New Cordless Stihl Battery Systems

New Cordless Stihl Battery Systems

Last month we attended the Stihl Influencers Summit where we got to see first hand all of the innovative new products introduced both this year and coming in 2017. One of the highlights of the event was getting hands on with two new Stihl battery series. Stihl already had the AP series of cordless power equipment. AP stands for AkkuSysteme Pro. Akku means battery pack. Now Stihl is introducing the AK and AI series. AK meaning Akku Kompakt (compact) and AI meaning Akku Integriert (integrated).stihl-battery-systems-brochure-3

These two new series are designed to fill in the large gap the AP series left for the smaller yard homeowners. The AP series also left a large gap at the mid to low price point. Now there is a complete solution for cordless outdoor power equipment from the tiny yard up to the professional user.

AP Stihl Battery System

stihl battery -cordless-mowerLike I said, this is the series that has been out previously. I believe two or three years. This series is pretty complete carrying multiple hedge trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, trimmers, extended hedge trimmers, pole pruners, lawn mowers, and one cut-off machine. The system is designed for more power and more runtime to appeal to a broader range of properties.

At the event the notable products were the HTA 85 pole pruner and the RMA 510 lawn mower. The pruner has been out for about a year but the event was the first that we were able to get hands on with it. What makes a battery powered pruner so great is that the battery is down by your hands but the motor is up at the business end. That means the only thing traveling through the pole portion is a couple wires. It makes the unit incredibly well balanced and nimble. There is no need for ear protection either. The pole has up to 12′ of reach too so an adult male can reach branches 18-19′ in the air. Awesome.

The RMA 510 lawn mower is brand new and man, it has some power. It has a full 21″ mowing deck, 1100 watt brushless motor, and automatically adjusts the motor RPM depending on load. Both Todd and I had huge smiles on our faces while running this mower. We pushed it slow, we pushed it fast. The mower just ramped the power up or down to automatically adjust for the thickness of the grass. What’s even better is that there is no engine maintenance of any kind. Pop in the battery and go. It will mow 5,100 sqft per charge. $549.95 and available at your local dealer in spring 2017.

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Jeff Williams

Contributing Editor Jeff Williams is a carpenter for a commercial General Contractor specializing in concrete, steel, and wood buildings. Jeff comes from a long line of contractors. His parents started a commercial General Contracting firm many years ago and it has afforded him life-long, hands-on learning opportunities from rough and fine carpentry all the way to structural steel and concrete. Jeff has a Construction Management degree and loves the thrill of coordinating and successfully managing large jobs from start to finish. Inspired by the difficulties sometimes encountered to complete punch lists his motto is, "Work hard until the job is done."


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  1. Barry McKee

    We just purchased the new RMA510 lawn mower. It is so new that it does not appear on Stihl’s website. I was a bit reluctant to jump at such a new product but the Stihl name and my local dealer convinced me to jump. I gave it a test in the backyard and my initial response is – Wow! Looking forward to using this new Stihl mower. Lots of questions remain concerning usage time, battery life, etc. West Coast lawns in the spring are “heavy”. Looks like this mower will handle the lawn well.

  2. Sandra Miller

    Will it do well on Zosia in my small back yard , St. Augustine in the front ?

    1. Jeff Williams

      The best advice we can give you is to go talk to your local dealer. They’ll have local knowledge of the grasses in your area and the capabilities of the machine in them.

  3. Brian

    Did you see a demo or use the cut-off saw? I’m a masonry contractor and was wondering how it worked on concrete blocks.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      We did not.

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