If you’re looking for a great way to make your lawn greener, start with your lawn tools. Old gas-powered lawn equipment like mowers and blowers pump out large volumes of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds. Some even emit more than a car.* Plus, they’re noisy.
Electric lawn tools on the other hand are quieter and produce zero emissions. No more noise. No more air pollution! And no gas means no hassles…like running out of gas or spilling it. No more pulling and pulling on the starter trying to fire up your mower after it’s been sitting in the shed all winter. No more yelling and cursing. Yes, change is good!
All of a sudden mowing the lawn is no longer a chore, it’s an exercise in doing the right thing. Your lawn will thank you. The environment will thank you. And, given how quiet they are, even your neighbors will thank you.
Let’s face it, old gas lawn tools aren’t exactly clean. On the other hand, electric tools produce zero emissions and don’t directly contribute to your local air pollution. Electric tools require no gas or oil, so there is no risk of spilling gas, no running out of gas in the middle of a project, no need to store or dispose of old gas and oil, and no risk of smelling like gas or exhaust when you’re finished.
Anyone who’s ever heard the peaceful early morning sounds of birds chirping being replaced by the loud, obnoxious roar of a gas-powered lawn tool will immediately fall in love with electric ones. Electric tools are much quieter, meaning you can comfortably use them without wearing hearing protection. Plus, their easy setup makes them hassle free.
Look Mom, no cords! New, electric lawn tools are powerful and use rechargeable battery packs. Simply plug the battery power pack into the tool and get to work. No more struggling with cords and no need to winterize your lawn tools at the end of the season.
You can learn more about the benefits of electric tools and observe tool demonstrations. Plus, you can recycle your gas-powered lawn equipment free of charge and receive access to new Ego Brand electric tools at deep discounts… like $100 off lawn mowers and $50 off trimmers, hedgers and chainsaws! Participants in the exchange will also receive free admission to the show and discounted parking.
Be sure to check out the terms and conditions for complete participation requirements.
You’ll need to register to participate in the PGE Electric Tool Exchange. Those who register will be able to recycle a gas-powered tool and pick up their pre-ordered new Ego brand electric tool at the exchange. (You must recycle a gas tool to qualify for the electric tool discounts.)
Make sure to empty all gas and oil from your old tools in advance. Our recycler, Calbag Metals, can only accept gas-powered tools that have been emptied of gas and oil. You can find information on the safe disposal of oil and gas at the links below.
Mark your calendar for the upcoming PGE Electric Tool Exchange!
Sept. 5 through Oct. 10: Event registration and online tool purchase
Oct 9: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Oct. 10: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All discounts are subject to availability. Supplies are limited, so don’t dilly dally.
There’s a $250 maximum discount per participant and a limit of one of each item per participant.
Discounted electric tools are only available for advance purchase via the official Ewing purchase portal.
Tools will not be available for purchase at the show.
This program is only available for PGE customers at this time.
Find answers to some frequently asked questions about electric tools and the PGE Electric Tool Exchange below.
Tell me more about the advantages of electric-powered landscaping tools?
Gas-powered outdoor equipment (ex. leaf blowers and lawn mowers) emit large volumes of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, “little lawn tools with two-stroke engines are, in some cases, putting out 20 to nearly 300 times the emissions of a car.”
On the other hand, electric tools produce zero emissions and don’t directly contribute to your local air pollution. Electric tools require no gas, so there is no risk of spilling gas, no running out of gas in the middle of a project, no need to store or dispose of old gas, and no chance of smelling like gas or exhaust when you’re finished using the tool.
Electric tools are quieter than gas-powered equipment, meaning you can comfortably use them without wearing hearing protection. Plus, their easy setup makes them hassle free. Simply plug in your corded tool or connect the charged battery and push start. No more struggling with pull cords and there is no need to winterize them at the end of a season.
What is the available run-time for a battery-powered lawn mower?
The run-time (how long you can use the equipment on a single charge) depends on the product. In general, battery-powered lawn mowers can run about an hour (covering approximately half an acre) on a single charge. Once the battery is drained, simply recharge it, or swap it out for another battery. Run-times differ by product and manufacturer so please review the specifications for an individual product prior to purchase.
How long does it take to charge a battery?
Charge times will vary by manufacturer and battery size. In general, batteries can recharge within 30-90 minutes. Please review the specifications for an individual product prior to purchasing as charge times may differ.
What is the cost of an electric/battery powered landscaping tool?
Prices will vary by product and whether you also purchase a battery and charger kit. You can visit EGO Landscaping Power Tools for specific pricing details*.
Electric lawn mowers range: $300 - $750
Electric trimmer range: $80 - $300
Electric chainsaws: $140 - $450
Electric Leaf blowers: $100 - $400
Can I use the battery for multiple landscaping tools?
Batteries are specific to the manufacturer. It is recommended that you only use batteries the manufacturer has specified as compatible for a tool. However, many batteries are designed to be compatible with multiple tools in a product line. If you have the same brand for all your landscaping tools, one or two batteries may be sufficient for your needs.
Do professional landscapers use electric-powered landscaping tools?
Yes! Many professional landscapers, including PGE crews, use electric-powered landscaping tools. PGE began using electric tools for site maintenance in 2020 and is piloting a program to determine if all maintenance will be converted to 100% electric soon.
How will my old landscaping tool be recycled?
PGE has partnered with Calbag Metals, located in NW Portland, to recycle your old gas-powered landscaping tools. Calbag Metals recycles over 3 million pounds of metal each month out of its Portland facility. When you recycle with Calbag Metals you are choosing to reduce the volume of material headed to the landfill and ensuring that as much of the old equipment will be reused as possible.
The Calbag Metals recycling process:
Old tools are run through a large shredder
The shredded material is separated by metal, plastic, and rubber
The metal elements are further separated by type – ferrous and nonferrous
The metal is shipped to smelters to be made into anything from a new car to hammer. A small amount of non-metal material that remains after processing is sent to landfill
What if I need to cancel or change my reservation?
I can’t attend this date. Will there be other tool exchange events?
5 Reasons to Choose Battery-Powered Lawn Tools – Consumer Reports
Lawn care is going electric. And the revolution is here to stay – The Washington Post
How Long Do Electric Lawn Mowers Last? – Electric Mower Report