Dale Hodgins wrote:This is the latest in cordless tool technology. Tesla has come out with a pickup truck that sells for $40,000 American. This is quite competitive with other trucks and it's cheaper when you consider the long-term fuel and maintenance issues.
It has a range of 250 miles which is 3 times more than I need. I am currently almost two miles from the job and that's the furthest I've been in a few days. An electric work truck needs to have a big inverter so you can run a jackhammer or diamond saw. Then most other things could simply be battery powered. If only 10% of the battery pack were available to run tools, the company that does that first could take over the cordless tool market.
The most powerful chainsaw I've ever seen, was an electric one at a lumber mill. With virtually unlimited power available, even big falling saws could go cordless.
There's a big golf course in Victoria that now has battery powered mowers that are quite large and powerful. I was talking to a grounds maintenance guy and he said that the payback on those machines is somewhere around 7 years and they are extremely durable and will last much longer than that.