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.

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.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Grinder – 2780 / M18 CAG125XPD

Not long ago, cordless grinders were a convenience tool, for small tasks that would be over before you could get out the corded grinder. They were pretty easy to stall, especially with a flap disc or grinding wheel.

Enter the FUEL, the first ever brushless 18V Grinder. We lent on this grinder and it just did not want to stop! This unit felt closer in power to a corded model than to its M18 predecessor. The standard M18 is certainly respected so far as brushed units go, but it just isn’t in the same league (or country) as its FUEL counterpart.

Specs:

  • 8,500 RPM
  • 5” / 125mm disc diameter
  • 2.4kgs with battery
  • M14 Spindle

So much for power. What of comfort? It has a nice slimmed handle and has kept the great tool-free guard from the original. The rubber moulding is also very nice in the hand. I also want to give it a vote for sexiest cordless tool.

What we don’t like is the ‘deadman’ paddle. It’s cumbersome to hold for long periods, is downright annoying when holding on it’s side (for cutting) and has changed the safety lock direction from the original. It’s now harder to start accidentally, but also less intuitive to start.

No, we do not like the paddle trigger. But the rest of this tool is so damn awesome that we’d happily put up with the trigger. If only Milwaukee brought the switch version into Australia like the US have.

Another great FUEL from Milwaukee.

Milwaukee M12 FUEL Rotary Hammer Drill – M12 CH

What’s 1.9kgs, brushless, and eats concrete for breakfast? If you said an M18 Milwaukee rotary hammer drill, you’d be close. But at this size and weight, it could only be the FUEL M12 CH – Rotary Hammer.

It looks small enough to give to your kids for christmas (which would be an awesome gift by the way, just don’t provide any bits). While this may be the most portable rotary hammer drill known to mankind, it still packs a mighty punch.

Official specs:

  • 6mm holes in concrete; stealing candy from a baby.
  • 10mm dynabolt holes in clay bricks; arm-wrestling your 4 year old niece.
  • 12mm holes in concrete; not as fun as above mentioned activities, but still pretty easy.
  • Easy to throw to colleagues on above floor
  • Red

Other useful stats:

  • Max Capacity : 16mm
  • Blows per minute : 0 – 6200BPM
  • Speed : 0 – 900 RPM
  • Weight : 1.9 kg
  • Length : 254mm
  • On-tool fuel guage

We only wish it had a belt hook. Also, it has no stubby holder. We recommend getting some 4.0ah batteries with this unit. Despite being brushless, you are asking it to put holes in concete, which is traditionally a substance that resists damage fairly well.

With a street price of $270ish, if you have the M12 line and need to put in anchors regularly, this is a no-brainer. Seriously, stop reading this rubbish and go buy it, it’s amazing.

Milwaukee 18V FUEL 26mm Rotary Hammer Drill – M18 CH

Reviewing rotary hammer drills isn’t my favourite job, because it usually means drilling lots of holes into concrete (though it’s more fun than comparing grinder discs!). Concrete strikes me as the type of material that wasn’t made for drilling, and doesn’t want to be drilled.

Nonetheless, review it we did, and it wasn’t too painful, because this tool eats concrete quicker than Mike eats smarties. This FUEL 26mm unit (and its 28mm big brother) are really taking another step towards eliminating the gap between cordless and electric tools. In fact in some tests, this tool reportedly beats very good electric models.

Specs are as follows:

  • 26mm concrete drilling capacity
  • 2.4J blow energy at 4,900 BPM
  • 1,400 RPM
  • 3.5kgs with large battery
  • Anti-vibration system

It’s about $350 as a bare tool, which is actually not bad when you consider the price point of it’s ‘competition’ in cordless and corded models. Milwaukee have a ripper tool here.

 

Makita Brushless (TINY) Impact Driver – DTD148

Makita has lots of 18v impact drivers, so why bother reviewing the umpteenth revamp? Because this one is a groundbreaker. Its so tiny! At a length of just 119mm (that’s 4.7” for the unhappy folks living in the 19th century), its hardly bigger than your hand.

You could (but won’t) be excused for thinking its a toy, but its specs put it ahead of the competition.

  • Length: 119mm
  • Torque: 175Nm
  • 3-Speed: 0-1100, 0-2100, 0-3600 RPM
  • Weight: 0.88kg (bare) or 1.4 kg with full size battery
  • Built-in LED battery indicator

It feels great in the hand, is super fast driving all sized fasteners and will fit almost anywhere your hand can. Its basically a smaller, torquier version of the previous (awesome) brushless impact driver, the DTD145.

Any dislikes? Only the price. At $270ish you’ll be walking crooked (I’m not sure that’s a thing), so it might pay to wait for a price drop. Watch the video!

 

Makita Brushless Grinder Review – DGA504Z

Makita has forayed into brushless 18v tools before now, but never outside the standard tools. They’ve got brushless drills, impact drivers and rotary hammer drill, like many other brands. But Makita is launching brushless technology into other important tools, and spearheading the move with the brushless grinders, DGA504Z and DGA505Z.

This is a great move from Makita because while their standard 18v grinder (DGA452Z) does the job, it is criticised for being a little underpowered. The new brushless models are anything but underpowered. As you’ll see in the video below, stopping this cordless grinder is no easy talk, it just refuses to give up. You may consider leaving your corded grinder at home with this in your toolbag.

With great power and longer runtime, the most important boxes are ticked. Other nice features of this tool include:

  • Available with regular switch (504) or paddle (505)
  • Reduced size handle for better grip
  • Toolless guard rotation and removal
  • Rotatable head for angle flexibility
  • Compatability with 1.5Ah, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah and 5.0Ah batteries

On the downside the new grinders are about 45mm longer and 400g heavier than the previous model, but neither of these bothered us much. As can be expected, the price is significantly higher than the old one at AU$250+ for the tool only.

Makita have hit a winner with this great grinder,and they’re one of the first to make one brushless. Can’t wait to see the brushless circular saw, jig saw and others that are bound to follow.

Bosch Green Sanding Roller – PRR 250ES Review

Today we got to play with a tool we’ve never seen the like of before, Bosch’s sanding roller – PRR 250ES. This has been released and priced for the DIY range, but may also appeal to a lot of tradies.

This is the most versatile sander you’ll ever use. It has a variety of attachments that allow you to sand just about anything. You wouldn’t use it to sand a whole table top, but it has no equal in getting into tight places. it also does very well polishing stainless steel (and probably aluminum) and removes heaps of material with an 80G sleeve on the drum/shank.

It’s very light at 1.3kg and comfortable in the hand, if a little long. It doesn’t make enough noise to warrant earmuffs, but glasses are a must. The guard looks bulky and annoying but its actually quite handy because you can easily move it around as you work, and it has a dust extraction port.

This is a tool i want on my shelf. You have to watch the video to get a real appreciation for just how much punch has been packed into this tool.

DeWALT 18V 5Ah Battery & DCD995 Brushless Hammer Drill

Dewalt has recently released 5Ah batteries in Australia, 5Ah! That is one helluva gas tank.These batteries will of course work with any of Dewalt’s 18V XR range, but will be especially welcome news to users of the high-draw tools such as the grinder and circular saw.

We got to test it out with Dewalt’s latest and greatest drill, the DCD995. This is a serious tool. It builds on the very successful 3-Speed DCD985 heavy duty hammer drill, but with the following differences:

  • 250g lighter (1.6kg bare tool)
  • much shorter (213mm)
  • combined mode selector
  • more powerful (80Nm!), and
  • Brushless.

The stylings on Dewalt’s brushless tools are sexy too. We still love having a middle speed for tasks that are too difficult in top speed, but a little slow in first.

What can we complain about? Ocasionally the gear selector doesn’t want to move the first time you try, but it’s never a real issue. We couldn’t really find any other fault with it, except that it took a while to get here. Some people might miss the separate mode selector and clutch ring, but we don’t. This really shouldn’t be your main tool for drilling fine fasteners!

Another cracking tool (and battery!) from Dewalt.