In comparison to petrol, battery powered tools are not only quieter but need less maintenance. There are no spark plugs or starter cords to contend with and, once charged, they’re ready to go. Comparatively, some petrol powered tools can take up to eleven time-consuming steps just to get them ready for action. Measure fuel, measure oil, mix fuel and oil together, pour into machine etc.
It’s also worth considering the low maintenance of battery powered tools in contrast to petrol. As they have fewer moving parts and a one-touch start button, the wear-and-tear is limited. This is also true when you consider that many battery-powered tools have a brushless motor, meaning that inner parts don’t grind against each other and aren’t as likely to wear out either and are more energy efficient.
Of course, there is also the issue with fuel when using petrol powered products. 2 stoke machines require you to mix fuel and oil in the correct proportions so you risk seizing your engine if mixed incorrectly. Whereas, with a battery machine will never make an error or use stale fuel by mistake, which can occur if you leave petrol in your machine over the winter months.
The overall cost of electricity is much lower than that of petrol. Taking this into consideration along with the comparative economic impact of battery powered tools makes choosing battery over petrol a no-brainer.
In terms of power, lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries ensure the tools are working at peak performance throughout the task in hand, so you know that all the time you invest in the job will be worth it.
For certain applications like chopping firewood, battery powered tools can actually make the job quicker. This is because the power from a Li-Ion battery is instantly transferred to the motor to engage the tool avoiding the start-up delay sometimes experienced with petrol powered tools when you pull the trigger.