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At my dealer's open house the other day I spoke with a guy from Core GasLess Power, who was demonstrating a new, rechargeable string trimmer.






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The CGT400 Trimmer is reliable, lightweight and will run just as long as a tank of gas. It’s perfectly balanced and features an instant trigger start, high-energy power cell, dual-mode controls for torque and speed, open view grass guard and a comfort grip handle. This lightweight, long life, virtually maintenance free CGT400 Trimmer will retail at a price comparable with high quality commercial gasoline trimmers on the market today.

Weight (without Power Cell): 8 pounds
Weight (with Power Cell): 11 pounds
Run Time: Up to 70 minutes
Head Speed: 7,000 RPM Speed /5,000 RPM Torque
Head Type: Dual Line Bump Feed
Trimmer Line: 0.095 diameter, 20’ on spool

It was... "interesting".

Random observations after looking at it and running it. (no cutting)

SO quiet and NO vibration.
It has two speeds to give added torque when desired.
2 year commercial warranty.
Well balanced.
There's no "shaft" - the tube only contains wiring.
The motor is in the head - and it's quite unique. (see website)
I believe they source some parts (handle and head/shield) from Echo.
I believe he said it would be $419 including 2 batteries and a rapid recharger.
OK to get wet. Head can be run in/under water w/o damage. (not sure how waterproof the rear/battery section is)
Battery has been tested to run for 1 continuous hour on lower power setting.
I believe he said the cutting power was roughly equivalent to a 26cc gas trimmer.
The head/spool can be swapped for different types.
I was told it works "great" with a blade and that they are going to add a safety bar option for blade use soon.




I'm sure it has it's applications, and isn't for everyone, but I could not deny that it appeared well designed, and well built. If it were lighter, it would have made me a bit more interested. As it is, it's only .7 lbs lighter than my Stihl FS90R, so the only benefit would be near zero noise, and no more tingly hands.


Anyway, I thought someone may enjoy looking at this unusual new product.
I've always dismissed "cordless" trimmers as being unpractical, but this one appears to be closing the gap in some aspects.

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I'd be interested in a demo. Who's carrying them locally? I see they make righties walk backwards just like the other companies. BOOO!!!!

How about letting someone that uses the product help design it? Like me!

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I emailed them asking if the head can be made to spin in the correct direction.
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I'd be interested in a demo. Who's carrying them locally? I see they make righties walk backwards just like the other companies. BOOO!!!!

How about letting someone that uses the product help design it? Like me!

I dunno... I don't even know that they are being sold yet - I didn't ask.


That's funny. Before I got into this business, I just used electric trimmers and then cordless B&D trimmers around my home - it's all I ever needed.

When I got my Stihl, I was like, "OH CRAP it spins the WRONG WAY!" LOL!
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I dunno... I don't even know that they are being sold yet - I didn't ask.


That's funny. Before I got into this business, I just used electric trimmers and then cordless B&D trimmers around my home - it's all I ever needed.

When I got my Stihl, I was like, "OH CRAP it spins the WRONG WAY!" LOL!
Yep, bent shaft trimmers spin the right way. Straight do not. If there is no shaft in the down tube then it theoretically should be able to spin either way with either a polarity change or an axis change. Flip it on the X!
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I prefer to walk backwards..

As for a battery powered trimmer... neat but I wouldnt spend the $$$.
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I prefer to walk backwards.. ...
Well,I am keeping track of the people on earth that prefer walking backwards. Let me get out my journal and mark you in there. Check. Totaling everyone up. Hmm. One. That makes one.
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I'd be interested in a demo. Who's carrying them locally? I see they make righties walk backwards just like the other companies. BOOO!!!!

How about letting someone that uses the product help design it? Like me!
you will not find that many dealers as of yet, they just came out this month to distributors. But they do seem like nice units so if dealers can get over the fact that the only product on the website that is in production is the trimmer you will find a lot sign up.
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they would probably be ok for normal trimming but i would be skeptical in a situation where you were trimming high thick over grown weeds.

like anything battery powered the harder they work the faster the battery will drain.
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Well,I am keeping track of the people on earth that prefer walking backwards. Let me get out my journal and mark you in there. Check. Totaling everyone up. Hmm. One. That makes one.
I think I will start a journal of people that intentionally take comments out of context to make snide remarks and act cool on the internet. So far today I have one.
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