With New Technologies, Cordless Outdoor Tools Match Power of Gas Tools

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    April 29, 2016

With New Technologies, Cordless Outdoor Tools Match Power of Gas Tools

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Electric cars. Programmable thermostats. Motion-detecting lights. Nearly every aspect of our lives is served by technology that saves energy and, in most cases, makes our lives easier. Outdoor tools are no exception. In the past decade, there’s been significant growth in interest in cordless, battery-operated outdoor power tools. But their status as environmentally friendly isn’t what’s catapulted their popularity. What’s moving the needle is the fact that the power of the tools has finally caught up with the power of green.   

“Today’s cordless, battery-powered outdoor tools offer professional-grade power,” said Kevin Gillis, vice president of product development at Greenworks Tools. “You can get gas power at the touch of a button, yet you have the benefits of zero carbon emissions, 50 percent less noise and reduced vibrations compared to gas-powered tools. They’re not harmful to the environment and they’re not harmful to the user. This technology just wasn’t available 15 years ago.”

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries power a wide range of cordless tools, including mowers, blowers and chain saws where power expectations and needs are high. With a life expectancy of 1,000 full charge cycles – or about five years – the batteries are long-lasting and recyclable. Digitally-controlled brushless motors add power and performance, and interchangeability among a comprehensive family of tools making today’s battery-powered tools appealing to the weekend DIYer and professional landscaper alike.  

“It’s not just environmentally-sound,” Gillis said. “It’s economically-sound. It costs $1.90 for a gallon of gas, and it costs 4 cents to recharge a battery. What’s more, the option that costs only 4 cents is exponentially better for the environment.”

“When you factor in the upgrades in power in recent years, it’s clear that like the rest of the world around us, power tool solutions have gone green without sacrificing the performance or the convenience standards demanded by society today, and we work hard to meet that demand,” he said. 

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