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Stihl Battery belt

Good evening all. I'm slowly replacing my petrol kit  for battery. I wondered does anyone on here use the battery belts?  A Kombi is essential for me but looking at the weight of batteries, I'm thinking the belt might be uncomfortable. I don't want to be hitching me keks up every 5 minutes! I notice the top of the range hedgetrimmers also require the belt. Any comments from those using the belts would be much appreciated.

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    Backpack instead? I don’t think I’d like the battery belt either. I fancy the hsa 94t (I think it’s that one anyway!) but don’t want a belt battery thing and the backpack is big heavy and expensive!!

  • PRO

    We actually bought the Kombi and belt this month and have used it in anger with the pole and strimmer, was shocked it was as powerful as the petrol one I have just sold!

    i also thought the same about the belt but within minutes you just forget it’s there and the cable is plenty long enough. Main gripe is it eats the batteries quickly so I might make the pack pack battery the next buy!

    its a personal thing if you like it or not and I did not like the idea prior to use but using it in the real world it was not an issue to me but we are all made different!

  • PRO

    Thanks for the replies. I think I'm going to have to just put up with the inconvenience, I use a petrol Kombi all the time, 90% for hedgecutting.  I couldn't tell you how many times this week alone, I've got up the steps and the Kombi has cut out!!! I won't be missing that!

    Re battery usage, I plan on a couple of A300's. Hoping that's enough for now. I was under the impression that hedgetrimming didnt take much battery power unless it's the power of the 130 that drains them? I can't imagine myself sticking  a backpack on and off numerous times a day as I move between jobs.

    • PRO

      I find the ap300 lasts me days. Not hedge cutting all day but for a normal few days of garden maintenance tasks. I actually bought the smallest battery recently for my long reach where it slots in the bottom because it's really light and that lasts me a day of working on maintenance so a few hours of hedge cutting at least.

       Do keep the blades really well oiled to avoid sticky blades running the battery out quickly.

    • PRO

      HSA 66 will run all day with a backpack battery, and is pretty good with the AP's. 

      Pretty sure is it the 130 draining them.

      I have a AP2000 backpack, not sure yet what I think about it.

      No problem with the on/off, but I do find being tethered when up a ladder cutting hedge tops takes some thinking about. Cut the top, come down, move the ladders, back up and carry on - feel like I need three hands.


      • Has anyone replaced a stihl hs86r with a battery powered stihl hedgecutter with a similar length blade to the 30" 86r?

        If so what are your thoughts? I currently use 2 hs86rs and a Kombi for high reach jobs and would like to move away from the petrol machines.


        Thanks in advance for any reply

        • PRO

          We have replaced all our petrol Stihl hedge utters and not used petrol for over a year now, battery life is good and have not looked back.....

          found the battery is not so long on the Kombi but that was using it for tough jobs so maybe not a fair comparison 

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