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Going Green: The Pros and Cons of Battery-Powered Landscaping Tools

Imagine spending a weekend morning working in your yard with tools that are as quiet as they are powerful. Sounds nice, right? Thanks to better battery technology, battery-operated lawn and garden tools have improved a lot in recent years. They are lightweight, don’t produce emissions, and are available to both homeowners and professionals alike.

But are battery-powered tools just a temporary trend? Do they really hold up compared to traditional gas-powered tools? Let’s look at the details to see if it’s worth making the switch.

The Rise of Battery Power

Battery-powered tools have seen huge innovations in recent years, and consumer demand is skyrocketing. Electric landscaping tools are lightweight, convenient, and more environmentally friendly. In fact, the Electric Power Research Institute notably pointed out that if we were to replace half of the gas mowers in the U.S. with electric models, it would save the same amount of emissions as taking two million cars off the road. That’s no small number!

These tools are now powerful enough for most of the typical yard work that an average homeowner, and even some professionals, might need to do. But what makes them popular, and what are their downsides?

Residential Users

For the average homeowner, battery-powered tools are very convenient. They are usually lighter than gas-powered tools, start immediately with the push of a button, and are quiet enough not to bother your neighbors or the slumbering pup on your porch! However, there are still areas where they could be improved.


  • Convenience: They are easy to start, use, and maintain, making them perfect for homeowners who want something simple. They’re often more lightweight, making them easier to maneuver than gas-powered options.
  • Noise and Emissions: They make less noise, which is good for neighborhoods, and they don’t have fumes, which is better for the user and the environment.
  • Power: They are powerful enough to handle typical yard work like mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, and clearing leaves. You can even find battery-powered chainsaws! 
  • Cost: Battery-powered and gas-powered options have similar price points, but with battery-powered options, you’ll save money over time on fuel and oil. (And you won’t have to worry about storing that gas and oil in your garage – win-win)


  • Battery Life: If you have a large property, the battery might not last long enough to finish all your work. If you’re not ready to buy extra batteries and chargers, you’ll be left waiting around for your battery to charge before you can finish the job. 
  • Limited Power for Heavy-Duty Tasks: Battery operated tools do pack a punch, but they don’t typically have enough juice to properly handle tough jobs like cutting through thick branches or mowing tall, dense grass on challenging terrains.
  • Repairs can be Tricky: For homeowners used to tinkering on their old gas motors when things go awry, there can be a bit of a learning curve for if the electronic components need repair.

Commercial Users

People who manage properties, parks, or large estates see battery-powered tools a bit differently because of their limitations. Here’s what they need to think about:


  • Environmental and Health Benefits: These tools are great for businesses that want to lower their carbon footprint or promote eco-friendly practices. They are also a healthier option for landscape professionals who want to reduce exposure to fumes.
  • Reduced Noise: Battery-operated tools aren’t silent, but they’re a lot quieter than gas alternatives. They’re a great choice for job sites where noise is a concern, like near hospitals, schools, or residential areas.
  • Ease of Use and Maintenance: It’s easier to train new workers on these tools, and they require less overall maintenance than their gas-powered versions. 


  • Higher Initial Cost: Buying several tools, batteries with high capacity, and mobile quick chargers can be expensive upfront. For a fleet of tools, you’ll most likely need to stick to a single brand so that batteries can be interchangeable, which makes bargain hunting for deals harder to do.
  • Battery Management: Keeping track of many batteries (making sure they are charged, stored, and used properly) can take a lot of time and be frustrating. When running a business, this can be a big hassle.
  • Life and Runtime Limitations: Most battery powered yard and lawn tools are made with residential use in mind. They often don’t last as long under heavy use as their gas-powered alternatives, and the cost of more frequent replacements should be a consideration for professional landscapers. 

Are They Worth the Hype?

For the average homeowner who gardens, yes, battery-powered tools are generally worth it because the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Simple tasks like mowing the lawn, trimming edges, or blowing leaves are easy with quality battery-powered tools. Most homeowners appreciate the lower noise levels and lack of fumes. 

For commercial users, the answer isn’t as straightforward. While the benefits of fewer emissions and less noise are clear, battery-powered tools aren’t quite ready for more intense, heavy-duty tasks. Businesses might start by using these tools for lighter jobs and then expand their use later on as battery technology gets better. 


Battery-powered landscaping tools are not just a trend; they are a good option for many people. And in the areas that are moving to ban the sale of gas-powered lawn tools (such as California, beginning this year), battery-powered tools will be the only option. 

As battery technology improves, these tools will become even better and more capable of handling a range of landscaping tasks. Whether you’re a casual gardener or a landscaping professional, this is a great time to consider switching to battery power. Think about what you need, and these tools might be just what you’re looking for.

If you need help with your commercial landscaping, the team at Croy’s Mowing is ready to help! Contact us today to learn more!

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