Until now electric lawn and garden tools meant disappointing power and limited runtime. But cutting-edge battery and engine tech have produced a new generation of gear with enough muscle to power a 710-lb ride-on mower for an entire acre of grass, or a chainsaw for 35 minutes of slicing logs.
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Most battery-powered push mowers are best suited to a postage-stamp-size lawn, but packing the first-ever 56-volt lithium-ion battery, the Ego LM2001 can handle up to three-quarters of an acre of grass. The mower's 19.5-inch-wide blade spins at 3,300 rpm, cutting up to 45 minutes per charge; a full recharge takes just 30 minutes. An LED headlight means you can also use this quiet mower after dark, but the best trick of all is revealed when you're done cutting: The collapsible folding-handle design lets the mower sit up for storage, so it hugs the wall and saves you valuable garage-floor space. [$499; egopowerplus.com]
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Stihl MSA 200 C-BQ
This electric saw is ideal for pruning away branches damaged over the winter or bucking felled trees into log sections. The 36-volt lithium-ion battery won't match a gas model's power – then again, the MSA 200 is not meant to fell 80-foot-tall oaks – but the 14-inch-long bar is robust enough for all but the biggest jobs and will give you 35 minutes of cut time on a full charge. [From $670; stihlusa.com]