Kobalt 80V Max Cordless Electric Outdoor Power Equipment

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.


69 Comments

  • JC Martin

    Have you heard if they’re coming out with an 80v hedge trimmer? I could only find the 40v

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  • Jack

    Just bought the mower, tired of the ethanol hassles with gas mowers. I only have a 40 by 80 yard, but it has been 4 weeks of growth. The 80v mower performed GREAT never bogging down, nice even cut. When I was done (about 20 minutes) the battery still showed 2 lights, or 35 – 75 percent left. Pretty good in my opinion. The mower actually has 2 speeds it automatically switches from low to high when conditions need more power. I’ll post an update at the end of the mowing season in the northeast. But great mower so far. And easy to use.

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  • Jack

    Also, if you look at the manufacturers page, “GreenWorks”, there are hedge trimmers AND a snowblower. Here’s hoping Kobalt follows suit.

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  • Brutus

    I’m ready to buy. Special order I guess since there are none of these 80v Kobalt products to be found within a 90-minute drive of me at any of the plentiful Lowe’s stores. I was worried that maybe they weren’t confident in the product or my local market, but I suppose they could be waiting till inventory of 40v products is depleted.

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    • Pete

      I’ve been using the string trimmer and blower weekly. I trim around everything in my yard and have never killed the battery. My finger gets tired of holding down the button before the battery goes. For normal yard duties it’s awesome. I just had to re-string it and it took about 30 seconds (.80 string). I use the blower mostly for my driveway and sidewalks and have never run out of battery either. I even did the entire street in front of my house. I’m not confident in it’s ability to blow the 4-inches of wet leaves I’ll get in the fall and I don’t think it was meant for that, but for the driveway and sidewalks it’s great. I tried to use it to dry my car after washing it like the blowers at a car wash but it wasn’t quite powerful enough for that, lol.

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    • Jack

      A little tough to come by, you could order for pickup at local store, also if you are a veteran, don’t forget to ask for your 10% discount

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    • Brutus

      It looks like they are trickling south and into stores now. The 80v chainsaws are everywhere, and trimmers are in about 20% of regional stores. I was able to order a trimmer (had to pay for shipping) and got my order placed just before a 80v Kobalt free battery rebate deal expired!

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  • Jack

    Used the mower for the second time yesterday, worked better yesterday than it dis the first time. This mower is QUIET reliability is yet to be seen but unless something goes terribly wrong, my 5 star rating will stand. The difference between the kobalt and the Greenworks is the battery side slot is slightly different not allowing one to be used in the other. More comments to come as the season goes on.

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  • David

    I am also hoping they come /out with an 80v hedge trimmer. Have you heard anything about this?

    Also, is it true the 80v battery will not fit in the 40v hedger?

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    • Pete

      The 80V battery is like twice as big as the 40V battery, so yes, it’s true.

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    • Brutus

      A compatible hedge trimmer attachment should work with the 80v string trimmer if the torque and speed speed of the motor are adequate (I’d expect they are).

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    • Jack

      I believe the 80 WILL NOT fit the 40. Regardless, as an electronics tech by trade, I would recommend you DO NOT ATTEMPT to use an 80 volt battery in a 40 volt tool for obvious reasons. I am assuming the 40 volt tools use a different motor. Regardless, the internal motor control electronics are designed to operate at 40 volts, I don’t want to think about what could happen if you hit it with 80 volts. DON’T DO IT!!!

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  • David

    So has anyone heard yet for sure whether they will be coming out with an 80v hedge trimmer soon?

    Thanks

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  • Chris

    I’m just wondering if Kobalt is building an 80 volt snow blower. I have the 80 volt mower and chainsaw and I am very happy with the performance. However, I need a snow blower and the only one I see are the Greenworks 80 volt. I would like to stay with Kobalt if they are building one.

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  • Kenneth Poff

    I want to buy an 80-volt but cannot find one. My local Lowes in Terre Haute Indiana must refund the money I paid when I ordered one. How can I get an 80-volt?

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    • Pete

      I’d try and get ahold of Lowe’s customer service on their website or call.

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      • Jack

        Check the website for availability in other stores, I found mine at a store three towns over, they had 3, none at any other store within 50 miles. So availability is iffy at best

    • Brutus

      Calling customer service worked for me getting the trimmer. I called them and in my case they connected me to another distant store that had them. I had to pay shipping in this case. Now there are blowers, trimmers and chainsaws at most of the nearby stores. Hopefully the mowers will follow shortly. I already added the blower to my arsenal.

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  • Cindy

    I got the mower and I’m happy with it. But when I got ready to add a tool to the system I was disappointed to find I have to buy additional battery and charger for each tool. I already have 2 batteries and a charger. This just jacks up the price.

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  • Cindy

    I got the mower and I’m happy with it. But when I got ready to add a tool to the system I was disappointed to find I have to buy additional battery and charger for each tool. I already have 2 batteries and a charger. This just jacks up the price. I will have to find a different blower.

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    • Jack Rogalski

      if you order on line, you can order without battery or charger. but think about it first. a spare battery and charger for about $100 versus $150 for a spare battery alone. perhaps buy one more “Kit” then buy tools alone.

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    • Brutus

      Cindy, do a search for “80-volt” at Lowes.com and you’ll find lots of “tool only” versions for cheaper.
      I actually bought the trimmer and blower with chargers and batteries, then the mower “tool only” for about 25% less than it’s fully accessorized version.

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  • hjon71

    Cindy- you can use the batteries you have. No need to buy more.

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  • Mike

    I used the 80v mower all summer. It worked great, including mulching the leaves this fall. I also have the 80v blower and love it. I recently added the 80v chainsaw. I’ve only used it one day, but it performed great, bucking a couple of downed trees in the yard. Any update on when the 80v Kobalt snow blower will be available?

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  • Mike

    @Cindy – Email Lowes. They will give you the product numbers to order any of the Kobalt 80V items without the battery and charger.

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  • Eric

    I have all 4 tools and 6 batteries. Three tools came with a free extra battery and I ordered the mower online with no battery.

    The blower is great, low speed keeps things neat and lasts forever. Medium speed is similar. At the highest speed it pushes large leaf piles but it is a bit noisy. Lasts about 15-20 at that speed.

    The trimmer is ok. Won’t cut the thickest stemmed weeds but does everything else. It will wrap the longer weeds and grass around the heat and require periodic removal. It lasts nearly long enough to be tired when you have used two batteries (at least 1/2 hour each).

    The saw is great. Cuts like a real saw. Never seems to use much battery although I have not done lots of large logs. My only complaint is slowly leaking the chain oil on whatever surface it is stored on. So don’t put it somewhere where you don’t want chain oil.

    The mower is ok, it cuts and mulches any normal lawn. It does not do heavy duty mulching like lots of oak leaves. Some will be somewhat chopped up, some won’t be lifted enough to get chopped up. It goes through battery in about 20 minutes if it is on high. On low it is at least 30. It chooses the speed automatically depending on the load.

    All in all these are a very good set of tools and there’s no reason not to get all four.

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  • Carroll Earl Griffin

    why don’t you turn your leaf blower into one similar to the WORX trivac (leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher (20 volt CORDLESS!!!). You would have the only one on the market! I have your mower and chain saw now. I’m waiting for your cordless hand held TRIVAC!

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  • Steve

    I bought the kolbalt 40v chainsaw Jan 1, 2016, love it. Got tired of the old pull-on, going to give my old has one away. Now I’m going to get the kolbalt 80v chainsaw. I need a bigger saw. But no more gas saws.

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  • Kurt

    I would love to be able to talk to the team at Kobalt, or greenworks. It would be really nice if they had a plug & play motor that could move from one piece of equipment to the next. For example, from lawn mower to Snowblower. If they had a brushless motor that moved easily from one to the other, you could get the second, or third piece much less expensive than if you bought the motor every time. You could use one motor and battery for a lawn mower, a snow blower, and a childrens toy. You could use a smaller motor for the weed wacker, the hedge trimmer, and the leaf blower, etc.

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  • Tom Toscano

    Kobalt…. You are missing the mark. Jonas is here an about yo depart and you people are sitting around on your luarals not producing an 80v snow blower (competitive to Green a Machine) – to compliment Your line of Unique Battery operated products for the home owner. Pity You, you could have made it, there ain’t any excuses. Lowes would have made an extra mil or so had you had it done this year. I hate to be a traitor but I need a snow blower now. Hell, I even tried the Kobalt 80 v battery in the Green Machine’s port. Ni such luck. Come-on….. Who’s the stupid MBA who decided to not go for it for the 2016 winter season. Trump would have Fired his ass.

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  • Fred Stevens

    How much does the 80 Volt Kobalt 21″ mower weigh with battery?

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  • GPS GURU

    Come on Kobalt! Quit screwing with everyone and build us an 80 volt snow blower!!

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  • BOB

    How about replacement blades for the Kobalt 80v mower? Anyone have any luck locating those? My Lowes guy spent a half hour trying to find one, without luck. I left the mower there…at least until I know where I can get another blade for it. Thanks.

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  • Mike

    I got the saw with the free battery promo. Still waiting for the second battery, but one battery certainly lasts me more than 30 minutes with small stuff (since there’s a lot of non cut time involved with moving stuff around). This saw works quite well. I’ve been impressed with it. No leaks (yet?). On larger logs I did get the saw to stop a few times (over draw protection or binding).

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  • Dan C.

    Appreciate the comments from those that have offered same on (lack of) compatibility between the KOBALT battery and the GreenWorks battery fitting into each others products (they do not, I gather, from reading this blog).

    I am also wondering if, perhaps, the battery chargers themselves for each product line (KOBALT or GreenWorks) are a little more “user-friendly” and can, perhaps, accommodate the other product line’s battery (for re-charging purposes only).

    Does anyone know the answer to that specific question? I am trying to “economize” on how many chargers I may need to purchase if I end up with a mix of certain KOBALT 80V products (e.g. blower, string trimmer) paired with other GreenWorks 80V products (e.g. hedge trimmer, since KOBALT does not yet make an 80V version).

    Thanks!

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  • Mike S

    The mower is great. There is an unnecessary hassle in order to get a replacement blade, however. The name of the company that manufactures this product is Greenworks Tools out of Canada. You have to call them directly in order to get a replacement. (855) 854-3057

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  • Eddie

    I’ve got the 80V trimmer. I bought it to replace a Troy-Bilt gas one that had the carb get screwed up thanks to Ethanol. It works great, and the universal brush attachment I had on that one fits the Kobalt perfectly. The attachment is a TrimmerPlus.

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  • John Fish

    Are Kobalt and Greenworks 80v batteries and tools interchangeable?

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  • Gary

    I heard Kobalt is going to update the battery, some thing like 4 amp hours. That would make a big difference. Sure could use it for chainsaw. Have you heard anything?

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  • Kim

    I believe the Victa and Greenworks 80v mowers are all made in the same factory etc as Kobalt, and you can also disassemble the battery to make it a 4.0Ah – here’s a bit quoted from another forum/review:

    “The nominal battery voltage is 72 Volt using – 20 x 3.6V 2.0Ah 18650 cells. Peak charge voltage is 80 volts (i.e. 4.0 volt per cell) hence the 80V Max moniker. I have already disassembled the battery for inspection and testing :). In the US you can get higher capacity batteries. The battery case can hold 40 of the cells inside. The 2.0Ah battery case we get (in Australia) is only half populated (20 cells). So far the 2.0Ah battery is working well for me though.”

    I’m no electronic guru so I’ll leave it to those who are to determine the validity of that. One complaint here in Australia is that blades are no longer available, but I’m wondering if they are interchangeable with the Greenworks or Victa models? Can anyone confirm? Thanks

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  • David

    The 80V chainsaw has worked very well for me the past year. I felled, limbed, and bucked multiple large pine trees with it, no problems. Now in need of a weed wacker, and considering this one, in part just to have an extra 80V battery around :)

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  • David

    I used the 80volt trimmer with my Stihl attachments, hedge trimmer, edger, blower all worked great. The string trimmer with a pivotrim was too much for the motor and it kept cutting off. I’ll have to try the stock Stihl trimmer head and see. Haven’t had a chance to try the pole saw or tiller yet, but the pole saw requires the most power and will also probably be too much for the small motor. I also get around 20 minutes run-time. 24″ hedge trimmer runs the longest, around 40 minutes.

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    • Eric Peterson

      Just got the generic hedge trimmer attachment from Lowes today along with the pole saw. The hedge trimmer worked great. It is a little heavy and the gearing is encased in pot metal and got pretty warm during use. I don’t expect the attachment to last, but my 80V trimmer seems to be in for the long haul.

      The 80v chain saw is great too. The blower is good, not deafening but still useful on low, and pretty powerful on high. I bought them all with the 2 for 1 battery special so I have six batteries that I fully charge after every use. I also try never to fully discharge and I rotate them so they all stay used but topped off.

      Lastly I bought the 80V mower without a battery and use my six batteries in it. The mower mulches well and will power through tough weeds. One of the plastic wheels has cracked and there are no replacement blades at Lowes, but I keep the blade sharp and try not to mow too many rocks.

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  • metalman1884

    Hey guys, I’ve got a 80V Mower and the Chainsaw, both are excellent yard tools that perform as good as gas powered equivalents, if not better and more efficient. The sad part is I’ve been waiting around for Kobalt brand Snow blower like some others. Decided to reach out to Lowes (as Kobalt is their product line) and got a no go on the blower. Here’s the actual e-mail.

    We appreciate your interest in our Kobalt brand.
    Researching your request, I’m sorry to report that I wasn’t able to find where Kobalt will be offering a snow blower. Reaching out to our product specialists, they weren’t able to find where Kobalt is currently planning on putting out a snow blower. I apologize for any inconvenience.
    Let me know if there’s anything else I can assist you with,
    Jenny J.
    Lowe’s Customer Care

    Hope this helps someone
    Cheers

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  • Maurice

    I was surprised to see a Kobalt 80V 2-stage snow blower advertised in my local Lowes Canada flyer.

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  • mike

    Still no snow blower. But Greenworks has one.

    WTF, Lowes?!

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  • Michael

    They promote one battery works for all, but they do not like to sell the equipment without battery. I ordered chainsaw alone as I have plenty of batteries from the other equipment and chargers. It was due for delivery in January, then later in January, then February, then early March and now the end of March. Same thing happened on weed whacker but it was only one delay. Kobalt keeps telling the local store that they have to “push back” delivery. Too bad. Equipment does work well. I do not think they are being fair in their ads if they are not going to deliver the equipment alone.

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  • CharonPDX

    Well, I hadn’t heard about these, but as our lawnmower died at the end of the Autumn, and our chainsaw just died cutting apart a tree that fell in our driveway, did some research and found this line.

    Amazing products! Got the Lawnmower for $50 off ($450, with two batteries included,) and the chainsaw for $299 (with yet another “mail away for a free extra battery” that expired the day after we bought and filed for it.)

    The lawnmower is way more powerful than our previous Black & Decker Lead-Acid mower. Can cut through foot-tall grass with ease. Our large back yard took two batteries worth on the old Black & Decker, when it was already short. We got through the whole yard on one battery when it was tall!

    The chainsaw is amazing. Made short work of the tree in our driveway. Took two batteries to fully chop up the tree, but I was amazed it was that little. (And yes, because we have three batteries right now, with a fourth on the way, I had more than enough juice.) More powerful than our previous plug-in electric chainsaw, with a longer reach to boot.

    Now I’m looking at the string trimmer, which just went on sale for $199 (only $20 more than the battery by itself!) Sadly, it went on that sale just AFTER the “mail away for a free battery” expired, or else I would have jumped on it in a heartbeat. That said, I’d be getting the string trimmer mostly to use with a brush cutter (blade) attachment, rather than with the string trimmer.

    For those who say “they make it hard to buy just the equipment without the battery” – I’d say go ahead and go for the battery version. I considered getting the chainsaw without the battery, but it only saved $100, and the battery costs $179 and the charger another $79, so it was worth it to pay $100 extra for the extra battery. Plus the battery-less version didn’t qualify for the free-by-mail additional battery. So two batteries plus an extra charger for $100 was absolutely worth it.

    Yeah, I can see if you are building quite a collection of batteries and chargers how you might want to save even the little extra; but if nothing else, just put the extra battery and charger on Craigslist for the $100 you paid for them, you’ll get them sold quickly, I’m sure.

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  • Christina

    I’ve used the mower on our moderate/small sized suburban lawn that was way overgrown and pretty wet (I got impatient and decided to mow on the first clear day after about a day of just drizzling) and it got almost the entire backyard done before it ran out of charge on the first battery. Second battery didn’t last as long because it had to handle the thicker grass on the one size of the lawn, and taller weeds, but overall I was very impressed and didn’t expect it to last as long as it did!

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  • YardWorkinDog

    I have the mower, string trimmer, & blower, with 4 batteries (2 came with the mower) & 3 chargers.

    First things first, always get the tools with the batteries & chargers included. As already mentioned, the upfront cost of the tool with battery & charger is much less than buying batteries later, much less a battery plus charger. And yes, you will always need batteries later. As strong as these 80 volts are, they do not last forever. Plus, the fewer you have, the more often each battery gets used, and thus the quicker each battery wears out.

    In my case, with about 1 acre of yard, it takes me approx. 2 hours to cut, edge, & blow the whole thing. I go through all four batteries in that time, sometimes even rotating through one or two batteries again if the grass is high enough, or wet (don’t recommend either condition, but sometimes I have no choice). This is where the 3 chargers come in handy, because as I’m working I put each depleted battery in a charger as I go. By the time I’m through my 4th battery, the first one I put in a charger is ready & I can just keep on working.

    Now for the tools:
    The mower is great. While the battery will drop down quick under the heaviest use (sometimes even with a red light on the charger if it’s really low), it’s performance is good. Not the best when compared with a good gas mulcher, but should be acceptable to all but the most snobby of lawn care snobs. Deck hight adjustment is easy, & the lower you go, the better it cuts. The batteries will last a min. or 15-20 minutes in heavy use, 30 minutes during light use (with low/less thick grass & the mower cutting at low speed). Two things to know are 1) the underside of the mower needs to be cleaned out after every use – the grass just builds up & as it does it cuts down on the efficiency of the mower. I actually do it right before I cut again & throw the debris in the lawn. It just disappears once I go over it while cutting. 2) I think a few squirts with WD40 every couple of weeks to the wheels & motor (from underneath, when you’re cleaning out the grass buildup) is a good thing – keeps the ‘wheel squeaks’ down & the motor seems to run a bit smoother for a while.

    The trimmer is just as good as any gas trimmer I’ve ever used. No difference in power, the string comes out by just tapping the ground while it’s spinning, and the battery lasts almost as long as a little tank of gas would. I also edge my curbs & walkways with it (just turn it on it’s side & wear eye protection), so I’m not easy on it. It’s also the same effort (or easier, depending on the brand) to replace the string when it runs out. Where the mower is pretty good when compared to gas versions, the trimmer is equal, IMO.

    The blower is better than gas versions. Why? it’s just as powerful as some backpack gas blowers (at least at it’s highest setting), but it’s much lighter and easier to use. It’s only real competition is perhaps with commercial grade gas blowers, & even there it’s just losing out because the batteries can’t keep up with the hours that those tools can run for. But for around the house stuff, especially being able to blow out underneath sheds & other ‘low down’ tasks, the hand held Kobalt is a total win.

    All in all, not futzing with gas motors or 2 stroke oil is to me worth what small tradeoffs there are with any of these tools. What Kobalt needs now is a 4 or 6 amp hour battery available for the mower, and a friggin snowblower! They just released a snowblower this winter (2017-18), but it’s the ‘push broom’ type – no wheels & only 12 inches width – which is not good for doing drives & walkways, especially if accumulation is above 5-6 inches deep.

    I definitely will be getting the chainsaw, as soon as they start selling them again (with battery & charger), and would buy a snowblower that’s worth a damn (like, oh I don’t know. the already existing GreenWorks version with the incompatible battery case design) in a heartbeat, if Kobalt ever got it’s collective head out of it’s corporate butt & built one.

    And being 100% sure of buying more is the best testimonial I can give for any line of products.

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  • Kevin

    I have the mower, leaf blower, chain saw and hedge trimmer. Now I’m setting my sights on the trimmer. To say I’m satisfied is definitely an understatement!

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  • Brad

    I wanted the 80 trimmer or any of the tools other than the mower but my dad couldn’t find them at nearby Lowe’s so bought me the 40v hedger for my birthday. I’ve used one and it was pretty nice but….is it worth quietly taking it back and ordering the 80v in your (or everyone’s) opinion?
    Is the 80v system that much more powerful?
    Is Kobalt going to move to 80v and discontinue the 40v?

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  • A.T.

    will you come out with a 80v snowblower 20″ like Greenworks does?

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  • Scott Swimmer

    Will the 80V battery work in a 40V Hedge Trimmer?

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  • PAMELA C DAVIS

    I purchased the 80 volt Kobalt lawn mower, weed eater and blower. How long will the battery last without charging the first time. Or is it better to keep all of them charged all the time??

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    • Pete

      I’m sure it varies how long the initial “out-of-the-box” charge will last so I’m sure it’s better to fully charge them before initial usage. As far as keeping them charged, I usually leave a battery on the charger at all times so I have a fresh one ready to go, especially since I’m never using two tools at once.

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  • Al Patterson

    Naught it and it rained 5 days before I could use it.

    I think it is junk.

    Fully charged over the Rainey days, I tried it on a sunny day.

    Very weak, runs out and do not cut evenly.

    Too heavy, I get a ban
    Ck ache trying to balance it.

    My old one cuts better.

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  • Jack R

    Fully charge both/all battery life will improve for a few charges. I get over a half hour with the mower even in heavy grass, and it charges in about half an hour so I’m never without a charges battery. Here’s a suggestion, keep your batteries from freezing if it gets that cold where you live. I got that from an RC car enthusiast lithium don’t take kindly to sub freezing temperatures, it’s ok to use, just don’t store in the cold. 2 plus years and still going.

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  • David

    On May 30, 2018 I ordered AND paid for a Kobalt 80 Volt Polesaw at Lowes. I was told it would be in around June 6–Didn’t happen. Was then told it would be in around mid-July. I was called around 7/20 by Lowes and told to come get my money back–that they couldn’t get the saw in.

    I was planning to occasionally add one of the battery powered Kobalt tools when I could but I wanted all of them to use the same volt battery. If I can’t get the polesaw then there is no need to buy any of the others.

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  • DaveH

    I have had the chainsaw for years… pretty much as powerful as my old Poulan. And got the trimmer last year. It’s a bit heavy for my wife (summers off as a teacher), so I’m the official weed whacker now, but it sure beats futzing with a gas engine every other week.

    Looking at the pole saw as a alternative to hiring a “tree guy” for much more. But they seem to be playing games, as the no-battery-included units has been unavailable all summer, near as I can tell.

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  • Ralph Hightower

    Pete, and others,
    I have a question about the Kobalt 80V string trimmer. Can it handle a metal cutting blade to handle heaver weeds and brush? I’ll be using it for ditch clearing.

    The Kobalt 80V pole saw arrived a few days before Hurricane Florence. I used it to trim what the 9 foot reach could cut. I’ve been impressed. I got more trim work to do, but I’ll wait for the leaves to fall.
    The Kobalt 80V chainsaw arrived this week, but I haven’t had the chance to use it.

    I’ve seen some questions about Kobalt 80V snow blowers. I don’t need one in South Carolina, but here is a link to one.
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-Kobalt-80V-22-in-Snow-Thrower-with-1-5-Ah-Battery-Charger/1000486349

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