Yeah, but as I admitted earlier, I suck at maintenance of anything that runs on gas and those frickin' cheap 2-stroke motors in nearly every garden tool need lots of care and attention so that they will actually start when you want them to. Mostly, they don't start for me, so I am done with them. With a battery-powered tool, it starts every time I want it to, no problems, no stress, no fuss, no b.s. in trying to figure out how I am going to get my yard work done because the string trimmer didn't start.if a do a little maintenance on them they should last 20 years
I'm using my string trimmer every two or three weeks, and I've used my leaf blower about 8 times in the last 4 weeks. Then, they'll sit all winter and get used again in the early summer. Except that since they are battery-powered they will just start and I won't have to spend any time on fidgeting with them or running to the store to buy another cheap piece of crap 2-stroke engine powered yard tool that will have issues with starting halfway through the summer. Or worried about having enough $4/quart special fuel so that the carb doesn't get gummed up or screwed up with ethanol.
Yeah, its a better life with battery-powered tools now that they have enough balls to get the job done. In this case, it's not about fewer pollutants or less carbon, it is just about them working when I want them to without having to spend any time on "maintenance".
I'm keeping my Stihl gas chainsaw for now - don't see an electric replacement for that being viable for the near future. And that starts, unlike the Dolmar saw I had that needed a lot of "maintenance" to start. I sold that to someone on this site (with full disclosure) and he knew how to tune and maintain engines, so I trust that saw is working great for him. To each his own.