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August 5, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Outdoor Power Equipment Reviews

Our outdoor power equipment reviews include lawnmowers, riding mowers, zero turn mowers, hedge trimmers, string trimmers, edgers, blowers, and chainsaws. More than that, our OPE reviews hit on both gas and cordless battery powered tools. Recently, we even checked out the Husqvarna Automower 315 Robotic lawn mower and saw what’s possible when you combine robotics with cordless tech. Outdoor Power Equipment Reviews for Pro Landscapers If you’re a landscaping Pro, you want to make sure your crew is doing their work quickly and efficiently. Zero turns, for example, are not all designed the same. Some cut more quickly than others, while others have the build quality to last. For string trimmers, we look for max line size, speed, and ergonomics. You want power, but you also want to be able to operate a tool all day long with ease. Ergonomics and vibration consistently get more attention from organizations like OSHA and NIOSH.

Review8.9(out of 10)
Ryobi 40V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Ryobi 40V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Review

Battery-powered lawn mowers have been around for several years now (it feels really weird to say that!) and technology continues to trickle down from gas models. So the next step had to be cordless self-propelled mowers. They just haven’t come along quite as quickly. With only a couple to choose from, I’m taking a closer […]

Makita Backpack Battery BL36120A

Makita Backpack Battery Extends Capacity… In Europe

Unbeknownst to us until recently, Makita UK has released a 12Ah, 36V battery backpack to work in conjunction with the range of Makita twin 18V cordless tools. With an 18V X2 wiring harness, it’s the same as four 6.0 amp hour 18V batteries – a total of 432 watt hours. The new Makita backpack battery offers […]

Review7.7(out of 10)
Ryobi 2800 PSI Pressure Washer RY20800

Ryobi 2800 PSI Pressure Washer with Honda Engine

With summer upon us, I got my hands on the Ryobi 2800 PSI Pressure Washer featuring a Honda GCV160 engine. The work on my plate was mainly light- to medium-duty, so 2800 PSI was enough power for what I was looking for. While not all Pros really consider Ryobi when looking for a pressure washer, […]

Bosch 18V Jobsite Blower

Bosch 18V Jobsite Blower GBL18V-71

In a market where there are many specific tools for many specific jobs, versatility and efficiency become important qualities when considering your next purchase. With those qualities in mind, Bosch Tools recently released their Bosch 18V Jobsite Blower, incorporating convenient cordlessness into a compact frame. What Bosch Has To Say “The Bosch GBL18V-71 is a professional-grade […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Makita XCU03 18V X2 LXT Chainsaw

Makita XCU03 LXT 18V X2 Chainsaw

It wasn’t all that long ago that mainstream power tool companies didn’t really have much influence in the outdoor power equipment market. However, that’s changing thanks to the power of lithium-ion batteries. The fact of the matter is battery powered chainsaws like the new Makita XCU03 18V X2 LXT (36V) Chainsaw now have the power […]

Review8.3(out of 10)
Makita XRU09 18V X2 LXT Brushless String Trimmer

Makita XRU09 18V X2 LXT Brushless String Trimmer

Most of the major power tool manufacturers now have cordless OPE lines out. But where Makita has an advantage over the rest is that they have a legit Pro-level gas lineup in addition to the lithium-ion tools. It’s a big boost when it comes to fit and finish along with an intimate knowledge of what […]

Review8.1(out of 10)
John Deere ZTrak Z355R Zero-Turn Mower cut

John Deere ZTrak Z355R Zero-Turn Mower Review

One of the Pro Tool Reviews shops sits on over an acre of property. It’s a great location for testing both commercial and residential zero-turn mowers. Getting a John Deere ZTrak Z355R on the property was a fun opportunity to try out a zero-turn from a company with a lot of history. If you weren’t […]

Worx HydroShot 20V Max Portable Power Cleaner

Worx HydroShot 20V Max Portable Power Cleaner Review

Several very excited people told me about the Worx HydroShot 20V Max Portable Power Cleaner before I got in my hands for review. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure that a 320 PSI power washer really had any place in our shop or my home. But as it is with any tool we review, […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Toro 30 in lawn mower cutting

Toro 30 in Lawn Mower Review – TimeMaster Personal Pace

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 […]

Stihl Backpack Battery AR 2000

Stihl Backpack Battery – AR 2000 to Replace AR 900

Stihl recently introduced the Stihl Backpack Battery, the Stihl AR 2000, as an alternative power source to gas-powered tools and for professionals who work in areas with noise or emissions restrictions. The company claims the backpack battery can power tools up to 11 hours on one charge, which takes 130 minutes with Stihl AL 500 high-speed […]