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Hedgelj

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The only complaint i have any my ryobi 40v is the battery life. Seems like just running the weedeaterv around my place Burns a battery dead and i think i can burn through 2 faster than a similar size stihl runs through a tank of gas. But the convenience and light weight is awesome.

The scary thing is my wife is comfortable using it which leads to interestingness.
 
We have definitely gotten our money's worth out of our Ryobi 40V pole saw. I set it up with the shortest extension and it is long enough for most of our trail clearing chores but short enough that I have used it countless times clearing pretty good sized logs out of the way. This past weekend wasn't any different as I had many trees down in every path I took. Cannot beat the convenience and ease of handling.
 

Jamie

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The only complaint i have any my ryobi 40v is the battery life. Seems like just running the weedeaterv around my place Burns a battery dead and i think i can burn through 2 faster than a similar size stihl runs through a tank of gas. But the convenience and light weight is awesome.

The scary thing is my wife is comfortable using it which leads to interestingness.
My wife cannot start any two-stroke equipment that has a choke and a pull rope. Has kept her from using chainsaws and most all of my power equipment without me knowing because I always have to start it for her. Now that I have replaced everything with electric tools, I don't do nearly as much yard work, especially starting shit for her so she can use it. With great reluctance and much trepidation, I allowed her to use the Stihl pole pruner this year without my stupervision. Got lucky, lol. Honestly, I am glad that she wants to do stuff and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, but despite being a highly educated woman, she tends to underestimate the potential dangers of using this type of equipment. When I get that Stihl 220 I've had my eye on, I'll be keeping it locked up so she cannot get to it. The power and life of these Stihl 36V batteries is remarkable. expensive, yes. worth it, absolutely. The convenience of not having to fool with gas, starting, or hearing protection cannot be overstated. The battery powered hedge trimmer is one of the most useful tools of all.
 

giles

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My wife cannot start any two-stroke equipment that has a choke and a pull rope. Has kept her from using chainsaws and most all of my power equipment without me knowing because I always have to start it for her. Now that I have replaced everything with electric tools, I don't do nearly as much yard work, especially starting shit for her so she can use it. With great reluctance and much trepidation, I allowed her to use the Stihl pole pruner this year without my stupervision. Got lucky, lol. Honestly, I am glad that she wants to do stuff and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, but despite being a highly educated woman, she tends to underestimate the potential dangers of using this type of equipment. When I get that Stihl 220 I've had my eye on, I'll be keeping it locked up so she cannot get to it. The power and life of these Stihl 36V batteries is remarkable. expensive, yes. worth it, absolutely. The convenience of not having to fool with gas, starting, or hearing protection cannot be overstated. The battery powered hedge trimmer is one of the most useful tools of all.
Agreed 100%, only difference is the leaf blower is the most used in my house.
 
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Jamie

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Leaf blower gets most use here, too because I also use it regularly for work. I had it out on our back porch all winter where I bring firewood in as well as get dressed for hunting just to blow the bark and stuff away every time I moved wood up to the door to keep it clean for me out there at 0dark30 in my socks and underwear. Hedge clippers with no noise or cord in the way are just super handy, and this Stihl model cuts really well. eats 1/4" branches like nothing. I use it more just because it's so damn easy. Blower is just tits, though.
 

Jackalope

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I get it. I do. There are massive positives.

But you'll pry ole smokey from my cold dead hands. There is just something about the smell of chainsaw exhaust, bar oil, oak dust, and mixed gas that I love. After clearing a bunch of brush last weekend I came in the house and I smelled it on my clothes, there is nothing more unique than the smell of a chainsaw. Right up there with the warm smell of Christmas and Thanksgiving. I thought man, if they made a cologne like this I would use it. My God the wood that saw has been through over the last 17 years.
 

Sgt Fury

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I get it. I do. There are massive positives.

But you'll pry ole smokey from my cold dead hands. There is just something about the smell of chainsaw exhaust, bar oil, oak dust, and mixed gas that I love. After clearing a bunch of brush last weekend I came in the house and I smelled it on my clothes, there is nothing more unique than the smell of a chainsaw. Right up there with the warm smell of Christmas and Thanksgiving. I thought man, if they made a cologne like this I would use it. My God the wood that saw has been through over the last 17 years.
That and the smell of spent shotgun shells.👍
 

hickslawns

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I'm with Joe. My daughter will catch a whiff of me sometimes or even just the lingering smell on a jacket I took off. She often times will comment "smells like you, dad." Never sure if it is a good thing or not. Lol. She assured me it is a good thing. Not a great smell that she wants to be around all day. Just certain smells. Gasoline on my hands. Oils, greases, or saw dust from firewood. Now diesel or gear lube she (and my wife) make it clear: you need a shower. That smells terrible.

It is weird. I don't think she truly likes these smells. There is just a comfort there for her. Be my luck she married some poor schmuck in the lawn business or something. Be broke for life. 🤣
 

Jackalope

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I'm with Joe. My daughter will catch a whiff of me sometimes or even just the lingering smell on a jacket I took off. She often times will comment "smells like you, dad." Never sure if it is a good thing or not. Lol. She assured me it is a good thing. Not a great smell that she wants to be around all day. Just certain smells. Gasoline on my hands. Oils, greases, or saw dust from firewood. Now diesel or gear lube she (and my wife) make it clear: you need a shower. That smells terrible.

It is weird. I don't think she truly likes these smells. There is just a comfort there for her. Be my luck she married some poor schmuck in the lawn business or something. Be broke for life. 🤣

Freaking blue marine grease. That shit is worse than antisieze. Walk in the shop with it hanging on the wall and you'll still walk out with it on you somewhere. And it is like dog shit, you can smell it, but can't find it, so you ignore it, until you keep smelling it, then you see a small blue smudge on your hand or arm, and so you spin around in circles looking for it everywhere on your clothes, then another smudge, and another! WHERE IS THIS SHIT! So you start taking stuff off looking for it and can never find the source. And good luck washing it off, ITS MADE NOT TO DISSOLVE IN SALTWATER! I hate that shit. 😅.
 
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Jackalope

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I've used an electric one my mom had. Super convenient. But I'll be honest with ya, I was kinda scared of it. Hear me out. Nothing that dangerous should be that quiet and smooth. 😅. It's like a mean dog that doesn't bark but just stares at you. That sucker is gonna eat your lunch if you screw up and you'll never hear it coming. No sir, I prefer my saw to be loud, vibrate like a bitch and roar so I'm reminded that it'll take my leg off if I let my guard down. Dangerous shit should make loud noises! Not just go. zzzzzzzzzzziiip. zzzziiiiiiiiip. I want to hear and feel 52 handheld CCs of WHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAA!!! WHHHAAAAAAAAA!
 

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Oh. And how do you do the obligatory throttle blip before cutting. Walk up to the wood, set feet, eyeball the cut, give her two fast throttle blips to let that fucker know what's coming. WHA! WHA! Hammer down and let her eat!!

Or after you crank it and she's warmed up but still in high idle. You know high idle, after you push the choke in but haven't touched the throttle so the carb is still in high idle. you're supposed to have the chain brake on, but you ain't no bitch so the blade is spinning fast by itself sitting on the ground while the saw tries to vibrate in a circle. Yeah that initial crank high idle. Pick it up and give her a couple quick. WHA! WHA! WHAAAAAAA! WHA! WHA! WHA! As if to say whooah boy, whoahhhh now, steady steady. That's right. Idle good now.

Blip the throttle on the electric one and it sings out 24-36 volts of shameful zzzzzzzz zzzzzzzz. It's so unsatisfying you don't even want to do it again, but it's a habit, so later you unknowingly do it again and it reminds you promptly that it's the banana seat of the chainsaw world. They're like banging a fat chick, convenient as hell but you hope nobody sees you with one.
 
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