CAT has launched a new line of 60V cordless outdoors power tools and equipment, starting with blowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, mowers, and string trimmers.
The new CAT cordless tools will be sold at Amazon, Lowe’s, Tractor Supply Co. Amazon has most of the new line already in-stock and shipping.
CAT has partnered with Positec to manufacture the new line of tools. Positec, which owns Rockwell and Worx tool brands, manufactures CAT 18V cordless power tools, which will also soon be launching at USA retailers.
The new CAT 60V cordless OPE are be powered by 2.5Ah and 5Ah batteries. All of the tools in the lineup are engineered with high-efficiency brushless motors for “more torque, quiet operation, and longer life.”
The batteries feature “an intelligent management system that monitors charging and discharging, voltage, temperature reporting, and current state of health.”
Each Li-ion battery cell is encapsulated in a high density thermoplastic to “dissipate heat to maintain cooling while increasing efficiency and runtime.” The fully-enclosed cells also provide “vibration and impact resistance, and thermal overload protection.”
CAT says that their OPE tools are “specifically designed for professional users, as well as serious do-it-yourselfers who demand more power, advanced engineering, and longer runtime.” They are especially targeted professional landscapers, botanical gardens, gardeners, and home landscapers.
The tools will be covered by a 5-year limited warranty, and 3-years for the batteries and chargers.
The initial launch of 60V brushless tools will include:
- 15″ string trimmer (2.5Ah kit and tool-only)
- 16″ chainsaw (2.5Ah kit)
- 18″ chainsaw (5Ah kit, tool-only)
- 21″ lawn mower (5Ah kit, tool-only)
- 21″ self-propelled lawn mower (5Ah kit, tool-only)
- 25″ backpack hedge trimmer (2.5Ah kit, tool-only)
- 700 CFM 135 mph blower (2.5Ah kit, tool-only)
- 800 CFM 170 mph blower (5Ah kit, tool-only)
The cordless outdoor power equipment market has been growing steadily, especially with the increase in noise ordinances and gas engine restrictions.
CAT is a household name, and Positec is a seasoned cordless power tool manufacturer. It will be interesting to see how well the new line performs against competitive offerings – with respect to both user applications and retail sales.