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Gas vs battery grass trimmer

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May 11, 2003
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Gas vs battery grass trimmer

My crappy battery-based trimmer has given out and am looking for a replacement. Was thinking of getting a gas one, but I read that you need to wear ear protection for them. Is that true for all models, or just the more powerful ones? The one I was looking at was a 25cc model for $150 at Home Depot (Remington).
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Jan 25, 2007
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Paris
Get a brushless 40v Ryobi and never look back. Mixing gas is a pain in the butt (as you need to do it in the can, not the string trimmer) so you need separate gas from other gas things.

Plus the ethanol in new gas rots out primers and gas tubing, sometimes in under a year.

A 40v brushless Ryobi trimmer has more power than a tiny 25cc gas string trimmer, and more importantly its instant torque.
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Dec 1, 2018
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Go for a battery trimmer. Have Ego here. It is just as powerful as gas and easier to control. There is no reason to get gas unless you are going use it for brushcutting once a while.

Don't buy the Remington trimmer. It is very difficult to start even new.
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Markham
I’ve got a a really nice Echo gas straight shaft trimmer, but if I had to buy one today... I’d buy an Ego in a heartbeat.
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May 15, 2020
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Thornhill ON
Your neighbours will hate you for your gas trimmer, those things are insanely loud.
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Aug 2, 2004
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East Gwillimbury
I have a Kobalt 80 Volt trimmer, I also have the Snow Blower and lawn mover.

The lawn mower and the snow blower is not as powerful as their gas counterparts but adequate for our Canadian climate.

Would never buy anything gas again. My next car will probably be electric
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Dec 28, 2007
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Stihl FS 56 RC-E straight trimmer with Easy2Start is the one I have. Great trimmer and so easy to load the trimmer line.
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I bought a stihl cordless electric. Best investment for my back and the grass.
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Aug 23, 2014
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I’ve owned both types. Unless you need to clear really thick weeds and you have a very large yard just use a battery powered one. No need to mix oil and gas, less noisy, no pollution.
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Can't do gas powered because I cant stand the smell of burning gas.

Don't really trust cordless because I don't believe in the battery life. Battery powered will never have as much power as corded because the battery loses power during usage. Corded is constant power (same as gas unless gas is out).

Only Corded Electrical for me.

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I recently replaced my Trimmer/Edger with the same Toro.

Sold the old one for $55 (bought it 6 years ago for $56+HST) on Kijiji and purchased a brand new one from Home Depot.

I never worried about running a cord around. It fairly easy and simple (provided you know how to use it ... been doing so since the 1980s).
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Jerico wrote:
Plus the ethanol in new gas rots out primers and gas tubing, sometimes in under a year.
Get ethanol free gas at shell.
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Jan 7, 2006
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Toronto
Had a gas trimmer and gave it away when I got a Ryobi 18v trimmer. It trims everything fine on a 2ah battery, but I find it bottom heavy compared to gas. The gas trimmer was well balanced imo.

Another annoyance is I don't leave batteries in the shed but no problem for jerry cans. Gotta run inside to get a battery if I forgot to grab one.
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Yeah, was only looking for an 18v one, which I can use with my drill. The 40v is nice, but pricey at $200.
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e-man wrote: Yeah, was only looking for an 18v one, which I can use with my drill. The 40v is nice, but pricey at $200.
I use my 40v with a head from a gas trimmer with gas string in it. Have also used it to cut brush, roto till, vacuum leaves, trim trees... etc etc etc. the accessories from Stihl and old old Ryobi all fit the brushless model. I think I have even used the snow shovel and hedge trimmer attachments.
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Battery. I have a gas one myself and it is definitely more maintenance - whether it's mixing gas, remembering to run it dry at the end of the season, etc. it is more work than battery powered.

Gas is cheaper upfront (batteries are expensive if you do not have them), and I personally find it will last longer (batteries need replacement). But I am really not sure I would go with gas next time. The problem is that the gas one will never die so I'll likely have it for many more years.
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Nov 17, 2014
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jdmfishingonly wrote: Can't do gas powered because I cant stand the smell of burning gas.

Don't really trust cordless because I don't believe in the battery life. Battery powered will never have as much power as corded because the battery loses power during usage. Corded is constant power (same as gas unless gas is out).

Only Corded Electrical for me.


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I recently replaced my Trimmer/Edger with the same Toro.

Sold the old one for $55 (bought it 6 years ago for $56+HST) on Kijiji and purchased a brand new one from Home Depot.

I never worried about running a cord around. It fairly easy and simple (provided you know how to use it ... been doing so since the 1980s).

I keep seeing you write in various places that battered powered equipment "loses power" during usage. That is incorrect, they do not lose power, they lose charge. That is to say, a battery at 50% is not any less powerful than when it was at 100%, it just has less charge left. The only time it might hold true is at the very end just before they are about to die.
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Jun 24, 2015
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depends on how big your lawn is, i had a battery powered one for the last 7-8 years and i was fed up with it, it kept dying before i could finish. im going to invest in a nice gas one, i dont care if i have to mix half gas half oil every few months, its worth it for larger lawns and properties where batteries run out
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