Electric motors for use in lawn tools have previously been overlooked. Until recently, small electric motors were unable to match the capabilities of their gasoline counterparts. Battery technology improvements have recently made small motors capable of running just as long, with comparable torque and horsepower ratings. So much has changed in the overall power capacity and capability of battery-powered yard tools, they have become the better option. Up until a few years ago, we wouldn’t dream of mowing a substantial sized yard with an electrical mower. Today, battery powered options are becoming commonplace.
Battery-operated tools are much lighter than their heavy gasoline counterparts, and obviously produce much less noise—something we can all get behind, especially if you’ve got that neighbor who likes to do their yardwork early on a Saturday morning. They also cost significantly less over the life of the tool, due to the inherently simple nature of electric motors.
We all know the preventative maintenance and repair costs of gas-powered tools can quickly become costly. Two-stroke engines in particular can be quite temperamental, especially when you’re dragging them out of storage after a long winter. Mixing gas and oil, priming the motor, gapping spark plugs, and changing filters is becoming a thing of the past, and it’s a welcome improvement. Additionally, battery-operated options eliminate fuel expenditures, as well as the cost of oil, spark plugs, and other consumables.