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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.
12 Mar 2018, Matthew G.
Product use: 1 - 3 months
Pretty good cutting ability
No shoulder strap
A very slightly more powerful engine would be better
Yes, I recommend this product.
18 Aug 2017, Gavin S.
See my comments on the Stihl FS-38
The fuel tank layout seems very similar to my Stihl FS-38. Does the fuel pick up in the tank allow the line trimmer to be used as a vertical edge trimmer around paths and garden beds etc. (cutting head to my left side, motor to my right, cutting disc vertcal.)