leaf blower deals

Leaf Blower Deals

Everyone is seeking cheap leaf blowers this time of year.  It’s understandable. When you leave your yard for just a couple of weeks and the fallen foliage combined with heavy rainfall results in a slipper mulch that’s as dodgy to tread on as ice. While we don’t usually experience as much snowfall or ice as our neighbours (though end-of 2019 is being slated by forecasters to be the coldest on record), we do get leaves and rain in spades. Here are a few great leaf blower deals which will get the job done and make your yard safe again.

Leaf Blower Deals: The Stihl BG 56 C-E

This is Stihl’s least expensive leaf blower, and while it will usually cost you €423, this winter we’re offering it for €299.00. That’s a €123 saving. While typically entry-level hardware is of a poor standard, Stihl have a name to uphold. The BG 56 C-E does a good job of cleaning leaves and debris around your paths, driveway and anywhere else around the home.  This is a handheld petrol engine with a semi-automatic choke lever. This model can automatically reset itself to the run position to help prevent accidental engine flooding, and it comes with an adapter to turn it into a vacuum shredder.

The Stihl BR 200 Backpack Blower

If you’re looking for leaf blower deals that have more ‘oomph’, we recommend the BR 200. Reduced from €635 to €595, you’ll save €40 while bringing professional-grade power to your home. The BR200 is light, with much of the weight stored on the backpack. It also features a simplified starting system and anti-vibration system which can provide extra comfort and help reduce the numbness and fatigue that typically haunts outdoor power tools. 

Leaf Blower Deals for Professionals – The Stihl BR 700leaf blower deals

This is nearing the top-of-the-range for Stihl’s line of leaf blowers. We have reduced the BR 700 from €902 down to €759 so you save €143. This model has a fully adjustable blower tube. It has exceptional blowing force and low weight. This makes is perfect for removing grass and hedge cuttings, leaves and debris from large areas. Its anti-vibration system is excellent making it perfect for longer working periods. If you need to get the job done before the winter really sets in, this is the one for you.

All of our leaf blowers are available with free shipping anywhere in Ireland. Have any questions? Feel free to call us today 021 4965 132

are electric shredders any good

Are Electric Shredders Any Good?

We sometimes have customers ask, “Are electric shredders any good?”.  The answer is that it depends on the make and model, and it depends on what you’re after. Garden shredders aren’t cheap, even ones designed for extremely minimal, domestic shredding. And people are rightly dubious of electric shredders. The lower-end models are built for very minimal work (and some brands don’t seem to be built for any work at all). 

Are Lower-End Electric Garden Shredders Any Good?

Lower-end models are suitable for domestic use where someone has a small garden with primarily hedging where the branches are thin and not very ‘woody’, or few small trees with slender branches. They aren’t good with heavy work. They will break down fast or the blades will wear down if used for extended periods, taking large loads. These lower-end brands and models will break down with one or two heavy uses. Typically, these lower-end models state their “max branch thickness” for intake. But this isn’t necessarily the optimal branch thickness. Many lower-end brands and models can only manage half the stated max branch thickness before grinding to a halt — or wearing the blades down with one or two uses. For this reason, if you have a larger garden or anything beyond minimal growth, you’re almost always better off going for a higher-end model.

The Stihl GHE 355 Electric Shredder

The GHE 355 is Stihl’s higher-end model electric shredder. The GHE 355 is going to be plenty for m

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ost domestic use cases. It works well on small to medium-sized gardens, though it’s not suitable for professional use. It’s more suitable for larger quantities of hard tree branches, woody brush and bushes. One of its most significant advantages over a petrol-driven shredder is its cost and its weight, at almost half the price of the lower-end petrol shredder. Weight wise the GHE 355 comes in at 30kgs whereas the 370S weighs 45kg thanks to its petrol engine. Both models are loud. They are over the safe usage limit of 80db, so we recommend you wear ear protection while operating any shredder.  

If you’re still unsure what’s best for your situation, feel free to give us a call today on 021-4965132

stihl kombi for sale

Stihl Kombi For Sale

If you are looking for a Stihl Kombi for sale, we have three recommendations with free shipping. As all Stihl Kombis will power KombiTools, your choice is down to whether you need one for professional or domestic use. The higher-end models are more powerful and have less vibration and are built for long-term or professional use. You can also view our full range of Stihl Kombi engines.

The Stihl KM 131 Kombi for Sale €696.00 €599.00

The Stihl KM 131 is suited for professional use. As Stihls highest range kombi engine, it has significantly reduced vibration while providing excellent power output at 1.4/1.9 kW/bhp. This current sale puts the KM 131 at a lower price than the 111R. The KM 131 uses the updated 4-MIX engine. Naturally, as a kombi engine, it will power many different attachments for property and garden maintenance. The KM 131 is compact and easy to transport. As with all the other Stihl Kombis, it weighs in at just four and a half kilograms before adding extensions or fuel. The KM 131 can take up to .75 litres of petrol at a time while maintaining a comfortable weight and balance during your workday.

Stihl KM 94 RC-E €599.00 €499.00

The KM 94 is a domestic power tool. Its powerful engine outputs 0.9/1.2 kW/bhp. The kombi only weighs four kilograms, this is a great weight-to-power ratio for around the home. The KM 94 does not have the newer engine of the KM 131, and so there is roughly 15% more vibration levels. But since this is more for domestic use, this isn’t going to be much of an issue unless you’re doing extended periods of work day-in and day-out.

KM 56 RC-E Stihl Kombi For Sale €428.00 €299.00stihl kombi for sale

The KM 56 has a power output of 0.8/1.1 kW/bhp. A little less than the KM 94 and roughly 50% less power than the professional level KM 131. It weighs in at 4.3 kilograms, which makes it .3 kilograms heavier than the 94. This model works best in domestic use cases without prolonged intensive use. 

We hope this gives you a sense of some of our Stihl Kombi range. Remember that all Stihl Komibis for sale come with free shipping anywhere in Ireland. Be sure to check out the Stihl Kombi Attachments to see just how versatile these power tools can be. And if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on 021-4965132 and we will do our best to assist you.

the best robot mower

Best Robot Mower: Which Stihl iMow Is Best For You?

The Best Robot Mower is the best one for the task at hand. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we believe in the right tool for the job. Not everyone needs the newest, fastest, most powerful gadget. Sometimes less is more. So with that in mind, let’s talk about Stihl’s range of robot mowers

Stihl is one of our go-to manufacturers for professional and domestic gardening equipment. They have superior quality in everything they do, with robust materials built to last. Their robot mower range is no exception.  Stihl has a range of six different robot mowers ranging from entry-level for small gardens to a more professional level for large lawns.

The Best Robot Mower for Small-Medium Sized Gardens

The Stihl RMI 422 is the entry-level robot mower which can maintain lawns up to 800 square metres in size. Yet it’s still packed with nifty features. Once you install it, it’ll mow, recharge and schedule itself automatically. As with the other models, it mulches the grass rather than collecting it. Its cutting height can be adjusted between 2-6 centimetres. 

The Best Robot Mower for Gardens up to 3000 square meters

The Stihl RMI 632 can cover almost four times more than the entry-level robot thanks to a much larger lithium-ion battery. Aside from that, it shares most of the same features. It has the same cutting height of 2-6 centimetres. Its cutting width is about 33 percent larger than the 422 at 28 centimetres versus the 422’s 20cm. Its larger battery adds an extra five kilos to its weight so that the 632 is fourteen kilos versus the 422’s nine.

The Best Robot Mower for Lawns Up To 5000 square metresthe best robot mower

The Stihl 632 can cover the largest area while also satisfying gadget lovers. The 632 allows you to control the iMow using a smartphone app. This lets you change your mowing plan, check on its status, or tell it to delay a mowing session if it’s not a convenient time (Sunday mornings for example!).

As you know, robotic mowers aren’t toys (at least not toys for children). So during its active times, young children, bystanders and animals need to be kept clear of the working area. Please refer to the operating instructions for further information.

Thank you for reading. We hope this was helpful. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021-4965132

shop vacs

Shop Vacs

Shop Vacs are robust vacuum cleaners that are suitable for cleaning various kinds of debris in various industrial and domestic tasks. Stihl’s range of Shop Vacs can clean various kinds of spillages and debris, including loose chippings and liquids.  At Douglas Forest and Garden, we supply the Stihl SE 122 and SE 62 shop vacs. View both Stihl wet and dry vacuums.

The Stihl SE 122 Shop Vac is robust and comes with several attachments. As a shop vac, it’s excellent for domestic and professional use. Both the 122 and the 62 have high suction power with different settings for different surfaces. The SE 122 has different bags for different types of cleaning or filtration. Like most shop vacs, the Stihl 122 has incredible suction power. It can clean carpets and mats easily. This includes professional use cases such as hotel lobbies and meeting rooms. The various attachments mean this shop vac is also capable of cleaning upholstery and car interiors.  The suction tube on the Stihl SE 122 is 3 metres in length which allows for plenty of room for manoeuvering and reaching those awkward to reach places. 

Using shop vacsStihl Shop Vacs on Debris and Water Spillages

In certain industrial situations, your vacuum filters are going to block often. You can clean the Stihl 122 shop vac air filter without opening the device. Just press the filter cleaning button and the Stihl’s excellent suction will clean its own filter.

Whether there’s a spillage in a kitchen, a dairy farm or industrial area, the Stihl Shop Vac can handle it with ease. Note, however, that to handle spillages, you must first remove the dry filter and replace it with the wet filter. After you clean the spillage, remember to re-install the dry filter. 

If you’re looking for a shop vac or you have questions relating to the Stihl range, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0214965132.

the stihl AR 2000

The Stihl AR 2000 battery pack

The Stihl Cordless Battery range uses lithium-ion technology. This is the better battery technology out there, which offers simplified starting, better operation and reduced maintenance.  While Stihl Battery Powered Tools have excellent power and are extremely appealing for their ease of handling, minimal vibration on the hands, reduced weight, and quieter operation, they are not suitable for heavy-duty use out of the box — this is due to the constraints placed on them by the current state of lithium battery technology which reduces run time significantly. This is where the Stihl AR 2000 battery backpack comes in.the stihl AR 2000

The Stihl AR 2000

Stihl designed their battery-powered products to be interoperable. Whether you use an onboard battery or the AR 2000, they will all work together without a hitch. The AR Battery system supports the more full professional product line and also heavy-duty domestic users.  You wear the AR 2000 on your back. Weighing in at 7.8 kg, this backpack provides a total of 916 Watt-hours of battery energy.  This is almost four times the power you’d get from a Stihl AP300 battery pack.

Reducing Weight and Fatigue

With the backpack, you plug a cable directly into the handheld tool. Since there’s no battery hanging off the tool in your hands, the tool is much lighter.  This makes it ideal for extended use.  The AR 2000 works seamlessly with your electric tool’s built-in power settings. It has an in-built processor to communicate with the tool you’re using. The control unit talks to the motor and battery to make sure the perfect amount of current is supplied to give the best efficiency and performance during use.  There are also diagnostic tools available If you need to have your tool run for more extended periods, simply adjust it to its lower power settings and this will allow you to extend the length of time you’re able to use the tool.

Alternatives to the Stihl AR 2000

If the Stihl AR 2000 is too much power (or weight) for your needs, you can use different Stihl battery pouches to carry the batteries. You strap these onto the battery belt on the waist.  Like the backpack, they reduce fatigue and improve handling when compared with having the battery attached directly to the tool.  Have any other questions about our Stihl Battery Powered range? Please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 021-4965132.