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Testing Battery-Powered Yard Tools

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and landscape designer Jenn Nawada test out a variety of battery-operated yard tools

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Roger and Jenn determined that battery-powered tools work well for small- to medium-sized yards. While these tools were effective compared to gas tools, one setback they noticed is that batteries are not interchangeable across different brands of tools, and most companies do not make full lines of battery-powered yard tools. This means that multiple batteries are required in order to make the full switch from gas to battery.

Roger and Jenn saw a variety of tools manufactured by Husqvarna, Oregon, and Greenworks.

The battery-powered, ride-on lawnmower is manufactured by Ryobi.