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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.
28 Dec 2015, Andrew W.
Product use: 6 months or more
The lightweight factor is really good, very easy to start, the SpeedFeed nylon head is miles ahead of my old one. You don't have to take the cutting head to bits to load the nylon, so you can't lose the spring in the lawn (like I did with my old one) and you can't stuff up loading the nylon. Just what I was looking for.
I hadn't heard of the brand before, but the 5 year warranty gave me a good idea about the "Made in Japan" quality. Turns out that all the lawn mowing guys I have seen in my area (Wellington) are using Shindaiwa line trimmers, so I guess I should get years of life out of it.
Can't think of any. Could have come with a harness, but it's pretty lightweight and I don't really need one.
Yes, I recommend this product.