What are my favorite yard tools? You mean besides my yard guy?
Truth is, I really like my battery powered tools. Sure, gas-powered equipment works fine too, but there’s way less hassle with battery powered tools in terms of maintenance and cleaning. Plus, they’re better for the environment.
Another problem with gas-powered tools is the noise and smell. Now earplugs are a common thing to carry around when doing yard work, but I don’t always carry around nose plugs in my pocket, so I prefer something that doesn’t smell too bad when I’m using it.
Lithium Ion Powered Tools: In my opinion, these are definitely the way to go. They charge ridiculously fast (usually in under 30 minutes), aren’t as heavy as other batteries, and they have a long life. The only real caveat with this type of power is that you can’t tell when they’re about to die. It is important to keep them charged whenever they aren’t being used.
What do you want to do? Knowing what you want to accomplish will help you determine the type of tool that’s best for the job. Whether battery powered or gas is a better choice. Do you want a cordless tool that lasts for about an hour at a time, or a gas-powered one that will last longer?
If you’re on a budget sometimes buying used is a good choice. It will afford you better quality at a lower price.
Service-With any type of yard tool, buy it where it can be serviced. All equipment needs to be maintained. I can’t stress this point enough. There is nothing worse than finding out the expensive tool you bought last season can’t be repaired.
Until next time,
Mike Kurbanick is the owner of Mikes Lawnmowers in Ocala. Mikes Lawnmower has served Marion County for more than 30 years with knowledgeable employees, a large selection of parts in stock, and a great selection of mowers, lawn and power equipment for personal and commercial applications. For information, call (352) 694-2824 or visit them online at MikesLawnmower.com.