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.
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.