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Stihl Battery Kombi

Evening all. I'm still dipping my toe in the world of cordless. Probably my most used bit of kit is my petrol Stihl Kombi. I'm told the new battery version is equally powerful, which takes a bit of believing!   They have only been around a year so I was wondering if anyone has any feedback.  Also they are used with the battery on a belt, useful or uncomfortable?

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    They are as powerful in my opinion being we changed from the petrol to battery, we started with the battery on a belt and it works fine, the only thing is we had the ap300 batteries which would do 3 hours of hedge cutting in the telescopic hedge cutter but in the Kombi we were down to 20 minutes when used as a strimmer, this made us for practical reasons go and get the backpack battery. The good thing is all the petrol attachments fit in the battery one!

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      Thanks for the reply. I'd be mainly using the Kombi with a long reach hedgetrimmer attachment. Am I right you are suggesting I would get 3 hours use? Thanks.

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    I tend to use a separate hedge cutter so,don’t actually use the long reach hedge cutter bit but based on the other sthil hedge cutter we get three hours of trigger time out of it.

  • I have just bought (about 3 weeks ago) the battery Kombi to go with existing tools. I used to have a km130r and it is not as powerful as that however for garden work it is perfectly powerful enough, the only time I notice a difference is strumming long thick grass. I use the ap300 battery and I have fitted an inverter in the van for charging I currently have 2 batteries but will pick up a third at some point.  The battery belt I find a bit awkward I keep getting the connecting cable caught on branches etc but getting more used to it, I use the belt with harness I might consider backpack in future.  Using battery power keeping the hedgecutter blades oiled is more important also sharp chains on the pole saw, that can easily half the run time. But as long as it proves  reliable then I definitely recommend so nice not working with engine noise all the time! 

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      Thanks Steve. Yes, I can forsee me having problems with snagging the cable from the belt! Still, sounds like progress, although the KM130 petrol is a real beast and a hard act to follow.

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    We’ve invested in a subset of Stihl gear following the demo kit we had for a while.

    Thr big issue is; we are having to double-up by still taking the petrol gear knowing we’re going to come across situations we can’t handle with battery gear.

    I can appreciate it works with very regular visits one might do in residential properties, but walking into a business park etc maybe on a 2 to 4 week cycle you just struggle.

    Dont get me wrong - it does what it can do well with less noise and smoke. So still a thumbs up, but..

    Looking forward to the real Gen2 stuff.....

  • PRO

    Hi Tony,

    I have been using the Stihl cordless hedgetrimmers for a while now- and can not find any major fault with them. Of course, they will struggle to get through thicker shrubs but then so do some of the petrol engines out there- hence why you have different models e.g. 86 T/86R. Most trimmers are designed for specific roles.

    I hardly use my petrol machines these days, and like mentioned by others- it's nice not having to endure the noise and fumes etc. I have the Combi, and feel it would suit most situations- however, would recommend getting a backpack battery. Temperature, load... all things affect run times and with varying jobs and times of the year- I would stretch myself to the bigger batteries. 

    I have not used the Combi with the extension bar yet, but I have the HLA85 telescopic trimmer, so have no need. This in itself is a winner in my eyes- no need to add/remover bars- just pick up and go.

     

    Good luck

     

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