by Gibblet 11/25/17
Kobalt 40 Volt Hedge Trimmer
I bought the Kobalt hedge trimmer in April of 2017, and have logged several hours clearing vegetation and pruning shrubbery. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to buy it!
I wanted a battery powered trimmer for convenience, having grown tired of dragging the cord around with my previous hedge trimmer. I have a large yard, so it required two long cords to reach all the shrubbery. Additionally, the cord attachment was poorly designed and would frequently detach from the trimmer, in spite of the Velcro straps I rigged up.
Now I just grab my Kobalt and head out into the wilds, untethered! It has plenty of power to cut through tall field grass, dense lavender plants, woody shrubs, and thick blackberry vines up to 3/4 inch. The handles are comfortable and the design makes it maneuverable, so it’s fun to shape plants and do precision work. It weighs just under 8 pounds with the battery, which is just fine for me. Sometimes I use it one-handed overhead to get high branches. I just have to be careful where I catch it coming down!
I can get about 45 minutes per charge working pretty consistently on lavender and boxwood, and about twenty-five minutes if I run non-stop clearing thick blackberries.
By odd coincidence, or perhaps inspired design, the battery power wears out about the same time I do. The battery is easily disengaged from the trimmer with one hand, but takes a little effort and two hands to plug into the charger (included). It takes about an hour to charge a fully drained battery, and when it’s ready to get back to working hard, so am I.
I highly recommend the Kobalt hedge trimmer. Being cordless, it is convenient and easy to use, and it doesn’t get dirty like a gas powered tool.
The only downside to the trimmer is the trimmings left on the ground. So I’ve had in mind to get my own leaf blower. I had to borrow my husband’s Stihl gas blower last week after I trimmed some shrubbery along my parent’s driveway. Fortunately it had enough fuel in it to do the job, and since he had used it that day, it started right up. But blowing off the driveway for 10 minutes was enough to give me a backache due to the excessive torque of the gas engine.
Kobalt 40 Volt Cordless Blower
We stopped by Lowe’s to check out the Kobalt Blower on the way to dinner that night. Even though it comes with a battery and charger, the $169 price was more than I was willing to part with. I was hoping it would be on sale for Christmas. And to my great delight, I found it in Lowe’s Black Friday ad for just $89! I was so excited, I got two!
This afternoon, I took it out for a test run with a partially charged battery and an ulterior motive. I cleared the leaves off my porch, sidewalk, and pathway. Then I blew past the neighbor to my parents driveway, where I covered the same area as I did the other day with the Stihl. Even though the Kobalt has considerably less power than the gas blower, it did the job just as well. Better, actually, considering that absence of the turbo-charged dust cloud and a backache.
The Kobalt is less noisy than the Stihl, but one should still wear earplugs. My Mom came out to see what the noise was, as I hoped she would, and wanted to give my new toy a try. She is wonderfully obsessive about keeping her steps swept and the driveway clean of leaf and needle, even at 81 years old. The blower weighs 6.6 pounds, but Mom was having fun chasing the leaves down her steps and across the driveway. As she handed it back to me, she mentioned wistfully that she would like one. I had to laugh to myself, knowing I already had bought her one for Christmas. Throw away the broom Ma, Santa’s on his way!
I’m pleased this lightweight blower works as well as it does. As a bonus, I now have two batteries which I can keep powered up to use in either tool. So now I can work until I’m thoroughly, blissfully exhausted.
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