‘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.
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?