Kobalt 40V Max Electric Outdoor Power Equipment

The Kobalt 40V Max Electric Outdoor Power Equipment is a new line of rugged outdoor tools by Lowe’s all powered by the same rechargeable 40-volt max lithium-ion battery system. Plus they’re all backed by a 5-year hassle-free tool guarantee. This might just be the line of tools to convince die-hard gas lovers to go electric. (Psst, now there’s an 80V line, go here.)

There are 7 tools total, a chain saw, pole saw, two lawnmowers, a leaf blower, a string trimmer, a hedge trimmer, and we tested them all.

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This wasn’t a skimpy demo in a trade show booth where you watch a handsome spokesperson point out features. We took a trip to Ponte Vedra, Florida and tested each piece of equipment on a variety of well-put-together demo areas of real grass, real shrubs, real logs, and real situations, including an Amazing Race-style riddle gauntlet race course that further tested the gumption of the tools. We got to play with each tool for as long as we wanted and basically do whatever we wanted to them. That’s how this happened:

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 24-in Dual Cordless Hedge Trimmer

They said to go wild, so when they said the hedge trimmers could handle 3/4″ branches, we giggled like 4th graders and hacked down the entire display.

 

So what did we think? We’ll tell you a little about each tool.

The Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Battery Charger and Batteries

Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment Battery Charger and Batteries

Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Outdoor Power Equipment Battery Charger and Batteries

Each mower comes with 2 batteries, a 2.0 Amp-hour Quick-Charge and a 4.0 Amp-hour Long-Run battery and a charger. The other tools in the line come with one battery and one charger. The batteries have a favorite feature of ours, a push-button LED readout of how much battery power is left. We loved seeing how far we could get without having any green bars go away, OCD, anyone?

 

The Kobalt 19-inch and 20-inch 40V Max Lawnmowers ($349) and ($399)

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 19-in Cordless Electric Push Lawn Mower

 

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 20-in Cordless Electric Push Lawn Mower

Our first thought was DAMN those look RAD and our second thought was “Why in the world is there a 19-inch AND a 20-inch?”, you know? But it makes sense. When we asked, if I remember correctly, it was more of a range thing. The 20-inch lawnmower ($399) has 2 battery slots and a double blade system. You’re mowing along and when one battery runs out the other kicks in, like a reserve tank, plus, two blades means it runs quieter (and two is always better than one). The 19-inch mower ($349) has one slot so you’d need to switch out batteries when one runs out (but that only takes 3 seconds) and settle for a single blade.

Other features:

  • Easy push-button start.
  • Simple raising and lowering of the cut height (see the lever on the 20-incher? It’s that, like a gear shifter on a Trans Am)
  • You can mulch, bag, or side discharge.
  • Lightweight and easy to throw around and maneuver. At least they were light to us, but we’re pretty manly, a couple of the other wusses, um testers, didn’t think they were as light as we did, but it’s a damn mower, how light do you want it?

 

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 12-in Cordless Electric Chainsaw ($179)

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 12-in Cordless Electric Chainsaw

Of all the tools, we found the electric chainsaw to be the least likely to replace their gas-version counterparts, NOT THAT IT’S BAD! It was actually pretty good, and would be perfect for quick cleanup of a branch that needs trimming, or maybe some campfire log trimming. You know, when you don’t want to fire up the gassy monster and kick over the gas can onto the fire. But this isn’t the tool you’d grab when a tree comes down in a storm and you need to blaze through serious logs. One of the best features of this chainsaw is the simple chain-tightening functionality. No tools required. I hope it holds up.

I believe my wife called this “cute” and she was VERY excited at the prospect of being able to cut up some branches without messing with gas and oil mixtures and pull-starting and adjusting the choke on my gas chainsaw.

It seems pretty tough. Marty was whaling on it and could get it to bog down if he really horked down on it while trying to cut fast and diagonally through a log, but it’s not really built for that. But wow, look how perfect his hair is.

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 12-in Cordless Electric Chainsaw

 

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 250-CFM 140-MPH Light-Duty Cordless Electric Blower ($149)

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 250-CFM 140-MPH Light-Duty Cordless Electric Blower

The blower was pretty impressive. We immediately thought of other uses for it. One of them was gutter cleaning from up on the roof. You could walk the perimeter of my roof blowing the gunk out of the gutters without my gas-powered backpack blower throwing off my balance. Uh oh, now we probably need a disclaimer now telling you not to try this, so please, don’t walk around your roof with the blower, like a dummy.

It’s hard to describe wind MPH and CFMs, but it felt powerful. We can’t imagine you’d clear heavy wet leaves from your lawn all afternoon, but this could easily clear the walkways and driveway of grass clippings or leaves that blow in. Plus no gas or cord dragging so it’s perfect for quick jobs. And it’s light, so you can have your kid use it.

 

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 12-in Straight Cordless String Trimmer and Edger ($169)

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 12-in Straight Cordless String Trimmer and Edger

We also fell in love with this dual-line string trimmer. It was powerful, quiet, balanced, and light. It boasts a variable speed trigger, which has the same feel as a gas trimmer, you know the more you pull the trigger the faster it goes. The dual-string makes this trimmer way superior to the single string counterparts we’ve seen in the electric category. Our least favorite part of the trimmer (and a lot of the trimmers today) is that it takes pre-strung cartridge of trimmer line ($20) which always drive us nuts. We love stringing our own spools and whenever we hear string trimmers that auto feed and auto cut the string to length we can feel our wallets getting lighter. Of course we’d just take the spool apart and try restringing it ourselves anyway.

 

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 8-in Cordless Electric Pole Saw ($169)

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 8-in Cordless Electric Pole Saw

I immediately liked the cordless pole saw for the simple reason that there’s no long extension cord to drag around. I have 2 acres and not every tree that needs pruning is within the reach of my extension cords. The pole extenders are easily screwed in to extend the reach to almost 11 feet. It made quick work of the beautiful trees we pruned down to ugly scraggly nubs.

 

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 24-in Dual Cordless Hedge Trimmer ($149)

Kobalt 40-Volt Max 24-in Dual Cordless Hedge Trimmer

 

A cordless hedge trimmer is something everyone with hedges needs. Imagine…no more battling an extension cord. The Kobalt hedge trimmer is a great tool. It was light, well-balanced, and powerful. This will make a great addition to anyone’s arsenal. No jokes here, just a great hedge trimmer. We were really ragging on it and got the anti-burn-up-your-motor safety feature to kick in more often than we would have liked, but in real life we don’t think you’ll be trying to use it to mow down hedges at the trunks like we did.

SO, would we spend our hard-earned money on these tools?

We’d have no problem adding any of these tools to our shed. The only tool we’d think twice about is the chainsaw, but again, it worked great, it’s just not really even meant for what we end up needing a chainsaw for 95% of the time.

Still want to know more? Download a brochure and let Lowe’s say it better than we can:

Kobalt 40V Max brochure

 

Here’s a not very official disclaimer.

JimmiePeteMarty_smLowe’s paid for us to go to and stay in Florida to test these tools. They took us to the Daytona 500. We got hot passes, met Jimmie Johnson, and he autographed a couple things for my friends’ kid, Matt, and made him happy. We got to hang in the #48 Lowes Pit during the race and see pit stops up close. They gave us food. We are not saying nice things because they did all this stuff, all opinions are our own. 

 

 

139 Comments

  • Tony

    We’d love to know how the batteries hold their charges, or how long each lasts in each tool.

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  • David

    About to move and looking to buy my first mower. I really like the 20 in mower but can’t find it on lowes site anywhere. Any idea when it will be available?

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    • Pete Fazio

      We’ll ask Lowe’s and get back to you here in the comments.

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    • David

      Update:
      I did find it in the Kobalt tools website. And after searching for it by part number (506586) it showed up. Also the Lowes site down for maintenance today so it may be searchable now.

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      • Pete Fazio

        Something funky happened on Lowes.com but the team assured us that all of the Kobalt 40v products can now be found nationwide at Lowes.com/kobalt40

  • Joel DiGiorgio

    Considering the Kobalt 40V weed trimmer. My brother says to spend the extra money to get a Stihl because it’ll last longer and be more powerful. I know electric is hard to compete with power of gas powered trimmers but how does the Kobalt stack up? I’ve always like Kobalt and I don’t have a huge yard, does this 40V battery provide the power and speed I need? Also, do you think they’ll eventually release a head I can string myself? And while I’m at it, are the heads interchangeable? I know some trimmers allow for cutter attachments to make multiple tools out of one motor. Thanks!

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    • Pete Fazio

      In my experience, I found the trimmer to be plenty powerful and lasts long enough to do everything I need it to do around my property of around an acre. I’m not running it constantly or doing the entire perimeter, but going from tree to tree and around fences, etc. I haven’t tried to string the head myself yet, but that was a complaint of mine. I don’t think there will be a head you can string yourself. I think it’s more about ease of use and convenience. The heads are not interchangeable.

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      • Art Haberland

        having the 40v lineup.. I have found that by the time the mower runs the battery down, there is still enough charge left to run the trimmer for noticeable time.

  • Brent

    I bought a Kobalt battery mower 4 weeks ago, . .now it starts to run for three seconds and shuts off and won’t stay running – and yes the batteries are fully charged, it acts like an auto shutoff automatically kicks in, . . frustrating cause its only 4 weeks old under light use and I spent $400 of my hard earned money on it

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    • Pete Fazio

      Brent, I contacted Lowe’s and their executive customer care will be reaching out to you via email to get this matter addressed for you.

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    • Bryan

      I have found that if you’re u rip out one of the springs it fixes the cutting off issues. Make sure your warranty is up first.

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  • Robert

    Having the exact same issue as Brent (even the length of ownership) and the same frustrations. As a mower, it’s pretty convenient. It mows even the formidable tall grass near our bayou well. Today was the first day we’ve had any problems. It will run fine on the concrete, but the moment I get it out on the grass and it hits a few bumps, it shuts down. This leads me to believe it is a battery connection issue. I have the 19″. Is there any difference in the battery housing for the 20″?

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    • Pete Fazio

      Hi Robert, Same answer as Brent, too. I contacted Lowe’s and their executive customer care will be reaching out to you via email to get this matter addressed for you.

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  • Adrian

    Having the exact issue Brent and Robert with the 19″. 4 weeks and it may be done.

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    • Pete Fazio

      If I was having a problem with my mower I’d contact Lowe’s or return it to the store for a new one. I haven’t had this problem.

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      • Adrian

        Mystery solved. I did a little homework and realized my battery isn’t completely being secured inside the mower, i have a temporary solution of tape (and the roll of tape to push the battery down a bit more). From what I gathered this seems to be a known issue. I’m not sure if I’ll take this back and get another one or just go a different route altogether.

  • Derrick Kenny

    I have the same issue. Its been 33 days. 3 days beyond the return policy for Lowes. Its feeling like a scam to take our hard earned money and punish us for taking a chance on battery powered lawn mowers by Kobalt. Can you have Lowes contact me too. I am getting the hey tough luck speech from them.

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  • Donnie

    I had the same problem with my mower. The first time I used it, it worked very well. The next time, about 2 weeks later, it started out fine, but about halfway through my yard, the mower just kept shutting down. The battery still had at least half its power. Each time it shut down, the only way I could start the mower again was to pop the battery out and pop it back in again. Then the mower would start, but as soon as I started going again, it would cut off within 5 to 10 seconds. Kept happening, so I took it back to Lowes and exchanged it for an identical model.

    Again, it worked perfectly two weeks ago when I first used it. And it got through most of today without a problem. Then, with only about 1/4 of my yard to go, it started happening again.

    Fortunately, though it shut down on me a few times, I was lucky enough to keep it going after that. Same deal though. When it shut down, I could only start it again if I popped out the battery and popped it back in.

    I’m interested in Adrian’s fix. How did you tape it exactly to keep it seated better? I really like the mower. If I can keep it running without constantly shutting down, I’d like to keep it. But there definitely seems to be a problem with how the battery stays seated in these mowers.

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  • Garden girl

    I’m having the same problem with the 19in cordless mower shutting down on a full battery. Took the first one back and now it’s happening again with the new one! Ready to chuck the whole thing and get something else. I love the way it cuts and really don’t mind popping in a new battery halfway through, but this issue is driving me crazy. Shouldn’t have to tape the battery down to get it to work properly at that price!

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  • Les

    Yep, same problem with shutdown on after 10 secs – snapped another battery in place and was able to finish lawn.

    Initially started with 4.0 Amp battery – no problem – and then switched to the 2.0 Amp battery to finish and that’s when it shutdown. Had another 2.0 Amp battery I was able to use to finish the job.

    Will see how it goes in a week.

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  • Les

    Should have mentioned in my previous comment that all batteries were showing full charge.

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  • Jim Cordner

    I just purchased the KM1940 cordless mower and I am already experiencing the run failure problem.

    I find that if I push the battery pack all the way to the bottom of the compartment and let it slowly rise to the retainer clip, it will operate just fine for now.

    I have noticed that when the battery pack returns to the installed position, the outer housing around the retainer clip seems to distort outward slightly under the spring tension. I think a longer retainer clip might be the answer or reducing the force on the clip by removing one of the ejection springs might solve this problem.

    Just some ideas.

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  • Lisa

    We are having the same problem. I am on my second mower and it was going along fine cutting. Put the second battery in and it was only half gone and the mower cut out. Could not restart it. I put in the next battery and it started up and then cut out again. I am taking it back. I guess I have to go back to a gas mower again. Don’t want too. I really like this Kobalt but I need to be able to cut the yard.

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  • Lisa

    We are having the same problem. I am on my second mower and haven’t even gotten through our back yard before it started cutting out. I am taking it back to Lowes today.

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  • Janet

    We’re having the exact same issues as everyone else. Of course it’s been just past the 30 day mark. Pete, if you could forward my info on as well I would greatly appreciate it! – Jan

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  • Greg Mason

    Have the same problem as everyone with the battery not sitting well; particularly the long lasting one. I was able to fix, at least for the last month, by putting electrical tape (5-6 one inch pieces) behind the clip the snaps the battery in to try and just push it down a little bit more. It still stops on occasion, but I can run into things and it keeps going, which never happened before. I can now mow my entire front and back without more than one inadvertent shut down!

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  • Robin

    I have the same problem. The mower just kept shutting down. The battery still has full power. I pop the battery out put it back in again, sometimes this works for a few seconds or a few minutes, sometimes not. very frustrating.

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  • Jonathan Scupin

    Mine is doing the same thing. If I push the battery down and hold it in, it runs great – if I let it up, it will cut out… Please have Kobalt contact me too, hope they have a solution coming!

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  • Nick

    Same problem here, the battery says its fully charged but the lawn mower wont start. I just came back from Lowes today and this is the second Kobalt lawn mower I have had issue with.

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  • Ken

    I had same problems as the others on my 19″ & returned. Also note the “19 inch” mower only has a “17.5 inch” blade!!!

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  • Jenn

    I am having the exact same problem with our 19″ as everyone else and am 2 weeks past the 30 day mark. If you could let Lowe’s know to contact me, that would be helpful.

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  • Jim Cordner

    I am very happy with the products operation and ease of use however my stalling problem appeared on the third use.

    I am using a 6″ length of 3/8″ door stop to wedge my battery from the bottom toward the retainer clip. It is working fine for now, but I think I will be exchanging this unit for a new one soon.

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  • Thang

    I have the same problem with the battery not sitting securely, one small bump and the mower shut down do to the battery not staying down. I looked at the battery retaining clip, it is not deep enough and the retaining clip spring is very light duty. I can see it will eventually be very loose. I exchanged my first mower for another and has the same issue within the first 10 minutes of cutting. This is a case of poor engineering. haven’t tried wedging the battery with a triangular piece of wood yet but that’s ridiculous for a $400 mower when you pay $100 more for a EGO 56V mower with a 1/2 hour charger at Home Depot. Do I pay the extra or do the handyman fix. urrg!!! It is a great mower otherwise but becomes metal scrap if you can’t keep it running due to a battery retaining clip. Please forward my observation to Kobalt and have them contact me please.- Thanks.

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    • Lisa

      I returned our 2nd one. That one was worse than the first. Its a shame, great mower, very easy to use but ended up with a gas mower again. Maybe I should have tried the Homedepot mower. Please submit my info to Kobalt also.

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  • Matt

    Nice review on the cordless tools. I have an electric snowblower, but it has a cord.. I’ve ran over it twice now. What a pain!

    The battery option is the way I should have gone.

    I’m in the market for a trimmer/edger, and will keep the Kobalt on my short list.

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  • Karen

    With regard to the Kobalt 1940 19″ lawn mower, I am having the same problems as everyone else. I have owned it for 3 months and it worked beautifully the first 6 times I mowed my small yard, but today….I could get it to run for about 3 seconds and then it quits. I tried the removing and replacing the battery like some of the posters said, but to no avail. I am taking it back to Lowes today – I am hoping they will give me my money back even though I am past the 30 day mark. Sounds like Kobalt hasn’t figured out how to fix the problem yet if the second mowers people get have the same issues….

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    • Kevin

      Did they take it back? I’m at about 60 days and my mower won’t even start at all, with fully charged batteries!

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      • Karen Plessas

        Lowes took back my mower with no questions asked. Unfortunately I wasn’t the only one returning that mower that day. I ended up buying a different brand gas mower which works OK but I miss the lightness and ease of the Kobalt mower…..I sure hope Kobalt comes up with a good fix because it really was a great little mower!

  • Eric

    Today I experienced the same problem that everyone else is experiencing with the battery. I came up with an easy fixed. I placed a long slim piece of wood between the battery and the lawnmower body. This will make enough pressure to keep the battery in place. I had no more problems of this shutting down on me. Easy, not pretty but it works.

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  • Karen W

    Just bought a 40 volt trimmer after reading your review. I got it home, got it put together and read that I should charge my battery to full before using it. After plugging in the charger and inserting my battery the green status light continually blinks. I have unplugged the battery, waited and re-installed it with the same results. Tried unplugging the charger waiting then plugging it in and reinserting the battery and the green status light STILL flashes. According to their instructions I have a bad battery when this happens Now I know this cannot be true because this also happens when I plug in the second new battery. What is going on?

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    • Pete

      If I had to guess I’d think it just needs to charge longer but I’ll try and look into it further.

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    • Eric

      Hello Karen,

      When The green light flashes means that it is charging. When stops blinking. Then it is full charged.

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      • Karen W

        Eric, this is not the green light that is by the pic of the battery. This is the one at the top. Is that correct? Because according to the manual that would, to me be the status indicator light and the manual says it means I have a bad battery but they are, as stated brand new.

      • Donnie

        I concur with Eric. I, too, thought that my batteries were defective when I first tried to charge them. I had also read that a blinking light was bad, but it turned out that if the green light is blinking, that means it is charging. And then when it turns solid green, it is fully charged. I think it was poorly described in the manual. I’m assuming that if the battery was defective, maybe it would be a red blinking light? Not sure. But the green blinking light is not a problem.

  • Jeff

    I just purchased the 40v string trimmer. I got it home, looked at the instructions, they said to charge the battery. I put it on the charger, it blinked green for about 10 seconds and then began blinking red. The blinking green means it is charging, the blinking red says charging error. Its brand new ! I looked at all the reviews of the mowers and the battery problems they have. I may just return it and go with gas. I like the idea of a cordless trimmer, but if there are going to be constant battery problems….

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    • Pete

      It might not have been seated properly. It happened to me a couple times but I pulled it and put it back and it was fine.

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  • Karen W

    I have tried over and over with both batteries. I’m not a novice to battery operated tools, I work with them, so I believe I am doing this right. This is just so frustrating. I thought I had solved my trimming problems but it seems I only paid for more. Thanks for trying to help. I guess I will have to call their toll free number tomorrow during their business hours and see what customer service has to say

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    • Pete

      We’ve been in touch with Lowe’s and anyone who has a concern can email the company at customercare@lowes.com or call them at 1-800-445-6937.

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    • Les

      Per a call from an executive customer care rep, I returned the original mower with shutdown issues to my local Lowe’s branch, was given a ‘new’ one, got home, unboxed the ‘new’ mower, plugged in a fully charged battery…nothing…reseated…nothing. I then switched out the battery for another fully charged battery…nothing. I then returned the ‘new’ mower to Lowes for a floor model (they gave me a discount:) and so far this one seems to be working okay (mowed twice since). Will see how it goes and report back.

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      • Les

        Well, I’m reporting back from my Jun 17th post – shutdown(s) occurred again so I took the lawnmower back to Lowes and decided to just credit the account and not replace for another KM1940.

    • John

      Karen W.,

      I bought the trimmer and I too had the same confusion. The Kobalt technical service rep told me the green blinking light actuall indicates the battery is charging. When it turns solid, it is fully charged. If you look closely at the battery symbols above the status LED, a charging fault is indicated by a RED blinking light. The instructions don’t say this, but that is what the rep pointed out to me. BTW, the symbols do not actually light up…it’s just a sticker. Hope this helps.

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  • Chelsea

    We have gone through two of these mowers in the last three months… I am so happy i came across this site and these reviews. Both of our mowers have had the same problem – stopping within a few seconds on a fully charged battery. Our second one just started having the same problem today. We will be returning it today or tomorrow, but I called Lowes customer care and reported our problem. She advised me to not use tape to hold the battery down; Kobolt mowers and trimmers come with a 5 yr warranty and this voids that. Just return it and be done with it. :) we will be, unfortunately, going with a highly rated gas mower this time. I am tired of dealing with this.

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  • Pete

    Attention, everyone. Kobalt reached out to me about your concerns regarding the mower batteries and wanted to share: Hi Pete, as you know quality is our top priority, and we really appreciate your readers’ feedback. We have become aware that one of the springs in the 19” mower’s battery compartment appears to be tighter than necessary, thus keeping the battery from locking in place. We are not aware of any other Kobalt 40v Max product with this issue. Additionally, Kobalt has taken measures to inspect our existing inventory for this issue. However, as always, if you have any issues with your mower, just bring the mower back to Lowe’s and we will honor the Kobalt hassle-free guarantee.

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  • Ted

    I own the hedge trimmer and I love it. I would like to buy more of the outdoor tools but I don’t need more chargers and batteries. Ebay is already full of them. The competition offers “expand-it”. How about something similarfor us Kobalt lovers.

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  • Jimm

    Thanks for the helpful advice everyone. I purchased the 19″ inch Kobalt mower in May 2014, and loved it right away. Lots of power and no hassle of electrical cords. Started experiencing battery engagement problems by end of June. Just took my mower back yesterday (July 2014) to swap for new one at Lowes and have not used new mower yet, but after inspecting the springs at bottom of battery compartment it looks like the new mower has only one spring instead of two in the returned mower.

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    • Les

      Jimm,

      Hope it works, one of my KM1940 returns (x3) had only one spring and wouldn’t start out of the box – I’ve since moved on to the AC model (wife doesn’t like gas powered).

      Take care,
      Les

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  • Gregory Kramer

    I experienced the same battery disconnect issue. I pulled both springs out and cut 1 in half. I reinserted th 1/2 spring on one of the posts. Battery stays seated and still is easy to remove when needed. So relieving the force of the spring fixed the issue.

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  • Steve

    Another 19″ kobalt electric mower owner with mower not running. I replaced my first one for the same reason. I like the mower – can lowes/kobalt fix it? I will be contacting lowes (again)……

    Seems like if kobalt knows there is a problem they should alert owners and offer a ‘recall’ type service to fix it. Otherwise the kobalt brand will be loosing customers left and right…

    I suspect I will return and go with a competitors brand electric mower – too bad as I liked the li batteries.

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  • Michelle King

    We received our Kobalt hedge trimmer and used it for about 10 minutes to make sure it worked. Worked fine. Couple days later went to trim our bushes and it would not cut on at all. Battery green, fully charged. Inserted the battery, took it out, inserted again, no matter what we did we could not get it to work. This is very frustrating. Paid around $100 for this and it is worthless. We go no use out of it. What a waste of money! We are not happy !

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  • mike annen

    I bought the $400 dual blade mower because I didn’t want to go cheap but after struggling in very tall grass early this season, I wondered if the 19″ single blade mower would work better because it could side shoot tall grass, something the dual blade can’t do, and the single blade would act like a flywheel. Well, it does. I bought one for $350 and ran it hard and started having cut out problems after a month but I still had the dual blade mower as a backup. It never cuts out but skips grass if it has been growing for more than a week. Keeping both mowers razor sharp helps. I sharpen them everyday! It’s so easy because you can flip them over without spills. The single blade got to the point that I eventually exchanged it for a new one before I knew that anyone had any problems with them. I have had no issues so far after a couple months. I really like the single blade mower but have now learned that Lowes has pulled them off the shelf. What gives?
    Mike
    Baltimore, MD

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  • Donnie

    I finally returned my 19-inch mower back to Lowes. I bought it back in April, and they took it back without any hassle. I’d been having the cut-out problems pretty frequently, but I sometimes could wedge something in with the battery to hold it in place. This didn’t always work though and was very frustrating. I went to the store the other day to see if they had fixed the problem and stocked new-and-improved 19-inch mowers, but instead, they didn’t have any in stock, and there was a sign that said they had all been recalled. After multiple calls to their main product line and the local store, nobody could tell me if there was any plan on improving the mower and re-releasing it. I noticed they stopped selling it on their website as well. So that’s why I returned it. I really did love it when it worked though, so I went ahead and bought the 20-inch dual-blade version. From what I’ve read though, I’ll need to mow more often so that my grass doesn’t get as long between mows. I will miss the side-shooter on the 19-inch, but I’m looking forward to getting my new mower when it arrives in about a week.

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  • Dan

    Will kobalt make a cordless snowblower

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  • Staci

    Does anyone know if the issue has been fixed? I talked to a lowes rep today, and they are going to take mine back. If the issue us resolved Id really like to buy the same thing.

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  • Donnie

    I took my broken one back to Lowe’s because I was curious if they’d have a updated version of it that had been fixed. Instead, they just didn’t have any of that model at all, and there was a sign indicating it had been recalled or something like that. So I talked to the manager and explained my issue, telling him I had already returned it once, just to have the same problem with the second mower. I explained also that people discovered it was an issue with the battery not sitting properly, that a lot of people were having this same issue, and that the mower had now been recalled without any indication of a fixed version being reissued. I then requested that he allow me to exchange my faulty mower for the next model up (the one that takes both batteries at once) without having to pay the difference in price, and he agreed to do so. So I would recommend trying to go that route. The dual-blade, dual-battery mower has worked great for me without any problems so far.

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  • Donnie

    Also, if you really do want the 19-inch mower, it looks as if they have released a new version of it now. You can still find a page with the old version of it on the Lowe’s site if you Google it, but if you go through the Lowe’s site, you will see that the 19-inch mower they have now has a newer model number. Also, I looked at the source code for the webpage displaying the newly updated 19-inch mower, and down near the bottom is a comment that says “fix for defect# 13467”. So it would appear that code confirms that the defect was identified and presumably fixed.

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    • Pete

      If I had to guess I’d say that defect comment in the code probably refers to something for the developers and some error that was happening in the code and not a reference to the actual mower having a defect. But who knows?

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  • David

    I have a Kobalt 19″ Model #KM 1940. I found this website researching the issue I was having which was first, randomly dying and now, not starting at all. I did the same things that everyone else did such as removing and re-installing the battery, switching batteries, etc. Today, I took the mower apart and actually managed to fix the problem. It was surprisingly easy to do.

    I removed the top portion that contains the battery receptacle (6 Torx T-25 bolts). This revealed a single connector leading from the battery receptacle to the motor. I disconnected it and using my DVOM, found no power with the battery installed, but when I pushed the battery down, I had 40 volts. I did this a few times to confirm, releasing pressure (no power) and pushing down (40v). I removed the battery receptacle which holds the battery and contains the contacts. It was held in by 5 Phillips head screws. The contacts all looked good (no corrosion, pitting, etc.) so I removed the two springs. After doing this, I plugged the battery in and checked, 40V. This narrowed it down to the springs. Using a Dremel tool, I cut off ~ 2 windings of the springs which lowered them ~ 3/8″ or so. I re-installed the springs and then re-installed the battery receptacle then re-installed the cover. I plugged the battery in and attempted to start the mower and it started with no issue at all. I then mowed my lawn and it ran for 10 minutes with no issues at all. It’s FIXED!

    The only down side to this fix is that the battery doesn’t pop up anymore when you press the battery release. I just have to pull it out as I press the release. Not a problem for me. I hope this might help someone else out.

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    • Mike

      yes, I returned my first mower for cut off problems and noticed the second mower, which works fine, only has one spring.

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  • LarryW

    I experienced something odd. I plugged the battery into the charger and it began flashing green at 4 second intervals. I let it sit for an hour and there was no charge on the battery at all, measured with a Volt Meter. I then replugged the battery and the green flash rate changed to once per second. What’s the 4 second flash indicate???

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  • LarryW

    I also noticed that the battery doesn’t actually fit the charger very well either. There are two slots on either side of the battery where the charger has two rails that are supposed to fit within the slots on the battery. It sits in the charger cock-eyed. But it still charges so I guess that’s not a problem. But they should do a better job of quality control.

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  • Mike

    Bought the blower and hedge trimmer and love it. Bought the trimmer and love it but as an edger it sucks, the guide does not line up well. Kobalt please make a blade edger attachment to to use on the trimmer.

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  • Chirs

    Seem this is a common problem. I have a 20″ duel battery model with the same issue. Starts for 3 seconds then nothing. I’ve had mine for two weeks. i try holding the battery down tonight to see if it works.
    I’m just glad my kid didn’t fill it with water or something crazy.

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  • Steve Scott

    MFG should not off load Quality Control on the Consumer!

    I purchased the Kobolt Model KM1940-07 yesterday, Thursday, May 7, 2015. According to mfg. suggested operating instructions, I charged the lithium-ion battery with proper LED indiction, locked it into place securely on the mounting on the mower and it started flawlessly, ran it for 10 paces on flat grass at a mower height level of 2 with little resistance and it shut down. This repeaterd for no less then 70 times as I mowed an area under 400 square feet.

    I followed all the troubleshooting instructions in the owners/users guide on page 20, as I proceeded to the backyard with 600 square feet of lawn with more success. Other then restarting the mower over 150 times and the task consuming 4 times the amount of time it should have taken, the mower worked great.

    One observation is that the mower works at a improved performance level for a greater lenght of time when there is more resistance (i.e.. the blade is lower to the ground and the blade is cutting more then 60 percent of the entire blade of grass). Initially, I was thinking there must be a safety shut off / governor feature built in for preventing the RPM level to rev up to high and possibly destabilize oscillation and overheat though I have not taken the time to verify the credibility of that suspicion.

    The start/stop feature in the Kobolt Model KM1940-07 is a serious flaw. It appears as though the consumer is quality control for this particular cordless power tool from Kobalt. It also appears as though Kobalt is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lowes so it’s doubtful a Corporate Sales Account Manager is in place to prioritize this issues, allocate resources, resolve it and improve it, so it’s up to a project manager, probably the Product Manager and the Engineering and Design teams to address, coordinate and set things in motion.

    I really believe Kobalt/Lowe’s is on to something really great, really lucrative in what appears to be a growing trend for eco/quiet/healthy life styles even here in draught ridden California and Water rationing… I hope Lowe’s get their act together. I love their stores and they really have their merchandising game down. It’s going to take some vision, leadership and persuasion.

    As for me, I’m going to return my unit and restart my research. I have a list of five alternatives to review, then pull the trigger. The advantages of battery over gas powered or push mowers are endless. This one hurts! I love the total package; the unit is well designed, good looking, portable, affordable…. The electric drive false stop issue really needs to be resolved and fasts. It appears to be an issue at least a few others are experiencing.

    All the best and feel to reach out to me for more.

    Best Regards,

    Steve

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    • Pete

      Hey Steve. I’m not sure if you saw it earlier in the comments but we spoke with Lowes about this and they said to tell anyone with issues that you can contact Lowe’s at customercare@lowes.com or call them at 1-800-445-6937 with concerns. Of course you can return it to the store for another one I bet. I’m not sure if you had the one that had some tension spring issues or not. I think some of them had too strong of a spring holding the battery into place which gave it some issues. Contact them, hopefully they can help you.

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    • Miker

      Steve, I’m sorry to hear about your situation. I mow several lawns a day with the same equipment and love it. Several questions come to mind, are you mulching? The energy involved in mulch mowing is very high. I recommend side shooting cut grass. Why are you cutting at “2”? It seems too short. I live in MD and our grass is very healthy naturally. My normal setting is 4 and if someone is feeding the lawn, I’ll cut at 5 and side shoot that. I occasionally cut on 3 if it’s shaded and not very thick and the customer likes short grass, never any shorter. Is the battery running hot? I bet it is so hot that there is a protection circuit involved. I carry a small igloo type cooler that holds three batteries that help cool them down. I also sharpen the blade daily. It helps to use less energy and of course gives a nicer cut. It even sounds different. I usually just trim the bottom of the blade without detaching it although sharpening the top is what is recommended. I’ll do that once in a couple weeks. It’s possible you just got a defective mower.
      Mike

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  • Garry Broussard

    I purchased the 20″ Kobalt and used it once. Worked great! Now using the 2nd time and it seems not to be doing very well. There is a red light on one of the battery compartments that is lit and I can’t find an explanation for what that means anywhere. I swapped the batteries around and the red light still comes on the same compartment, so it’s not the battery. Is there any idea what that red light is telling me?

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    • Pete

      Hi Garry, scroll up the comments and look for the customer service contact info. They’ll tell you. I don’t know what that means.

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  • Teresa

    I have the 20″ mower and have had it for over a year and it’s been great, but today suddenly it won’t start! Is there a way to get replacement starters, is it even possible to change them? Or do you think it could be a different problem. We just used it last week with no problems.
    Thanks
    Teresa

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    • Pete

      I’ve not heard of this issue, but with their 5-year Hassle-Free Guarantee I’d think you could take it to the store or call customer service and get it fixed.

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  • Tiffany

    Just bought the 19″ yesterday and the battery charger doesn’t work at all today. No lights come on, even though we’ve seated the battery securely. Lowes is taking it back and exchanging the charger and battery for us, but if problems continue happening in the first few weeks, we will be looking at other brands.

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  • Shirlee

    Same issue as others. After 4-5 uses won’t start. Battery seems to be charged per the charging station. I’ve emailed customer service.

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  • Scott J

    where can I get a replacement chain for the pole chainsaw

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    • Pete

      I’d have to guess that Lowe’s carries replacement chains for any chainsaw. It might not be a KOBALT chain, but maybe a different replacement chain.

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  • Gerald Knauss

    Bought the 40v weed whip on 5-3-2015, worked fine, charged it a few times no problems. Started to charge it yesterday, charging light was on, went to use it today and nothing. Threw it back into the charger, no indicators at all. Took the battery out and tested it with a multi-meter, completely dead. Tried re-seating it a few times more into the charger, no difference. It is seating fully flush into the charger, there is only one way for this puppy to fit in using the slots on the side with the charging pins. Lucky I held onto the receipt, called Lowes and they said bring it back in for an exchange. Hopefully the replacement will last longer, the unit does a good job, plenty of power for what I need it for.

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  • Greg

    I bought the Kobalt 19″ mower and it ran fine for the first few mows. Yesterday, it cut out while mowing and won’t restart. I have a small yard and the battery was still more than 50 percent charged. No matter how many times I re-inserted the battery, it would not restart. I then charged the battery overnight and tried again this morning and it still won’t restart. It’s dead after only a few weeks. I hope to get a refund and maybe go back to gas or try a new brand. This is really troubling.

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  • Mark Mowerman

    Had same problem of many others with battery. Figured out that poor engineering doesn’t push the battery down far enough into its connection for the battery to stay in place to power engine. For me it wouldn’t even start. Run this test: push the battery down with your hand and see if it starts and runs. If it does, but doesn’t without that pressure, you have same problem. For others it starts but as you mow the battery loses connection with movement. Took advice of Adrian’s review. I tried creating a wedge that would keep the battery pushed down. Tried wood chips, plastic clips and other assorted things. Finally my wife tried, of all things, the rubber end of a wooden kitchen spoon she got at IKEA. Working so far. Hope this helps others. Let me know if it does.

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  • JC Martin

    Just purchased 40v hedger and an extra battery. Tried switching batteries and I can’t get the first battery out. It seems to be seated correctly and the hedger worked perfectly but when I push the release button nothing happens and I can’t pull it out with fingers.

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    • Pete

      Hmm, without being there with you I’m not sure we can help, except try and gently work it out with a couple of screwdrivers and some lever action. Or take it back to the store and make them give you another one.

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  • Tim D

    Got an issue with the trimmer. I bought one a couple weeks ago and was initially excited by the power (I live out of city limits in Northwest Arkansas). The complaints I have are with the battery. I was only able to use the trimmer for about 30 minutes before it died and needed to be charged. Then I have to wait around 15 minutes for the battery to cool enough to charge or I get a red light on the charger. Once the battery is cool enough to charge, it takes over two hours to charge (box says it takes 60 minutes). I returned it and purchased a new one last night, hoping that the battery was defective. Any thoughts on this??

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    • Donnie

      Sorry to say it, but I don’t think the battery is defective. I’ve had 5 different batteries, and they’ve all acted the same way. The 60-minute charge claim just isn’t true.

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  • Emory

    We just bought a Kobalt electric mower earlier in the summer. Our 14 year old daughter tried to jam the battery in the wrong way and then wound up damage the inside of the mower and ripping out one of the wires. My husband found information on how to remove this part of the mower for replacement, but where do we go for replacement parts?

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  • JC Martin

    Following up to prior comment about batteries catching. It was a defective hedger. I replaced it the next day and the new one had no problems and cut like a champ. I used it to prune some mtb bike trails and the first battery outlasted me which was about 90 minutes of work in the hot houston weather. The battery still had one glowing dot when I checked to see how much power I had left. I am impressed. The blades also lived up to their billing of cutting through 1/2 to 3/4 round branches – admittedly the larger limbs took a little whittling with the hedger. Overall very satisfied.

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  • Joseph F

    For my mower, I used a section of tube from an old pen and taped it to the section of the batteries where the retainer clip on the mower holds the battery in place. It made it stay in real snug and it works like a champ. Did the front and back yard without any hitches.

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  • Dan

    Will kobalt be making a cordless snowblower ?

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  • Steve Prevette

    Just had to swap out a 6 month old Kobalt 40V 19 inch mower at Lowes today. No problem though seemed to be a lot of effort for a battery charger problem. Just is the past week it started not fully charging the battery, blinking red and stopping the charge. Mowed using the partially charged battery twice. Last attempt to chart the battery, no light would come on at all. The Lowes counter says just a few days ago another tool came in with the same issue, again having to swap out the whole thing just to get a new charger. Just hope that this isn’t going to set back Kobalt, they are good tools and I would have happily kept the mower if they just wanted to swap out the charger.

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  • Michael Lsquare

    I wanted to drop you a line and take issue with the panning you gave to the Kobalt Max 40 Volt Chainsaw. I have had mine for several months. I also have a 22″ gas powered chainsaw that I really love. Having said that, over the months, I have noticed that the Kobalt Cordless has become my chainsaw of preference. Regardless of the task at hand that needs a chainsaw, I reach first for my Kobalt. It has knocked down trees in the `18 – 24 inch diameter range with no problem. I have cut down pines and oaks with ease.

    As for the battery life, I have cut a 20-inch oak tree down and de-limbed 95% of it with the first battery and then completed the de-limbing and part of the trunk sectioning with the second. By the time the second battery is in need of a charge, the first is charged and ready to go. The total job is quicker to get started, easier to complete, quieter, and overall more satisfying than using what I refer to (in praise worthy tones) as the “Orange Beast.” So named because it chews up trees with ease…but my “Blue Beast” does too.

    I recently used my Blue Beast to hack away a tree stump that I needed to cut flush with the ground. Talk about abusing a chainsaw, I had it cutting into the stump as well as the coarse Florida sand at times, and though the chain became dull after a few visits in the sand. The Blue Beast continued to function and though the blade became a bit overheated near the end, I was able to complete the job easily. The downside…now I have to sharpen the chain.

    All-in-all, I have to say, I totally disagree with your assessment of the Kobalt Max 40 Volt Chainsaw. I have found it to be a great workhorse. Two of my neighbors have used it and they expressed surprise and satisfaction at how well it functioned. One neighbor, whose wife is a self proclaimed “farm girl,” uses a chainsaw regularly and likes the ease of use and the quietness of the Kobalt. I suspect they will be purchasing one in the near future.

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    • Pete

      I wouldn’t say we gave it a panning. But I’m glad you wrote this glowing review because I should have gone back in and updated the post, maybe I will. I, too, have abused the crap out of the 40V chainsaw and it has WAY exceeded my expectations.

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  • mike

    where can i order a replacement 8″ blade from, for kobalt saw

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  • Stuart Bell

    I have a new (one cutting) 19″ mower – love the quiet, safe cutting but , , ,

    1. It came with a 40V 5Ah battery with a 3 year warranty. I’d like to buy a second so I don’t have to stop ad charge. Lowes customer service says the replacement battery is NOT AVAILABLE and if my present battery fails within the 3 year period, they will replace the entire lawn mower if there is a 5Ah model available. What is the truth?

    2. The flimsy plastic part that holds the side discharge flap open flew off and was partially ground up by the mower. I can’t find it in the parts list and would like to order two since they are inexpensive, poorly designed, and will fail again soon. How do I order this part?

    By the way, the interface to this blog on my IPad won’t permit posting.

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  • William Grimm

    Great set for homeowner.

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  • Tameka

    How do I find a replacement trimmer cap? I have looked at Lowes.com and Kobalt website and unable to locate.

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  • Dave

    I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to post my experience for those who may be on the fence. I did my research and determined that the Kobalt 20 in was the best buy for me; however, I read all these negative comments right after I purchased my mower and started second guessing my decision. I’ve only used my mower once so far, but let me tell you, it just ate everything I threw at it. My lawn has a steep slope in the back, is bumpy around the trees, and is littered with gum balls in the back. They must’ve fixed the battery issue because it performed flawlessly and did a great job cutting the grass. The only problem is that I ran out of battery before I could finish, but that’s not a big issue as I can finish later today. The two batteries gave me a total of one hour and seven minutes, which is the most I expected. i can’t get over how good my front lawn looks. If you’re on the fence, buy it! Lowes 5 yr warranty will stand behind any issues you may have. I’ll write more after a few weeks of mowing. Stay tuned!

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  • Michael

    While i do not own a 40 Volt Max mower, I do have a 40 Volt Max chainsaw and trimmer, and my experience with both has been stellar. With the two batteries and a rapid recharge cycle, I have never been without juice to cut trees or weeds. In addition both tools perform as well or better than their gas-powered counterparts and I don’t have to mix oil and gas and I don’t have to wear heavy duty ear protection; and in Florida that’s a beg deal. I have felled a tree that was 2 feet in diameter with the chain saw, delimbed it, and bucked it in a morning without having to wait on recharge. I also have trimmed our five acre homestead without having to wait on recharges. I agree with you, if you need power tools, go for the Kobalt 40Volt MAX tools. They perform well and are easy on the ears.

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  • Ron Gordon

    Hi there, I purchased the 40v blower and weed eater, I have two chargers and two batteries. My issue is the charger will not charge the batteries completely. When placed on the Chargers both batteries indicate an issue and blink red. I end up reinstalling the batteries about four times to get the batteries to fully charge. It ends up taking about 6-8 hours to charge one battery. Is there anything I can do?

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    • Michael

      It sounds to me as if you have gotten either batteries from a bad batch or that your charger is buggered. I have two batteries and two chargers and both work perfectly. I get 100% charge in about 30 minutes if I run the battery almost to zero, which I try not to do as I prefer to recharge at about two-thirds discharge to extend overall battery life. I would take the batteries and charger back to your customer service department and have them replaced is still under warranty. If you have had them for a while and allowed the batteries to freeze and/or the chargers to be in a high humidity environment, you may have incurred damage to the batteries, charger, or both.

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  • Lensey

    I purchased the electric lawnmower Tuesday, but have not even been able to use it because the battery won’t hold a charge when charging…I spent over $300 for it not even to work out of the box. :(

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    • Pete

      I’d contact the store or Lowe’s Customer Service. There are a lot of phone numbers and contact info in the comments.

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  • Anne

    I bought the 16″ Kobalt mower not even a year ago. I have mowed my lawn once this year without problem..last year no problem. Just now it worked but I had to change the height so stopped and when I tried to start NOTHING… Lowes won’t help so any ideas for troubleshooting? Battery reads charged.. tried inserting and reinserting battery? I will have to wait to call kobalt customer service on monday but meanwhile any tips or tricks?

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  • Lee Hughes

    My Kobalt 40 Max leaf blower got wet last week. I dried it for a week. Now it starts and runs for 4 to 5 seconds then shuts off. I can immediately start it again and again it runs for 4 to 5 seconds then shuts off. This continues to repeat. How do I fix my leaf blower? I am using a battery that did not get wet.

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  • J.Michael Palmer

    Can put another head on the 40 v Kobalt grass trimmer; like the one from Shakespeare?

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  • Ann

    I am into the second summer with my Kobalt mower, trimmer, and blower. The mower has been shutting off even though the battery is charged. If I leave it for at least 15 minutes it will start again. The string on the trimmer keeps breaking and I have to fish it out every time I try to advance the string. I have 4 batteries, 1 40V and 3 20V. For some reason 2 of the 20V are no longer charging. I don’t know whether it is the battery or the charger. I’m frustrated since I have arthritis and these have been a lifesaver for me. Any advice?

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    • Pete

      I would contact Customer Service at the store on via lowes.com, they have a darn good warranty and you might just be able to swap out for new tools.

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  • Delano Hart

    My 40v charger stopped working after 2 charging sessions. It’s only a month old, i read on Lowes.com that there is an issue with the charger. Is there a solution? Will Lowes or Kobalt replace it?

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  • Joseph Allen

    I don’t know how someone has not had this complaint. But the 40v Max is the worst. I can’t get the string to stop auto feeding out so much that’s its waking the plastic guard all to death. Out of the box it spun string out so fast it wrapped around itself so much it shut off. I tried everything, rewinding it myself, looking at youtube to see etc. I just got it this morning and I am taking it back to Lowes to get something else. I have to cut lawn tonight, party tomorrow. Thanks, Joe

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  • Tammy

    I have the 80v cordless trimmer. The trimmer cap needs to be replaced and I can’t find anywhere? Suggestions ? Searched web and lowes does not have on website.

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  • Judith

    Could someone please post photos or a YouTube video of how they have gotten the 40v battery to seat firmly in their mowers? My mower went about 2 months before starting this stalling out nonsense.

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  • Wendy

    I am on my second 40 V Hedge Trimmer. The first one had to be replaced because the battery would not release from the trimmer. I am now having the exact same problem with the second trimmer. The battery will not release when the release lever is pressed. I have tried to gently use a screwdriver to help leverage the battery out as I depress the release button, but am not having any luck. I am wondering if there is a fix.

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    • Pete

      I don’t know of a fix but I do know it can be a TIGHT squeeze and I’ve sometimes had the same issue and what I’ve found it it’s something to do with the release lever not being pressed far enough to actually RELEASE. In other words, sometimes I really have to press on that release to have it unlatch. If it’s really an problem for you I’m sure you can still swap it out under the warranty.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    I purchased a Kobalt 80 volt max leaf blower and the battery was defective. So I exchanged the product at Lowe’s and having the same problem with replacement! LED light flashes green three times and then starts flashing red. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Ray Garcia

    Last time I used my mower while I went to the store for a six pack my wife took it upon herself to clean it. Unfortunately she hosed it off both on top and underneath. I went to start it and nothing. I let it sit so it can dry and nothing. I hold in the ignition and pull back on handle and after a while I get beeping sound. Any ideas?
    Thank you,
    Ray

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  • Bobby Ballenger

    I have a 40-Volt Hedge Trimmer by Kobalt and
    a 80-Volt line trimmer by Kobalt. I went to
    Low’s to purchase a Pole Saw (Kobalt) and they
    were out and say they can’t get one from the
    factory. They say the factory has a new model
    and do not know when they will be available.
    I have the battery – how can I get the saw?
    Thanks,
    Bobby

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  • Tameka Walker

    http://www.ordertree.com is where if found the replacement spool cover for the trimmer.

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    • Chris Billingsley

      I bought a Kobalt Leaf Blower and the battery was bad. I took it back to Lowes to replace it and that battery was bad. So I contacted the on line folks and they sent me a good battery but after three full re-charges, it now only charges to 78%. At full power, the battery only last ten minutes. Medium power is 20 minutes at the most. I like the product to use blowing leaves from my roof and gutters (no cord to trip over) but I wouldn’t recommend it. I have to use my old cord blower most of the time.
      Makes me think that other Kobalt products have similar issues.

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      • Pete

        We hear a lot of both sides of the battery debate and we’re on the side that has never had a problem with and Kobalt Batteries. How do you know it only charges to 78%?

      • Chris Billingsley

        That’s what the charging bands and the booklet tell me.

  • Les Rigsby

    Can you buy the blower and the chainsaw without the batterys, how much are they and where can I buy them ? Thanks, Les

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  • stan heaney

    can`t seem to buy parts for the 40 volt weedwacker.
    need to buy a spool cover and can`t get this at lowe`s
    stan

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    • Marty

      Stan, if you haven’t already, we have good luck speaking with the Customer Service Manager at our local Lowe’s when we need parts. They’ve always been able to find out availability and order whatever we’ve needed.

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  • CATHERINE EVERHART

    I have the 40 volt weedeater and really do NOT want to pay $10.00 for a new spool each time I need string. The string is thin and doesn’t have a lot on the spool (the cost is more the quality or quantity). I know I can restring it but its a hassle. Is there another head that can be substituted on this weedeater?

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    • Pete

      That’s what we didn’t like about the trimmer as well, we even mentioned it in the review, but we don’t know of any other options. A google search or amazon search might turn something up. Other than that it’s time to get your hands dirty and re-spool it yourself.

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