Commercial ready?

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Are Ego products commercial ready? Obviously you would have to charge batteries on your truck/rig by some method. My question is, are the products built for all day/all year use?
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I’ve just finished working fir a Lawncare company that uses ego products. We had 2 solar panels and a bank of RV batteries. We had 3 7.5 amp batteries and a 2.5 amp battery. We carried 2 mowers, a hand blower and bump head week whacker. System worked like a charm and this will be the third year of running them
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Paul,
There are several who use them commercially with good success.  Just bare in mind that the warranty is 1 year for commercial use.   Using Solar to charge the batteries is ideal.
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Nice post Pete.

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.


https://egopowerplus.co.uk/products/commercial
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Thanks to all you folks who replied to my question. This is my first ever question on a forum, and I appreciate your responses.
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Welcome.  We have several active professionals on the forum including Pete, so should be a good resource for you.
Do a search on "commercial" and you will find some previous discussions.
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Commercial guy here.....and for the most part yes. I went big on batteries, instead of charging on the go, and so far no regrets. I only run handhelds so far but I keep enough batteries on my truck to run as hard as I need as long as I need.

String trimmer....15" a little light on power but so far with six months use, in the wet Pacific northwest, zero problems. Hours and hours and hours of use.

Power head......real nice replacement for the solo guy popular Stihl Kombi. Good power but less run time than 15" trimmer. All attachments work nearly or as well as Stihl Kombi attachments. Real money making set to have on the truck.

Hedge trimmer....both older brushed and brushless model......thousands of feet of hedges and many, many bushes trimmed and zero problems. Really light and a real pleasure to use. If I could only choose one electric tool the brushless hedge trimmer would be it.

Blower....handheld 530...air volume nice, speed a little lacking. Power hungry on turbo mode but many upsides over gas. Zero problems.

Backpack Blower.....Nice for parking lots and bigger driveways but not ready for prime time in areas with heavy leaf work.

I also have the chainsaw 16"......no brainer with the other tools. Really good actually.

I run truck and trailer and do our bigger work and have a full compliment of ego handhelds. My better half runs truck only with a somewhat full compliment of ego handhelds, 15" trimmer with 2.5 batteries, 575 blower with 5 ah batteries, brushless hedge trimmer with 2.5 batteries and power head edger/trimmer combo. Throw in a Honda hrx and some days she runs me down money wise.

Jeremy
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Wow awesome jeremy
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Jeremy, that’s awesome
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Hi Jeremy,
Nice to hear from you!
Be sure to pace yourself out there, and stay hydrated!

Say, have you had any battery failures yet?
Out of the nine 5.0AH batteries that I have, eight are working fine,
but one stopped working suddenly during use and when I push the button
it doesn't light up at all.

Bob
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Hi Paul,

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!

Bob
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Lehigh,

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.

Jeremy
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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.



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i totally agree that gas equipment is the serious way to go, especially for leaf cleanup .. i have the 575 blower and it is fine for small cleanups .. i eventually went with a husqvarna backpack for it's exceptional power and unlimited runtime .. ego batteries lack the endurance for any serious outdoor work, and their cost is prohibitive for most.
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Quick thought.......Having run Ego electric for the last six months continually and longer part time most of the responses put forth by pros somewhat miss the mark or they haven't run them enough to realize the total benefits of electric handhelds.

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.

Jeremy
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I know some tree services have played around with EGO chainsaws...they were especially interested in them for "in tree" where they had no access to a bucket truck...:)
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Commercial Ready? Well been working probably to much lately and in my push to finish a hedge job and make it to green waste before they closed I loaded up my equipment and took off. Thing is I left my hedge trimmer on top of my tool box on the side of my trailer. Made it about a 1/3 of a mile before the trimmer slid off the box and went sliding/tumbling down the road...I was going about 35. Ran back and picked it up......still in one piece including battery...but a slightly bent blade....up bend not sideways. Carefully bent the blade back and it ran perfect. Other than a few scuffs it survived and runs perfect. This happened over a week ago and I've used several times since.

Lucky.....probably. Would my Stihl hedge trimmer have done as well? Don't know.

Jeremy
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Hi Jeremy,
It's great to hear from you, as always.
I can identify with the probably working too much thing :-)
I've been working right up until dark a lot lately.The much reduced noise of the EGO equipment is proving to be a big plus when working late in the evenings.

I strive to work at what I call "God's speed", it's neither fast nor slow,
but just the right pace at which I can do all of my work to the best of my ability,
get everything done, and still stay "in the Spirit" (which involves a mindset of thankfulness and two-way communication with God).
It's definitely something that I'm becoming better at with practice,
and it has a way of helping everything to work together for good.

God bless and God's speed you guys,
Bob