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  • No but I lifted the battery top handle chainsaw the other week in my local dealer and it felt like a really good bit of gear 

    I have used makitas Petrol range since it was formerly robin and this last couple of years the quality has disappointed me considerably, though it hard to know if the battery kit would be similar 

  •  looks good, would love to try one and have some makita cordless stuff...but only 18 volt...i know volts aren't the whole story when it comes to power but think it might struggle to match some of the other pro battery kit out there

  • Thanks for the replies guys. 

    Billy op, at least their 18 v site tools are well proven technology. 

    • they sure are, there is a difference however between the power needs of a cordless drill for example and a gardening tool however. But am open minded as to their ability as makita seem to get a lot from those 18v packs. i have one of the job site radios and the coffee maker which are great. And several batteries both genuine and of the knock off variety

      • My man maths is saying go for it, it's a relatively cheap route into trying battery kit as like you I already have some makita kit, and charger and batteries....... 🤔

        How do the after market batteries stand up against the genuine ones? I will need more than I have at some point. 

        • Yes go for it glen, it will definitely be useful for certain jobs. As for the counterfeit batteries, I have found them good so far, they are a 'marmite' product as one hears horror stories of them failing or exploding and equally reports that they are equal to or better than the originals but if you are sensible to treat them properly and get them at the right price they seem ok to me

  • The bare tool is no cheaper than a Stihl HSA 86, in fact most dealers will give 12% on Stihl battery gear so a HSA 86 can be had for £242.

    An AP 200 battery will give nearly two and a half hours of trigger time on the HSA 86. So if you have to start buying extra Makita batteries it might be cheaper to buy the Stihl promo kit which includes the HSA  86, two AP 200 batteries and the AL 300 charger, so five hours of trigger time. The kit can be had for £488 with the 12% discount.

    On top of that it is very quick and easy to get parts for Stihl.

    I have this and a HLA 65, a FSA 130 Strimmer and the AR 3000 back pack battery, which is on offer at present.

    • yes the stihl definitely set the standard on the lithium battery gear, at least that which is affordable to us mere mortals. some of which has been around for a long time. the hsa86 has been available for at least 7 years that i know of. and even before that the hsa85 was the original model. for professional use i tend to think 36 volt kit and upwards hence a slight element of doubt if 18 volt gear will cut it, but would not rule it out entirely as things improve as time goes on

      • I am multi-platform on the cordless, ie. a number of brands, different batteries and chargers etc, because different tools in the various ranges suit particular jobs better, they all have some attributes which suit them to individual tasks, whatever makes the work easier and to a high standard,by now i know exactly which one to reach for

    • Thanks for the feedback vic, it was specifically this single sided machine that caught my attention as I really like single sided hedge trimmers. I'm not aware of stihl any other manufacturer making one?

      The makita double sided machine is nearer £200,so quite a bit cheaper. 

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