Are you looking for an Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) tool to buy into? If so have you ever heard of Masterforce or Menards? Don’t worry if you haven’t. Today we are going to get you familiar with Menards, Masterforce, and the Menards Masterforce 80V OPE Line.
If you are familiar with Menards and Masterforce, feel free to skip down to the Masterfocre 80V line of products.
Who is Menards
If you are in the midwest, chances are you have heard of Menards. However, if you are on the coast, Menards is probably a name you don’t know.
Menards started in 1958 by John Menards Jr. He started out building pole buildings. As his reputation increased, so did his offerings. Today Menards is in 14 states in the midwest. So as you can see, they have come a long way since 1958.
Menards is a home improvement center but it’s not your typical store. When Menards stocks their store, they go big. If you look at other home improvement centers, they might have an aisle or two of lights where Menards has a huge variety of lights, fans and more. Same with the lumber. Actually Menards will rival most dedicated lumber yards. When it comes to product, selection, and price, Menards just can’t be beaten. Heck, you can even get some groceries and personal care products as well.
Who is Masterforce
You might not have heard of Masterforce before and if you haven’t don’t sweat it. Maybe you live on the coast and never heard of Menards. If so, then Masterforce is a new name for you. Heck, even if you live in the midwest, you might not have heard of Masterforce.
So who is Masterforce? Masterforce is the house brand for Menards. (See all their products at Menards website). Right now Masterforce has products such as power tools, hand tools, accessories, and more. Today we are here because now they are offering OPE tools, which we will cover in a bit. But first I want you to understand Masterforce.
So as you would guess, Menards is a distributor so they are not in the business of manufacturing tools. So who do they use for their tool line? This was the question I wanted answering because it would tell me a lot about the commitment of Menards, the quality of the products, and if this is something I can back.
Let’s just say Menards doesn’t hold back and they work with some of the best manufacturers in the world. They work with companies that build quality tools, reliable battery platforms, and tools that offer great features.
So when I look at Menards and their commitment, I know Menards is going all out since they are working with some of the best in the business for their house brand. I know the quality is there, so I know it’s a brand I can back.
As you would guess, I think this is the perfect partnership. Menards is in 14 states and has a ton of foot traffic because people love the stores. As Menards is expanding their stores, they are expanding the line of tools they offer under the Masterforce brand.
With offering a quality tool in a store that has tons of foot traffic, I am glad to see Menards is expanding the house brand Masterforce into OPE and I think this is a great partnership.
Masterforce The Brand
Before we jump into the OPE tools, I want to talk about three features of these tools so I am not repeating myself for each tool.
- Brushless – All Masterforce 80V OPE tools have brushless motors which means they are efficient, have longer run times, and increase the longevity of the tools.
- Rapid Charger – Masterforce 80V tools come with a rapid charger. The charger will charge a 2Ah battery in 30 minutes and a 4Ah battery in an hour.
- Warranty – All 80V Masterforce OPE tools have a 4-year warranty.
Masterforce 80V Battery
When it comes to batteries, we already talked about how these batteries are high quality and dependable. So for this let’s just focus on the batteries.
The Masterforce OPE line of tools is powered by an 80V battery which is extremely powerful in the homeowner world. This means more power and more run time, which means you can easily get yard work done.
While I love the dependability of the battery, I am extremely happy to see they added a fuel gauge on the battery to see how much power is left before it needs a charge.
As of now, they offer a 2Ah, 4Ah, and 5Ah battery for this OPE line.
Masterforce 80V OPE Tools
Masterforce 80V Lawnmower
The Masterforce (Model 2500194ME) is a self-propelled mower. The mower is built around a brushless motor that will run up to 60 minutes on the included 5Ah battery. Since this mower is battery powered, you can store it vertically and not have to worry about gas leaking out, plus you are not taking up a lot of room when not in use.
Speaking of users, the mower has a 7 position single lever height adjustment making it easy to place the mower on any height.
The mower is a 21″ steel deck which means it’s durable for the long haul. Another feature to this mower is it’s a 3 in 1 meaning you can bag, mulch, or side discharge.
We had a chance to run this mower over long and short grass, plus over some leaves. The first thing we noticed was how powerful the mower is. One cool feature, well besides self-propelled, is that when the mower needs more power, it automatically kicks up the mower so it can still cut through deep grass. Adjusting the height of the mower was easy.
It’s hard to find anything to complain about this mower since it was easy to use, was a workhorse, and produced a great looking cut.
Masterforce 80V String Trimmer
The string trimmer (model 2100194ME) is a 16″ trimmer that uses a .095″ line. One great feature of this trimmer is the EZ Load Head. Just twist and wind to reload line so no more hassles or messing around.
The trimmer is equivalent to a 25cc gas engine so you know it has power for the tougher jobs.
As you can see we used it for trimming around the patio but also to cut down thicker plants. On both applications, the trimmer performed like a champ. One nice feature is the dual bump line making it advance both lines easily.
Masterforce 80V Blower
The Leaf Blower (Model 2400094ME) can produce up to 580 CLM which is equivalent to a 32cc gas engine. The blower features a variable speed trigger with cruise control. If you need more power, the blower features a turbo button for that added power for those tougher areas.
You will get about 30 minutes of run time with the included 2Ah battery.
I have to admit, this blower was more powerful than I thought. We blew grass off the driveway, blew patches of clumped up grass, and leave piles. The blower easily pushed anything we threw at it.
I like having the intake protected on the back because then it’s not trying to suck in my shorts which gets annoying with other blowers.
Masterforce 80V Hedger
Next in the line up is the 24″ Hedger (model 220094ME). The Hedger uses a 24″ dual action laser-cut blades for toughness and durability and has a 3/4″ cut capacity. In regards to power, this is equivalent to a 25cc gas engine but without the hassle of gas, oil, or spark plugs.
As you would expect, the Hedger is powerful and easy to work with. One of the coolest features is the ability to rotate the head. Just pull a lever and you can rotate the handle 180 degrees.
Masterforce 80V Chain Saw
You wouldn’t have a complete line without a chainsaw. The chainsaw (model 2000094ME) is equivalent to a 45cc gas engine and this saw can cut up to 150 cuts of a 4×4 without needing a charge.
The saw features an 18″ bar, electric chain brake, steel spikes, and automatic oiler.
Masterforce – Our Thoughts
I think Menards is going in the right direction with the expansion of the Masterforce OPE tools. Let’s face it, Menards is only in 14 states now, but they are a force to be reckoned with. Their stores are huge, easy to walk around, friendly employees and offer a wide range of products, something other big stores are not doing. So if they stay on this track, they will grow to more than 14 states. If you talk to people who have gone to Menards, time and time again, you will hear people talk about the stores and how they love them.
So with that said, having a great store, with a great experience and now offering a full line of tools and OPE products, I think once people learn about them, they will be sold into the line. As Menards grows, I can see the Masterforce line grow to other things well beyond power tools and OPE products. I see it becoming a household brand that people rely on for not only tools but products that we use in our house every day.
Masterforce – Wrap Up
I think this is a huge step for Menards. While it’s nice having a house brand line of tools, it’s more important to have a household brand that is quality and isn’t overpriced. For me, I think Menards is doing a great job of offering a quality line of OPE products for the homeowner without asking them to pay an arm and a leg. So far I have been impressed with the Masterforce OPE line of tools. Follow us on Instagram as we will be showing off more from Masterfocre and also revisiting the OPE tools from above.