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Favorite permie tools of a small 40 yr old lady

 
                                              
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Im grateful for the giveway of tools that are inspiring me to write my first post! I would be stoked to win them!

I LOVE my battery powered tools, especially the echo chainsaw and weedwhacker!!! The chainsaw is 16" so a bit heavy and overkill for most trees I cut, yet that also makes it fast and me feel confident in cutting bigger trees. I live in the jungle of Hawai'i and so I have to cut alot of trees each year. The weedwhacker is such a huge help in clearing overgrown areas and keeping my paths maintained.
My other tools are mostly ryobi, which Im amazed at how long they have lasted considering how cheap they are. 10" chainsaw, trimmer, polesaw (this thing is super handy), hand vacuum, and the blower helps make my house feel cleaner!
We built the house with Ridgids tool set of impact driver, drill, sawzaw, and skillsaw! Still going strong after 7 years, and they have honored the lifetime service agreement for the batteries and charger. Doesnt work so well for the actual tools since there is no repair shop here, but all the tools work except the skillsaw which I bent by trying to cut something at a weird angle.

These tools help me live the permie lifestyle, I'd need quite a bit more people power to live out here without them.
By the way, Im looking for other permies to join me in Hawai'i!
 
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I hear you!  I use Ryobi tools too and they've lasted a long time.  Except a little shop vac I got once that died pretty quickly...  I use the impact driver more than anything.  And now they have a quiet one which is really nice.
 
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Cordless tools have become seriously AWESOME.  They have surpassed corded tools for almost all homesteader needs.  

And the homeowner brands (Ryobi, etc) are probably BETTER than Dewalt, Milwaukee, etc. for most--they are cheaper but more importantly, LIGHTER.  

That reminds me, the LIGHTS are an awesome addition! Rechargeable spotlights and trouble lights are great for checking the animals or working in the barn at night.

For the offgridders, there are 12v chargers if you want to bypass inverters.  You can charge your batteries during peak times to be used whenever.
 
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