We’ve tested a lot of outdoor power tools—including dozens of cordless blowers. The Toro battery blower (model 51820) is one of the strongest models we’ve ever tested. Add to that a great cruise control function and an ergonomic handle, and we can give this $139 bare tool a hearty recommendation. Toro Battery Blower Features The […]
Compared to lawnmowers and other OPE products, hedge trimmers most closely mimic the weight and performance of their gas counterparts. The Toro battery hedge trimmer I recently tested bore that out when using it on a 1/4-acre property in Central Florida. Switching from a gas hedge trimmer to the 60V Toro 51840 gave me the […]
Managing a 1/4-acre zoysia lawn may not seem like a lot, but I care about the details. Switching from gas to the 60V Toro battery string trimmer let me see just how close to gas power I could get. As it turns out, this tool comes very close—at least when used for residential upkeep. Highlights […]
Not everyone with a 1/4-acre zoysia lawn puts a lot of thought into the look—but I care about cut quality. Using the Toro 60V self-propelled lawn mower (model 20363) gave me the opportunity to compare against both gas mowers and other electric models. Having used both types on the property, I have certain expectations. The […]
Homeowners and professionals alike are drawn to innovation. Selecting the best battery-powered lawnmower might work for smaller yards. For larger properties or significant time savings, however, a larger gas-powered mower provides a better experience. From my first riding mower to my first reel mower, one question was always the same, does the innovation make good on its claim? Having […]
The new Ridgid 238-P Powered Soil Pipe Cutter weighs 13.5 lbs. and measures 11.5″ long and is designed to make it easier for plumbers and mechanical contractors to quickly cut soil pipe (cast iron) in hard-to-reach spaces. We could see this being a life-saver in areas like the rafters of a building or when you’re […]
When we went to Kobalt’s Press Event in New York where they debuted the new line of 18V Li-ion tools, one of the things we were most impressed with was the Compact Drill Driver. This was a tool that, while not perfect, took a lot of cues from successful products that had come before it. Kobalt’s first foray into the world of Cordless Power Tools didn’t appear to be so introductory as some other manufacturers’ have been. They more or less leapt right into the second generation tools, making themselves more competitive than if they had debuted a product lacking many of the features and qualities we now come to expect.