EGO 56V Blower – 2nd Generation Brushless

 

 

Video Transcript

Hey guys, Dwain from oztooltalk here.

Got a really exciting tool to review, this is the brand new EGO 56V brushless Blower. It’s just way too nice a day after our long winter here to lock myself up in the garage, so I’m outside. You’ll have to excuse a few traffic noises.

So this is EGO’s second brushless blower, and I’m really impressed that they’ve brought it out because their first one was already kickass, it was just fantastic. So it’s a testament to them that they wanted to go and improve it again. So anyway, I’m going to show you a few features on this thing and then we’re going to put it to the test, see just how hard it goes. This one is 90 m3/hr in turbo mode, compared to the previous one which is 810 m3/hr. And it’s already also a little smaller and a little sexier. So let’s get into it.

So first up you’ve got your speed gauge, from low 90 degrees to high, so it’s actually variable speed. That’s an improvement from the first generation which was a two speed plus the turbo. This one is variable speed, from low to high plus your turbo button up here. Once you pull the trigger down here you can put your thumb on the turbo, with one hand obviously, and away you go. A lot of us just use turbo all the time because it’s so good. It doesn’t have a safety as well, so on the first generation you had to depress the safety and then pull the trigger. But they’ve gotten rid of that and I think that’s fine because its only a blower. It’s not a very dangerous tool, so good on them for taking that step. A couple of other things to note, you’ve got a little bracket here for putting on a shoulder strap, if you want, it doesn’t come with one but you could easily get yourself one to suit. And just wanted to show you how they’ve changed this, they’ve opened this right up all around for the turbine fan in there so it can now suck in air from any direction, not just the bottom like the old one did.And then of course you’ve got your little catch here for taking off the nozzle. That’s all there is to show about it, let’s go test it.

Just going to test it on low with some grass,  that I just spread all over the place with my whipper snipper. If the dog doesn’t eat it all first. Just a bit of fun with the dog.

OK so a few more things I’ve discovered. First the model number is LB5300E and it’s IPx4 rated which means that it’s splash proff. Which means that you shouldn’t have any concerns about using it in a shower or even rain. Also it comes with a 2.5Ah battery. The original blower came with a 2Ah, so you’re going to get even better runtime on this. 75 minutes they reckon it’ll get, that will be on low, so that’s pretty cool. The low and the high settings, this one has a variable speed range, the low through to high are very similar to the original blowe, they’re just a little bit higher. But the the Turbo is that full 10% higher. I also just wanted to mention actually while you’re here, EGO have just released a 7.5Ah battery, this is a big whopper. It’s the same size as the 6Ah battery, so that’s really cool, especially for running your chainsaw and your mower. That extra juice in a 7.5Ah battery is going to be really valuable. You could also easily stick this on your blower, it’ll absolutely fit no problems. Of course the extra weight is going to be fairly noticeable in your hands, so that’s when I would recommend going and getting yourself a shoulder strap. But man, the extra runtime, triple the runtime, compares to the 2.5Ah battery could well be worth a look if you use your blower a lot.

So anyway, I am really impressed with this. I can’t see how you wouldn’t be either, you saw how easily it blew around the big pile of scoria rock on turbo. And right down to the low setting which i was thought was just right for blowing around grass, sawdust, that sort of thing without throwing it all up into the air and making a big mess of everything. I’m super impressed. I’ve not actually owned a blower myself really, I mean I’ve got an electric one and I never use it. But having a cordless one now, I think I’m doing to start cleaning my patio a lot more regularly. So anyway, go check it out, the new EGO brushless blower is an absolute cannon, I feel like I’m in a game of Halo. It’s a real weapon that I love using, its comfortable and super powerful, I can’t see how anyone else could say that their blower tops the EGO one, its a real beauty.

Thank you so much for watching, keep a watch out because we are going to be reviewing soon the new 13 inch brushless line trimmer and then it won’t be that far until we get to review the new self propelled mower, and hedge trimmer as well. Tune in next time, thank you. Bye.

Massive 18V Brushless Hammer Drill Comparison – Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Milwaukee & Metabo

oztooltalk has never undertaken anything so awesome, so comprehensive or so blatantly stupid before. We’ve attempted (and almost certainly failed) to produce the best 18v Premium Hammer Drill comparison video test in the history of, well history. Because no one will ever click on a video that is 26 minutes long, we’ve tried to trick you make it more accessible, by dividing it into two videos:

  • Part 1: Testing & Features
  • Part 2: Scoring & Final Thoughts

Please feel free not to criticise or disagree without having watched both. If you’ve watched both …. be gentle ;) Without further adieu (skip to the bottom for results):

The Tools:

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As you can see, the Bosch and Metabo are longer than the others, but its the Makita and Bosch that feel the heaviest. The Metabo is light enough and weighted nicely so that it handles as well as the Dewalt and Milwaukee. Click on the table below to see ALL the specs and features you could want.

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The first thing to note is that the Bosch drill isn’t brushless like the others. We wish they had one out already but they don’t, and we just couldn’t leave Bosch out of any self respecting drill comparison. In terms of features: the Metabo has bells coming out of it’s whistles. The Dewalt has a handy middle speed and the Bosch has Electronic Rotation Control. As you may have spotted, the charge times do vary wildy, with Bosch and Makita being the clear leaders.

Testing:

We wanted to test the tools in the main ways they would be used: timber drilling/driving, steel and masonry. We reject the notion that a ‘hammer’ drill’s main use is masonry drilling; that’s what a rotary hammer drill is for. To keep our testing as accurate as possible, we used a brand new bit for every test with every tool, which meant a LOT of bits.

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Runtime. Because we were testing 5 tools with high capacity batteries, we needed a tough task to bring down the total time. A 38mm Milwaukee Switchblade is a super tough test for a cordless tool, and also allowed us to swap tips and blades for each test. We figure if you are mainly using the tool for light-duty applications then: a) the runtime will be huge anyway and, b) you should go grab a compact drill.

Timber Drilling. As well as timing 10 of the switchblade holes, we thought a 22mm auger bit would be a common use for this sort of tool. Using self-feeding augers on both of these tests makes it far easier to be consistent, because you can let the bit pull into the wood rather than trying to apply even pressure every time.

Timber Driving. Despite the popularity of impact drivers, driving fasteners is still a common activity. We wanted to give it a standard test (bugel batten screws) and a truly tough test (12mm coach screws without pre-drilling). The difficulty with these tests is that one tool might be faster, but fail to drive the screw as far.

Masonry. Drilling into concrete or brick is a crappy job to do with a regular drill. So we want to get it done as fast as possible, with as little vibration as possible. 6mm to 10mm is probably the regular size range I would ask of these tools, so we tested these. You can of course do larger diameters with these drills, but you’d have to be a masochist.

Steel. Testing performance in regular steel drilling (1/8″ and 8mm) was never going to show much difference, but we thought it important to check anyway. Drilling holesaws through H-beams might have been interesting, but we weren’t keen enough to attempt it.

Scoring:

Scoring is of course subjective. But we’ve tried to be as fair and logical as we could, and between the two of us, think we’ve done ok. Some of our categories were marked out of 5, because they were less important in our opinion, than the categories scored out of 10. A total of 50 then, was available to each tool.

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The Summary:

1st: Metabo SB 18LTX BL - 48/50

PROS: Equal best performance in most tests. Huge Runtime. Removable chuck and pulse mode.

CONS: Clutch mode can be bumped accidentally.

2nd: Makita DHP481 / XPH07 - 46/50

PROS: Equal best performance in most tests. Best masonry performance. Super-fast charge times.

CONS: Less comfortable in the hand.

3rd: Milwaukee M18 CPD / 260443/50

PROS: Great performance in every test. Best side-handle. Great Warranty

CONS: None

4th : Dewalt DCD99542/50

PROS: Great performance in most tests. 3rd Gear.

CONS: Masonry drilling vibration.

5th: Bosch GSB 18VE-2LI / HDH181 – 38/50

PROS: Electronic Rotation Control (safety feature). Super durable. Fast charge time.

CONS: Brushed motor runtime not competitive. Less comfortable in the hand. Masonry drilling vibration.

 

Brushless 18V Grinders – Makita vs Milwaukee

Cordless grinders used to be a novelty: fun, but not particularly useful. They were underpowered and didn’t last long enough to get any real work done. Well the brushless grinders from Milwaukee and now Makita, combined with high capacity batteries, are a game-changer

We didn’t test runtime, so we can’t tell you which one lasts longer. But we can tell you about their power, comfort and features.

Some specs:

Makita DGA504                         – 2.5kgs, 8500RPM, 5″ M14

Milwaukee M18 CAG125XPD  – 2.4kgs, 8500RPM, 5″ M14

THE most important feature of a cordless grinder is power. We’re pleased to report that both of these units have it in spades. We had to really lean on the units very hard to get them to stall with a 5″ flap disc. Having said that, the older Milwaukee is a little harder to stop, so it wins the power category by a whisker.

They are also both super comfortable. The Makita gets points for having a nice slim handle large enough for your whole hand, but then loses them again, because that handle is a long way from the business end. What this means in reality is that you’ll reach for the side-handle more on the Makita, but I call it a draw.

The main other item of note are the paddle vs switch. The Makita comes in a switch or paddle version, as does the Milwaukee. BUT Milwaukee has only made the paddle version available in Australia, not the switch. Although the paddle versions have obvious safety benefits, we just prefer a switch. A paddle version is fine for grinding & polishing (horizontal disc), but not great for cutting (vertical disc).

Otherwise, they are both well-built, have tool-free guards and look great. Actually the Milwaukee may just be the sexiest tool in existence.

Who wins? Not Australia. We judge the Makita to be the winner because of its switch. If Milwaukee’s switch version was available, it would be our winner.

Milwaukee Redemption Offer

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Milwaukee have a redemption offer running at the moment, as seen here: http://www.milwaukeetools.com.au/redemptions/

The deals are as follows:

  • M18 FUEL Drill & Impact Kit    –    Free 5Ah M18 battery & 1.5Ah M12 battery
  • M18 FUEL 1/2″ High Impact Wrench Kit    –     Free M18 FUEL 1/2″ Impact Wrench
  • M12 FUEL Drill & Impact Kit    –    Free M12 multi-tool
  • M18 Gen2 Brushed Compact Drill & Impact Kit    –    Free M18 torch
  • M18 FUEL Hammer Drill Kit    –    Free 35 Piece Shockwave Drive Set

So if you’re in the market for some new Milwaukee gear (FUEL in particular), this is a good way to get some freebies. I think they’ve done a good job in selecting the free item, as they compliment the kits well.

Purchases must be made by 31/03/15 to be eligible.

Bosch Battery Redemption

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Bosch have a 3.0Ah battery redemption running at the moment, as seen here: http://www.boschpromotions.com.au/PowerUp/

The deal is basically this:

  • Two Piece kit – 1 free battery
  • Six Piece kit – 2 free batteries
  • Ten Piece kit – 2 free batteries and an L-Boxx Trolley
  • An extra battery for every two additional tools (skins) purchased with any of the above kits.

So if you’re in the market for some new Bosch Blue, this is a good way to stock up on batteries or get some cash back on eBay. It’s pretty smart because 3Ah batteries are still useful, but selling them next to 4Ah, 5Ah (and soon 6Ah) batteries will be pretty hard work.

We’ve noticed there are some pretty decent Bosch deals going at Sydney Tools at the moment, but I’m sure there will be plenty of others.

Purchases must be made by 31/03/15 to be eligible.

EGO 56V Battery LINE TRIMMER !

EGO’s line trimmer doesn’t have the class-leading performance of the blower or the wow factor of the mower, but it does hold its own in the line up for one simple reason, noise.

Line trimmers are bloody noisy things, especially when up at full revs. The EGO 56V line trimmer takes a while to get used to, because its so damn quiet! It doesn’t have variable speed, you just pull the trigger and go to work. And until you start hitting something solid, it sounds like a bathroom fan.

We like the following:

  • Plenty enough power for home use
  • 45 minute run-time (I suspect most users will get 30-40)
  • Very light
  • Comfortable grips
  • Build quality is great
  • Bump feed works a treat

But we’d like to see a couple of improvements

  • 30cm cut diameter is a little small
  • No shoulder strap means that it can get tiring to hold

Would I buy this trimmer? Absolutely. But anyone with a big yard will get frustrated by the line length. This is perfect for the lawns that you get with modern residential estates.

As with all the EGO tools, its the batteries that make them brilliant. If you haven’t read or watched the mower review, do so now because we talk about the batteries there. http://oztooltalk.com/ego-56v-battery-mower-review

 

EGO 56V Battery HEDGE TRIMMER!

Following on the heels of our other EGO reviews, comes the 56V Hedge Trimmer. I think this pips the blower for the funnest tool I’ve played with for ages. There is just instant gratification in seeing this quiet, comfortable tool neaten up a hedge or plant as if you were holding a lightsabre.

It runs at 2600 strokes per minute, which is on the lower side, so perhaps something EGO could improve on next time. Having said that, it didn’t even remotely struggle with the tests that we asked of it.

Its super comfortable, got a long 61cm bar and is rated to cut 22mm branches. We think that may be a little optimistic, but it certainly didn’t struggle much with the 15mm branches in the woody hedge in my back yard.

As with all the EGO tools, its the batteries that make them brilliant. The 2Ah battery that comes in the kit is rated to last 60 minutes. If you haven’t read or watched the mower review, do so now because we talk about the batteries there. http://oztooltalk.com/ego-56v-battery-mower-review

In summary, this is the most comfortable and funnest tool I’ve used in a while, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it in the slightest.

 

EGO 56V Battery BLOWER!

EGO’s 18V battery blower is possibly their best tool. Yes, it’s fun and well built and comfortable. But mostly it’s just a powerhouse. What else do you want from a blower?

It doesn’t have a vaccuum/sucking function, it just blows crap around really well. Specs are as follows:

  • $299 kit. Comes with 2Ah  battery & 40 minute charger
  • Runtime is around an hour (on low speed)
  • Turbine fan
  • Low Speed – 420 m³/h (high efficiency)
  • High Speed – 650 m³/h
  • Turbo – 810  m³/h

There’s really not much else to say. If you need a blower, why not do away with a cord or 2-stroke mess and just get one of these?

As with all the EGO tools, its the batteries that make them brilliant. If you haven’t read or watched the mower review, do so now because we talk about the batteries there. http://oztooltalk.com/ego-56v-battery-mower-review

EGO 56V Battery MOWER!

Nod at the screen if you’ve ever done any of the following:

  • Flip your mower on the side and had it billow smoke
  • Put 2-stroke oil or fuel in your 4-stroke mower
  • Forgot to buy more oil or petrol just as you pull out the mower
  • Tweaked something while yanking on a pull-cord
  • Paid someone else because it’s just too messy, loud or painful to start

Well stop nodding at the screen like an idiot and take a look at EGO’s 56V battery powered mower. If you’ve been put off by feeble attempts at battery mowers before, try to keep an open mind. This is 56 Volts of power, over three times that of professional cordless circular saws, grinders and drills.

If you want to know every feature & specification about the mower, head on over to EGO’s website. Here is the important info and some of our key thoughts:

  • $599 kit comes with mower, 4.0Ah battery and 80 minute charger
  • Up to 45 minute run-time
  • Sturdy mesh 60L catcher plus mulcher and side shoot
  • 49cm(!) cut width
  • No oil, petrol or fumes
  • Super quiet – we didn’t feel the need for ear muffs

We love that is has a 49cm deck. It’s the widest of all cordless mowers, wider than my 4-stroke mower in fact. This really helps cut down the time it takes to do your lawn.

We also like how easy it is to set-up and use. You really need to watch the video to understand this. It folds up in about 5 seconds, and starts in 2. If you manage to stop it (because it will protect the mower and battery from abuse), you just won’t care because it takes 2 seconds to restart again.

What makes this setup special (and what makes us excited about the other EGO tools) is that the battery system is super advanced. The cells follow the ‘C’ shape of the battery, giving it greater surface area for cooling. Even better, every cell is wrapped in a ‘phase change’ material, an enclosed (and secret) substance that changes from solid to liquid at 50deg celsius. This means that heaps of heat is taken away from the battery as it’s being worked hard or charged fast (both of which heat the cells and reduce their life).

There are a couple of improvements we’d like to see.

  1. I feel like they could have easily put another hole or two in the sliding aluminium handle that would make the mower easier to use for the vertically-challenged folk among us.
  2. The safety bar on the main handle that you have to hold down can add to user fatigue. Especially when trying to use the mower one-handed in awkward spots etc.

The second one is really a safety feature that will probably become the norm, but as it is new to me, it annoyed me a little.

The most important thing about a battery mower is the power and runtime. This unit has plenty of it. It will struggle/stall if you run the blade into dirt, but that is to be expected. We think that it will last 45 minutes with a gentle cut, but probably closer to 30 if you’ve got some serious work to do. I’ve got a large backyard by modern estate standards, and it had more than enough juice for my block.

We think this is very well suited to small blocks, particularly in all the residential estates popping up. Go and check one out if you’re in the market for a mower, you won’t be disappointed.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL High Impact Driver

This is one of those tools that only specific workers need. If you’re a linesman, do post and rail fences, plumbing/HVAC – any job requiring large holes in timber regularly – you need this. The rest of us just wish we needed it.

This tool is an M18 FUEL unit, meaning that it is brushless, and (by experience) that it packs a wallop.

Specs are as follows:

  • Model: M18CHIDH716 | 2765-22
  • Max Torque: 677 Nm | 500 ft lbs
  • Anvil type:  7/16” HEX quick change
  • Speed: 0-1,200 RPM / 0-1,700 Rpm
  • Weight: 3.5kgs | 7.7 lbs with battery
  • Length: 222mm | 8.75 inches

It has a variable speed trigger and electric brake. It just coasts through a 57mm hole in our weathered cypress pine post.

What else is there to say? If you need one, you’ll love it, it’s a beast. At AU$450 for a skin, you won’t probably won’t buy one to build your kids a cubby house.

OZ Tool Talk approves.