Stihl put the spotlight on its latest battery-powered tools during GIE+EXPO, reminding the thousands of landscapers on hand that the machines aren’t just quieter than gasoline-powered tools; they’re also lighter.
According to Stihl, this is the year of the blower and the company’s BGA 100 is the lightest, quietest and most powerful blower in Stihl’s lineup. With a jet engine-inspired axial turbine fan, the BGA 100 reaches 17 Newtons of blowing power.
The blower itself weighs 5.5 pounds. It is currently one of the quietest cordless blowers on the market, according to Stihl.
“Quiet operation means greater flexibility on the job,” said Stephen Meriam, director of sales at Stihl. “The BGA 100 allows for earlier start times as well as the ability to do work around commercial buildings during business hours without disturbing the workplace.”
The BGA 100 uses a Stihl battery belt or AR backpack battery and has a throttle trigger that allows the operator to vary the amount of power used according to the job at hand. It also has a boost mode for maximum power – a setting that typically would be used for a short amount of time.
The other new product is the FSA 90 R trimmer, which runs on a lithium-ion battery for 20 to 30 minutes per charge. If using the battery backpack, the FSA 90 R can run from one to three hours.
The battery is part of Stihl’s KombiSystem, allowing it to be interchanged with 14 other tools. The company also reminded landscapers that battery power eliminates emissions.
The FSA 90 R trimmer weighs 11.2 pounds and requires no motor or filter maintenance. It is loaded with .095 Quiet Line so landscapers can work in noise-sensitive areas and has a low throttle option for use around delicate plants.