Updated 3 Oct 2017
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Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).
Performance is based on horizontal and vertical trimming and long-grass cutting.
Ease of use is assessed on handle comfort, shaft length, weight, balance, cutting visibility, controls, vibration, starting, line-feed effectiveness and ease of re-spooling.
Price is from a September 2017 survey.
We recommend petrol trimmers scoring above 85% overall. While the performance and ease-of-use of the best petrol trimmers in our tests has hovered at or above this level for a few years, battery-electric models continue to improve year on year.
We raised the bar for the performance of battery-powered trimmers to 80% after a batch of 7 cordless models returned impressive performance in our 2017 test.
23 Oct 2017, Marcus E.
Product use: 3 - 6 months
Easy to use, light weight and no fumes, safe as you don't have to muck around with petrol and oil, much less noise no earmuffs, and your neighbours love you for it too.
For lots of work get a second battery.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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