Now that Spring is officially here, soon that long-neglected yard of yours will come out of hibernation and start growing. Before you know it, it’ll be time to tame your turf again, and with the help of the Ego’s line of lithium-ion powered machinery, you can take care of all those weeds quietly, and without all the fuss that’s usually associated with gas-powered tools.
Generally speaking, combustion engines are considered better for outdoor work, but that’s starting to change. Recent advances in battery technology have made it possible to design electric yard maintenance tools that don’t require you to toil with long power cords or gigantic battery packs, but still boast enough power to tackle tough tasks.
Ego is an excellent example of this. The company makes an entire line of outdoor maintenance tools –everything from lawnmowers to hedge trimmers– that, instead of gas, runs on a single rechargeable 56-volt lithium-ion battery. This gives them enough power to handle even the toughest jobs, but also keeps them extremely portable and compact.
The company’s string trimmer (aka weed whacker), for example, weighs in at just 11 pounds, but can run for up to an hour on a single charge, allowing you to skip that trip to the gas station and stay focused on the task at hand. The lawn mower is a bit heavier, but can bust out a full 45 minutes of consistent cutting power with the same 56-volt battery.
And here’s the best part: Ego’s battery packs are designed to be modular, so they can easily be detached from one machine and placed inside another in a matter of seconds. This way, you can run multiple tools with the same power supply, and just swap the battery when necessary. When it comes time to recharge, just snap the battery into one of Ego’s charging docks and you’ll be ready to go in under half an hour.
The Ego lawnmower will set you back $500, while the company’s string trimmer, hedge trimmer, and leaf blower each go for $200. Find out more here.