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works as claimed, but can coil up tough fibers around neck
on December 15, 2010
This product really works. However, if I pushed the lines close enough to concrete, the lines would still snap off at the head, but they'd break much less frequently than on traditional trimmer heads. I have found the 20x increase in line life claim to be not far off the mark. Although this product saves me lots of lines, I do have to stop a few times to put in new lines in order to fully trim a suburban backyard overgrown with tall weeds. And each time it takes a couple of minutes to do. With traditional bump feeds, you just bump the head and keep on going without the periodic interruptions, so I'm trading non-interruptions and convenience for line savings when using the Pivotrim head.
Pivotrim comes in either the Pro version or the standard version. The Pro version takes either 0.095" or 0.105" lines. I suppose it's possible the Pro version can also accept 0.080" lines, but I've never tried it. The standard version takes either 0.080" or 0.095" lines. The Pro version has a heavier and thicker housing.
The only real shortcoming with the Pivotrim not mentioned in its advertisement is that, long, tough, fiberous weeds, such as pampas grass blades, have a strong tendency to coil around the top of the housing, requiring periodic cleanup during a trimming sesson. This is primarily due to the geometry of the head design which creates a narrow neck between the trimmer and the trimmer head that tends to wrap tough grass blades around the neck. It should have a closed trimmer head design like that found on the Husquarnas to prevent this problem.