Things are evolving in the world of outdoor power equipment—and at the busy New Holstein shop which sells and services that equipment.
At Tri-City Small Engine on Calumet Drive (STH 32/57), more battery-powered equipment is making its way onto the sales floor as the “green” movement continues—including in the equipment people use to keep their lawns and landscapes green.
Tri-City Small Engine is now selling the Oregon brand of battery-powered trimmers and chainsaws as well as the Core brand of electric string trimmers, and it also sells a battery-powered lawn mower.
The first thought people might have when they think of battery-powered equipment is, “How does the power level compare to the gas-powered equivalent of that equipment?” Scott Buechel of Tri-City Small Engine tests the equipment he sells and, as an example, of the 40-watt chainsaw he said, “That thing has a lot of kick to it.”
There are plenty of obvious and some not-so-obvious advantages to using battery-powered equipment, including:
n no more need to mix gas and oil;
n financial savings in not buying and burning gas and oil;
n quieter operating equipment to save on the eardrums and make the neighbors happier;
n helping the environment by reducing emissions;
n not having the smell of emissions either while using the equipment or while transporting it in a vehicle;
n some of the batteries recharge in as little as an hour;
n some of the batteries are rebuildable so they do not end up in landfills;
n some of the electric chainsaws have an automatic sharpener built right into them;
n electric equipment generally weighs
less than its gas counterparts. Buechel said a completely charged battery is generally equivalent to a tank of gas, so with most equipment more than one use can take place on a single charge. The Worx brand battery-powered lawn mower sold by Tri-City Small Engine runs for between an hour to an hour and a half on a fully charged battery. On some of the equipment, a heavier duty battery can be purchased and used.
Battery-powered equipment generally
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