Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment Buying Guide

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Battery-powered equipment is rapidly changing the landscape (pun definitely intended) of the outdoor power equipment industry. With no gas or oil to mix and no cord to limit your equipment’s range, these lithium-ion powered tools can be both easier to maintain and easier to operate. As little as a couple years ago, the options for cordless outdoor power equipment were limited. Now, nearly every power tool company and power equipment brand is touting their own line of cordless equipment.
 
We’re here to give you a breakdown of the major manufacturers and their battery-powered tools you can find at your local, independently owned Do it Best store as well as doitbest.com. If you’re starting from scratch and are in the market for battery-powered equipment, check out the cordless outdoor power equipment guide below.

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Less maintenance than gas-powered tools

Gas-powered outdoor equipment often requires gas & oil mixes and regular refueling, which can lead to messes in your garage (although our SureCan gas can might eliminate some of those refueling spills).

Either way, maintaining the right mixes, using fuel stabilizer in storage, and cleaning carbs and other engine components all adds up to significantly more maintenance than simply attaching a lithium-ion battery and then setting it on a charger when you’re done.

If you’re sick of maintaining your gas-powered equipment, it’s time to take a long look at the cordless power equipment options on the market today.

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A better solution for smaller outdoor spaces

For the longest time, homeowners with yard maintenance needs but small outdoor footprints really only had two alternatives to gas-powered outdoor equipment: paying for a lawn care service or using corded outdoor power equipment.
 
If you don’t want to spend the money on a lawn care service and don’t want to deal with the tangles and danger of running corded equipment around your home, then battery-powered equipment may be the answer for you.
 
With a variety of sizes and power outputs, cordless power equipment manufacturers offer a tool for nearly any outdoor space, no matter how small. For example, if you need to keep your lawn in great shape but just don’t have much space, a 20V trimmer may be exactly what you need!

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Improved power output and run-time

The days of cordless equipment being underpowered are gone. Top-of-the-line cordless outdoor power equipment now offers equal or better power and extended run-times that rival gas-powered models.

With manufacturers now rolling out 60V, 80V, or even professional-level 120V cordless outdoor power equipment tools, you can get the power and run-time you need without the weight and additional maintenance.

Cordless Power Equipment Brand Overview

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DeWalt

DeWalt's outdoor power equipment collection is part of their FLEXVOLT™ line of cordless power tools. FLEXVOLT changes voltages as you change tools, so your FLEXVOLT batteries can power chainsaws and cordless drills. FLEXVOLT gives you the power and run-time needed to complete even the largest outdoor jobs, and DeWalt offers a variety of equipment at different levels of power.

From 20V MAX blowers, trimmers, and chainsaws to 60V MAX versions, and even a 40V MAX XR Brushless Backpack Blower, DeWalt has cordless power equipment for homeowners and pros. 

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Milwaukee

Milwaukee's cordless power equipment lineup is perfect for the homeowner that already has Milwaukee power tools in their garage. Why? All of Milwaukee's outdoor power equipment is powered by the industry-leading M18 FUEL battery, which can be used interchangeably across all of your M18 FUEL equipment.

Milwaukee's outdoor power equipment line offers unmatched power, durability, and run-time thanks to its M18 FUEL platform. With POWERSTATE™ brushless motors, REDLITHIUM™ battery packs, and REDLINK PLUS™ software, Milwaukee just might have the most technologically advanced outdoor power equipment on the market.

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Greenworks

Greenworks has a complete line of battery-powered outdoor power equipment, for the light-duty user to the veteran landscaper. Greenworks packs innovation and high-performance into each piece of equipment, utilizing brushless mowers for durability, easy push-button starting, and very little maintenance.

Greenworks' variety of cordless outdoor power equipment ranges from pushmowers to trimmers, chainsaws, and even new pressure washers. The GreeworksPro line even features 80V chainsaws, blowers and chainsaws, making it the most powerful battery-driven outdoor equipment on the market.

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Black & Decker

The Black & Decker name is known for providing reliable power tools for everyday homeowner use. Their cordless outdoor power equipment lives up to that standard with affordable, versatile equipment that homeowners can count on.

Perfect for small to medium-sized lawns, Black & Decker cordless power equipment offers up to 40 volts of power while displaying a versatility that most can't offer. You'll find trimmer/sweeper, blower/vac, and even blower/vac/mulcher combo kits, offering you the low-maintenance equipment you want at a great value.

You'll find more cordless outdoor power equipment in our local, independently owned Do it Best stores, including Makita and even Stihl battery-powered equipment wherever authorized dealers are found. 

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