Bosch is launching a new range of professional cordless garden tools to be available in March 2016. The new range includes a mobile power unit, hedgecutters and leaf blowers as well as lawnmowers, brush-cutters and a longer-life 36v 9.0Ah weatherproof battery.
The company says the Lithium-ion battery-powered tools perform as well as their petrol counterparts but with low noise, low vibrations and savings on running costs. They are also more convenient to use and maintain than petrol models and easy to start up - and much lower in pollutants.The new range of garden tools will be demonstrated at the Saltex trade exhibition on 4-5 November at the NEC.
Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide can be found in common 'gardener's smog' from lawnmowers and brushcutters. Together, they can impair breathing whilst aggravating any existing heart and lung conditions – a particular concern for senior gardeners.
Joao Barufi, who leads the Bosch Garden Tools division in the UK, said: "We've now applied our award-winning battery technology across a wide variety of cutting-edge professional tools to complete the range. The convenience and low-vibration of our quiet cordless products, coupled with top-end petrol performance is sure to impress."
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome - a serious issue for regular users of power tools - is "virtually eliminated" by the low vibration electric tools, according to Bosch.
The batteries are weather-resistant and compatible with all products in the range – mowers, hedgecutters, leaf blowers and brushcutters. They feature a fast 42-minute recharge time for the 6.0Ah batteries, and a 64-minute recharge time for the 9.0Ah.
A key addition to the new range is the GEN 230V-1500 Professional Mobile Power unit which provides off-grid power for all-day working. The unit has twin AC sockets and allows for simultaneous charging of 2 batteries, or direct running of 2 electrical appliances. An LCD display presents real-time status information and enables the user to manage remaining "tank" capacity.