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What to Buy – the Pros and Cons of Petrol and Electric Gardening Equipment

By on Last modified: June 16, 2017

The smell of a freshly mowed lawn and the luscious foliage creating a fairy-tale atmosphere around your home are just some of the perks of owning a garden. But if you want to enjoy your garden in mint condition, it won’t take you much to realize that a nice-looking garden requires regular maintenance. While many homeowners agonize about having to do garden work, I’ve personally found that with the right set of tools you can turn this into an enjoyable activity. Now, whenever I want to relax and get away from the wife and kids, I just turn on my lawn mower and get transported to my happy place.

And the set of garden power tools I’ve amassed over the years is something I take great pride in. While my wife wants to show off her shoe collection to guests, I take them down to my garage where I’ve put on display my intimidating chainsaw, the pressure washer, the extremely potent leaf blower, the two brush cutters and the other smaller tools. And put in a prominent spot in the corner, you can see my faithful friend – the petrol-powered lawn mower. Without all of these power tools, my garden wouldn’t have the clean and fresh look all the neighbors are so envious of.

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I’m not saying that buying your own tools is not an expensive investment. Actually, you might shell out thousands of dollars on all the tools you’ll need, but you will quickly discover that DIY garden work in the course of several years will end up costing you less than hiring a pro. And if you play it smart and look for discounts on power equipment for sale which are most common around winter time, you can save a substantial amount of money and still get the same quality.

The gold standard among the wide assortment of power equipment for sale are petrol-powered machines. As long as you regularly fill up the gas tank, these machines can have an unlimited run time and have plenty of power potential. Moreover, they eliminate the need for long power cords like the electrical ones have which can pose a hindrance when doing yard work. However, there might be some downsides. Petrol powered lawn mowers can make a lot of noise and may require more strength to start.

On the other hand, plug-in electric equipment is a lot easier to start with the simple flip of a switch, and requires little to no maintenance. They also cost less than petrol-powered machines. The price of a small handheld electric tool such as a leaf blower or hedge-trimmer ranges around 70-100 dollars. However, the problem with electric power tools is that you’ll need to drag around long extension cords when using them. That’s why it’s not recommended to use such equipment for a large sized lot.

Finally, out of personal experience I can suggest that you get a petrol-powered machine for jobs that demand maximum power involved, like mowing for example. On the other hand, you can save on small handheld tools which can do just fine when powered by electricity.