2018 Outdoor Power Equipment Awards

 As battery-powered outdoor power equipment continues to gain on gas, innovation comes in figurative waves. The commercial side of OPE still leans towards those gas products, but manufacturers are increasingly presenting viable alternatives where municipalities demand emissions-free solutions. Here are your winners for the PTIA 2021 Outdoor Power Equipment Awards!

Winner – Generators-Gas

Honda Power Equipment Honda Super Quiet Series Generator EU7000iS

What they said: 

The Honda EU7000iS Super Quiet Series portable generator, equipped with inverter technology, delivers noticeably quieter performance because of a totally enclosed body and significant acoustic engineering. At a total dry weight of 261 pounds, the compact, fuel-efficient Honda EU7000iS produces 7,000 watts at peak power at a quiet 58 dB(A).

The Honda EU7000iS also incorporates the company’s first application of electronic fuel injection into a generator design, extremely easy starting via a convenient one-touch, push-button, electric-start switch and longer operating times. Electronic fuel injection allows for longer-term fuel storage without having to drain a carburetor or perform other related maintenance. What’s New and Innovative on the Honda EU7000iS Generator?

Honda Power Equipment, a business unit of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has taken a bold step in generator safety by equipping all models in its portable generator lineup with CO-MINDER, a new advanced carbon monoxide (CO) detection system designed to help protect users from injury or death from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Honda also has introduced the Honda My Generator Bluetooth App, allowing a user to start (electric start models only), stop, and monitor critical operations of a portable Honda generator remotely from a compatible Apple device or Android smartphone through a Bluetooth interface. The app operates within a 75-foot line of sight, monitoring a range of information, such as output power, engine operating hours, oil life, (fuel level EU7000iS only), estimated run times based on power usage, and routine maintenance reminders.

What we say: 

If you’re looking for the best in generators, look no further than Honda’s EU7000iS. Producing 7000 peak watts, it’s still only running 58 decibels. That’s ridiculously quiet for this power level! From there, an electronic push-button start gets the electronic fuel-injected engine started. Honda’s well-developed Co-Minder carbon monoxide sensor is onboard this and every generator model they make. It’s all wrapped up in a Bluetooth-enable bow where you can start or stop the unit and monitor a host of levels, diagnostics, and maintenance reminders from the Honda My Generator app.

Price: $5,059.00

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Winner – Battery-Powered Inverters Over 1000W

Nature’s Generator Elite

What they said: 

The Nature’s Generator Elite is the newest member of the Nature’s Generator line of products and accessories. We built off of the heritage of the current Nature’s Generator to provide an increase of output wattage and battery run time.

The Nature’s Generator Elite is a user-friendly unit that stores electrical energy in its internal battery and uses state-of-the-art electronics that convert 12-Volt power to 120-Volt everyday household electricity. Nature’s Generator does not require gas to run and can be used indoors as it does not emit any toxic fumes like standard gas generators. It is also whisper-quiet when in use. When you order, you’ll get the Nature’s Generator, a Heavy-Duty Cart to ensure ease of movement and transportation of the Nature’s Generator and a 1-year product warranty.

What we say: 

Selecting the most innovative battery-powered inverter over 1000 watts was surprisingly difficult. Rising above some outstanding competition, Nature’s Generator offers 2880 watts of continuous pure sine wave energy and 3600 max watts. With a 1200Wh sealed AGM battery for a power source, it has solid capacity. What sets it apart for off-the-grid and longer-term use is its ability to accept either solar or wind turbine connections. If you’re thinking more about power in remote locations than for tailgating, Nature’s Generator offers a highly capable setup.

Price: $999.99

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Finalists


Winner – Battery-Powered Inverters Under 1000W

RYOBI 18V ONE+ 150W INVERTER/CHARGER RYi150CVNM

What they said: 

The RYOBI ONE+ 18-Volt Power Source provides convenient, on-the-go power both on and off the jobsite. With 150-Watts of continuous output, this Power Source is perfect for powering laptops, tablets, cell phones, fans, and other small electronics. The compact and lightweight design makes it portable and this RYOBI Power Source also acts as a charger, allowing you to recharge your ONE+ batteries through the USB-C port. Equipped with (1) 120-Volt outlet, (2) Fast Charging USB-A outlets, and (1) USB-C PD outlet, your compatible small devices will charge as fast as possible, up to 30 Watts. This kit includes our new USB Fast Charging Wall Adaptor & USB charging cable, making your options of where and how to charge your batteries more versatile than ever. This Power Source kit also comes with a 2.0 Ah battery.

What we say: 

Ryobi has its fingers on the pulse of today’s portable power needs with their RYi150CVNM inverter. Using any 18V One+ battery as a source, it offers up to 150 watts of power. What sets it apart is the variety of output options. There’s a 120V outlet, two USB-A ports, and a USB-C PD port. You can even use a higher-capacity 18V One+ battery to charge a smaller one when you want to the keep the total weight of the tool you’re using down. If you have Ryobi 18V One+ batteries, you’ll find a ton of reasons to keep this little inverter around.

Price: $99.00

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Winner – ATVs, UTVs

Kubota Tractor Corporation RTV520

What they said: 

Kubota Tractor Corporation launches its gas-powered RTV520 with a new look and upgraded features. Featuring a variety of performance, appearance and comfort upgrades over its predecessor, the RTV500, the RTV520 was designed for large property owners and commercial contractors alike.

Boasting a new appearance, the RTV520 is tougher and more aggressive than the previous generation from the inside out. A more powerful 2-cylinder Kubota liquid-cooled EFI engine provides more than 17 horsepower while Electric Fuel Injection (EFI) makes starting the engine in cold weather easier and gives instant power with greater throttle control. Equipped with a Variable Hydrostatic Transmission (VHT) that provides exceptional performance on any terrain with smooth and powerful acceleration, low-speed driving is enhanced through smooth throttle control, great traction and increased maneuverability. Additionally, dynamic braking allows for one-pedal operation making jobs that require frequent stops easier on the operator.

With the RTV520, ownership has never been easier. Regardless of experience behind the wheel of a utility vehicle, ease of operation is made possible through the VHT’s one-pedal operation, smooth acceleration and engine braking, leading to driver confidence.

A large cargo bed opening provides easy access to components for quick and simple maintenance, and because the VHT does not have a belt, there is no worry about having to replace this traditionally difficult-to-fix and easy-to-break item. Key areas of the vehicle, like the underbody, and beneath the cargo box and operator’s station are protected, and the radiator features a screen that prevents mud and grass from sticking to it. And a heavy-duty cargo bed with 441 lbs. of cargo capacity and a towing capacity of 1,168 lbs. means the RTV520 is ready to tackle the toughest jobs.

At 54.7 inches wide and 74 inches tall, the RTV520’s narrow stance allows it to easily travel the slimmest passageways and fit through the tightest spaces. With a tight turning diameter of just 21.7 feet, the RTV520 is able to access areas where bigger utility vehicles simply can’t go. An improved suspension system features a 5-link rear system that helps prevent the vehicle from bottoming out and improves rider comfort, even in the rough terrain. A redesigned seat with 30 percent softer material provides more comfort during long rides; the 360-degree crank and two axis balancers reduce noise and vibration from the engine.

What we say: 

Upgrading the RTV500, Kubota’s RTV520 has more horsepower and more towing available, making it an even more capable UTV on your property or jobsite. EFI and 4-wheel drive are standard along with a variable hydrostatic transmission. Thanks to a slimmer profile, you can get into areas that larger UTVs won’t fit while Kubota’s suspension system keeps your ride more comfortable. Easy-to-use and suitable for nearly every environment, take closer look at Kubota for your UTV needs.

Price: $9,899.00

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Winner – Battery-Powered Augers

RYOBI 40V HP Brushless Auger RY40710VNM

What they said: 

The RYOBI 40-Volt HP Auger gives you the power and versatility you need with the convenience of battery power. Simply insert the 40-Volt battery and pull the trigger to start. The premium HP brushless motor provides more power, longer runtime, and longer motor life. This Auger has 30% more torque than the average gas unit. Equipped with advanced technology it is lighter weight with reduced vibration for increased comfort as you work, and the Anti-kickback system provides added safety when working around rocks and roots. This auger features 2-speed (high, low) along with reverse, so you can choose the best speed for the job. It’s ideal for light cultivation, preparing soil, and digging for fences and landscaping. The quick-connect capability allows for easy bit change to other accessory auger bits available for sale. The RYOBI 40-Volt Auger includes a 40-Volt 4 Ah battery, charger, and 8 in. dirt bit.

What we say: 

If you haven’t experience the benefits of Ryobi’s HP Brushless upgrade, their 40V HP Brushless Auger is a fantastic example. With a traditional ground auger design, it has two speeds plus reverse to work with and surprisingly capable power. We were even able to dig 8” holes into Florida’s sticky gray clay without a problem. Whether you’re preparing flower beds or setting miles of fence posts, this $299 kit has everything you need to get started, including battery, charger, and 8” auger.

Price: $299.00

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Winner – Backpack Blowers

ECHO Incorporated PB-9010

What they said: 

ECHO’s PB-9010 is the most powerful backpack blower in the world! This beast is powered by a 79.9 cc professional-grade, two-stroke engine that generates an industry-leading and unbelievable 48 N of blowing force increasing user productivity over any other backpack model available. The unit delivers 1,110 CFM of air volume and 220 MPH airspeed with both measurements coming at the nozzle making it a breeze to move debris. Another innovation is the unique intake system that draws cool air across the user’s back for improved comfort in hot weather. A plate is included to block this feature during cooler weather. A large, top-mounted, pleated main air filter is coupled with a foam pre-filter providing excellent filtration that helps to extend the life of the engine. ECHO-exclusive Posi-loc pipes make for a secure connection. A metal ring on the end of the blower pipe reduces wear and is helpful for dislodging stubborn debris.

What we say: 

Echo targets raw power with their PB-9010 backpack blower. Compared to their preview model, it has more airspeed, more airflow, and jumps from 44 Newtons to 48 Newtons of blowing force. In our testing, it was actually a bit higher, topping out at 52 Newtons. If having the most power available is is your number one priority, this is the backpack blower for you.

Price: $599.99

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Winner – Battery-Powered Blowers

RYOBI 40V HP Brushless Whisper Series Blower RY404100

What they said: 

The RYOBI 40V HP Brushless WHISPER SERIES Blower is the industry’s most powerful and quietest cordless blower. Powered by HP Technology, this blower features an intelligent brushless motor and advanced lithium-ion technology that delivers an impressive 730 CFM and 190MPH. Featuring a jet fan design and innovative sound dampening technology this blower achieves peak performance at only 57 decibels, delivering all the power without the noise. The cruise control feature reduces user fatigue allowing you to dial in performance from 250 CFM to 550 CFM. The variable speed trigger provides increased user control, use the turbo button unleashing 730 CFM to blast away stubborn debris. The included speed tips allow you to customize your blower, choose between 160MPH and 190 MPH of clearing force. The included (2) 4 Ah high-capacity lithium-ion batteries provide up to 2 hours of runtime at 300 CFM and the 40V rapid charger delivers 4X faster charging. This blower and the included batteries and charger are compatible with the RYOBI 40-Volt system of tools, batteries, and chargers. The RYOBI 40V HP Brushless Jet Fan Blower is backed by a 5-year warranty.

What we say: 

Serious blowing force and quiet operation? That’s what Ryobi accomplished with their 40V HP Brushless Whisper Series Blower. With up to 730 CFM airflow and 190 MPH airspeed. In our tests, it hit an incredible 21.7 Newtons. At the same time, we only measured 76 decibels at our operator’s ear. Between the two, it’s the most powerful blower we’ve tested on a standard battery and one of the quietest.

Price: $299.00

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Winner – Chainsaws

ECHO Incorporated CS-2511P

What they said: 

ECHO’s CS-2511P is the lightest rear handle, gas-powered chainsaw in the world and it also has the most power in its class, providing increased productivity and reduced fatigue for the user. It weighs just 5.7 lbs. without the bar and chain. ECHO engineers have designed the unit to remove as much weight as possible but still have plenty of power to perform. It features a 25.0 cc professional-grade, two-stroke engine and is available with either a 12” or 14” bar. A spring-assist starter reduces starting effort and a spring vibration-reduction system aids in comfortable operation. A palm rest helps to keep a secure hold onto the saw. The automatic, adjustable clutch-driven bar oiler operates only when the chain is moving to reduce oil consumption and a side-access chain tensioner makes for easy chain adjustments. ECHO’s G-Force Engine Air Pre-Cleaner spins out dust and debris before it reaches the air filtration system for reduced air filter maintenance.

What we say: 

One of the biggest complaints about chainsaws is the weight, especially when you’re looking for strong cutting. Echo addresses that with their CS-2511P. With a 25 cc engine, its dry weight is a minuscule 5.7 pounds. Available with either a 12” or 14” bar, it’s a rear-handle chainsaw that’s capable of tackling your trimming and cleanup duties without breaking your back.

Price: $399.99

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Winner – Battery-Powered Chainsaws

Makita 36V (18V X2) LXT Brushless 14 Top Handle Chain Saw XCU08

What they said: 

There is growing demand for cordless alternatives to gas-powered outdoor power equipment. Makita is meeting demand with an expanding line of cordless OPE, including the 36V (18V X2) LXT 14” Top Handle Chain Saw Kit (model XCU08PT). With zero emissions, lower noise, and considerably less maintenance than gas-powered chain saws, the XCU08PT is a welcome solution for cutting and trimming applications. The compact top-handle design makes it ideal for the professional tree care industry.

Powered by two 18V LXT batteries for maximum power, speed and run-time, the XCU08PT is easy to start by simply loading the 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Batteries and powering on. The XCU08PT has a variable speed trigger and high chain speed (0-3,940 FPM) for increased cutting speed, with torque boost mode for cutting dense material.

It has zero emissions and reduced maintenance: there’s no engine oil to change, no spark plug to replace, no air filter or muffler to clean, and there’s no need to drain the fuel for storage. With the Makita Outer Rotor Brushless Motor with direct-drive system, users get high power efficiency. Other convenience features include adjustable automatic chain lubrication, built-on lock-off lever to help prevent the chain from accidentally engaging, an electric brake for maximum productivity, and more.

What we say: 

Makita’s battery-powered XCU08 is an arborist’s dream. Running at 36V with two 18V LXT batteries powering its Makita-built brushless motor, this top-handle chainsaw comes with a 14” bar and the muscle to back it up. It runs chain speeds up to 3940 FPM and we were able to cut through oak with absolutely no trouble at all. If you’re on the hunt for a climbing saw and ready to kick gas to the curb, put Makita on your shortlist.

Price: $449 (kit)

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Winner – Battery Powered Dethatcher

RYOBI 18V ONE+ HP Brushless Dethatcher P2740

What they said: 

The RYOBI 18V ONE+ HP Brushless Dethatcher/Aerator is the perfect tool for maintaining a beautiful, healthy lawn. The powerful brushless motor, (2) 4Ah 18V batteries, and dual active battery ports provide maximum performance, power, and runtime. It starts with just a push of a button, without the hassle of gas, oil, or maintenance. Use the 16″ blade scarifying reel to remove layers of thatch and moss, allowing water, sunlight, and nutrients to reach the roots of the lawn. Quickly and easily switch to the aerator reel to perforate the soil, allowing the maximum amount of oxygen, moisture, and fertilizer to penetrate. The 4-position height adjustment provides user versatility, making it easy to choose the appropriate depth for varying grass heights. The scarifying blade reel is equipped with 16 durable stainless steel blades and the aerator has a 13”-14” clearing path to get the job done quickly. The folding handles on the unit make for easy storage in small spaces in your garage, shed, or workshop. This tool and the (2) included 4 Ah batteries are compatible with the RYOBI 18V ONE+ platform of tools, batteries, and chargers.

What we say: 

Ryobi is expanding battery-powered lawn care beyond the basics with their 40V 18V One+ HP Brushless Dethatcher. With its 16” scarifying reel, you can pull up dead grass and moss without dealing with the noise, maintenance, and emissions of gas. In addition to dethatching, it’s also capable of aerating, letting you take your lawn to a new level of health and beauty with a 14” aeration path. It’s one more reason to give Ryobi’s 40V lawn care line some serious consideration.

Price: $399.00

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Winner – Battery-Powered Hedge Trimmers

Makita 18V LXT Brushless Cordless 24″ Hedge Trimmer XHU07

What they said: 

There is growing demand for cordless alternatives to gas-powered outdoor power equipment. Makita is meeting demand with an expanding line of cordless OPE, including the 18V LXT Brushless 24″ Hedge Trimmer (model XHU07). With zero emissions, lower noise, and considerably less maintenance than gas-powered chain saws, the XHU07 is a welcome solution for trimming applications.

The XHU07 Hedge Trimmer has a 24″ blade for increased cutting capacity and a 5-position rotating handle for increased comfort when trimming vertically or at an angle. A Makita-built brushless motor delivers 4,400 SPM for faster cutting speed when set on the high-speed option.

The cordless XHU07T has zero emissions and reduced maintenance: there’s no engine oil to change, no spark plug to replace, and no air filter or muffler to clean. And there’s no need to drain the fuel for storage. Simply pick up your XHU07T, load an 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery, and the trimmer is ready to use.

What we say: 

There’s a reason Makita’s XHU07 18V 24” hedge trimmer was our top pick for the best battery-powered model in 2021. At 4400 SPM in high speed, it makes quick work of shaping hedges while keeping the vibration to a much lower level than most of its competition. Thanks to its 18V power source, it’s also a lightweight option, making it the best combination of performance and weight we’ve tested. This model is also available in a 30” model or you can swap the blades out in just a couple of minutes to use them interchangeably.

Price: $389 (kit)

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Winner – Battery-Powered Push Lawn Mowers

RYOBI 40V HP Brushless 21″ Cross-Cut Push Mower RY401200

What they said: 

Cross-cut multi-blade system for superior cutting, Easy Lift Bag Removal, one-touch folding handle, ability to be stored vertically. Up to 70 minutes of runtime with included batteries and fast charging capability. Also features dual active battery ports for user convenience.

What we say: 

Ryobi made a huge jump in performance with the release of their 40V HP Brushless lawn care lineup. On the lawn mower front, it gave them the power to run a stacked blade system on the 21” CrossCut push mower. This blade design takes an initial cut from the top of the grass immediately followed by a shorter one, improving your mulching, bagging, and side discharge efficiencies along with your overall cut quality and lawn health. If you take care of your own lawn and want it to look its best, take a closer look at what this Ryobi 40V mower has to offer.

Price: $499.00

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Winner – Battery-Powered Lawn Tractors

Greenworks Tools CrossoverT Tractor (60V)

What they said: 

First-ever CrossoverT Zero Turn delivering both best-in-class 42″ Tractor mowing performance with the versatility and convenience of a Utility vehicle with a molded-in, patent-pending rear bucket with 200 pounds of storage and hauling capacity. Also, enjoy the benefit of the CrossoverT multi-battery design (six 8Ah batteries included) in a lightweight small battery pack that can be used in 75+ 60-volt outdoor power equipment tools.

What we say: 

Zero turn mowers might be all the rage, but lawn tractors still dominate the residential landscape and Greenworks is offering a battery-powered option for those of you who are ready to ditch gas. With a classic lawn tractor look, there are a couple of nice design elements. First, the mower uses up to six of the same batteries that power Greenworks’ extensive 60V line. When you get done mowing, grab a battery for the trimming and blowing straight from the mower. There’s also a 200-pound capacity rear section you can use to transport gear or debris.

Price: $3,999.99

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Winner – Zero Turn Lawn Mowers

Kubota Tractor Corporation Z422

What they said: 

The Kubota Z422 zero turn mower is designed for commercial landscapers and residential mowers looking for a professional finish.

“When we introduced the Z400 Series, it was our response to the market’s demand for a commercial mower with features and performance professional landscapers care about at an attractive price,” said Tom Vachal, Kubota senior turf product manager. “The new models introduced this year, including the new Z422, build on the already impressive set of features and add more to enhance the overall comfort and mowing experience of the machines. We’re proud to say we’ve made improvements to an already impressive, affordable line of mowers, with nominal increases in cost.”

The new Z422 model features notable comfort upgrades straight from the factory. New 6.5-inch-wide smooth pneumatic front caster tires soak up bumps and minimize impact to turf. The Z422 is also equipped with a deluxe adjustable suspension seat with 3 inches of travel to further dampen bumpy rides and reduce operator fatigue. Features like wide 24-inch rear tires, conveniently located cupholders, wide operator stations, ergonomic controls and 12-volt charging ports still come standard across the entire series.

All Z400 Series models are equipped with an exclusive Hydro-Gear ZT-3600 transmission, built for durability and ease of maintenance to minimize downtime and maximize efficiency. A 24-horsepower Kawasaki gasoline engine powers the Z422KW, and all models come equipped with a 6.8-gallon fuel tank. The Z422 is backed by Kubota’s unlimited hour two-year commercial warranty and a 500-hour four-year residential warranty.
Kubota’s new Z422 zero-turn mower offers yet another solution for professionals and homeowners looking for exceptional performance and comfort with class-leading speed at a competitive price.

What we say: 

Built on the foundation of the Z400 series, Kubota’s Z422 zero turn lawn mower focuses on a comfortable ride, quality cut, and affordable price. 24” rear and wider 13” front tires work with the suspension and premium seat to keep you comfortable on any lawn. Available in either a 54” or 60” fabricated steel deck, its 24 hp engine drives three blades to tip speeds over 18,000 FPM to leave you with a clean look. Starting at $7,149, this mower hits a Prosumer type of price that’s a great value for commercial Pros and within reach of property owners looking for more professional results.

Price: $7,149.00

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Winner – Battery-Powered Zero Turn Mowers

EGO POWER+ 42” Z6 Zero Turn Riding Mower

What they said: 

The EGO Power+ 42” Z6 Zero Turn Riding Mower is a ZTR like nothing else out there. Featuring Peak Power+ technology, it can hold up to 6 EGO 56V ARC Lithium Batteries – the same battery technology powering all EGO products, making it the World’s First Platform Compatible Rider. Delivering 22 horsepower, equivalent to a gas engine, and reaching a top speed of 8 MPH, the Z6 covers up to 2-acres on a single charge with four 10Ah batteries (included). Fully expandable! Add more batteries to cut 3, 4, 5 or as many acres as needed – unlike any other battery-powered ZTR in the market. The Industry’s Fastest Charger fully charges 4 x 10Ah in just 2 hours, 4x faster than competitors. The 4 independent brushless motors deliver the power and performance of gas with an adjustable hydraulic seat suspension for a comfortable mowing experience. Customize the ride with a LCD interface featuring 3 driving modes: Control, Standard, and Sport – that can be accessed with the simple touch of a finger. Premium features like LED lights, USB charging port and Bluetooth come standard to make the experience unlike any other ZTR. Experience zero-turn mowing like never before with the all-new EGO Power+ 42” Z6 Zero Turn Riding Mower – Power Like No Other.

What we say: 

EGO’s Z6 battery-powered zero turn lawn mower has been described as the “Tesla of battery-powered mowers” for good reason. This is a refined, sleek, and smart lawn mowing machine. It runs on the same batteries as the rest of EGO’s 56V lawn care tools and offers a comfortable ride to go with its confident cutting. From there, the tech takes over. With multiple drive and blade speeds and an advanced LED info screen, you get more control and more complete information than some of the other battery-powered options out there. Plus, there’s even more when you pair the mower with your phone via Bluetooth. Designed for residential cutting, there’s no other mowing experience like what the Z6 offers.

Price: $4,999.99

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Finalists


Winner – Robotic Lawn Mowers

Greenworks Tools Optimow 50H Robotic Mower

What they said: 

The Greenworks Optimow 50H is a fully automated robotic lawn mower designed to professionally maintain lawns up to 3/4-acre. 4G connectivity allows for total control with the tap of a button from the convenience of an app. GPS theft prevention with real-time location tracking. IPX5 waterproofing, brushless motor, and adjustable cutting height (32 height options). Programmable schedule gives you complete control over your lawn’s maintenance.

The Greenworks Optimow 50H provides premium features (high cut + 3/4-acre + 4G + GPS tracking + IPX5 waterproofing) at a lower price point than any comparable robotic mower. The unit at Costco comes with a bonus “garage” for the charging station

What we say: 

Greenworks looks to place robotic mowing at a more approachable price with the introduction of their Optimow line. There are models for both shorter and taller grass species along with different yard sizes. The Optimow 50H cuts up to 1/2 an acre at heights up to 4” and uses a wire guidance system. Scheduling, settings, and tracking are all easy to manage in the GreenGuide app from anywhere using your phone. Here’s the kicker—this unit is GPS tracked through a 4G connection and is still just $1599 (the smaller units are $999). That’s an advanced feature set that’s a steal at this price!

Price: $1,599.99

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Winner – Battery-Powered Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers

EGO POWER+ 21″ Select Cut XP Mower With Touch Drive Self -Propelled Technology LM2156SP

What they said: 

The Select Cut Multi-blade Cutting System is equipped with three, interchangeable lower blades; the Mulching Blade, High Lift Bagging Blade and Extended Runtime Blade. The Mulching Blade comes installed on the mower and is ideal for weekly mulching, giving you the mulching quality you would expect from a high-end gas lawn mower. The High Lift Bagging Blade provides extra suction ideal for bagging, leaving your yard free of clippings. The Extended Runtime Blade provides an optimal balance of cut quality and runtime for all-around performance. All three blades can be used interchangeably based on your desired cut. The EGO Upper Blade is used in combination with the lower blade chosen to slice the grass into fine fragments; this greatly enhances cutting performance with all grass types. EGO’s Self-Propelled Touch Drive Technology comes from years of research and development. Touch Drive Technology puts complete control of the self-propelled system in the palm of your hands by using pressure to engage the system. Easily control the variable speed with a dial positioned at your fingertips for safe and convenient operation. The Select Cut XP harnesses the power of the industry’s most advanced 56 Volt 10.0 Ah ARC Lithium battery by delivering up to 75 minutes of cutting time on a single charge.

What we say: 

EGO made the best even better with their Select Cut XP Self-Propelled Lawn Mower. They started by expanding your blade options to include mulching, high-lift, and extended runtime to pair with the stacked top blade. Then they made the mower even more powerful—the strongest in the lineup to date—and powered it with a 10.0Ah battery. Careful attention to the ergonomics pulls it all together in one impressive mowing package.

Price: $749.99

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Finalists


Winner – Stand-On Lawn Mowers

Altoz, Inc. TSX 561 I

What they said: 

The all-new Altoz TSX 561 i secures the difficult terrain jobs others cannot mow safely, by combining the fast maneuverability of a stand-on mower, with the unmatched slope terrain mowing capability of an Altoz track system.

The TSX is built with performance in mind, starting with the TorqFlex front suspension. Tapered heavy-duty caster bearings with a 1.25” spindle perform cohesively with the 3/8” steel stylized front wheel forks and flat-free 13-inch front tires. Up front, the intelligently designed low profile provides the best sight lines for operators wanting an unobstructed view to access tight spaces. The suspended rider platform features coil springs over gas shocks that are adjustable to the operator’s weight for an industry-best ride.

The TSX rear axle torsion suspension, complemented by an 11-inch wide All-terrain track is the key to bridging the gaps found in rough terrain and decreasing chassis bounce. Operator efficiency will add value to the bottom line when reclaiming slopes, low lands and technical terrain, quickly, confidently and safely. The TSX’s compact chassis can make quick work of low, soft and wet areas, side hills and rough terrain when maintaining water retention ponds, lake and riverbanks, parks, road right-of-ways and ditches.

The patented, industry-exclusive TSX track system and rear axle torsion suspension work together to deliver maximum traction for stability, low ground pressure and minimal compaction. The internal design of the track includes a positive internal lug drive, driven by a steel sprocket at the heart of the track system. Engineered to provide a natural gear reduction, the drive sprocket produces extra torque required to traverse soft terrain and slopes without a significant reduction in speed.

The Altoz 61-inch high volume All-terrain deck constructed of heavy-duty, laminated 7-gauge steel with six swing blades and a sloped back rear discharge is designed to process material quickly and efficiently. The industry-exclusive pivoting swing blades are forged and heat-treated for exceptional, long-lasting sharpness, and protect the spindle and engine from damage if hitting an immovable object. Replaceable galvanized 5/16” safety chains on the front protect against flying debris and aid in cutting taller material by allowing it to stand before cutting. The offset deck allows for better visibility on the trim side for a closer cut underneath and around immobile objects.

The SmarTrac Pro control represents a leap forward in technology: a solid-state PTO switch, keyless push-to-start ignition switch and the patented SoftStart clutch control decreases mechanical wear and significantly increases deck belt life. It also features a tachometer, resettable hour meter, alerts for low oil pressure and overheating.

Major power and commercial-grade strength are on tap from the Kawasaki FX 850V-EFI engine. The compact, 852cc, 90-degree V-twin cylinder engine features 29.5 horsepower, sequential multi-valve fuel injection, and smooth operation at any altitude or temperature with maximum fuel economy. High-performance commercial Hydro-Gear PR 16cc pumps and Parker TF 195cc wheel motors deliver quick response to the rear Altoz track system and smooth control for cutting speeds up to 10 mph.

What we say: 

Altoz took the concept of their tracked zero turn mower and applied it to the TSX 561 i to make a commercial-grade stand-on mower that cuts where others can’t. In combination with the rear axle torsion suspension, the track system offers two major benefits—increased traction and decreased ground effect. Whether you’re mowing the slopes of an overpass or cutting sections that risk getting the mower stuck and leaving ruts, the TSX has you covered with a 61” deck to cover large areas with professional results.

Price: $15,499.00

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Finalists


Winner – Battery-Powered Loppers

RYOBI 18V ONE+ LOPPER P4363

What they said: 

The RYOBI 18V ONE+ Lopper delivers cuts up to 1-1/4 in., perfect for pruning and limbing trees and bushes. Using bypass cutting action, this lopper gives you the ability to make the most precise cuts. After making the cut, use the branch hook to easily remove the branch from the tree.

What we say: 

When you want to make precise, clean cuts on your woody landscape features, a lopper is the way to go and Ryobi now has a battery-powered option for us using an 18V One+ battery. It’s capable of cutting branches up to 1-1/4” and is 2-1/2’ long to help you reach branches without having to pull out a ladder. There’s also a branch hook on the bottom to help you clear out anything that doesn’t fall on its own. If your hands are tired of operating manual loppers, Ryobi has the relief they crave.

Price: $149.00

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Winner – Battery-Powered Multi-Head Units

Makita 36V (18V X2) LXT Brushless Couple Shaft Power Head Kit with String Trimmer Attachment XUX01M5PT

What they said: 

There is growing demand for cordless alternatives to gas-powered outdoor power equipment. Makita is meeting demand with an expanding line of cordless OPE, including the 36V (18V X2) LXT Couple Shaft Power Head. With zero emissions, lower noise, and considerably less maintenance than gas-powered chain saws, the XUX01 Couple Shaft Power Head is a welcome solution for a range of applications including cutting, trimming, cleaning, cultivating, and more.

It also offers unmatched compatibility: it can be used with a variety of optional couple shaft attachments, with a tool-less lever style lock system for quick tool-less installation and replacement. In summer 2021 Makita offered ELEVEN different attachments for trimming, edging, cultivating, and brush cutting (sold separately). Note that kit XUX01M5PT includes the 17″ string trimmer attachment.

The power head features an efficient BL Brushless motor, which is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50% longer run time per battery charge than similar non-brushless tools. Electronic controls efficiently use battery energy to match the changing demands of the application for increased power and speed when needed. With no carbon brushes, the Makita BL Brushless motor runs cooler and more efficiently for longer life. For added protection, the Electronic Torque Control turns the motor off if the rotation speed suddenly slows down or stops, and the overheat warning system turns on an indicator light and is engineered to automatically stop the motor. Added features include a variable speed trigger, and reverse (clockwise) rotation system that allows the operator to quickly clear the brush cutter head of entangled weed and grass.

It features Makita Extreme Protection Technology (XPT). XPT is a protective seal inside the tool, and is engineered for improved operation in harsh conditions by channeling water and dust from key internal components.

What we say: 

Makita’s XUX01 Couple Shaft power head uses two 18V batteries to get 36V of power without forcing you to leave behind their extensive LXT line of compatible lawn care and power tools. Unlike other options, Makita has 3 speeds to work with and balance the performance and runtime the way you need it for the job at hand. With 11 available accessories to pair, it’s one of the most complete battery-powered multi-head systems available today.  

Price: $449 (kit)

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Winner – Battery-Powered Pole Saws

Makita 36V (18V X2) LXT Brushless 10″ Telescoping Pole Saw, 13′ Length XAU02

What they said: 

The 36V (18V X2) LXT Brushless 10” Telescoping Pole Saw Kit (XAU02PTB) is a welcome solution for a range of trimming and cutting applications. With zero emissions, lower noise and maximum versatility, the pole saw delivers maximum performance and run time without the hassles of gas and without leaving the 18V LXT battery platform. The pole saw’s telescoping shaft easily adjusts from 9 ft. to 13 ft. in length for efficient pruning of branches.

The brushless motor delivers power of a 30cc gas pole saw to handle commercial-duty applications. The XAU02PTB also offers a 20% faster-cutting speed than a 31.4cc gas engine pole saw. Torque boost mode helps power through thick or hard branches. The pole saw can make up to 140 cuts in 4×4 cedar with two 18V LXT 5.0Ah Batteries.

Other features include a branch hook, translucent bar oil tank with large opening, and Extreme Protection Technology (XPT). XPT is a protective seal inside the tool, engineered for improved operation in harsh conditions by channeling water and dust from key internal components.

What we say: 

Makita redefines what you can expect from a battery-powered pole saw with their XAU02. The brushless motor is powered by two 18V LXT batteries to reach 36V without leaving the deep LXT lineup. That brushless motor winds up with the power of a 30cc gas engine making quick work of your trimming and limbing duties. If you hit a tough cut, kick the Torque Boost mode on to help power through it. The shaft is a telescoping design ranging from 9’ on the short end to 13’ at full extension. When it comes to a dedicated battery pole saw, it doesn’t get much better than this!

Price: $499 (tool only) $679 (kit)

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Winner – Battery-Powered Pruning Saws

Milwaukee Tool M12 FUEL HATCHET 6″ Pruning Saw 2527

What they said: 

By harnessing the portable productivity, performance and run-time that they can deliver through M12 FUEL technology, Milwaukee introduces the M12 FUEL HATCHET 6” Pruning Saw. The HATCHET™ delivers unmatched control and access, has the power to cut 3” hardwoods, and delivers up to 120 cuts per charge.

Our M12 FUEL HATCHET 6″ Pruning Saw delivers unmatched control & access, has the power to cut 3″ hardwoods, and delivers up to 120 cuts per charge. This electric pruning saw is designed to meet the ergonomic, performance, and durability needs of landscape maintenance professionals. Weighing less than 5 lbs and featuring a compact design, the cordless pruning saw gives you increased control and maneuverability in tight access areas. The POWERSTATE Brushless Motor delivers the power to complete cuts in demanding hardwood materials. The REDLINK PLUS Intelligence enables full-circle communication between the tool and battery, providing you with unmatched levels of performance, protection, and productivity. The advanced electronic package also delivers an instant throttle response and a variable speed trigger for ultimate control over the power range.

What we say: 

Cordless pruning saws have become a thing over the last few years in the US with a couple of models really taking off. Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel Hatchet stands out from the other options for several reasons. It maintains a compact form but has a larger 6-inch bar and chain to extend your cutting capacity. It also includes an auto-oiler where some of the competition requires manual oiling. Finally, as part of the M12 system, the batteries are compatible with a deep line of other 12V tools and products.

Price: $179.00

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Winner – Battery-Powered Garden Shears

BLACK+DECKER 2 in 1 Grass Shear and Shrubber BCSS820C1

What they said: 

Tackle yard and garden cleanup with time to get back to what you love with the highly efficient 20V MAX Shear Shrubber. The rechargeable battery provides convenience and portability while you cut through thick branches and hedges. Take advantage of this tool’s versatility by quickly changing blades mid-task to go from shrubbing to trimming without the use of extra tools.

What we say: 

Tackle precision trimming more conveniently with Black+Decker’s cordless Grass Shear and Shrubber. It has an interchangeable blade system, letting you switch from an 8” hedge trimmer blade to a 4” sheer blade quickly. With a 3/8” cutting capacity, it’s a lightweight, convenient way to keep your shaped landscape elements looking their best.

Price: $79.99

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Winner – Battery-Powered Snow Blowers

RYOBI 40V HP Brushless 2-Stage Snow Blower RY40870

What they said: 

The RYOBI 40V HP 24” Two-Stage Self-Propelled Snow Blower includes (4) 40V 6 Ah batteries and is designed with two powerful brushless motors. This snow blower clears a path 24” wide and 21” deep with an effortless push-button start. The control panel features a push to start button, directional chute levers, drive speed control, a battery fuel gauge, and LED light on/off button. The durable all-metal 180° directional chute and chute levers allow you to seamlessly control where you want to throw snow up to 55’ away. Dial in the perfect setting with the all-metal variable speed auger for faster snow throwing ability or more control. This snow blower is variable speed self-propelled, allowing users to set their desired walking speed to obtain maximum control and the heated grips provide additional user comfort. Illuminate your clearing path with the 2.3 Watt LED headlight bar allowing you to clear snow any time of day. Utilize the 4 active battery ports with the included batteries to maximize runtime to conquer any job.  The dual-port rapid charger allows you to charge (2) Ryobi 40V batteries 4X faster than our standard charger and charges them in parallel so you will never be caught with a dead battery.

What we say: 

The battery-powered snow blower race is getting hot and Ryobi is the latest to introduce a two-stage model. Relying on their 40V HP Brushless technology to drive it, you can clear a path 24” wide and up to 21” deep while throwing the snow up to 55’ away. Self-propelled and well-built, this snow-throwing beast can store up to 4 batteries—all in active ports—to clear larger areas. It even has heated grips. Give Old Man Winter the cold shoulder this year and send that packing somewhere else.

Price: $1,299.00

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Finalist


Winner – Specialty

SIMPSON Semi-Trash Pump SSTP02 Part No: 71006

What they said: 

Built for the tough jobs, the SSTP02, a Semi-trash pump, provides maximum drawing power for various applications: Construction sites, basements, window wells, pools/standing water sites, sewers, and basins. Engineered to handle water containing mud, sand, leaves, twigs, and other contaminants, SIMPSON semi-trash water pumps are perfect for clearing floodwater and wastewater from residential, municipal, and industrial sites. Easy to transport, use, and clean, SIMPSON’s semi- trash water pumps will get the job done no matter where you need them.

What we say: 

Whatever the reason you have to deal with moving water away, Simpson’s SSTP02 Semi-Trash Pump is a great solution that’s easy to transport. Taking up a similar footprint to a portable generator, its Kohler SH270 engine is capable of moving up to 158 gallons per minute. Dirty water? No problem, the pump is specifically designed to handle the sand and debris found in floodwater, sewers, and other areas that clean water pumps fail in. Best of all, it’s pretty easy on your budget at just $449.

Price: $449.00

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Winner – Battery-Powered String Trimmers

EGO POWER+ ST1511T 15″ POWERLOAD String Trimmer With Telescopic Aluminum Shaft

What they said: 

Additional Details:

This 15 in. String Trimmer with POWERLOAD technology automatically winds your trimmer line. Replacing your string line is as easy as feeding the line into the head and pressing a button! With the telescopic aluminum shaft, easily adjust the shaft length for ease of use and comfort. This trimmer is built with a high-efficiency brushless motor, bump feed line advance, 0.095″ professional cutting line, and is compatible with all EGO ARC Lithium batteries to maximize the convenience of cordless and deliver Power Beyond Belief.

What we say: 

The easiest-loading string trimmer on the market now has another option. EGO’s PowerLoad system makes replacing string much less of a headache. Simply run the length of the new line into the head to the middle and push the PowerLoad button to wind it up. It’s that easy! This model shifts from a carbon fiber shaft to an aluminum one that telescopes and gives you a range of lengths to dial in for your most comfortable trimming. With a 2.5Ah battery and charger, you can take it home for $219.99.

Price: $219.99

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Winner – Battery-Powered Power Washers/Scrubbers

DEWALT 20V MAX 550 PSI Cordless Power Cleaner DCPW550P1

What they said: 

For portable cleaning on the jobsite or at home with 10X the cleaning power of a garden hose, the DEWALT 20V MAX Power Cleaner is the ideal choice. This versatile tool can draw from any fresh water source with an included suction hose for when a garden hose is not easily accessible. The power cleaner can also be hooked up to your garden hose at home or on the jobsite with the convenient quick connect adaptor. Conveniently clean your tools and equipment as well as decks, boats, outdoor furniture, and vehicles with this all-in-one device. Find the right stream for the job with 4 nozzles included that can all be stored on the unit, plus a soap bottle to efficiently tackle a variety of cleaning tasks. Part of the 20V MAX DEWALT system, this tool is a great addition to the professional’s collection.

What we say: 

DeWalt is near the top of the food chain for pressure with 550 PSI coming from the 15° nozzle. Even though there are other power cleaners in the same pressure range, what sets this model apart is that it does 1.0 GPM with its 15° nozzle and can produce up to 2.2 GPM with lower pressure! That’s more than twice the water flow that others have. DeWalt takes the unusual step of using individual nozzles instead of a multi-nozzle and includes a nice selection that stores right on the tool. You get Turbo, 15°, 25°, and 40°, plus a soap bottle. When you want to extend your battery life, just flip the 2-speed switch to low. By using a 20V Max battery for power, DeWalt keeps you on their most extensive cordless lineup with hundreds of compatible tools that use the same battery.

Price: $199.00

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Winner – Pressure Washers

SIMPSON Megashot MSH3125 Part No. 60551

What they said: 

The SIMPSON MegaShot Series is perfect for the “Do-it-Yourselfer” looking for maximum performance with minimal investment. Simple to use and great for cleaning decks, patios, outdoor furniture, house siding, and prepping home exteriors for painting. Its compact design is lightweight and small enough to be easily transported by one person. Equipped with a premium HONDA engine built with high-quality components, designed for optimum performance and renowned for being easy to start.

What we say: 

Simpson starts with a long-lasting and easy-to-start Honda GC190 engine and pairs it with an OEM Technologies axial cam pump for the MegaShot MSH3125 premium residential pressure washer. The two work together to produce up to 3200 PSI and 2.5 GPM to handle a wide range of cleaning needs. It makes quick work of cleaning on its own and becomes a concrete-cleaning beast when you pair it with Simpson’s surface cleaner. What sets it apart from similar models is the price. This Honda-powered pressure washer comes in just under $400!

Price: $399.99

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Winner – Portable Solar Panels

RYOBI 21W Solar Panel RYi20SP

What they said: 

Ryobi 21-Watt Solar Panel RYi20SP

The Ryobi 20 Watt Solar Panel has the innovative technology to charge USB devices directly from the sun. Whether you’re hiking, tailgating, or doing any outside activity and have a clear view of the sky, you will have the power you need to charge any small electronic device with the 2 included USB-A output ports. Easily charge your ONE+ batteries by pairing this solar panel with a Ryobi inverter/charger. The foldable panels and lightweight design make this tool effortless to take anywhere and compact to store practically anywhere.

What we say: 

Portable power is great, but if you don’t have a way to recharge, you’re still limited. Ryobi has a portable solar panel that’s fantastic for keeping your devices charged when you’re in for an extended time without access to power. It’s capable of producing 21 peak watts and has 2 USB-A ports so you can charge multiple devices at once. Best of all, it folds up and is perfect to keep in your hurricane kit, go-bag, or hiking backpack.

Price: $119.00

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Winner – Sprayers-Misters

Project Source Misting 6-ft Low Pressure 10-Sq ft Residential Misting System PSM101

What they said: 

The Project Source cooling tower is constructed with flexible tubing that can be manipulated and placed in any position, either freestanding or wrapped around a structure and hung overhead. At the end of the day, it can be collapsed and wrapped for easy storage and portability. The misting head has 8 misting nozzles which provide 360 degrees of cooling mist. If less mist is desired, Project Source misting plug nozzles (sold separately) can be used to plug any ports where mist is not desired. The Project Source cooling tower makes it quick and easy to provide a refreshing cooling mist to any outdoor area!

What we say: 

For those days when you want to be outside but it’s just too dang hot, cool off with Project Source Misting. Their 6-foot low-pressure misting system connects directly to your garden hose and has a flexible design that you can twist to create a base or wrap around a post and get the misters in the direction you need them. Without any other power source, it uses the water pressure from your hose to cool 10 square feet. You can even get plugs to close off any nozzles you don’t to use. For less than $25, it’s the coolest addition to your outdoor space.

Price: $24.97

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