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on March 31, 2013
EDIT::: After more extensive use, I'd like to add the following
1. I had the dang metal guide on upside down. Once I'd switched it, it flips up and down no problemo. 2. If you use the trimmer on HIGH to get through particularly tough weeds, the battery life is SIGNIFICANTLY diminished. If you consistently have large areas to edge, you might want to go with a gas model. For the average homeowner who keeps up on their yard, it will not be an issue.
My trimmer experience ranges from an old school corded weed eater, a first generation Worx NiCad battery trimmer, a Toro Lithium battery trimmer and this Worx Lithium trimmer. Each had been an improvement from the last. Firstly, battery edgers are greatly preferable to hauling around an extension cord for an electric trimmer or the noise and fume pollution of a gas trimmer. The trick is to find a battery trimmer with sufficient power and runtime to suit your needs.
I didn't think I'd ever want a Worx edger after my my first experience with the original Worx GT. It was gutless and the NiCad battery would give out before I finished half my yard. I upgraded to a Toro 51486 with a 24 volt Lithium battery, 12 inch cutting width, weighing in at 8 pounds and it has always had enough oomph to edge my entire lawn before running out of juice. As a 5'6" female I appreciate it's height adjustable shaft and wheel guided edger.
Then I was offered a chance to test the new Worx WG168. Pretty excited to see if they've improved from their earlier model.
It took some time to assemble. The directions don't do a good job of showing how the handle goes on and I was convinced I'd been given the wrong part until I realized I had it upside down. The dang sticker that covers the line cutter took me a good 20 minutes to peel off. Once I had it put together, it took only about an hour to charge the battery. Love that the battery has a built-in tester that indicates how much charge remains.
When you first turn it on, there is a high pitched whine before the cord starts spinning. This might be the line feed function. Personally, I didn't notice the line feeding out automatically, but it is easy to push a little button down by the spool and manually feed line when you need it. The trimmer takes a heavier line that doesn't break as easily, but it does not seem to part of the Worx "spools for life program" like their GT line. The trimmer has three speed settings. Lower speed will give you a longer run time and provides sufficient power for edging grass. The high speed will use up the battery faster but gives trimmer power comparable to that of a professional grade gas trimmer. The medium setting gives the best balance of run time and power. Frankly I found it a little scary to use on high! This is the first trimmer I've felt I really needed long pants and safety glasses to use. I recommend you think twice about using high speed if there are any rocks or gravel present.
It's very easy to twist the trimmer head into edger mode. There are no wheels, but you can flip out the metal guide and kind of rest the head on that and slide it along the sidewalk or driveway. I don't like having the metal guide extended when I'm in trimmer mode because it limits how close I can get to things. The metal guide is inexplicably difficult to flip back up once it's been flipped down.
For me, this unit was not as ergonomic as my Toro. Though you can move the handle to adjust the balance, the shaft length is fixed and it is just too long to be really comfortable for me. My husband, at 6' will think it's perfect, though.
If you're looking for a heavy duty, powerful trimmer without messing with a gas motor this is a great option. If you don't need that much power, the Toro 51486 Cordless 12-Inch 24-Volt Lithium-Ion Electric Trimmer/Edger is another great choice.