Earthwise ST00015 15-Inch 6.25-Amp Electric String Trimmer
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- 6.25 amp motor
- 15-Inch cut width
- Semi auto feed head
- Telescopic handle
- 3 position adjustable cutting head with flip down edge guard
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|Item Dimensions||11 x 11 x 32 inches|
|Item Weight||8.5 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ST00015|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||2 year limited|
|Shipping Weight||9.2 pounds|
ST00015 Size: 15" Features: -Electric trimmer.-Rubber over molded handles.-Adjustable auxiliary handle.-Flip down edge guard.-Lock off switch.-Built in plug and cord retention hook.-Rotating upper handle.-Adjustable telescopic handle. Options: -Available in 15'', 13'' and 11'' sizes.
From the Manufacturer
Earthwise 15-Inch corded string trimmer. With rotating, telescopic handle. Has adjustable auxiliary handle for better maneuverability. 3 position adjustable head for better angles with flip down edge guard. Built in plug and cord retention hook. Lime green customer touch points makes for easy use
Top customer reviews
My yard is small and I have very little trimming to do, and I'm not much for lawn care, so my use will be light duty and infrequent, but I wanted to give this product a good workout the first time to make sure it would last a good long time. My backyard is small, but it had grown up well over 12" tall, and it's near a drainage area so it gets lots of water. The grass was tall, thick, and extra juicy on the inside. I was amazed that the Earthwise mowed down this tall grass as quickly as my lawnmower, which would have required three slow passes, and I think the Earthwise did a better job. The lawnmower tends to knock the grass over, but the Earthwise shredded it.
When I first powered on the Earthwise, the pitch was much higher and I had an initial impression that the manufacturer might be trying to use a smaller motor that runs faster. Using it dispelled that notion. The fast rotation and the dual lines result in quick cuts. The manual recommended starting near the top of tall grass and working down. I'd have thought whacking it off at the base and slinging it back out of the way would be faster. I tried both techniques, and the manual was right. It's faster to start at the top and shred your way down. You also have fine grass mulch that looks nicer than long strands of cut grass.
The string seemed to automatically advance as if by magic. I pretty much powered it on and cut for 20 minutes, so I don't think there is any need for turning it on and off to advance the line for cutting grass. Like any string trimmer, edging in close to hard objects like guy wires will cut the string, but the Earthwise quickly recovered when I repeatedly dug it into the dirt when edging my neglected sidewalk. I never needed to take anything apart or manually advance the line. I hope that magic mechanism continues to do its thing, but I think I'll buy one or two sets of spare parts for the cutting head, as that's always the part that takes the abuse. I plan on keeping this string trimmer a long time.
I had some Swedish ivy that was about ten feet up a telephone pole. Some of the vines were a quarter inch in diameter, tough, and woody. I walked the Earthwise around the base of the pole and cut through all of the vines in about 20 seconds, making it easy to pull the cut vines off the pole.
I finished the back yard after 20 minutes of hard and fast cutting and the motor wasn't even slightly warm. Impressive! This motor wasn't selected with intermittent use in mind, and the motor cooling ventilation was effective. The underside of the plastic cutting guard was caked with a one inch thick layer of very finely mulched uniform green goo, because the grass had such high water content. I unplugged the Earthwise and rinsed off the goo under the spigot, being careful to keep water out of the double insulated motor. No doubt the manual would advise against this, but I'm pretty sure I ran over some cat doodie somewhere and I didn't feel like scraping around in the green muck.
I'm 6'2" and even though I have long arms, the shaft on the Earthwise isn't quite long enough for me at the longest adjustment. I think it's made for shorter people. That necessitates a slight stooping over, which is more noticeable when cutting downhill, so I try to cut uphill. Like most electric trimmers, the motor is on the lower end of the shaft and that's not balanced for best ergonomics. I was starting to feel it in my lower back after 20 minutes of aggressive cutting, but that's beyond the normal use of this type of trimmer. If that's your mission, you should probably get a gasoline powered trimmer with the motor on the other end of a bent shaft and a shoulder harness to support most of the weight.
About the only thing I don't like is the adjustable knuckle directly above the motor housing has some play in it. I don't like the way it feels, but I can't see that contributing to any failure. The rest of the design is nicely implemented, and the fit and function is good.
The installation instructions could have been better (Chinglish translation) but I didn't have any trouble with the simple assembly. I think I got the newer design, because I didn't see any easy way to drop a screw into the motor as others had mentioned.
Since there's no head replacement option, you may want to consider other trimmers. If it's too late to return this product, I recommend getting some good quality, professional grade trimmer line. Unwind the cheap trimmer line from the spool. Pay close attention to how the stock trimmer line is wrapped/locked in the spool while unwinding. Reverse the steps and wrap the new trimmer line around the spool. The whole process take less then 2 minutes. The stronger line made a world of difference. The auto feed may or may not work with the thicker line (stock is 0.065"), it all depends on the quality of the wrap job. There's a rectangle button on the side of the trimmer head. You can press it then pull out 1/2 of line manually. The thicker, stronger line does not get chewed up like the white thin stock trimmer line - so I don't find it a problem. I am using a heavy duty 0.080 inch trimmer line with triangle design and it is working just fine. Powerful motor + Strong line + <$50 = Happiness & 3 Stars.