Over winter we'll be looking to re-fresh our strimmer kit, and possibly onw of the blowers. In the main, we have Stihl petrol strimmers and blowers (a couple of handheld and 1 older backpack).
One thing that struck me was the large push in battery machinery at Saltex, as though it is/about to be mainstream. We we're impressed by the offerings of Stihl and Husqy, with others providing wild card comparisions.
Pellenc seemed good quality, but overpriced compared to the newer competitors.
We've been discussing as a team, plus I had a look at the Stihl battery backpack & blower & strimmer today and was happy with their performance.
The battery pack is the new Ar3000 with almost 30Ah capacity, and felt comfortable on the back and the blower felt as good as the petrol handheld, but not as powerfull as the petrol backback.
The figures say that we'll get around 1.5-2.5hrs continuous use out of the strimmer and blower. Which would be OK, just, for a days mowing support.
I also see benefits in servicing, fuel and noise reduction, oh and vibration reduction with the blower especially.
So, how do people use the battery equipment - charge overnight, have an in-van inverter, lots of smaller batteries etc. We're happy with the power and usage, but I'm worried about having enough charge. My technicians normally head straight home after last job, and so they would be responsible for overnight charging. We'd need to log this as it'll add up cost to them pretty quickly. Was wondering if using an inverter and always having on charge between jobs would be suffient most of the time.
How does the battery stuff stack up day to day with full usage.