Electric chainsaws and brush cutters are they grown up enough..? Lets see. Big trial of electric ‘kit’ in National Trust Wales Gardens and forests

32amp battery backpack. the tools are light but the backpack is...lets say "not light"

32amp battery backpack. The tools are light but the backpack is…lets say “not light”

‘All things electric’ has now focused in on another area. We have hundreds of petrol powered hand tools from chainsaws, hedge trimmers and brush cutters. We go though an awful lot of two stoke oil, chain oil and petrol. If we are to truly get off oil then we need to look at everything we do. But we also have to be realistic in terms of what we want to do. Managing thousands of hectares of woodland, hundreds of miles of footpaths and hundreds of acres of gardens are not jobs for simple cheap tools but have to be fit for purpose. Are electric hand tool developed enough to take on this work or are they still an area of development? Lets see…over the next few months we are embarking on a decent scale evaluation of electric hand tools. Matching claims with practice. Two large garden properties (Erddig and Bodnant) and two countryside properties (Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire) are going all-electric. Or should i say having a go with some chainsaws, brush cutters and hedge trimmers. We also have a full set of kit for a long-term trial to make sure batteries last, components work and that the kit is robust enough for all weathers.

The small electric chainsaw to date has been impressive. easily out cutting a similar size petrol machine

The small electric chainsaw to date has been impressive. Easily out cutting a similar size petrol machine

In a lot of these sites we ‘grow’ a lot of the fuel for the new kit (electricity). Lets see if the new kit can do what we want them to do?

lets see if we have a replacement or a halfway house in terms of kit.

lets see if we have a replacement or a halfway house in terms of kit. wonder if Good Energy know that they will be cutting grass and chopping logs across Wales in the weeks to come? (they manage our electricity generation sites!)

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One Response to Electric chainsaws and brush cutters are they grown up enough..? Lets see. Big trial of electric ‘kit’ in National Trust Wales Gardens and forests

  1. Long term trial absolutely essential especially in terms of batteries. The killer for many battery tools is the cost of the replacement batteries, which often means that perfectly good kit is scrapped due to battery costs; not very sustainable. Perhaps the manufacturers should be made to provide replacements at sensible prices!
    Good luck with all the excellent reviews and testing.

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