmer that I purchased from Home Depot four years ago. I had a $100 gift card and gave it a try.

    The price was good (about $200 - you can still find it at that price on sale) and it has been amazing. It's rated for 50 hours use, and I've probably got close to that much on it already. It runs like a champ and I would guess that it will run another 3-4 seasons without problems. I run mine for about an hour each time (twice a month for 5-6 months) and it always just works.
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    I have alot of battery powered yard tools and work tools all of them work great . I have a very large charger that holds about 6 or so batteries so i never run out of power . I love battery power but i do have a small yard .

    Gas equipment i never have any luck with so i even have a battery powered mower .
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    I thought this was a thread about people in Colorado...

    I agree with everyone above. If you're going to be using it for more than a few minutes at a time, go with gas.
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    Every battery-powered tool I've ever owned has been a disappointment. Drill, saw, light, no matter. The batteries crap out and are expensive to replace, when you can. Buy the 14 volt model and it's obsolete the next year when the 18 volter comes out, and so on and so on. It's either gas- or electrical cord-operated for me.
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    I use an Echo curved shaft exclusively. Battery are ok, but even the newer 50-odd volt ones don't compare to a gas one in my opinion.

    Echo are high quality, run smoothly and have 5 year warranty as standard. I recommend them to all my customers.
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    got the Stihl never had a problem and I abuse it at times on my property.
    If I lived in the city with a tiny lot maybe I would consider a battery
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    Dang, thought the thread would be about Colorado....
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    Goats work great and taste great too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrisk View Post
    Goats work great and taste great too
    Gotta be careful of the BLM invading your yard if you want to graze livestock though. Make sure there's no rare dung beetles or arse parasites on your property first.
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    goat milk,
    goat milk butter,
    goat milk ice cream,
    goat milk cheese (yummy).

    The goat is your friend

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    I thought this was going to be another Colorado thread. Given that it is not, I prefer a Stihl gas model. Runs for years with little maintenance and I never have to worry about not getting the job done (assuming I fill the gas can when it needs it).
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    For small areas, the battery ones would work out OK, but like everyone else said, battery life isn't something to brag about. I use two gas eaters - a Stihl, and an Echo. They're used on large acreage, and a cemetery. Also, the Echo is the far better unit.
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