Kobalt redesigned their 80V OPE products and create a strong and durable cordless solution for the homeowner. The lawnmower is one of the top performers for cut quality, build quality and run time. The string trimmer and blower round out this line and make it a good buy for anyone looking for power, durability and runtime.
How do you feel about battery powered OPE (Outdoor Power Equipment)? Are you sold or just skeptical? For me, I am sold. Ask me about 5 years ago and I fell into the skeptical bag. How can battery power be superior to gas power? Well, let me tell you as a believer, there is no comparison, battery-powered all the way. I love the power, I love not having to deal with running to the gas station and buying gas, changing a spark plug or moving around a gas can. So how does the Kobalt stack up? Let's check out the Kobalt 80V review and see.
Kobalt 80V Review Overview
So here is the deal. We have tested Kobalt in the past. While it was decent, it definitely wasn't the top performer. However they are a very popular brand, we wanted to give their new stuff a try and find out for ourselves if they are a player in this market or just another name.
Kobalt 80V Review Features
While Kobalt has other OPE tools in their line up, these are the three most common that we will take a look at today, the mower, the blower, and the string trimmer.
These tools run off the Kobalt 80V line. In this line, you can use either a 2.5Ah battery, a 5Ah battery or 6Ah battery.
The self-propelled mower has a run time of about 80 minutes with a 6Ah battery but that will vary on how tall your grass is during the mow. You can use the self-propelled feature without having the mower blades engaged, which is very cool if you are walking from the front to back yard.
The front of the mower features a plastic over-mold to help protect the front when you bump into things. The rest of the deck is steel for durability.
This mower can either mulch, bag or side discharge debris.
One cool feature is the ability to raise or lower all four wheels at once with a single lever.
One huge feature that we noticed from the previous model was the handle. This handle is much better than their older model that felt flimsy.
On top of the handle, you can easily start the mower and control the speed.
No need to open the door and see the battery gauge. Kobalt designed this with a battery fuel gauge on the handle so you can see your status.
The 80V blower runs up to 75 minutes with a 2.5Ah battery. The blower produces up to 630 CFM and 140 MPH.
On top of the handle, there is a turbo button. While this will increase the power, it will also lower the run time. But this is great for those times you need a little extra power to move larger debris.
On the side, there is a cruise control to set and forget the speed so you don't have to hold the trigger down all the time.
The battery sits on the back of the blower which does provide good balance with the front nozzle being longer.
The intake is located on the back of the blower which means it won't try and suck your pants in and cause loss of air.
The string trimmer has a 60 minute run time with a 2.5Ah battery but again it depends upon how thick and heavy the grass is that you are cutting.
There are two triggers located on the trimmer, the safety and the power.
The trimmer features two speeds, high and low which can be adjusted from the top of the trimmer handle. The high speed (Speed 2) is your normal everyday use. Speed 1 is great for when you are around flower beds or other areas you don't want the grass flying around. The string doesn't spin as fast with speed 1 and will also increase the run time of the trimmer.
The head uses a bump feed system to let out more line.
Kobalt 80V Review Performance
The mower is awesome and a top performer. I love the cut quality, the run time and the power. This is one of the only mowers on the market that is battery powered and actually cuts all the grass. I can't tell you how many mowers we have tried out and while they cut grass, they definitely leave a lot to be desired.
With the Kobalt mower, it not only cuts all the grass (even thick grass) the self-propelled system is also great. I love how easy it is to operate and change the speed without having to take your hands off the handle.
Speaking of the handle, the quality as a whole has really improved with this mower. The handle is no longer a cheap handle, it's solid and feels like a quality mower.
So from the mower standpoint, this is a huge jump forward for Kobalt and is one of the top performers in the market for battery-powered mowers.
I love the string trimmer but it did take a while to get used to. The balance is great and the ease of use couldn't be better. What took me a while to get used to was the sound or the power.
I am used to string trimmers going all out, being loud and feeling that power. With the Kobalt, I am not seeing it or feeling it. So for me, I felt like it was under powered when I first used it. However, it was doing everything I was asking. It would cut thick grass and powered through it. So I know the power is there, it just has a different feeling.
So while I like this string trimmer, it did take me a while to realize that it has the power to do what I need it to do. So I am starting to think about the other string trimmers on the market. Do they really need to be that fast and power all the time when I am trimming simple areas?
The blower is also powerful. It will easily blow off walks, driveways, gutters and more. The one thing I did like was the force. When on full speed, I didn't have the feeling of having to fight the blower. It was easy to work with and move around.
Kobalt 80V Review Value
As far as pricing, the mower runs about $550 at Lowes, the string trimmer runs about $230 with a battery and charger and the blower is also $230 with battery and charger. I think the mower is easily worth the $550 as it's quality and produces results. If you look at the blower and the trimmer, you might think it's a lot, which it is. But if you consider you get a battery and charger with each, the price is reasonable.
For the quality of all three and what comes with the OPE tools, I think Kobalt priced these right and is a good deal for homeowners.
Kobalt 80V Review Final Thoughts
Overall, Kobalt make a big jump forward with quality. While I wasn't a huge fan of their OPE tools in the past, I am sold on them now. While the field is getting larger with more and more OPE manufacturers entering the market, I think Kobalt is one of the top because of their performance, quality, and price.