The Power Tools Thread

Anyway, point is this was my time to get him to buy a cordless mower
Ha! I have to convince my FIL to replace his corded dying mower with a cordless one as well. Mostly because my MIL is fed up with him constantly mowing over his extensions and having to re set the fuse 🤣
Sadly, FIL has been told by some guy at the gardeners that he seems to listen to that “battery powered doesn’t have any power, that’s all junk”. He doesn’t own a single battery powered tool. Also tiny garden with a very nice and level lawn - so even an 18V unit should be perfectly fine…
I’ll let him borrow my 36V unit to try out though, see if he’s happy with that.

This is the DUM111 beard trimmer, again I don't really see the point and I remember AvE not being too kind to it and it seems like a good way to lose an appendage. Even without that it seems like a good way to get a bad back.
See, that bad back thing is why I want to get the thing with this fancy extension that plugs into the battery socket! SMORT!
also comes with WHEELS woahh
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You know what, I was convinced that the Makita version had a handle of some kind too, apparently I didn't put much effort into looking because it wasn't hard to find.

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Looks a bit clunky with the toboggan skids rather than wheels but it probably works OK. A litter picker and some cable ties would probably work too. :LOL:

Ha! I have to convince my FIL to replace his corded dying mower with a cordless one as well. Mostly because my MIL is fed up with him constantly mowing over his extensions and having to re set the fuse 🤣
This is brilliant, to some people electricity is no threat. Even if they grew up with metal power tools where the plugs had probably been mis-wired. I'd always recommend one of these for corded garden tools to break the circuit before the fuse is tripped.

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Unrelated, my sister lost power at her house and I almost had an excuse to buy the Evolution Evo-System engine and generator modules. Such a cool system, if rather dated now. Her power was fixed so I was denied the excuse to buy it, I really like the idea of the more powerful pressure washer and the ability to bolt whatever you want to the engine with the right adapter.

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You know what, I was convinced that the Makita version had a handle of some kind too, apparently I didn't put much effort into looking because it wasn't hard to find.

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Looks a bit clunky with the toboggan skids rather than wheels but it probably works OK. A litter picker and some cable ties would probably work too. :LOL:


This is brilliant, to some people electricity is no threat. Even if they grew up with metal power tools where the plugs had probably been mis-wired. I'd always recommend one of these for corded garden tools to break the circuit before the fuse is tripped.

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Unrelated, my sister lost power at her house and I almost had an excuse to buy the Evolution Evo-System engine and generator modules. Such a cool system, if rather dated now. Her power was fixed so I was denied the excuse to buy it, I really like the idea of the more powerful pressure washer and the ability to bolt whatever you want to the engine with the right adapter.

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The next step is this.

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Backup generators really aren't a thing here, but I really like the idea of that or a battery bank. This is a good video from many years ago about having fackin backup power from a fackin Londoner.


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka0MfipmdBw
These days a nice LFP setup would be great.
 
Seen this on Hoonigan. When you get center lock wheels, you need this:


Only $5k!
 
I'm starting to sound like an insufferable EV owner but gas powered push mowers are a thing of the past for me now. I can listen to the wind and the birds while mowing and by the time I want a break, I'm down to 3 out of 4 bars on the battery. If the lawn is bigger than this 6Wh battery can mow on a single charge, you should probably be using something other than a push mower anyway. Or if you want the workout, buy a second battery. Swapping the battery is less work than messing around with a fuel can.

Of course I'm not sure someone using a mower powered by a 18 volt tool battery is going to have the same experience. This is a 36V platform with batteries 3-4 times the size of your average drill battery. So I guess that's one advantage the gas mowers still have - purchase price. If you're going to have a good expeirence with battery garden tools you'll have to invest in a battery platform that isn't cheap. Or if you're using Milwaukee, their 18V tool battery plaform goes up to 12Ah which makes your power drill look ridiculous. I'm sure their 18V mower will perform fine with one of those. Those batteries aren't cheap either though.

And battery powered garden tools have another thing going for them - accessibility. Not every homeowner on the planet has the muscles to pull start a lawn mower or a trimmer. Of course this comes with a disadvantage because your six year old can get it going too. So don't leave your tools unattended with the battery in it. Especially not the chainsaw.
 
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Since getting the Makita 18V DLM330Z I mentioned on the pervious page, my dad is really enjoying the freedom of just being able to get it out and quickly trim both lawns, when it's dry it uses 2 of four bars on a 5Ah battery and three bars when it's wetter. They aren't big gardens, it's a small mower that makes very little noise and is lightweight.

It has a key that must be inserted to power it up (it's a blade fuse with a finger loop), ideal for hiding away from kids. Every garden tool should have this, IMO. Keeping power tool batteries secured from kids would be smart, too.

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Neighbours use a petrol mower and I kid you not they will shut it down to turn it around sometimes, constantly starting and stopping it. This is annoying as it's bloody loud and it takes them an hour to do both lawns despite the mower being bigger, just because it's a massive pain in the arse to deal with.

Edit: As if to punish me they've just started the fucking thing up.
 
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I went with the 56v eGo mower and trimmer a few years ago and never looked back. It's way better than gas in every way - but I do find myself annoyed with hearing gas mower engines all the time.

I never used to notice, but now it's annoying AF.
 
It’s like getting used to having adaptive cruise control and suddenly being aware of people tailgating you. Especially when you can tell it’s a car modern enough to have ACC.
 
The sound of a single cylinder engine just goes through me. I like the smell of cut grass but the smell of petrol exhaust doesn't do it for me these days either.

It's been over an hour since they first started the mower, it has been abandoned in the garden several times and was just run for another minute before being shut off again.
 
A great advantage of batteries is being able to store them in any orientation. I fold down my lawnmower handle and store it upright, for example.
 
I still feel like it should be bad somehow to turn the battery electric mower upside down. Too many fouled spark plugs over the years.
 
From start to finish it took the neighbours an hour and a half to mow the small lawns, the damn mower must've been started and stopped 20 times.

Anyone noticed that hover mowers just aren't a thing any more? They used to be very popular here, my dad and all neighbours had them. Lawn stripes became fashionable again in the 90s but I think it was also the way hover mowers by design could sling stones with incredible force. I vividly remember our neighbour smashing a glass door with a stone.

Pretty sure it was this model, I remember it had the little window where you could see if the motor was spinning.
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I know I said I don't like mowers with engines any more, but there's something about a small hover mower with a big engine. It's basically an engine with a blade bolted on and an upturned metal or plastic tea tray between you and the blades. Lethal but quite interesting.

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I had a feeling you might say that, they're apparently just not a thing in the US or probably outside of Europe. For small gardens and those on hills, they're way more convenient than something on wheels or the heavy old cylinder mowers. Just frigging lethal.

If this doesn't start at the correct time you can skip to 36:17 or maybe just watch the whole thing:

View: https://youtu.be/TfoUxgNiL78?t=2177
 
After hearing a lot of good things about it from different people and reading mostly good reviews online, I bought a Parkside impact gun some weeks ago. During that promo I paid like 80euro for the impact gun + 4Ah battery + charger. For that ridiculous low price I wouldn't even care if it is rubbish. Theoretically it should go up to 400Nm.
Been using it the past week for completely stripping a car and so far it managed to remove every rusty bolt. With one bolt I thought I was asking too much, but then I realised it was left threaded.

But an impact gun really speeds up braking a car a lot. I guess it's one more tool to add to the "I don't know how I managed without it" list.
 
Late night before going to bed thoughts time, I'm tempted to make an awful (or awfully brilliant) investment into a Makita accessory, the PDC01 backpack power supply.


View: https://youtu.be/sJjrdtFnUiY
The TL : DW is it holds 4 LXT batteries as a backpack and allows any tool to use each in turn, or in pairs for 2x tools. It takes the weight off the tool itself and makes things like impacts a lot lighter. It can of course just be used as a big battery pack, not much easier than carrying 4 batteries but they're all protected in here. It uses dummy battery adapters that connect with a push-fit connector.

One of the big attractions is that as well as 36V tools it can also run 40V tools with LXT batteries! Kind of a game changer for someone who has no interest in buying into XGT batteries but would like the choice of getting a 40V mitre saw (for example) if I wanted to. The 1.7m cable on the PDC01 combined with the 0.6m cable on the adapter is long enough to power something like a 40V lawn mower with up to the approx. equivalent of a 12Ah 40V battery.

With current prices it works out to be about £20 more expensive than a 2x XGT 5Ah kit with charger, but of course you get all of the extra functionality of the pack. Being able to power something with 4 LXT batteries sequentially without losing power is very appealing.
 
That's a fridge?!
 
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