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Stihl Introduces Battery-Powered Tools
Stihl's gone quiet with a soon to be introduced lithium-ion, battery-powered hedge trimmer. The HAS 65 is expected to be the first in a new line of quieter, exhaust-free lawn tools.
FARM SHOW saw the new hedge trimmer at the Stihl exhibit at the National Farm Machinery Show, Louisville, Ky. It was well balanced and handled smoothly.
With the official introduction still months away, company officials refused to provide details. However, the demonstration unit at the show was powered by a 36-volt, 2.2 amp-hour lithium-ion battery. Stihl has already introduced a similar battery-powered trimmer in Europe with the same size battery.
Like the HAS 65, the European version weighs about 10 lbs. and operates for 30 to 45 min. on a single charge. It delivers 3,000 strokes per minute and can cut through material up to 3/4-in. dia. All specifications are similar to current gas-powered trimmers in the North American and European markets.
According to one company source, if the North American product introduction is successful, other conversions to quiet, exhaust-free operation are expected to follow soon.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Local Stihl Dealers or www.stihlusa.com.

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3