Cologne/Berlin (dpa/tmn) – The most expensive thing about cordless garden tools is the battery. And then it usually only fits on devices from this one manufacturer. But there is now a solution in sight. More and more manufacturers are joining battery packs. In principle, you only need one battery and you can use it to operate many devices from different manufacturers – a development that was also presented at the Spoga+Gafa garden trade fair in Cologne.
It is true that it has been possible for a long time to use a battery in several devices one after the other. In most cases, however, you had to stay with one and the same brand when buying new garden and DIY equipment. Is that going to end soon? “There are more and more battery alliances,” reports Anna Hackstein, Managing Director of the Garden Industry Association. For the foreseeable future, there will be no uniform battery system for the entire industry.
Cordless screwdriver, hand vacuum cleaner and construction site radio
After all, manufacturers with different product divisions are merging. For example, in the “Power for all Alliance” with ten brands and over 70 devices, in addition to common gardening tools such as lawn mowers or hedge trimmers, there are also solutions for do-it-yourselfers and craftsmen such as cordless screwdrivers, milling machines, hot glue guns and spray guns for paint.
Lamps, vacuum cleaners and high-pressure cleaners can be found for normal household use. And now the portfolio is being expanded to include construction site radios and a heated work jacket with an inductive charging function for smartphones, which is also said to use the same battery technology from Bosch. In addition to Bosch Home & Garden and Bosch household appliances, participating manufacturers include Gardena, Gloria and Husqvarna.
Save on expensive batteries
Hackstein sees an opportunity in the mixture of devices for all these purposes and also some niche products – with a view to the prices. “The expensive thing about all of these products is the battery – making it easier for consumers to be able to buy multiple battery products.”
A large alternative system in the 18-volt class is called CAS: Cordless Alliance System and has a Metabo battery at its heart, which can be used in over 20 brands and 300 machines. Providers of professional equipment for, for example, the construction, heating and sanitary trades and, brand new, rescue services are also connected. The merged brands include Metabo, Mafell, Rothenberger, Collomix and Starmix.
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