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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.
26 Oct 2014, Damian H.
Product use: 6 months or more
Had the bent shaft version of this for about 2.5yrs, also have the hedgetrimmer and polesaw attachments that fit on the end.
It is a light machine so makes a good hedgetrimmer when holding above shoulder height for long periods. Once you get the knack it starts easily from cold and always starts easily when hot. The attachments work better than I expected, the hedgetrimmer gives a very nice cut and the polesaw gets through decent sized branches.
After 2.5yrs the machine is starting to fall apart. The connection point on the shaft is now loose & sloppy and gets very hot to touch.
Usage has been moderate, we only have a 1/4 acre section but we have hedges and a few trees plus a lot of edges so all the attachments are regularly used and probably contributed to the loose connection point on the shaft.
I think we'll be lucky to get 3 yrs use out of this but it wasn't too expensive and has been used regularly so this isn't too bad.
Probably a good option for light domestic usage but not really designed for large blocks
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.
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