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Battery Operated String Trimmer Expectations? | New ECHO CDST-58V with 58-Volt 2.0 Ah Battery

ECHO Battery Power

The ECHO 58-Volt line uses some awesome parts from the normal ECHO gas line and incorporates them into the ECHO Battery powered line.  You will notice that if you are on the normal ECHO website that there are only gas powered tool and not a single battery operated tool to be found.  That is because TTI, the maker of Milwaukee, Ridgid, and Ryobi, has licensed the product name for a battery powered line sold in The Home Depot.  With TTI having its hands in so many tools, that is a good thing for this line.  While looking at this new tool and enjoying the power of the tool, we started to wonder if people would invest in the ECHO battery powered line if it does not continue to progress and morph into one of the better battery powered outdoor power equipment lines.  Currently, ECHO 58-volt tools only have the option os a 2.0 Ah or 4.0 Ah battery.  Today, people demand more runtime and the competition is boasting 12.0 Ah batteries.

String Trimmer with 2.0 Ah Battery

ECHO made some brushless motor upgrades to this string trimmer to allow for more torque, string speed and battery life.  The provided 2.0 Ah battery will most likely give most users a 20 minute runtime, but for the few willing to run in slow mode and feather the trigger could see upwards of 50 minutes.  With our finger on the trigger, we feel this string trimmer has a lot more power than many of the others we tested.  The only downside to it is the smaller battery that comes with it and the limited line of tools.  That would change if they had a mower that had a 7.5 Ah battery or larger.  It would give us a warm happy feeling of the line growing with technology.

There is a lot of potential to this brand and this new string trimmer is something to look at, especially if you already have one of the other 58-volt tools!

Overall

We really think ECHO did a great job on this trimmer.  It has excellent line speed and good torque.  As a package, the string trimmer, blower, chainsaw, mower and hedge trimmer are all very nice units.  The downside again is that Echo currently does not offer batteries larger than their 4 Ah battery.  In the future, I hope to see them expand their battery options to ones with higher Ah ratings like some of the other companies in the market have.

 

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