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Toro 24V Lithium-ion Cordless String Trimmer
on May 11, 2013
I purchased this item for my neighbor who has been very happy with it. However, he told me he could not quite do both his front and back yard without having to charge the battery. This made no sense to me since I could do both the front and back of my yard twice before needing to recharge. True, his yard is slightly larger, but not that much larger!
We started comparing batteries and found that his is a 44.4 Watt hour battery and mine is a 88.8 watt hour battery! Mystery solved! While this new version is about the same price as the old version, they cut the battery size in half without lowering the price! You can purchase a larger battery for this (Toro 88504) but it is almost as much as the entire trimmer!
For the above reason, I have lowered the rating to a 4 star from a 5 star. While still a great trimmer, cutting the battery in half without stating that they did this seems wrong to me. Sort of like changing the size of food containers (smaller) and charging the same price while telling everyone that the price has not changed!!!
So, please be aware of this change in the product!!!!
I ordered the predecessor to this model two years ago and it is still running strong and the battery pack still holds a VERY long charge!! If there were any negatives to this trimmer it would be that wet grass clumps around it. Big deal, let it dry and brush it away!
So, you are probably wondering why I would order a second one if I like my first one so much? To repay a neighbor for taking care of our lawn for us while I had surgery. Since the neighbor would not accept payment, I ordered this trimmer for him! He is thrilled with it and within 1 hour of giving it to him, he had it assembled and was borrowing the battery from mine so he could go out and use it!
He also loved the ease with which you can move from string trimmer to edger! The only learning curve on the unit is that every time you start up the unit, it will adjust your trim line. So, DO NOT make hundreds of stops and starts unless you want to use a lot of line. That being said, everything works like it should. The mount is easy and convenient, The charger is quick and easy. The battery lasts!!!!!!!! Could not make any of those statements with any of the other equipment makers that I have tried over the years.
I would definitely recommend this trimmer for anyone with an average area to edge or trim. I would NOT recommend it for cutting fields of blackberries!!!