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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.
20 Aug 2017, Gavin S.
Product use: 3 - 6 months
Quality Brand but...
See my comments on the Stihl FS-38 which is very similar. Go to "View All" tests to view more line trimmers.
Will this line trimmer run properly when operated as a vertical edging trimmer?
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.
05 Sep 2014, Hamish W.
Product use: 6 months or more
It's not the model tested - but what we decided to buy.
- it's so easy to start with the Ergo-start system
- the shoulder harness and long handles mean it's not tiring to use. You run out of fuel long before your arms run out
- very powerful and easily handles a scrub or grass blade which you can't put on the bent shaft model.
It is expensive - but worth it.
Yes, I recommend this product.