CORE GasLess Power CGT400 CGTSD Gasless Powered Trimmer, 3 Hour Charger, 1 Power Cell
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- Dual mode power control speed for normal grass trimming, or torque for optimum performance and longer run time
- Powered with a state of the art prismatic high energy power cell operating in concert with new smart core electronics
- Run time up to 70 minutes
- Head Speed 7,000 RPM Speed/5,000 RPM Torque - 25-Percent more torque than at 25cc 2 cycle commercial trimmer
- Head type dual line bump feed and trimmer line 0.095 diameter, 20-inch on spool
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|Sold By||—||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||P&Q Enterprises|
|Cutting width||1,400 in||1,300 in||1,800 in||1,700 in||1,400 in||1,200 in|
|Item Dimensions||8.5 x 67 x 7 in||4.44 x 9.63 x 43.94 in||31.5 x 12.99 x 5.12 in||10.25 x 12.2 x 40 in||9.9 x 37.8 x 8.3 in||12 x 56.5 x 42 in|
|Item Weight||11 lbs||7.8 lbs||9.9 lbs||11 lbs||12.97 lbs||7.2 lbs|
|Size||67" L x 8.5" Wx 7" H||large||10 Amp, 18" Cutting Path||12.2" L x 10.2" Wx 40" H||—||24V String|
|Voltage||21 volts||40||120 volts||—||40 volts||24 volts|
The CGT400 Trimmer is reliable, lightweight and will run just as long as a tank of gas. It's perfectly balanced and features an instant trigger start, high-energy power cell, dual mode controls for torque and speed, open view grass guard and a comfort grip handle. CORE Outdoor Power has designed and continues to develop a revolutionary new motor technology called Conductor Optimized Rotary Energy (CORE) specifically for use in its new line of Gasless emission free outdoor power equipment. CORE air-cooled motors are extremely light weight and have the ability to produce as much power as two cycle gas engines currently used for a variety of professional and consumer outdoor power equipment products. With the highest energy factor per weight of any existing motor or engine and one third to one fifth the size and use of raw materials. CORE Technology is designed to replace existing conventional motion devices, motors and engines. This lightweight, long life, virtually maintenance free CGT400 Trimmer will retail at a price comparable with high quality commercial gasoline trimmers on the market today.
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I'm not a small engine repair guy, a diesel mechanic or anything like that. I'm a guy who wants to mow and weed-eat, pull some weeds, then relax with a cold one and enjoy the weekend sun (living here in south Louisiana, we have plenty of it). A couple years ago I decided not to buy another $100 weed-eater that would last maybe a season or two. So when I bought my Gravely ZTR mower, I kicked in another $300+ for an Echo trimmer.
Well the Echo is a very nice machine when it runs, and for the first two seasons it did. Mostly. But for some time now it's been bogging down. Starts fine, just won't come up to speed and dies when I throttle it. So a couple of trips to the repair guy and I decided enough of this *#-@!
After a bunch of research (and I do mean a bunch), I bought this unit. I've used it twice now and it's pretty good. Good enough that I just donated my Echo. So here are my thoughts on the Core weed-eater:
It's weird that it didn't seem "powerful" as I was chewing through some 18" weeds by the road. What I really mean is that I'm used to the feeling of torque when I rev a gas weed-eater and this doesn't do that. It just spins up very quickly, very quietly, and does the job.
It's not silent by any means, but I wouldn't hesitate to start using it earlier in the AM. I usually wait until about 9 or so to not bother the neighbors.
The bump advance works well, and it's a good thing because the line pre-loaded is pretty crummy and breaks quickly. Also, the cutter on the safety seems a bit close so it cuts the line a little shorter than I would like (meaning a smaller cutting radius). After I'm sure I won't have to send it back, I'll probably just move it back myself.
This unit is nicely balanced with the battery in place and since there's no motor vibration it's a much less fatiguing machine to operate. Another negative is that the body of the throttle and safety is a bit thick. I have big hands so it's not too much an issue for me, but it seems needlessly so, and a half-inch thinner would make it way more comfortable.
The manual must have been written by a bunch of lawyers. But I couldn't find anywhere in it how long to expect a charge to take. Fortunately, it's in the description here on Amazon. About 3 hours seems about right. Pretty good, especially since I've only charged it once so far!
So how long does it last? I don't know. My yard is 100 x 160 and fenced all around. There are flower beds around most of the house, and the driveway is about 75' long. Also the road frontage (rural area) is 100'. The Core was just as efficient as the Echo in my opinion, and the Echo is supposed to be one of the very best.
I went through all of that twice so far and haven't charged it again yet. On the other hand, I don't know if it will run out in the middle of the next job this weekend. It would be nice if they ponied up another couple of bucks for a battery monitor and status indicator. I bet most of us would pay a few bucks more for that feature (I would - wasn't looking for the cheapest product but the best).
Okay, it turns out that I must not have a life after all. This review was far longer than I expected it to be. So in summary, if you're really looking for an electric option that doesn't call for a bunch of compromises, this is it. For me, anyway. Thanks for reading.
However, the battery that came with the trimmer died this week. It's been on charge for 24 hours and still nothing. It was charged, on average, twice a month during the lawn-cutting season, about 7 months here in the St Louis area. That is only 28 recharge cycles. When the cost of the battery (about 2/3 the total cost of a new Core trimmer) to the cost of a low end trimmer that uses NiCad batteries. The math says buy the cheap import for a lot less and it will last longer.
I prefer to buy American when the value is there, but, regretfully, it isn't in this machine. It really saddens me to post this revised review, but I believe that, just as this company has the right to sell equipment of this level of quality, other shoppers have the right to know how it compares to similar machinery.
Finally, a battery operated lawn appliance that works. The LI battery gives me three complete circuits around my house and outer edge of the lawn before it needs recharging. That's over 1,000 linear feet, some of it fairly hefty weed I have yet to clear out and reseed.
Plenty of power in two speed settings. I run it lower speed to conserve battery life and to extend the life of the cutting string. Lower speed is less damaging on the string it lasts longer.
I hope they come out with a blower that works off the same battery, too.
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