American Gardener YS24 YardStick 10-Inch 24-Volt Cordless String Trimmer
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- Two-in-one tool converts from trimmer to lawn edger with just a turn of the handle
- 10-inch cutting path; 0.08-inch commercial grade line
- 24-volt Power-Core double ball-bearing motor and deep discharge battery; up to 45 minutes run-time per charge
- Wall charge rack included
- Two comfortable grips and hassle-free start switch
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The American Gardener YardStick cordless edger and trimmer is a great two-in-one yard tool for the homeowner; this battery-powered trimmer converts to a rolling lawn edger with just a turn of the handle using the Quickedge Transition design. The 24-volt Power-Core double ball-bearing motor with Power-Core deep discharge battery will give you up to 45 minutes of cutting time on just one charge. A 10-inch cutting swath makes quick work of yard trimming, and when you need more line, just bump the head and it feeds out more .08 commercial-grade line automatically. We like the symmetry and nice balance of this trimmer in hand, too; it comes with two comfortable grips and a hassle-free start switch. The unit stores in the included wall-mounted charger, which indicates battery status with red and green lights. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste
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I hated it. Once it was going, it was difficult to manage and would often "grab" the ground and dig into the grass and was generally frustrating to use. I hated dealing with the spool too.
A few weeks ago I went to do some trimming and tried to start the weedeater. I grew tired pulling the starter cord several dozen times and sat down on my steps to continue trying to start the weedeater.
As I pulled back with all my might, I forgot about the cast iron railing on the side of my steps and clobbered my hand. I instantly had a golf-ball sized lump on the back of my hand and I saw red. I picked the weedeater up over my head and smashed it repeatedly onto the ground, destroying it.
I should have done it a long time ago.
I told a friend about it and he said, "You know what I did that has been the best thing ever when it comes to weedeaters? I bought a battery powered weedeater."
Hmm, I don't like electric when internal combustion is an option. But I trust this friend and I decided that I was fed up with gas powered weedeaters - so I gave it a shot.
Enter the American Gardner 24 Volt Cordless Trimmer.
Best thing I've ever done when it comes to garden tools.
I even paid too much (when I came back to write this review the price has dropped $30!!!) and it arrived a little beat up by the UPS guy.
But BOY DOES IT WORK.
It has exactly the right amount of torque so I can control it easily and it cuts the grass, but does not dig into the grass or pull itself into the turf. It requires NO PULLING OF ANY CORDS to start. It just comes on when you press the button.
The spool works excellent and is easy to use. I found it wasn't chewing up the wire as often as my gas powered trimmers tend to use up the line also.
It is just ideal for around the house grass trimming.
Now I will say that it does not have the power for serious weeds with wood-like trunks. But for GRASS TRIMMING this is ideal.
I also tried to run the battery down the first time as this seems to be recommended for maximum battery life, but I gave up after 30+ minutes of continuous use. It was still running strong.
In short, this is REALLY worth getting if you have a basic house with grass trimming that needs to be done. For the price it is a STEAL right now, and it is well worth even the nearly $100 I originally paid.
It's not to say that this trimmer doesn't do what it says it does. However, if you've ever used a gas trimmer, getting used to the lack of power was very frustrating. On top of the fact that it's about half as powerful as a typical gas trimmer, it only had a single line. That's a double hit that caused what was a 15 minute trimming job to take 25 aggravating minutes.
The trimmer has difficulty trimming thick St. Augustine grass. Trying to dig out sprinklers? - forget about it. The line that came with the trimmer actually melted and stuck together causing on the order of six or seven stoppages each time I used it. I did get some thicker, heavier duty line at Lowe's and that solved the melting problem and actually helped on the wear of the line. I would definitely recommend doing that. The unit siezed up on me in the brutal summer heat here in Florida the second time I used it, however I came back in a half hour and it was fine. This trimmer is very compact and puts more pressure on your forearms instead of your back like the longer gas trimmers. My forearms (and I have strong ones) were very fatigued after using it each time.
I have to admit, there was no better feeling than just picking up the trimmer and pressing a button and you're off... but it's just not worth it. The battery life was fine for me as I never had an issue with that. The yardstick is for thin bladed grass and the lightest of light duty jobs. If you are looking for a magical solution for your gas trimmer, this is not it. I just bought a Craftsman 4-Cycle trimmer to replace it that is awesome and I hope to sell the yardstick at a garage sale for $20 or so.