Also FYI to original post - (not a direct answer to your question) - Ego has just released a commercial line of tools in the UK which are designed to work exclusively on backpack batteries. So, in addition to Pete's first hand experience, Ego is also continuing to push into that market with new tools.
Welcome to the forum,
I've been using the PH1400 PowerHead with line trimmer and edger attachments
commercially for several months now in hot, humid, and rainy SW Florida.
We're into our fast growing "rainy season" now, and I've been putting a lot of hours on them
with no problems, often in light to moderate rain.
Like Jeremy, I have a lot of batteries (5.0AH) and charge them overnight at home.
I average about 30-40 minutes of runtime per battery in fairly heavy use.
I absolutely love the PowerHead line trimmer and edger, after using commercial gas powered equipment for 25 years, the PowerHead is way better in just about every way.
The backpack blower is lightweight and works fine, but it has just about the minimum amount of power that you would want for commercial work (for basic driveway/sidewalk cleanup).
I still use my Stihl BR600 a lot, especially in wet conditions.
We're hoping that EGO will eventually offer a more powerful backpack blower
with enhanced runtime (dual battery).
Any other questions, feel free to ask!
Two battery failures....sorta. Early 2ah blinking green d.o.a. a short time later . One 5 ah blinking currently. Still chargers and runs ok but probably on the way out.
I been too busy to have time to care about the 5 ah. I'm currently running with 4 7.5 ah on backpack link and use the 5 ah for my handheld blowers. I probably have around 10 5 ah batteries so one taking a dump is probably ok.
I'm still in the honeymoon phase in that 6 months into the year no carb issues, spark plugs, shitty gas, oops no oil in the mix, no smelling like mix, low noise, low vibration, no broken starter cords, no plugged mufflers, etc......so a couple of battery problems seem easy.
F.Y.I. I bit on a Grainger 7.5. Came in with born on date Dec 2016.
Wow, I have to say I am surprised by the amount of commercial use of these products. I no longer landscape professionally (went back to school and ride a desk instead of a mower now, lol) but I still love the higher end tools. I just got the 15" EGO string trimmer and I like it a lot (with one minor issue that cust serv. is working on).
That said, I don't feel that the EGO build quality is really up to the level of the commercial gas powered trimmers/blowers/saws. To be fair the EGO's are priced about half what those pro gas tools are priced at.
They compete nicely with the residential/prosumer tools but everything is just a notch or two less rugged than the commercial grade models of Stihl, Echo, Shindaiwa, Husqvarna. I actually hate my Stihl 4-mix kombi. It's ruggedly built and still running after several years of residential use but that 4-mix motor is garbage. I prefer the EGO for my home use now.
I guess for regular yards where you are just trimming grass every week and blowing the clippings off the driveways/sidewalks they are perfectly fine if you solve the run time issue (lots of batteries $$$$ and/or solar charging). For yards that get neglected and a landscaper called in out of panic I can't see any battery power OPE really handling the tall grass and thick weeds of those types of yards.
Fall leaf cleanup, no way, at least not in New England. You need gas backpack blowers, walk behind blowers, truck mounted leak vacuums, etc. Even the pro gas powered hand held leaf blowers don't cut it during fall leaf cleanups. Spring leaf cleanup is even worse with the half rotting, soaking wet leaves but luckily most people do it in the fall.
Don't get me wrong, I think the battery powered OPE is great stuff and the technology is pretty close to getting more commercial guys in the game. Run time will always be an issue with bigger jobs and things like wobbly plastic handles as opposed to more solid handles (ABS, thicker plastic, whatever) will keep these out of the hands of most pros I know (and I still know quite a few).
Keep improving the battery run time/longevity, beef up the products a little and get the cost of batteries down and then I think lots more pros will switch. It is probably just a matter of time which I think will be a very good thing.
Expand beyond runtime, less power, perceived durability and start to think about your body. Vibration, noise, pollution right in your face.....and yes weight. All of these things are less to much less. This is HUGH! On the weight thing I run the backpack link and the 7.5 weighs very little on your back.
Six month full time two trucks zero electric handheld break downs. Two battery problems.
Several jobs gained by the use of electric handhelds with zero jobs lost.