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    MoveLater2 Cordless whipper snippers

    My old Stihl whipper snipper died the other day and I couldnt be bothered spending any more time fiddling with old 2 stroke gear. As we now have free electricity courtesy of our solar panels and battery I thought I would try a cordless one. It needs to be good for about 30 minutes of medium duty work every week or so through spring...it needs to be able to handle long grass and weeds..so definitely not one of those $100 light duty things...lets say it needs to be medium duty.

    Does anyone here have any experience with brands and models that are good or are to be avoided?
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    Can't speak highly enough of the E-Go mower and chainsaw I bought last year, I haven't got the whipper snipper cos I have a petrol one that's still good, but they were promoting their self-loading whipper snipper pretty heavily about a year ago, you probably saw the ads with them jumping out of a plane and loading the line on the way down. Heaps of power at 56 volt, I think I'd buy their trimmer in a heartbeat when the Husky dies.

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    I've got a DeWalt 54 volt one, really happy with it, not cheap but works well.

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    I (now)have an AEG 54 or 56v.
    Huge thing it is, weighs nothing compared to the industrial monster it replaced.
    Got it for dad, who was too old to pull start the old monster, only just a few years ago. He got too too old, and now no longer lives on the 1 3/4ac block.
    He'd get about an hour per charge, but he found that he only had the energy to do 30min stints.
    All up cost me about $600, but it didn't come as a kit .. had to buy the snipper, and then the battery/charger separately(@ the big .

    I've had it at my place now(barely used) for a couple years, used it a bit, absolutely rips my massively overgrown weeds/lawn/trees!
    I'm hopeless at doing gardening stuff .. some parts of the grass up to chest height(kid U not!).
    Currently it's at about waist, but have been doing a lot of building and stuff recently.
    Mower just won't cut it(literally!) as it currently is.... so slash first, then mow .. I have too.

    Too many advantages over a petrol(2 stoke) to begin. barely any noise, no mess.
    Yeah they probably won't last the day for a pro like a ICE slasher, but who wants to be slashing grass for over an hour at any one time anyhow!

    I know battery takes near on 4 hrs to take a full charge from no go on the machine(timed it) .. I reckon less if you don't drain it so far down.
    The battery is very big, like a cartridge .. ~ 2lt bottle of milk size
    Only complaint with the AEG, is that the battery(design) is annoying to remove from it's charger, gets really stiff, and the catch/latch seems to not fully open to allow it to remove easily.
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    I've got a Dewalt one which is buggered and hasn't even worn out the initial nylon supplied with the unit. Out of warranty so it is just hanging in the shed.
    I suspect that it has overheated the motor due to damp grass blocking the mesh on the intake side, was only used on suburban type lawn edges and no long or thick grass so disappointed in its early demise as it worked quite well initially. Power was similar to an old 22cc Husqvarna when it was at full noise.

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    i just use a Ryobi 18V along with all my other 18v Ryobei stuff , does all I want for light and medium work .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatso View Post
    i just the Ryobi 18V along with all my other 18v Ryobei stuff , does all I want for light and medium work .
    I have one and you'll be disappointed if you have lots of grass longer than your pinky. It only accepts 1.6mm line (you can fit 2mm but it doesnt autofeed correctly) and takes a few goes to get through grass thats a couple inches long. Its fine for my house lawn, but if you've got a decent sized property go the bigger 50+ volt items for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-tastic View Post
    I have one and you'll be disappointed if you have lots of grass longer than your pinky. It only accepts 1.6mm line (you can fit 2mm but it doesnt autofeed correctly)
    My $100 Homelight Petrol trimmer stopped on the weekend after 10 years of perfect use and as I already have Ryobi gear I bought the base $99 ryobi snipper. I agree definitely light weight but OK for the house but not anything heavier duty.

    It only has one cord instead of the usual two strings but the head rotates at a higher speed than the petrol so I guess that makes up for it.

    Ryobi has obviously updated their specs as the one I bought runs 2mm line but must have a twist shape cross section.

    These are OK but no use outside the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatso View Post
    i just use a Ryobi 18V along with all my other 18v Ryobei stuff , does all I want for light and medium work .
    Yep, have one too and for my backyard it’s perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-tastic View Post
    I have one and you'll be disappointed if you have lots of grass longer than your pinky. It only accepts 1.6mm line (you can fit 2mm but it doesnt autofeed correctly) and takes a few goes to get through grass thats a couple inches long. Its fine for my house lawn, but if you've got a decent sized property go the bigger 50+ volt items for sure.
    There’s 2 different versions of the Ryobi one is ok, the other is very light on. Ok for a quick run around backyard edging when doing it regularly, agree wouldn’t ‘cut it’ for anything longer. 😉


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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    Yep, have one too and for my backyard it’s perfect



    There’s 2 different versions of the Ryobi one is ok, the other is very light on. Ok for a quick run around backyard edging when doing it regularly, agree wouldn’t ‘cut it’ for anything longer. Cordless whipper snippers
    Mines a number of years old now so sounds like the older one.

    Dont get me wrong - its near perfect for what I want. Just struggles a bit doing the edges if I've left them for a month.
    '08 D3 4.0 V6 :) - 265/65/R17 on X5 rims.
    FINN - '72 88" S3 - 2.286 petrol - yet to go on it's first adventure
    GONE '96 D1 300Tdi - 2" lift, 32" tyres, HD rear axles, lockers :(

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