If you’re looking for a “Complete List” of the Best Battery Powered Lawn Tools – All in one place – You will LOVE this (2019 updated) guide 🙂
Whether you’re “new” to the cordless tool market or looking to upgrade your current battery-powered lawn tools – we’ve compiled this complete list to “educate” and provide a quick view of the most popular manufacturer brands side by side – before making any buying decision.
Below you will find the most popular categories of battery-powered outdoor lawn equipment in the U.S. (by sales rank)* and the top 3 Manufacturers in each Category.
Best “Battery-Powered” Lawn Tools – Top 10 Categories and Brands
|Category/Rank||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|Lawn Mowers||Greenworks||Sun Joe||Black & Decker
|Chainsaws||WORX||Greenworks||Black & Decker
|Pressure Washer||WORX||Ivation||Next Generation|
|String Trimmer*||Greenworks||WORX||Black & Decker|
|Leaf Blowers||WORX||Black & Decker||DeWalt|
|Hedge Trimmers||Black & Decker||Greenworks||WORX|
|Lawn Edgers||WORX||Black & Decker||Greenworks|
|Tiller/Cultivator||Earthwise||Greenworks||Black & Decker
|Garden Sprayers||Chapin||Root Lowell||Field King|
“The 5 Best Brands” in Battery Powered Lawn Equipment:
Now that we know “What” Categories and “Which Manufacturers” lead the Best Battery Powered Lawn Equipment List – Let’s take a look at the Most Popular Brands of Cordless Equipment sold in the U.S.
The tools shown include what we believe to be the Four (4) Most Essential Battery Powered Lawn Equipment Tools you can own Within Each “Brand”.
Brands are listed (as a general rule) from Least expensive (Black & Decker) to Most expensive (DeWalt)
➤ “Black & Decker” – 40 Volt Lithium-ion System
➤ “WORX” – Lithium-ion System
➤ “Greenworks” – GMAX 40 Volt Lithium-ion System
➤ “EGO Power+” 56 Volt Lithium-ion System
➤ “DeWalt” – 20 Volt – Lithium- Ion MAX – 5.0Ah System
Frequently Asked Questions:
Which is Better – Battery or Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment?
While Sales of Gas Powered outdoor equipment still led overall sales volume for 2018, Battery-Powered outdoor equipment is quickly catching up.
Battery vs. Gas Power – Pros & Cons:
- Lightning-paced improvement in lithium-ion battery technology
- Environmental Friendly – Some people refuse to use Carbon emitting Gas Power – and prefer to use Cleaner Energy.
- Greater Performance – Many cordless tools can match Gas Performance
- Cost – Battery Powered tools have become very affordable
- Maintenance – Plug and Go battery system vs. Gas, Oil, & Spark Plugs.
- Convenience – Again – Plug and Go!
Battery Powered equipment Sales Surge
Based on residential consumer demand – Battery-powered equipment has in the last 3 years, propelled itself into the highest growth segment of the entire outdoor equipment industry.
In fact, In 2018, Battery-Powered outdoor equipment outpaced all other growth sectors for outdoor equipment [Including electric (corded) and gas-powered equipment] by a staggering 10 – 1 margin.
And with the vast improvement in battery-powered lawnmowers (the number one category in outdoor lawn equipment) It’s safe to say – Battery Powered Lawn Equipment is “here to stay”.
Understanding Battery “Types”
Lithium-ion battery technology has essentially taken over the battery tool market. While a scant few manufacturers may still employ nickel-cadmium(NiCd) or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH), in their power tools – they are far and few between, and dwindling. Based on their superior charge, weight, technology, and availability we recommend only choosing tools supplied with Lithium-ion batteries.
Understanding “Battery Voltage”
When considering tool “voltage” – Performance of a 40-volt vs. a 56-volt system should not be a determining factor for “power” in itself. Amp Hour x Volts = Watt Hour
“Power” in battery tools is actually measured in amp-hours (Ah) and battery voltage (volts). These two factors – together – determine the “Available Battery Power”.
As an example: a 4 Ah battery will provide (stored) power – twice as long as a 2 Ah battery. So a 40-volt 4 Ah battery will produce about the same available battery power as an 80-volt 2 Ah battery.
It may be easier to COMPARE Lithium-ion Battery Power – in terms of “Watt Hours”.
Watt-hours are always listed on the battery label itself, but may not always be listed in the specs or box. If you use watt-hours on one tool vs. another it’s quicker – the formula is already done!
What Is A “Brushless” Motor?
Most – but not all – reliable brands are switching or have switched over to using Brushless – High-efficiency motors in their power equipment. Brushless motors – in a nutshell – eliminate the internal brushes and wear of older brushed motors – which cause a lot of internal friction – and as such, wear out much sooner.
In addition, Brushless motor tools last an estimated 2-3 times longer than tools with brushes.
The best type of motor to invest in – if your budget allows – is definitely any power tool that is manufactured with a “Brushless Motor”.
These marvels of technology not only offer much longer operation for owners – but include such important features as load speed sensors that actually increase torque-speed when the load is higher and reduce the torque-speed when the load is less.
This technology alone provides significant savings in “Battery life”.
Battery Chargers and Battery “Life”
Most manufacturers now also offer “Quick-Charge” battery charge systems along with built-in thermal overload protection – keeping you from overcharging or overheating – and therefore ruining your batteries. Look for those features in the product line you select.
In addition – this is an easy “graph” to show how important it is to “Not Discharge” Lithium-ion batteries completely – when using battery-powered equipment. Battery Cycles are Greatly increased depending on the Depth Of Discharge (DOD)
Cost to Own Battery-Powered Equipment
While the “up-front cost of cordless equipment can be more expensive than a gas-powered equivalent – the running cost is much cheaper. For instance, a string trimmer is estimated to cost .02 cents an hour to operate vs. a gas trimmer estimated at just under $1.00/hour.
If this is a concern, the savings can be calculated out – to determine the “break-even” point in ownership when purchasing battery vs. gas-powered equipment.
Should I Stay with One (1) Battery Power “Equipment Product Line”?
Whether you’re purchasing one or two pieces of equipment – or upgrading to a full line of battery-powered equipment – most experts suggest sticking with “one manufacturer”.
“Lithium-Ion” batteries are relatively expensive. And you only want to invest in “one” manufacturers power source – if you can.
We suggest investing in one system – with two batteries – and using them interchangeably. When you’re charged battery “in-use” dies, you have a back-up battery – charged and ready to go for that tool or another piece of equipment.
Lithium-Ion batteries are Manufacturer-specific
Batteries for this lawn equipment are Not designed to interchange between different brands of tools.
If you only need one piece of outdoor power equipment – then multiple brands (and multiple battery lines) obviously isn’t a consideration.
However, If you intend to own 2 or more battery-powered tools we highly recommend sticking with One Manufacturer.
For many of the reasons we’ve shared, Battery-Powered lawn equipment has quickly become the most popular outdoor equipment on the market.
With multiple brands, all competing for your business, technology – as well as prices – of cordless lawn equipment have been all in favor of us as consumers.
If based on the budget you’re interested in “value” over “features or performance” – we recommend choosing Black & Decker as a product line to invest in. Their higher-end equipment even features brushless motors.
However, if you’re able to pull the trigger and get the “best battery-powered lawn equipment” money can buy – you may want to look into either EGO or DeWalt Brushless Power Equipment – With their brushless product lines and higher battery capacity and run-time these systems are top of the line.
Of course – Right in the middle of those choices are the ever-popular Greenworks & WORX brands which people love as well. Again, be choosy. Much of the Greenworks & WORX product lines have adapted upgrades to brushless motors and high capacity batteries.
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References & Further Reading
This “Complete List” is intended to be a Buyer’s Guide for Consumers. It should not be considered as an “exhaustive” study in sales totals by brand. For example – One of the largest OPE manufacturers in the world – Stihl – is not represented on our list. Stihl is one of the very few OPE manufacturers that does not currently distribute products through Amazon – and are therefore is not included in any of our Amazon Best Seller sales categories.
Our goal with the “Complete List” is simply to identify “What” the available choices are in Outdoor Battery-Powered Lawn Equipment are, “Which” manufacturers lead in sales, and which piece of equipment we can recommend per Brand.
*Sales stats are by no means scientific. Sales shown are indicative of Best Seller ranks at Amazon, at the time of article/2019. Amazon maintained a 49% market share in e-commerce sales in 2018 – so (we believe) they are the best “snapshot” for overall sales of lawn equipment nationwide. *Amazon stats per our research of the best sellers for trailing 12 months.
BestHomeGear.Com does not endorse any specific products identified in the “complete list”. We instead recommend all consumers refer to Amazon or other online reviews – consider real user/owner ratings – before making a purchase.
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