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One of the largest dedicated garden & ground-care machinery suppliers in the UK - and still a family run business since 1979
Which Stihl battery range is best for you?

Which Stihl battery range is best for you?

There are Stihl battery-powered tools for every task, so whether you’re a home gardener or a professional user, you’ll be sure to find the right tool for the job.

Stihl offer four different ranges of cordless power tools, but how do you know which range is the one for you? - You don’t want to buy a domestic machine for a professional application!

Take a look at our guide to make sure you invest in the right Stihl tools for you.

STIHL AI LINE – CORDLESS TOOLS FOR SMALLER GARDENS

The AI Line is Stihl's range of battery-powered tools for use by homeowners with smaller gardens. These products are extremely lightweight and have straightforward handling, making gardening jobs easy to complete.

STIHL AI LINE – CORDLESS TOOLS FOR SMALLER GARDENS

The AI Line is Stihl's range of battery-powered tools for use by homeowners with smaller gardens. These products are extremely lightweight and have straightforward handling, making gardening jobs easy to complete.

How many tools are in the Stihl AI Line range?

There are 3 products in this line of battery-powered tools:

How are these products powered?

Each of these machines has a built-in battery with a port on the tool itself to charge it. You do not need to purchase a separate battery or charger with these tools.

Does a battery and charger come with the product?

Yes. These machines have a built-in battery and come with a charger.

The safety key is also provided with AI Line tools. When this key is removed, the machine will not operate. When this key is inserted, the product can be used until it runs out of power.

 

Stihl's AS range of cordless tools

THE STIHL AS SYSTEM – CORDLESS TOOLS FOR GARDEN CHALLENGES

The AS System tools are compact, light and easy to handle. They are designed for quick and efficient garden maintenance at home.

What is in The AS System?

There are 2 products in this system of tools:

  • The Stihl GTA 26 garden pruner, which is perfect for quick pruning of branches, cutting firewood and small DIY jobs
  • The Stihl HSA 26 shrub and grass shears, which have interchangeable blades depending on the task you are doing. With one blade, they can be used for easy trimming of small-leafed shrubs, or just switch the blade in seconds and the HSA 26 can be used for trimming lawn edges or small areas of lawn

How are these products powered?

These products are powered by a replaceable AS 2 battery. This battery is charged using the AL 1 charger. AS System tools have a slot for inserting the battery directly into the machine.

Does a battery & charger come with the product? 

Yes. STIHL AS System products are only available as a set, and each set has an AS 2 battery and AL 1 charger included. You can purchase additional AS 2 batteries and AL 1 chargers separately.

Stihl AS 2 battery and AL 1 charger for the GTA 26 cordless pruner and HSA 26 cordless shears 

 

 

THE STIHL AK SYSTEM – CORDLESS TOOLS FOR MEDIUM-SIZED AND LARGER GARDENS

The AK System tools are impressive machines with a flexible range of applications for medium-sized and larger gardens. From mowing the lawn to cutting firewood, they are ideal if you want to tackle almost any type of job in your garden.

What is in the Stihl AK system?

There are over 10 products in this system of cordless tools:

How are these products powered? 

These products are powered by one of three interchangeable AK batteries, either the AK 10, AK 20 or AK 30, which slot directly into the machines.

The batteries are all the same size so are interchangeable in the machines although, with certain tools, we do recommend the higher capacity batteries in the range to get the full power. For example, you should always use the Stihl AK 30 battery with the MSA 140 C-B chainsaw otherwise the performance will be reduced.

The batteries can be charged using the AL 101 or AL 300 charger.

Does a battery and charger come with the product? 

Some of the Stihl AK System machines are sold as a set with the battery and charger. In this case, buying the tools as a set is slightly cheaper than buying the items separately.

When you buy any AK tool, it is always clear whether they are being sold with a battery and charger, but if you aren’t sure, just ask us!

If you already have an AK battery and charger, you may just want to buy the tool only, and all of the tools in the range can be bought on their own.

The Stihl AK 30 battery which is suitable for the AK range with a choice of chargers: AL 101 and AL 300

 

THE STIHL AP SYSTEM – CORDLESS TOOLS FOR LARGE GARDENS AND PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS

The AP System tools are powerful battery-powered machines with long working times, outstanding handling and useful comfort features. This extensive system has a wide range of products with interchangeable batteries.

Stihl AP System tools are suitable for professional users but are also useful if you have a large garden that you want to maintain yourself. If you are using STIHL AP System tools for professional work, you’ll receive 2 year’s professional warranty on your machine as well (subject to product registration and annual servicing).

What is in the AP system? 

There are over 30 products in this system of tools:

CHAINSAW

LEAF BLOWER BRUSH CUTTER LAWN MOWER HEDGE TRIMMER
MSA 160 C-B BGA 86 FSA 86 R RMA 253 HSA 66
MSA 200 C-B BGA 100 FSA 90 R / 90 RMA 443 C HSA 86
MSA 220 C-B BGA 200 FSA 130 R / 130 RMA 443 VC HSA 94 R
MSA 161 T   FSA 135 R / 135 RMA 448 VC HSA 94 T
      RMA 765 V HLA 66
      RMA 2 RV HLA 86
        HLA 135
POLE PRUNER KOMBI-ENGINE SPRAYER CUT-OFF MACHINE SWEEPER
HTA 66 KMA 130 R SGA 85 TSA 230 KGA 770
HTA 86 KMA 135 R      
HTA 135        

 

How are these products powered? 

These products are powered by interchangeable Stihl AP batteries or AR L backpack batteries.

The backpack batteries are designed to give the longest run times for professional use. Both types of batteries can be charged using the AL 300 or AL 500 fast charger. AP System tools either have a slot for inserting the battery directly into the machine or a socket for a connecting cable that can be connected to an AP battery in a battery belt, or to a backpack battery.

Does a battery and charger come with the product? 

No. Stihl AP System tools are sold without a battery or charger. These must be purchased separately. Each AP System tool has a recommended battery and charger which provides the best balance in the tool, but larger capacity batteries can still be used with them for longer run times.

Stihl have a variety of batteries and chargers for their professional AP range - all sold separately

 

Stihl are continuously developing their battery technology and are launching both new battery tools and more intelligent batteries regularly.

If you're thinking of investing in a battery system, you can be sure that Stihl battery tools can be relied on for years to come. For more advice on picking the right battery system, please contact us.

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