Yard Force Review – OPE Edition

Yard Force Review
REVIEW OVERVIEW
Quality
Features
Ergonomics
Performance
Value

Over the last couple of years, we have seen a huge leap forward in battery technology.  No longer do we have to rely on gas-powered OPE (Outdoor Power Equipment) products.  We don’t have to listen to loud motors, bad smelling fumes or deal with the hassles of bad gas.  Battery technology has changed it all.  We now have quieter machines that are still powerful, but we don’t have to deal with the cons to gas.  So without wasting any time let’s jump into the Yard Force Review.

Yard Force Review Overview

Yard Force might not be a name you are familiar with as it’s not a mainstream name.  Over the past couple of years, we have not only tested a variety of products from them but have had a chance to learn about them and the company.

While we have tested their pressure washer, we now move into their OPE products.  So when we found out we were going to be able to test out their mower, blower and string trimmer, we jumped at the chance.

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The Yard Force OPE tools run off their 120 RX Lithium-Ion battery.  This provides plenty of power and run time for these heavy applications.

Yard Force Review Mower

The first thing we noticed about this mower is the quality.  We have tested a lot of battery powered mowers over the years and can tell you first hand that there isn’t a lot on the market that screams quality.  The Yard Force is a mower that seems to be designed with quality in mind.

Yard Force designed this around a brushless mower and a steel deck which means the motor is efficient and the deck will last for years. In fact, Yard Force offers a 5-year warranty with this mower.

You will get about 100 minutes of run time per charge.  Again, it depends upon how thick of grass you are mowing.  One item we noticed was that when you get into thick grass, the motor will kick up to produce more power so you can cut thick, tall grass.

The mower holds two batteries and will work off a single battery.  So if you are charging a battery, the mower will keep working.  If you discharge a battery while mowing, it will automatically switch over to the other battery.

The mower is self-propelled.  Just pull up on the back lever and you no longer have to push the mower around.  Just walk behind it and guide it in any direction.

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You can adjust the speed of the mower with a lever located on the left handle.  Word of warning, the fast mode is cruising, so make sure you want to walk at a fast pace.

The mower is a 3 in 1 mower where you can bag, mulch or side discharge.  Even the bag is well thought out and extremely nice.  Speaking of bagging this is the most grass I have ever seen pushed into a bag.

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To turn the mower on, just press and hold the power button.  Once it turns green, you can press the orange button and pull back on the handle.  There is a delay in startup but that is with every battery-powered mower we have used and tested.

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I love the large handle to adjust the height.  A single lever adjusts all four wheels.  Very smooth and easy to use.

If you buy the mower you get the following items:

  • Mower
  • (2) 120vRX high-capacity 2.5 Ah batteries
  • (1) 4 Amp fast charger
  • Bag, Mulching Kit and side discharge.

Yard Force Review Blower

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As with the mower, Yard Force offers a 5-year warranty on the blower.  This is also built with a brushless motor and produces 540 CFM and 140 MPH.  You can expect to get about 40 minutes of run time with this blower on low.

The blower comes with a shoulder strap and two different types of nozzles.

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Press and hold the power button to turn on and off the blower.  Once the unit is on, you can use the push button to adjust speeds of the blower.  You can change speed without having to remove your finger from the trigger.

To activate the blower, you can use the finger trigger.

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The intake is below and on the back of the blower which is nice.  This means it will not be sucking in your shorts while taking in air.

The kit comes with the following items:

  • Blower
  • (1) 120vRX high-capacity 2.5 Ah battery
  • (1) 4 Amp fast charger
  • Shoulder strap
  • 2 air-control nozzle tubes

Yard Force Review String Trimmer

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As with the mower and blower, Yard Force also included a 5-year warranty on the string trimmer for peace of mind.  The string trimmer also features a brushless motor for efficiency and longer run times.  You will get about 60 minutes of run time per charge.

Without a doubt, this is one of the most powerful battery operated string trimmers we have used or tested.  Talk about power, this has it.

The string Trimmer has an 18″ cutting swath and uses a .095″ line.

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Once the power is on, you have to depress the small orange safety button and pull the trigger to start the trimmer.

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To turn on and off the trimmer, just press and hold the power button.  You can adjust the speeds using the right push button.  You can set it to three different speeds.

The kit comes with the following items

  • String Trimmer
  • (1) 120vRX high-capacity 2.5 Ah battery
  • (1) 4 Amp fast charger
  • Shoulder Strap

Yard Force Review Value

You can pick up this mower on Amazon for about $800 which isn’t too bad for this type of mower.  You get two batteries, a steel deck which will last for years and a self-propelled mower.  Think about it, no more dealing with mad gas, loud motors or all the other bad stuff with gas mowers.

You can pick up the blower for about $350 from Amazon.  Again, not a bad price considering you get a battery with the blower.  You will get about 40 minutes of run time on low and it only takes 30 minutes to charge.

The string trimmer also runs for about $350 on Amazon.  This is one of the most powerful battery operated string trimmers we have tested.  So if you have areas that are thick and you need the power, this is the one to have.

Yard Force Review Final Thoughts

Some might feel this system is expensive to get into but considering the power and the quality, it’s a fair price for this system.  While I would like to see a plastic deck, most people still love the steel deck.  Considering it is self-propelled, weight isn’t a huge issue since you just have to sit back and walk behind it.  While the blower didn’t blow us away, we love the fact you get two types of nozzles and can easily adjust the speed.  On the other hand, the string trimmer is one of the most powerful units we have tested in this category.  If you are looking to get into a battery-powered OPE platform, the Yard Force is a good one to look at and consider.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Are you able to use a hose to wash out the deck after mowing? I have an EGO, and it is the one thing that I wish they would find a way to change. Dry wiping down the deck just doesn’t work well for me.

    • So far all the mower manufactures that have the motor mounted right on the deck believe that water and electricity doesn’t mix. Using a garden hose with the blade spinning or using a pressure washer it’s too easy to force water past the seals so that it gets into the electronics of the unit.

      • Most electronics on brushless units that I have witnessed are potted or sealed in a manner to limit moisture intrusion. You would think that at a retail price point of $800 that the manufacturer would have been able to engineer an ability to easily clean the deck into the design that would not compromise the motor integrity.

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