I have a Milwaukee M18 chainsaw. It is OK but I wish it was a pruning style saw. I have a shit ton of M18 so it didn't make sense to buy another battery platform. FWIW I think Makita has the better idea of using 2 batteries for its high powered tools rather than a gigantic battery as does Milwaukee.
I needed a pole saw, not something I see myself using it that frequently, so I didn't want to spend a lot. I looked for a used gas burner for a while, everything on marketplace was junk or near-junk priced as new. New Stihl gas pole saws are all junk according to the interwebs and $600 for a Husqvarna seemed silly for infrequent use.
What little I've used it, it's been more than enough, for typical homeowner stuff. I'd prefer it to be telescoping, it's not as balanced as I'd like at its full length and is a little cumbersome for Jewels to use, she's short and petite, but can "womanhandle" it with some effort, and you've got to have the trigger pulled with the chain at full tilt before touching the wood or it will stall.
I bought the ryobi 18v trimmer blower combo for the rental house. I have some cheaper tools stashed there including other ryobi 18v tools so I figured Id give em a shot. They actually work really well. I can trim the house garage and sidewalks and still have enough juice to use the blower.
I just bought the Ryobi 18v pole saw, it has an 8" bar. I did a ton of liming at my moms and I was amazed at how the battery lasted and it cut great. It extends to 9.5' and is a bit awkward to handle that high up but does cut great. (Just gotta remember the bar oil) I am contemplating buying the weed trimmer now.
I had the Makita duel battery string trimmer, it worked great but polished off a lot of older batteries I had. I gave all my Makita stuff to my kid and bought Milwaukee, the batteries are way better. I have the quikloc string trimmer with pole saw, hedge trimmer and one 3' extension. With 9ah batteries I can get all my weed wacking done with plenty of juice to spare, (two 5ah batteries in the makita didn't finish the job) Trimming out shooting lanes for deer blinds is way easier. The hedge trimmer works great for pruning the tops of apple trees.
I have changed out my blower trimmer and edger for 56 volt ez go from home depot. I have 2 batteries they last about just under an hour each with continuous use. Still debating on the mower. but would probably go with the 80 volt not that I think it means more power or torq just more time to cut the yard without stopping to charge up a battery to continue cutting the yard itself.
I got the Milwaukee pole saw a few weeks ago and it kicks ass. The 9ah battery definitely lasts longer than I do. I cut about 100 good sized cedar limbs and it still showed 75% charge. Would recommend.
I have a few different things. Ryobi 18V weed eater my wife bought before we were married, it did better than I thought it would in the small courtyard of our old townhouse. Dewalt 20V in-line blower I bought primarily for sawdust in my tool trailer, but it does a fine job blowing dry leaves and pine needles off concrete. You can do a reasonable sized driveway with it, but it’s not going to push piles of leaves. I just bought the Dewalt 20V chainsaw, I’d been wanting one to keep in my vehicle when running trails in the forest. So far I’ve only done some limbing with it, my biggest complaint is that it’s fairly grabby and seems to chew up what you’re cutting if it has any flex. I assume this is because the RPM/chain speed is so much slower.
I’ve also got pro grade Stihl versions of all those tools and there is zero comparison obviously if you actually need the power.
I have the handheld M18 Milwaukee hedge trimmer. Would buy it again if I had too.
Starting from scratch I’d go with the Milwaukee string trimmer and get the hedge trimmer attachment for it. I have a husqvarna string trimmer and sthil blower that still work and can’t justify replacing shit that runs.
I did the Kobalt 40V stuff about 4-5 years ago. Started with Mower and Trimmer. Then have added blower, pole saw, and chain saw. I'm in Phoenix, so I don't try to make the grass grow, but haven't had the motivation to go full rock/desert either. So I can go months without mowing, then bam, it's tall and weedy and shit.
The mower and string trimmer were always ok. Then a hoodrat felt he needed it more than me along with other stuff of mine. Replaced the mower and trimmer with the 80V Kobalt options about 2 years ago, holy shit do they have some balls now.
The 40V saws and blowers are still plenty. The polesaw is great for dealing with the mesquite trees, the chainsaw bridges the gap when it's a little bigger and I can reach it up to the point I should stop almost hurting myself
I've got Milwaukee 12V and 18V stuff in the shop, but getting the larger batteries and changing the yard stuff from blue to red hasn't been worth it.
Have the Dewalt 20v weed eater and chainsaw. The weed eater is nice, it does bog down in really thick tall grass and the line dispensing mechanism is prone to have shit wrapped up in it preventing line dispensing. I'm running aftermarket .080 line in it which may be why it bogs down a bit. The Chainsaw is an awesome little tool, us it all the time. Like said above its a tad grabby, but I reach for it over my Stihls just because of how small and light it is. Anything over 6" and you're better off going with gas though. Its great for limbing and pruning. Battery life is good on the saw, so so on the weed wacker. I got the combo pack where if you bought the weed eater with charger and battery you got the saw free, works for me.