BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Toro introduces the all-new PowerPlex family of handheld 40V Max* lithium ion products. The complete range of equipment Toro 40V batteryis ideal for homeowners who value compact and easy-to-use products that rival the power and performance of gas-powered models. The product family includes a brushless DC blower, a brushless DC chainsaw, a 24-inch hedge trimmer, a 13-inch string trimmer/edger, and a 14-inch brushless DC string trimmer. ­­

The PowerPlex blower can move up to 480 cubic feet per minute. The 24-inch hedge trimmer boasts a 90-degree rotating handle for simple operation. The PowerPlex 14-inch chainsaw is ideal for storm clean-up or property maintenance, and a fully functional chain brake comes standard on the unit. Both PowerPlex string trimmers feature variable-speed trigger control to handle various applications and offer a targeted run time of around 40 minutes on a single charge.

The line also includes a quick charger with a tabletop or wall mount option and comes standard with the complete tools. The T90 (included) is a 40-Volt Max*, 2.5 amp-hour and 90 watt-hour, lithium ion battery, and the T180 (optional upgrade) is a 40-Volt Max*, 5.0 Amp-Hour and 180 watt-hour battery. Both batteries include an on-board power meter, and the T180 battery features an integrated LED flashlight, USB charging port for charging tablets, cell phones and other small devices, and a folding handle for simple transport. Batteries are interchangeable between products, allowing operators to easily switch from one task to another.

“When initially developing the product line, we focused on providing an impressive run time without sacrificing performance,” says Shawn Carothers, Toro marketing manager. “We know these factors are crucially important to our customers, and believe we have delivered in an unprecedented way to tackle a variety of yard tasks with the PowerPlex line.”

The PowerPlex line will be available to ship in February 2017.

* Battery manufacturer rating = 40V maximum & 36V typical usage. Actual voltage varies with load.