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The Husqvarna 128ld 28cc String Trimmer Review: Is It Worth It?

In this blog I will guide you through buying and using the Husqvarna string trimmer. I will also give you my personal opinion of the machine.

INTRODUCTION

Well, we can all agree that we need our lawns to always look perfect! Finding the right trimmer with just the right features can be a hectic process. There are hundreds of different makes and designs rendering it impossible to determine which would best suit you.

Husqvarna 128ld 28cc String Trimmer

Trimming your hedges can be a lot of work. The traditional option for trimming hedges was the use of shears, which ended up in a lot of time and energy wastage. The use of trimmers makes work so easy and saves almost half of the effort used by shears. Many people are satisfied with investments in these machines.

The first steps you should take before you determine which trimmer to purchase are:

  • Survey Your Yard: Look through your yard and determine the type of hedges that it composes of, The thickness of the hedges, the size of the land that will need the trimming and accessibility of the hedges.
  • Types of Hedge Trimmers: There are two options for the power source of hedge trimmers the electric and gas option.

Electric: The electric type uses electricity as the source of power.

Gas:This type uses gas to power the machine. Gas powered trimmers are great for huge lawns bt are more complicated to use. I would suggest you start off with an electric trimmer then later settle for a gas powered one.

  • Cost: Most of the trimmers range from as little as $35 to as much as $300 depending on the brand and the quality.
  • Length: The length of the trimmer also matters! This will be dependent on the size and thickness of your hedges.
  • Weight: The weight of the trimmer is alo important. It should be portable and easy to manage so as to manoeuvre easily across the hedges.
  • Ease of Use: Is the trimmer user friendly or not?
  • Maintenance: Can it be easily repaired and are the spare parts available?
  • Safety: How safe is the machine? Does it pose a threat of harm?

After considering all the above factors I recently purchased a Husqvarna 28-cc string trimmer. The package arrived well packaged a couple of days after I had placed my order on eBay. It came with an easy to read manual and right away I decided to use it. The one I purchased is a gasoline powered machine rather than the electric option. I fueled it with some left over gasoline from my garage and I was good to go.

This Husqvarna 28-cc, gasoline-powered string trimmer has a straight shaft and weighs 13.6 lbs. It uses dual .095-inch cutting lines.  The Husqvarna 128DJx is a really powerful device that can cover a full yard or weeds. It starts when you bump the tool onto the ground and contains easy to use trigger controls. The trimmer works well in all types of yards small, medium or large. It is a powerful light weight device that ensures almost everything is cleared within the minimum time.

Giving you more time for your beers, friends and family!

It is powerful enough to take on a yard full of unruly weeds with its burly two-cycle engine. It’s also reliable, using tested features such as a line feed that activates when you bump the tool on the ground, comfortable trigger controls and an assortment of landscaping attachments. Despite the machine’s raw power, the Husqvarna trimmer is also lighter than most gas weed whackers. In fact, its power in proportion to its weight is the most impressive in our lineup.

 DESCRIPTION

  • Detachable shaft: It has a detachable shaft that is easy to remove and attach. It also comes with other accessories that can be used in its place. This makes it more efficient to store and transport. The other accessories include a cleaner and other three accessories that I didn’t pay keen attention to. Which reminds me I have to go check them later lol.
  • Auto Return Stop Switch: Stop switch automatically resets to the ON position for easier starting. You can also ap the ground with the shaft to switch it on. I also found this incredibly useful. I don’t have to spend much time starting the machine. It is almost ready to go!
  • Air Purge: Removes air from carburetor and fuel system for easy starting. This feature is vital as it enables the device to start almost immediately.
  • Multi Purpose: It has different accessories that can be used for different The shaft can be easily replaced by other Husqvarna tools such as DX edger No.EA850, DX Cultivator No.CA150, DX Pole Saw 43-Inch Boom No.PA1100, DX Pole Saw 4-Inch Boom No.PA110, DX Clean Sweep Broom No.SR600, DX Hedge trimmer 4-Inch Boom No.HA110 and DX Hedge trimmer 33-Inch Boom No.HA850.
  • Light weight: It is significantly less heavy when compared to other gas trimmers in the market. It weighs approximately 9 lbs which is an ok weight. A light trimmer is much easier to manoeuvre with across the weeds.
  • Dependable 28cc 2-Cycle Engine: It has a strong engine that is a 2 cycle 28cc. The engine uses gasoline to power up. It also has a strong braided wire cable drive.
  • Straight shaft: It has a straight shaft that enables the cutting of almost all types of weeds effortlessly. I was able to cut across long bushes in my yard without much of a strain.
  • Warranty: The machine comes with a great warranty plan of two years. If you however register your machine online, there will be an additional two years on your cover, making it a total of four years.

SPECIFICATIONS

Series Name 322L
Best Size of lawn Up to 2 acres
Engine Displacement (Cu. Centimeters) 22.5
Engine Type 2-cycle engine
Fuel Type Gas/oil mix
2-Cycle Fuel Mix Ratio 50:1
Shaft Type Straight design
Cutting Swath (Inches) 18
Recommended Line Diameter (Inches) 0.095
Line Feed Bump type
Single or Dual Line Feed Dual feed
Electric Start Capable No
Spring-Assist Starting Yes
Edger Capable No
Engine Oil Included No
Weight (lbs.) 9
Attachment Compatible No
Package Contents Trimmer, oil, guard
UL Safety Listing Yes
CSA Safety Listing No
ETL Safety Listing No
Warranty 2-year limited

 HOW TO USE IT

This string trimmer is quite easy to use. It comes with a manual guide book that is efficient for beginners in the lawn mowing. The first step in using this is the assembly. This involves connecting the little pieces that came with your package to complete the machinery. It will include fixing the loop handle,  trimmer guard and trimmer head which come as separate parts in the package.

The next step before using the machine is the fuel handling. Use a container to get the oil and gas mixtures done according to the guidelines in the manual. The machine uses unleaded gasoline mixture leaded corrodes the device. I prefer getting my mixtures done in a clear container for easy visibility.

Now to start the trimmer!

Press the machine air purge until fuel flows into the bulb fully. It is not however necessary to fill the bulb completely. Press the air purge repeatedly until fuel begins to fill the bulb. The bulb need not be completely filled. Set the choke in the choke position as indicated on the manual. Ensure the body of the machine is away from you and facing down. The next step is to grip the starter until you feel resistance from the chord. Then strongly and quickly pull it. The machine will go on. I personally find this process a bit hectic but with time one gets used to it. It is actually quite easier than other trimmers

WHO IS IT FOR?

The trimmer is suitable for anyone with a small to medium sized yard. Someone who is energetic and enjoys using machinery is a suitable person to own one. If you are not really interested in machinery and outdoor gardening activities, don’t buy it. It will probably just be a waste of money. Well that is just but my opinion!

AVERAGE RATING

I would rate this trimmer as follows based on my experience:

Power:

Durability:

Ergonomics:

Performance:

Value:

Average:

 Power: It has a rather strong engine that ensures a clean cut through weeds and thick bushes without hesitation.

 Durability: I already had a few problems with the device so I am not certain about the durability. I had to change the primer bulb and the locking nut within four months of using the machine. Hence I give it a ⅗.

 Performance: I was quite pleased with the work this machine can do. It cut through my lawn pretty well. You’d think I had a professional pay me a visit.

Ergonomics: The machine is well designed. It is easy to use and the manual guide clearly highlights warnings and safety precautions to take when using it. It is less likely to have any form of accident with the device unless you are rather careless and ignorant,

Value: With the quality of service the machine has so far given me, I believe it was value for my money. Though quite pricey this little device is a must for all garden homes.

 PROS/CONS

PROS CONS
Easy to handle. It bogs down on acceleration.
It is a powerful trimmer that cuts through almost all types of bushes. There are few authorised dealers available. Purchasing from dealers can be hectic especially if there are none near you.
It is fast and efficient. Unlike most trimmers usually that usually get stuck in bushes wasting a lot of time and effort, it is very efficient and strong. Similar to a cheaper brand called Poulan but has significant outstanding features to the latter mentioned.
It has spare parts easily available. Poor customer service from the main website. It takes time to get a response on queries posted.
The detachable shaft enables easy storage, cleaning and transportation of the machine. Quite pricey.
It has excellent balance which enables accurate trimming.
Low noise pollution.
High quality body and design.
It is made by an old company that has been operating for more than 30 years.
It is lightweight when compared to other machinery.
Has a great warranty protection plan that can run up to four years.
Starts easily with a maximum of two chokes.

 CONCLUSION

Let your neighbours envy you as you maintain your grass lawn perfectly trimmed. This machine is definitely a great buy if you have a garden or a grass lawn in your home. It is easy to start and use: almost anyone can operate it. The lightweight aspect makes it easily portable and increases the efficiency in use. It definitely gets your yard work done faster as it won’t get stuck in the tough shrubs as other cheaper trimmers do.

I would personally recommend this machine to someone else,despite not being 100% satisfied due to the few glitches the device has. The price is definitely too high at $159 where other trimmers are available at $50 – $75. The parts I had to replace too were a definite thumbs down for me on the average rating of the machine.

All in all I still believe this machine is a must have for all gardens/lawns. It works efficiently and definitely makes life easier by providing easy solutions to clear weeds and unwanted shrubs in our gardens. On average my rating for the machine is ⅘. It is an addition to my collection that I don’t regret despite the hefty price tag that came attached with it. I have recently also purchased the Husqvarna lawn mower hoping to get the same quality service.

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Review of Black & Decker CCC3000 18-Volt Cordless Electric Lawncare Center

Black & Decker CCC3000The Black & Decker CCC3000 18-Volt Cordless Electric Lawncare Center gives you everything that you need to give the finishing touch to your lawn. There are 3 rechargeable tools offered in this kit that will help you in pruning the hedges, trimming and edging the tight spaces in the yard and clearing hard surfaces.


The CCC3000 has a NS118 Cordless Broom/Hard Surface Sweeper that lets you instantly clear the leaves, cut grass and any lawn debris from patios, walkways or the garage. It receives sufficient thrusting power from the 18-volt battery and the light weight feature allows you to do any job without exhausting yourself.

The Black & Decker CCC3000 has another great tool in the form of NST2018 Grass Hog Cordless String Trimmer that can cover more are of your lawn with the 12-inch cutting path that it offers. It can instantly and easily switch between edging the pathways and the flower gardens with just a touch of the button. The proprietary Automatic Feed Spool system from Black & Decker ensures that the line remains at the right length. You would find that the cordless string trimmer is sufficiently light to let anyone do the job, while the adaptable handle allows the user to perform the task with utmost comfort.

The third important tool in the CCC3000 kit is the NHT518 Hedgehog Hedge Trimmer that features low level of vibration and a double action mechanism making it comfortable to work around with. It has a 22-inch blade that can easily access and trim branches having a diameter of 3/4 inch. This trimmer weighs not more than 6.4 lb, meaning you can easily carry it around, while the rechargeable battery provides enough power to continue trimming for up to 25 minutes.

The two 18-volt rechargeable batteries in the Black & Decker CCC3000 are powered by the battery charger. The batteries can be interchanged, meaning they can be switched between the 3 tools for longer work period, or you can put more than one worker to the task at one time. You can keep the hedge trimmer, string trimmer and the blower in the wall mount so as to keep them safe whenever not in use. The Black & Decker CCC3000 18-Volt Cordless Electric Lawncare Center kit comes with a 2-year warranty and it comprises of the NST2018 Grass Hog Cordless String Trimmer, NS118 Cordless Broom/Hard Surface Sweeper, NHT518 Hedgehog Hedge Trimmer, a couple of 18 V batteries, dual port 18 V charger and a wall mount.

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Review of Black & Decker LC3K220 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Lawncare Center

Black & Decker LC3K220The Black & Decker LC3K220 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Lawncare Center is one of the most unique PowerDrive Transmission. The 12-inch trimmer and edger generates more than enough power fro its motor for the cutting string in order to help you get your work done in a fly. There are many areas in your lawn where your mower cannot reach. However, the LC3K220 can even trim the grass in the tighter areas and still maintain the neat edge with harder surfaces.


The Black & Decker LC3K220 has a specially built Groom ‘N’ Edge head that rotates 180 degrees so as to switch instantly between jobs involving cutting or edging. Whereas the proprietary Automatic Feed Spool system makes use of the centrifugal force for dispensing additional line when you need more accuracy and reliability. You really don’t want any bumping when performing your job. In addition, there are several other features like the telescopic pole for adjustment to desired height, a motor that can perform at 7,500 rpm, a line with 0.065 diameter and a flip-down edging guide.

The LC3K220 is the ideal machine for sculpting those perfect hedges or shrubs. The LHT120B hedge trimmer is the perfect tool for trimming the hedges, small bushes and shrubs with utmost perfection. The special double-action blade is made from pre-hardened and machined-steel that delivers 2,400 strokes in a minute and can cut down branches having a diameter of maximum 3/4 inches and branches in an instant by reducing the vibrations by as much as 40%. The lock-off switch is there to prevent any accidental start-up while the sturdy plastic body protects from wear and tear.

The Black & Decker LC3K220 comes with the cordless sweeper, LSW120B that is designed to clear debris from a wide range of hard surfaces. The sweeper can blow away cut grass, leaves and any other debris. It generates blowing air at a maximum speed of 120 mph and doesn’t generate more than 66dBA of noise, which is relatively much lower. The lawncare center is powered by Energy Star rated Smart Charger fitted with a pair of 20-volt lithium-ion batteries. It comes with a warranty of 2 years for any defect in workmanship or material.

The entire Black & Decker LC3K220 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Lawncare Center kit consists of LST220 trimmer and edger, LSW120B sweeper for hard surfaces, LHT120B hedge trimmer, a couple of 20-volt MAX lithium-ion batteries, a smart charger and operating manuals.

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Tanaka TCG22EASSLP 21.1cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer Brush Cutter (CARB Compliant) Reviews

The Tanaka TCG22EASSLP 2-Stroke Gas Powered Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer Brush Cutter (CARB Compliant) has a powerful engine with a commercial rating, a drive shaft of 60 inches that can reach extended areas made from solid steel along with a cutting head and a semi-auto line dispenser. This tool complies with CARB and can be used for performing a wide range of tasks including trimming the garden, porch and walkway. You can also handle larger cleaning-up tasks. The PureFire low-emission 2-store mechanism in the engine minimizes the amount of fumes emitted, while the S-Start mechanism minimizes the thrust required for pull starts.


Tanaka TCG22EASSLP trimmerYou can use the Tanaka TCG22EASSLP to cut back grass, brush or weeds. It has a trimmer with commercially-rated 21cc engine that features the unique PureFire low-emission 2-stroke mechanism. The release of minimal amount of fume means the operation is safe and there is minimal impact on the environment. Because of this design, this trimmer is CARB complaint for use anywhere.

The TCG22EASSLP features a semi-auto cutting head to dispense the line as per your requirement. The head is 4 inches and can hold onto 0.095 inches co-polymer line of maximum 13 feet, while it offers a 17-inch cutting swath. It is placed towards the edge of a straight drive shaft made from 60 inches of solid steel. This is what makes it simple for anyone to trim in even the tightest areas. You can also use the trimmer along with one blade and conversion kit, not offered in the kit, so as to work on the overgrowth or the back tough.

The Tanaka TCG22EASSLP trimmer is lightweight and has a unique anti-vibration and comfortable design to ensure user ease. It weighs just 9.7 lb, and the design is created to minimize fatigue and to enhance maneuverability. The anti-vibration feature and the simple D-styled frontal handle give you a better grip with maximum comfort.

The TCG22EASSLP Gas Powered Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer Brush Cutter comes with an astonishing warranty of 7 years for consumers. If it is used for non-rental based commercial purposes, the warranty offered is for 2 years. However, for rental purposes the warranty is only for 1 year. The Tanaka TCG22EASSLP 21.1cc 2-Stroke Gas Powered Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer Brush Cutter (CARB Compliant) kit comprises of a grass trimmer featuring a straight shaft and a brush cutter along with a cutting head and a guard.

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Black & Decker NST1024 24-Volt Cordless String Trimmer/Edger – Its Easy To Use Make

Black & Decker NST1024The Black & Decker NST1024 24-Volt Cordless String Trimmer/Edger has been designed to allow you to work with more ease and pace than before. When you consider a cordless trimmer and edger, this tool delivers unparalleled power and ease along with its easy to use make. There are 2 cutting modes in this tool that offer better control. This is what makes this Black & Decker trimmer/edger the ideal equipment for those homeowners who are looking for a powerful and dependable solution.


Similar to other cordless string trimmers from Black & Decker, the Black & Decker NST1024 string trimmer/edger also offers high-end cutting performance without the need for using oil, gas or even pulling at or tripping over cords. The trimmer/edger is powered by a recently built motor that delivers 9,000 rpm. It runs on a 24-V battery with long-lasting capability. From this combo, the trimmer gets all the power that it requires for trimming along your home, landscape bed or fence.

The Black & Decker NST1024 has a proprietary gear-driven transmission that plays a key role in radically increasing the power output. This patented technology allows this trimmer to leave its competition far behind. For the optimal control over this significant power, users can take advantage of the PowerCommand to choose between a couple of cutting modes. If you want to work for a longer duration, you would switch to the normal mode and if you want more power the Boost mode would give you double the power delivered by even the top 18-V string trimmers around.

The slip-resistant soft grip and the adaptable aluminium shaft make the NST1024 significantly comfortable for anyone to use. If you want to convert it into an edger, all you have to do is to press a button. The Auto-Feed spool technology from Black & Decker keeps advancing the cutting line as you need it more. The features of this trimmer/edger are not just bounded by flexibility and high-power, as it offers several environmental benefits as well. A gas-run engine keeps releasing polluting emissions into the are, whereas this Black & Decker trimmer releases ‘0’ emissions. Additionally, its charging mechanism is Energy Star rated.

As an additional advantage, the Black & Decker NST1024 is relatively lighter, can be started with ease and offers much lower cost of operation compared to the conventional gas-run models. When you buy the Black & Decker NST1024 24-Volt Cordless String Trimmer/Edger, you get a warranty of 2 years.

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Poulan Pro PPWT60022 Reviews – A Great Gas String Trimmer !

Poulan Pro PPWT60022I hadn’t heard of Poulan before as a brand name, but it seemed like the best choice when I was looking around for a gas powered string trimmer.  I had had enough of corded trimmers and snagging and cutting the cord when I was using them.  I find that the battery ones work well for a few days but then they start to deteriorate and eventually I’m having to charge them back up every 5 minutes.  I was slightly skeptical about the gas ones being heavy, or even dangerous to use but I have heard some pretty good things about them, so when I was the Poulan Pro PPWT60022 in my local garden hardware store, I decided to give it a try.

When I got the Poulan Pro PPWT60022 home and unpacked it, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Poulan had supplied the oil that I needed to get the Poulan Pro PPWT60022 going.  I had some spare fuel lying around, but I had completely overlooked the fact that I might actually need oil to put in the trimmer.  One thing that makes this trimmer different from the others is that it requires absolutely no assembly.  As long as you’ve put the gasoline and oil in the trimmer, it’s good to go.  That was quite good news for me as there was a storm on the way, and I just wanted to get the trimmer in action.

The Poulan Pro PPWT60022 only has a small tank for gas.  I like this fact because first of all, it means that I can actually comfortably use this trimmer without it feeling too heavy due to its gas tank capacity.  The other advantage that I have found with the small tank is that after my day’s work, the fuel has pretty much been completely used up in the tank.  That’s good for health and safety.  Just in case my kids get into my tool shed and decide to help trim the garden, there is no fuel left in the tank, which puts my mind at ease.  In addition to that, I have noticed that the trimmer starts well if there is new fuel in the tank.  I guess that makes sense because fuel sitting in the tank over time can cause a clog in the system.

The Poulan Pro PPWT60022 is really light anyway, even with the small tank size. I don’t think there are many people who would struggle with it.  The trimming string on the device is one of the best designs I’ve ever had.  I had gotten frustrated with other trimmers in the past where the string ends up wrapping itself around some plant.
I would make the recommendation for the Poulan Pro PPWT60022 as a great alternative to the corded and battery trimmers out there.

Weed Eater RTE115C – Stylish Cordless String Trimmer!

When my previous string trimmer decided to give up, I chose to replace it with a corded model. I looked at all of the ones that were within my budget and this one just stood out for me.

Weed Eater RTE115C

I like the design of the trimmer. It is easy to grip and it’s not too short so that I don’t need to stoop when using it. I’ve found in the past that shorter trimmers can leave me with a painful back for a few days, either because of the weight of them, or because of the height of the trimmer.

When I first got the trimmer, I had to fit a trimmer guard over the rotary part of the trimmer.  This is supposed to be a safety precaution and I wouldn’t recommend that you use the trimmer without it, but it took me over an hour to get it fitted properly because for some reason it just didn’t seem to want to fit in place.  Once you have attached that part, its probably best that you don’t bother trying to remove it, or you’ll just have the same struggle again to get it on.  It’s metal so I very much doubt that it will ever bend into a better shape to fit on more easily.

As well as the little trimmer guard is a separate and larger guard, which prevents trimmings from flying up and about everywhere.  You should definitely use that, as you don’t want to chip all the cuttings straight in your face.

You should be careful with the string coil on this trimmer.  Whilst other trimmers that I’ve owned have been quite good ant maintaining a good string length, the string on the Weed Eater RTE115C always ends up being really long.  The main problem I can see with that is the fact that when it is that long, you run the risk of over trimming, and even slicing through your own leg.  That’s not the best scenario in the world, so if you do have this trimmer, you should exercise special caution about the string and check that it is not a dangerous length.  At first you may find this a little frustrating, as dealing with the string feed mechanism is quite hard to get the hang of initially but once you have used the trimmer a few times, its benefits will ease the frustration about the string.  You could always try some thicker gauge string from the local hardware store.  That often works for mine.

The trimmer itself is powerful and it is enough to get through the thicker stalks and plants.  It also doubles up as a handy edger and it made my path look beautiful and defined in about 10 minutes.  I would certainly recommend it as a useful corded trimmer.

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Husqvarna 323L – A Silent and Efficient String Trimmer!

I am a gardening contractor so for my work, I need a string trimmer that will provide me with the power that I need to carry out my work, as well as lasting long enough to complete large jobs at a time.  I invested in the Husqvarna 323L 24.5cc E-Tech 2-Cycle Gas Powered Straight Shaft String Trimmer With Smart Start because I have owned Husqvarna products before, and have always been impressed with their quality and craftsmanship.  The 323L is no exception.  It is very well made, and is targeted at both homeowners as well as those who make a living through gardening as I do.

Husqvarna 323LThere is a massive advantage to using a petrol trimmer, especially for the mobile contractor.  If I used a corded trimmer, I wouldn’t get very far at all!  I would need to borrow other people’s electricity connections, which can look incredibly unprofessional to clients.  There is also the risk of running the trimmer over the cord and slicing through it, rendering the trimmer useless.  Alternatively, I could have chosen a battery powered trimmer but again I’m a bit stuck when it comes to the battery power.  Rarely does the power ever reach the strength that you need for the larger jobs, and if you are trimming a larger area, then you end up running out of battery power quickly.  Again, there’s the problem of where to plug in the charging unit for the trimmer.  Of course, I could carry around multiple charged batteries, but this is a very expensive workaround the problem.  By using a gas-powered trimmer, I can access fuel from any filling station.  The oil can be purchased in most auto and DIY shops and of course, it is easy to carry around spare cans of fuel.  I can top up the trimmer whenever I need to and I don’t need to worry about running low on power because with the gas powered trimmer, when the gas runs out, the motor simply stops working.  The only warning that you will get when the Husqvarna 323L 24.5cc E-Tech 2-Cycle Gas Powered Straight Shaft String Trimmer With Smart Start begins to run out of fuel is that it will make a choking action and eventually will just stop working until you refill it again.

There is no assembly required with the 323L and you can be using it almost straight away.  It is lightweight and I have no trouble in using it to complete large lawn work.  The noise output on the Husqvarna 323L is very low so you wont experience the ringing in your ears that you normally would with the cheaper models of trimmer, and you will notice that there is hardly any vibration that passes through your hands when you are using it.

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Poulan Pro PP125 – A Powerful and Efficient Gas String Trimmer!

I have had the Poulan Pro 17-Inch 25cc Gas Powered String Trimmer for about 4 weeks now.  I purchased it just as my old trimmer had decided to stop trimming so well, and after I had gotten annoyed with the design of the previous trimmer.  Some trimmers have a curved shaft between the handle and the actual trimmer.  There are two main problems that I have with this.  Firstly the curve means that it is almost impossible to comfortably store the trimmer without wasting space, and secondly the design means that it is really inefficient to trim with because the weight of the trimmer is not balanced and I end up with painful, tired muscles at the end of my trimming.  The Poulan Pro 17-Inch 25cc Gas Powered String Trimmer however does not suffer from this problem.  It has a completely straight shaft design, which I prefer, as it is easier to handle and doesn’t have the same tilt that other trimmers seem to suffer from.

Poulan Pro PP125The Poulan Pro 17-Inch 25cc Gas Powered String Trimmer does come with a few optional extras by way of attachments.  Of course it is completely up to you whether or not you wish to use them, or just peep the trimmer as a standard trimmer, but if you do want to make full use of the additional features, the parts are really simple to fit and remove.  I have spent many hours setting up other trimmers that have offered additional features, but the parts on this just snap into place.

The Poulan Pro 17-Inch 25cc Gas Powered String Trimmer is reasonably easy to use, and I would say it is safe too.  There is a simple trigger method of starting it, and as soon as you stop pulling on the trigger, the string stops spinning.

Because the Poulan Pro 17-Inch 25cc Gas Powered String Trimmer is gas powered, there is none of the usual problems that you would experience with the corded or battery powered trimmers.  The tank can be filled with as much or as little gas as you like, and if you do run out of fuel, you just pour some more in – there’s no need to wait to use the trimmer again like you do when you are using a battery powered trimmer.  Having a gas tank doesn’t even mean that the trimmer is heavy.  In fact, because you are not carrying around a big heavy battery, you will find that this is lighter than other cordless trimmers that you may have used if you have never tried a gas trimmer.

I recommend this trimmer if you are looking for a gas-powered alternative to your usual corded or battery powered cordless string trimmer.

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Toro 51346 – Good Electric String Trimmer For Small Gardens

I am not normally a fan of using electrical appliances and have always been happy to use the manual tools, but since I moved into a larger home, with a larger garden, I have found that I need to spend far more hours keeping my garden tidy.  My neighbor uses a corded string trimmer to keep their weeds cut back, and after having a go with their trimmer, I decided that I would try one of my own.

Toro 51346

The best price that I could find in my local DIY store was for the Toro 51346 15-Inch 4.4 amps Electric Trimmer and the assistant in the store told me that it is a popular model that sells well without anyone coming back with any faults.  As there is a decent warranty with this trimmer, I decided to choose this one.

When I took the trimmer out of its box for the first time, I noticed that there was a little assembly required.  That did not faze me, and I found it quite easy to assemble.  The trimmer works by holding onto a handle and squeezing a trigger to power it.  I was amazed that a trimming job that would have taken me most of the day only took me just under an hour to do.  I was also able to use the trimmer to do the edges of my pathway too.  I had to get a little help from my neighbor when I was first learning how to use it, but I soon got the hang of it.  I found that it was a little heavy to use, and the shaft of the trimmer vibrates, which travels up to the handle and ends up making you feel even more tired.  I still found it less tiring though, than having to do an entire day’s worth of weeding!  I struggled to replace the string spool when that ran out.  It requires a screwdriver and brute force to get it both out and then back in again.

The main drawback of the trimmer is the fact that it is corded.  I have never used a cordless one before and I imagine that they would not be as powerful as a corded trimmer, and that it would probably run out of power, but with the cord on the Toro 51346 15-Inch 4.4 amp Electric Trimmer, I have to use an extension lead to be able to trim the very back of my garden.  I don’t think this would be such a great buy for those who have huge areas of land, as it would require a long extension that would be impractical.  For the smaller gardens in domestic properties however, it is a robust trimmer that does the job.

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