Dare I say that it’s becoming easier to do yard work because cordless electric outdoor power equipment is getting better and better? I do, I do dare say. And I also recommend this 80V line from Kobalt, the newest line of rugged outdoor tools all powered by the same rechargeable 80-volt max lithium-ion battery system.

I’m not getting paid to say this. This equipment was sent to the HQ to test and test it we did. If we shoot testing videos we’ll post them here in the future, but for now here’s an overview of the line.

This year’s 80V Max line consists of:

What do they have in common?

  • A Power Button. Why do we mention that? Because last year’s 40V line didn’t have it. It might be a safety feature, it might be to help prolong battery life, we don’t know.
  • A Guarantee. A 5-year hassle-free guarantee on tool, 3 year hassle-free guarantee on battery and charger to be exact.
  • Battery and Charger. They all come with a 80V Max 2-amp-hour battery that fully charges in 30 minutes and a charger to go with it (The mower comes with 2 batteries).
  • Brushless Motors. Without getting into great detail, brushless motors are more efficient and don’t wear out as fast.


Kobalt 80V Max Cordless Electric Leaf Blower ($249)

Kobalt 80V Max Cordless Electric Leaf Blower

We really love the blower. They keep getting more and more powerful. I haven’t had to blow a lot of leaves with it since it’s spring, but man this thing is powerful. It has 3 speed settings AND a variable speed trigger so it’s not just ON or OFF. It’s pretty light for such a powerful blower. No gas and no cords immediately open up a lot of possibilities for other uses as well. My daughter can take it up in the tree house and blow all the leaves or pollen dust out without pulling a pull starter or dragging a cord. I haven’t killed the battery yet but the specs say 70-minutes of run time on the lowest setting. And believe me, the lowest setting is good for general clean-up of sidewalks and decks. The highest setting can blow a chipmunk down the driveway. Don’t ask.

Here’s what’s in the box:


Kobalt 80V Max 18-inch Cordless Electric Chainsaw ($299)

Kobalt 80V Max 18-inch Cordless Electric Chainsaw

I absolutely LOVED the 40V Max 12-inch version of the chainsaw so I imagine the 18-inch version will be even better. We used it all last year cutting down tons of trees, slicing up the aftermath of a few wind storms, and even just for smaller uses, like cutting logs at the camp fire without having to rev up a gas chainsaw and deal with that whole scene. No, it’s not as powerful as a gas-powered chainsaw, but for general around the yard stuff it was awesome. My wife LOVED it. Mostly because mixing gas and oil isn’t her thing, and she liked that it was easier for her to handle.

It still has the other stuff a chainsaw needs to operate safely. Like and electronic chain brake, and a bar & chain oil reservoir with auto-oiler to keep the chain lubed.

The specs mention it can do 150 cuts of 4×4 pressure treated lumber so that’s pretty good. I wonder how long it will last cutting down a tree? The 12-inch 40V version seemed to last plenty long. The battery charges in 30 minutes which is just enough time to cool off and enjoy a frosty beverage, but we’d suggest a soft drink. Beers and chainsaws don’t usually mix.

Here’s what’s in the box:


Kobalt 80V Max 16-in Cordless Electric String Trimmer ($249)

Kobalt 80V Max Cordless Electric String Trimmer

We found the string trimmer pretty well-balanced, there are adjustments you can make to the handle to fit your height, but it seemed pretty good right out of the box. You can adjust the cutting swath from 14″ to 16″ by removing and flipping the line cutter around 180-degrees. We didn’t have any around to try, but it says it accepts universal gas attachments which is pretty cool. The trimmer arm below the handle detaches and there’s a click-in port for the attachments (you can see them in the video). there are 2 speed settings. It says there is 90-minutes of runtime on the lowest speed and I found the lowest speed to be plenty powerful, I edged my lawn twice and still didn’t kill the battery.

Unlike last year’s 40V little brother, this model has a bump feed and re-stringable string cartridge. We love that.

Here’s what’s in the box:


Kobalt 80V Max 21-inch Cordless Electric Mower ($499)

Kobalt 80V Max 21-inch Cordless Electric Mower

I haven’t mowed my lawn with the mower, mostly because it’s almost two acres and I didn’t feel like push-mowing two acres. I did some patches just to see how the cut was and how loud it was, etc. And it passed those small tests. It gives you 3 mowing options: side-discharge, rear-bagging, or mulching (I always mulch). It has a steel deck and plastic housings. Two of the best features are 1. the 7-position single lever height adjuster (you know, you can raise a lower the mower with one hand instead of going to each wheel and messing with those spring loaded tabs that you have to count and make sure it’s all level), and 2. It can stand up on its butt for storage. The push handle folds onto itself so it hardly takes any storage space. I’m not 100% sure you’re SUPPOSED to stand it on it’s butt, but since there’s no gas, I don’t see the problem.

It comes with 2 batteries so you can swap them out as you go. I’m still not sure I ever got to the bottom of how long the battery lasts but of course it all depends on grass thickness, wetness, cutting height, all that stuff, but I bet it lasts at least a half hour while the other battery charges.

Here’s what’s in the box:

Do we recommend them?

Yes. They seem very solid. But of course go with your gut. The comment section and reviews will also help you make your decision.

Not very official disclaimer.

No, we were not paid for this review. Product arrived on our doorstep, we videotaped opening it, then wrote our honest opinions on the products. Use your own judgement whether you want to buy the stuff or not.

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