questionsshould i get gas or electric (cordless) lawn…

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I have a small yard, so I use a corded electric mower and weedeater. If your yard is too big to reach the edges with a corded electric, I'd lean toward gas. Gas is a bit louder, but your range is only limited by the size of your gas can. From a cost perspective, the premium price you pay for battery powered electric will be more than a lifetime of use with a gas engine in most cases. If your electric runs out of juice, you have to wait for it to charge up, but if you run out of gas, you can fill it back up and finish the job.

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My experience has been that electric hedge trimmers just don't have enough power to get the job done. I suppose it depends on the type of hedge you have though...

You didn't ask, but would also recommend a gas-powered leaf blower over an electric one. Again, the electric ones are lacking when it comes to raw power.

I haven't used an electric "weed whacker", so I don't know how well they work. If your grass isn't too thick, I don't see why they wouldn't work though.

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Cordless. The newer Lithium-Ion batteries do much better for constant charging/leaving on charger.

Just a quick check for mid-line on Amazon gets these three. Total around 300 bucks.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JMZH0I/
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-LST220-Lithium-Ion-Cordless/dp/B004JMZH08/ref=pd_bxgy_ol_text_b
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-LSW120-Lithium-Ion-Cordless/dp/B004JMZH12/ref=pd_bxgy_ol_text_c

Each one comes with a battery, trimmer has an extra battery, each one has their own charger as well.

[EDIT] I didn't link a mower as I've never used a cordless mower. I recommend http://www.amazon.com/Scotts-2000-20-20-Inch-Classic-Mower/dp/B00004RA3E/

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@xarous: the blower and the weed whacker you linked to have the short battery life that i'm concerned about. the reviews say people get 10-15 minutes per charge. i'm not sure if that would be different if i got something like ryobi's 18v system.

oh, and i've already got a gas powered honda mower and no one will ever take that from me.

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Unless you have a really samll yard, don't bother with battery and corded electric power equipment. Save yourself some money and headaches and go straight to a gas powered backpack blower and gas weedeater.

The fact that you spent extra money for and appreciate your Honda mower indicates your should likely be considering higher-end brands such as Echo, or, preferably, Stihl. I just added a Stihl leaf vacuum to my stable of lawn equipment last week, and it is easily one of my best recent purchases.

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I have used cordless and they just don't have the battery life needed to complete the job. I have a yard about the same size as yours and currently use a corded trimmer and hedger and have had no issues. I decided to go with corded rather than gas because I didn't want to deal with gas/oil mixture, noise and upkeep of the motor not to mention the price. Only down fall to using corded is that you need a long extension cord (I use it to plug in my car in the winter) and have to wrap it up when done. Hope this helps a little.

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@bebolton100: i looked at the stihl products and the price range is a bit high for me right now. (the lawnmower used home depot gift cards to knock the price down) got any recommendations for different brands?

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Get a gas expand-it weed eater. The attachments are reasonably priced(Blower, trimmer, edger, tiller, straight neck and curved neck weed eaters).

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@kbsig106: hmm. that looks kinda nice. have you used them before?

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@carl669: Yes, I have the Ryboi from Home Depot with the expand-it attachments. It is a gas/oil mix but one motor + 5 attachments = one man yard crew!

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@kbsig106: sweet. there's apparently 2 kinds of power heads (http://bit.ly/qG4WyN). which one do you have/recommend?

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@carl669: I have the cheaper one - the other is a four stroke that requires regular gas, no oil mix. Read the reviews though, my Ryobi had to be replaced about one week out and now I've had the current one for a year. Generally have a few years life span on these little air cooled motors.

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Gas. 2 stroke or 4 stroke. If you don't like the noise, electric. If you have to have a battery operated device, fine, but it is my last choice. Gas has more power, electric weighs less, battery operated will weigh more and you will need 2 batteries and need to replace them. Also, don't be fooled by voltage. What you want to know is run time or mah of the batteries. More mah (mili amp hours)means more run time. I won't get into battery chemistry here. But a 12 or 14.4 volt unit can often out perform an 18 volt unit due to the battery. Buy a name brand where you know you can get fresh replacement batteries. As for the comment of Stihl, you are in the realm of high end homeowner/commercial. Comparable to that would be Husvarna, etc. They would also be in the same price range. Ryobi isn't even on my list. Buy middle of the road or higher. I own a Stihl chainsaw, 26 years, 8 chains and 2 bars later I would save my money for another. Look at what professional landscapers own, buy the same.