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As a self-affirmed troglodyte I remain entrenched and well-set in my ways.

 

My yard tools included usage of the power head on my 120V Craftsman 6.0 hp shop vac for my infrequent usage as a yard leaf blower. My string trimmer was a used $10 yard sale 120V, manual advance string, now w/ a reworked / broken advance that was even more cumbersome than originally intended.

 

My daughter was visiting, we stopped at Costco and she purchased a Greenworks 80V blower kit, model 2421702COVT. I asked if I could borrow / use this tool, prior to her returning home.

 

Once I used it I was hooked and decided to get my own, so I went to Costco and of course they were all gone. The clerk informed me blower inventory existed at different stores, 30 minutes away in opposite directions. I selected the store w/ a greater quantity, supposedly having 17 in stock. But while I was at this store I purchased the Greenworks 80V 16in trimmer kit, model STB409. When I arrived at that "far" store they had 4, not 17, but at least I got my own blower...

 

 

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Greenworks 80V 730 CFM / 170 MPH Blower Kit, Model 2421702COVT

 

The Greenworks 80V blower kit, model 2421702COVT, is a very nice tool. If this satisfies your needs, then I have no hesitation recommending this tool. It has nice features and balance, when used w/ the included 2Ah batteries, or when used w/ the 4Ah battery from my trimmer tool. I have not and probable will not use the included loop strap.

 

My caveat is run time. My property collects leaves on the front lawn, especially at the street edge, from the 100' tall tree across the street. My usage is to clean leaves off the lawn, driveway and most of the cul-de-sac circle.

 

This kit includes two 2.0Ah battery packs. Cleaning this area consumes both battery packs. At least I also have a 4.0Ah battery pack from my trimmer kit, so I have sufficient capacity w/ a sufficient buffer, plus two charging stations.

 

This tool now makes it possible to maintain my property to be clean of leaves w/ acceptable effort. I blow off the lawn, the driveway and most of the circle, into a ~20' diameter pile, that is then swept and collected into the City yard waste barrel. It has never looked better and has never taken this little time.

 

This Greenworks 80V blower kit, model 2421702COVT, includes these parts: BLB489 80V 730 CFM Axial Blower; two 2.0Ah 80V BAB726 Lithium-Ion Battery Packs; a GCH8020 80V / 2A 120VAC 50Hz/60Hz Vertical Charging Station, an Adjustable Length Clip-On Padded Loop Carry / Work Strap and Printed Manuals for the Blower, the Battery Packs and for the Charging Station.

 

The BLB489 blower has nice features. These are: large / easy variable speed grip squeeze trigger; trigger lock knob; turbo boost button; integrated hanging hooks, nozzle up or down and easy battery retention / release. The bottom of the battery cavity has a large spring loaded automatic ejection button. Press the release and that button partially ejects the battery pack for easy removal.

 

The 2.0Ah 80V BAB726 Lithium-Ion battery packs have a three segment charge gauge, activated during usage by a single button press / release. This 80V 2.0Ah battery pack is the lowest capacity. The higher capacity battery packs are longer, protruding farther out the end of the tool. The retention latch mechanical feature is at the same placement, relative to the base, for each of the different battery sizes.

 

The 80V / 2A GCH8020 vertical charging station is designed for operation when placed onto a horizontal surface. It has a standard polarized NEMA 1-15 plug on a 6' cord. There are no controls, just fully insert the battery pack. There is a single dual color status LED, w/ an easy-to-read LED decode legend label. It blinks green when charging, solid green when fully charged, solid red when the battery temperature is too hot and blinking red when the battery is bad. There was one instance when my empty battery was inserted and I got the too hot indication. It remained in the charger and automatically started charging once the temperature dropped. The manual says to remove but I wanted to see what happens. The battery pack segments provide a level indication during charging, showing the progress. My preference would have been for the charger to permit operation as a wall mount device, but that is not possible w/o making a shelf for this to be placed upon. I have not timed charging a depleted battery, but according to the specs, the 2Ah battery should require about an hour and the 4Ah battery should require about 2 hours. The actual times are in that range.

 

The long output pipe and the concentrator nozzle may each be removed. I have used the tool w/ both attached and it works fine for me.

 

 

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Greenworks 80V 14in/16in Trimmer Kit, Model STB409

 

The Greenworks 80V 14in/16in trimmer kit, model STB409, is a very nice tool. If this satisfies your needs, then I have no hesitation recommending this tool. It has nice features and balance, when used w/ the included 4Ah battery. The tool comes w/ the bump advance spool loaded, ready-to-go. The tool needs minor assembly for usage, remove small packing protecting the internal cable at the shipping fold, slide the tube into the receptacle and tighten w/ included Allen wrench. Attach the protection shield, also Allen whench tightened. Attach the loop handle, retained by a single large wing nut. Done. I have not and probable will not use the included loop strap.

 

My caveat is run time. My postage stamp sized property used up most of the included 4Ah battery pack to trim all the edges remaining after mowing w/ the 14" diameter setting. At least I also have two 2.0Ah battery packs from my blower kit, so I have sufficient capacity w/ a sufficient buffer, plus two charging stations.

 

This Greenworks 80V 14in/16in trimmer kit, model STB409, includes these parts: PRO 80V 14"/16" STB409 trimmer; a 4.0Ah 80V BAB727 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack; a GCH8020 80V / 2A 120VAC 50Hz/60Hz Vertical Charging Station; five precut 0.095" nylon string bundles; an Adjustable Length Clip-On Padded Loop Carry / Work Strap; an Allen wrench for tightening at initial assembly and Printed Manuals for the Blower, the Battery Packs and for the Charging Station.

 

The STB409 trimmer has nice features. These are: large / easy variable speed grip squeeze trigger w/ large safety trigger; two speed slide switch; integrated hanging hook; string bump advance; preset string length trimming blade (supplied at 14" diameter, reversible for 16" diameter) and easy battery retention / release. The bottom of the battery cavity has a large spring loaded automatic ejection button. Press the release and that button partially ejects the battery pack for easy removal.

 

The 4.0Ah 80V Lithium-Ion battery pack has a three segment charge gauge, activated during usage by a single button press / release. This 80V 4.0Ah battery pack is a mid range capacity. The higher capacity battery packs are longer, protruding farther out the top of the tool. The retention latch mechanical feature is at the same placement, relative to the base, for each of the different battery sizes.

 

The 80V / 2A GCH8020 vertical charging station is designed for operation when placed onto a horizontal surface. It has a standard polarized NEMA 1-15 plug on a 6' cord. There are no controls, just fully insert the battery pack. There is a single dual color status LED, w/ an easy-to-read LED decode legend label. It blinks green when charging, solid green when fully charged, solid red when the battery temperature is too hot and blinking red when the battery is bad. There was one instance when my empty battery was inserted and I got the too hot indication. It remained in the charger and automatically started charging once the temperature dropped. The manual says to remove but I wanted to see what happens. The battery pack segments provide a level indication during charging, showing the progress. My preference would have been for the charger to permit operation as a wall mount device, but that is not possible w/o making a shelf for this to be placed upon. I have not timed charging a depleted battery, but according to the specs, the 2Ah battery should require about an hour and the 4Ah battery should require about 2 hours. The actual times are in that range.

 

 

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8 hours ago, wingless said:

Greenworks 80V 14in/16in Trimmer Kit, Model STB409

 

The Greenworks 80V 16in trimmer kit, model STB409, is a very nice tool. If this satisfies your needs, then I have no hesitation recommending this tool. It has nice features and balance, when used w/ the included 4Ah battery. The tool comes w/ the bump advance spool loaded, ready-to-go. The tool needs minor assembly for usage, remove small packing protecting the internal cable at the shipping fold, slide the tube into the receptacle and tighten w/ included Allen wrench. Attach the protection shield, also Allen whench tightened. Attach the loop handle, retained by a single large wing nut. Done. I have not and probable will not use the included loop strap.

 

My caveat is run time. My postage stamp sized property used up most of the included 4Ah battery pack to trim all the edges remaining after mowing w/ the 14" diameter setting. At least I also have two 2.0Ah battery packs from my blower kit, so I have sufficient capacity w/ a sufficient buffer, plus two charging stations.

 

This Greenworks 80V 14in/16in trimmer kit, model STB409, includes these parts: PRO 80V 16" STB409 trimmer; a 4.0Ah 80V BAB727 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack; a GCH8020 80V / 2A 120VAC 50Hz/60Hz Vertical Charging Station; five precut 0.095" nylon string bundles; an Adjustable Length Clip-On Padded Loop Carry / Work Strap; an Allen wrench for tightening at initial assembly and Printed Manuals for the Blower, the Battery Packs and for the Charging Station.

 

The STB409 trimmer has nice features. These are: large / easy variable speed grip squeeze trigger w/ large safety trigger; two speed slide switch; integrated hanging hook; string bump advance; preset string length trimming blade (supplied at 14" diameter, reversible for 16" diameter) and easy battery retention / release. The bottom of the battery cavity has a large spring loaded automatic ejection button. Press the release and that button partially ejects the battery pack for easy removal.

 

The 4.0Ah 80V Lithium-Ion battery pack has a three segment charge gauge, activated during usage by a single button press / release. This 80V 4.0Ah battery pack is a mid range capacity. The higher capacity battery packs are longer, protruding farther out the top of the tool. The retention latch mechanical feature is at the same placement, relative to the base, for each of the different battery sizes.

 

The 80V / 2A GCH8020 vertical charging station is designed for operation when placed onto a horizontal surface. It has a standard polarized NEMA 1-15 plug on a 6' cord. There are no controls, just fully insert the battery pack. There is a single dual color status LED, w/ an easy-to-read LED decode legend label. It blinks green when charging, solid green when fully charged, solid red when the battery temperature is too hot and blinking red when the battery is bad. There was one instance when my empty battery was inserted and I got the too hot indication. It remained in the charger and automatically started charging once the temperature dropped. The manual says to remove but I wanted to see what happens. The battery pack segments provide a level indication during charging, showing the progress. My preference would have been for the charger to permit operation as a wall mount device, but that is not possible w/o making a shelf for this to be placed upon. I have not timed charging a depleted battery, but according to the specs, the 2Ah battery should require about an hour and the 4Ah battery should require about 2 hours. The actual times are in that range.

 

 

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I like the concept of 80V tools as three of them can be used together to produce 240V which is used in Europe and a simple adapter can be made for this to be used with 240V AC. 

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Just now, Altan said:

I like the concept of 80V tools as three of them can be used together to produce 240V which is used in Europe and a simple adapter can be made for this to be used with 240V AC. 

I mean 3 batteries could be used together.

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1 hour ago, Altan said:

I like the concept of 80V tools as three of them can be used together to produce 240V which is used in Europe and a simple adapter can be made for this to be used with 240V AC. 

Please be aware that 240VAC RMS is 340VAC peak-to-peak.

 

Here is an example that uses FET transistors and a transformer to change low battery voltage to the required high output line voltage.

 

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3 hours ago, wingless said:

Please be aware that 240VAC RMS is 340VAC peak-to-peak.

 

Here is an example that uses FET transistors and a transformer to change low battery voltage to the required high output line voltage.

 

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I know. What I mean is to use 3x80V batteries without using the transformer as transformers are bulky in general.

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There are lots of ways to use batteries to create the 240VAC RMS, a transformer is just one way. There are solid state circuits to create line voltage AC from a DC battery.

 

Three 80VDC batteries do not attain the 340VAC peak voltage.

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I had no idea Greenworks had both 80v and 82v battery platforms. I knew they had the one but not the other. Ego and Greenworks seem to always be in blower wars. Seems like Ego has a new model release every year.

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3 hours ago, Jronman said:

I had no idea Greenworks had both 80v and 82v battery platforms. I knew they had the one but not the other. Ego and Greenworks seem to always be in blower wars. Seems like Ego has a new model release every year.

When I go the Greenworks Shop by Voltage web page, I find 24V, 40V, 60V and 80V, but no 82V platform.

 

Where is the 82V Greenworks platform?

 

NVM, there are plenty of vendors selling 82V Greenworks tools. Weird that those don't show on the company website.

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