Testing Battery Powered Yard Tools | Ask This Old House

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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Cost: $100-$2500

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools List:
String trimmer
Hedge trimmer
Chainsaw
Push lawn mower
Leaf blower
Rototiller
Pole saw
Snow blower
Wheel barrow
Ride on lawn mower

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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, meaning 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 (https://www.husqvarna.com/us/), Oregon (https://www.oregonproducts.com/en/?site=oregon), and Greenworks (https://www.greenworkstools.com/).

The battery powered ride on lawnmower is manufactured by Ryobi (https://www.ryobitools.com/).

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50 Comments

  1. Nicholas Smith on December 5, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Yup, I would be remiss if I didn’t wear ear protection for a battery-powered lawn mower. 🤦

  2. TJ Burke on December 5, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    What’s up with Roger? Did he just have surgery or something? He’s not looking 100%. Hope he’s doing well

  3. Kevin O on December 5, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    It’s the perfect size. That’s what she said.

  4. Carter Dunn on December 5, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Let me get my ear protection for my electric lawnmower

  5. Louis Garden on December 5, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Maybe try the Kavli Blades on the ride on mower that is when you will see how good an electric mower really is because I can go over any length grass as long as it can push it over it will cut it and leaves the finest mulch.

  6. ___ on December 5, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    PURCHASE REYOBI

  7. Adam Earley on December 5, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I am so disappointed he didn’t dump her out of that wheel barrow. Missed opportunity.

  8. Emeka Ibekwe on December 5, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Ear protection for electric?😂 I came here because I want to recommend these tools to HOA so I can get some good sleep 💤. What I need is the quietest lawn tools to recommend.

  9. chris l on December 5, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    electric tools ain’t that loud. obviously if same brand they interchangeable.

  10. TBoy205 on December 5, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    That lawn mower literally looks like a kid’s toy lmao

  11. B Spin on December 5, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Dump her out of the wheelbarrow, Roger!

  12. Caden Converse on December 5, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    I think imma just stick to my Stihl equipment

  13. cugamer on December 5, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I really want to like my greenworks electric. It’s quiet, compact and easy to use. But even with four 40 volt batteries it struggles to cut all of my average sized suburban yard in one go.

  14. Joseph Nizzardini on December 5, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    ;

  15. Landon Shadow on December 5, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    I can understand wearing helmets but why ear protectors???

  16. Alec Minnick on December 5, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Jen has really grown on me. I’m going to miss Roger immensely but Jen is the only new cast member I feel fits in

  17. Thunder on December 5, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Looks very plasticky.

  18. Mike Bihg on December 5, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Man poor Rodger

  19. colonelkfc33 on December 5, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    My ear protection is Rob Zombie at full volume through my bluetooth earbuds…

  20. Micah on December 5, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    4:20 speaking in tongues?

  21. Mike F Is In The House! on December 5, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Love the show. Hate those weak a$$ tools

  22. Gaming With Ayden on December 5, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Dude it’s not even that loud you don’t need your protection I don’t ever wear it

  23. Trey Brillant on December 5, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Why the ear muffs it’s electric

  24. Allen Farms on December 5, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Hold up I’m ten years old and I mow my dads yard with a gas engine toro time master with no ear protection and they say they need hearing protection for a electric mower

  25. Synceire Smith on December 5, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    A

  26. Richard Anderson on December 5, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the program, I got the 40V Ryobi string trimmer yesterday, and it is awesome!

  27. Brien Welsh on December 5, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    So many questions left unanswered

  28. Noah Noah on December 5, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Wtf put head phones On Not ever loud

  29. Zachary Lee on December 5, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I got these from the strorage room more like bought it from the store

  30. Mark O'Brien on December 5, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    4:15 You’re gonna give me a r….. *self edit… ok.

  31. Roger Clark on December 5, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Wait until you need a new battery. Then you pay.

  32. Elijah Fixes All !!! on December 5, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Gas is better!

  33. Robert Furdas on December 5, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Ear protection??? It’s not even loud!!! Please!! Grow a set!!!

  34. Abdul Rahman on December 5, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    these all look cool but the wheel barrow just seems lazy but i kind of like it

  35. American Patriot on December 5, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I chyged my kye and drove 100 aycas

  36. David Roman on December 5, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    It’s an electric ka

  37. Albert Rojas on December 5, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    4:45 " An electric Caaaaaaaaaa"

  38. Eddie3074 on December 5, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Woman: "Let me get my ear protection"

    *Low hum ensues*

  39. Gaming on Blitz on December 5, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Its electric you don’t need ear protection.

  40. the walrus U.S on December 5, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Ear protection? Hell most lawnmowers and other lawn tools aren’t even loud enough to hurt ears

  41. Angad Sandhu on December 5, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    When I mow I say FU** to ear protection but it is my opinion so….

  42. LegendLength on December 5, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    This is a straight up ad, sad that they’ve gone this route. Electric lawnmowers are terrible. There are plenty of reviews online showing how badly they perform. And i say that as a long time enthusiast of electric technology.

  43. Very Good Boy on December 5, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    I have they lawn mower it’s pretty nice

  44. artolauri on December 5, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    * Hei folks nyt silmät auki siis. Tämä Arto Lauri Youtube. Totuuksien kanava ja tilaten heti, niin itselle kuin kavereillekin hetimiten.

  45. Harvey Gibbons on December 5, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Roger doesn’t look or seem that good!

  46. Deb Buenaga on December 5, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Ben

  47. EMRICK LANDSCAPING on December 5, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Lady* i need my ear portexion or i could not take the lowdnes 🤨🤨🤣🤣

  48. Spoksy on December 5, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Happy to see Mark Hamill has found his passion.

  49. Khaled Alghabra on December 5, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    vince staples

  50. Steve Hartge on December 5, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    I miss seeing roger on the show.

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