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Worx 20V Battery + Charger Included 20-Volt GT 2.0 String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower with Tilting Head and Single Line Feed – WG160
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- 3-in-1 function with dual-position wheels for grass trimming, edging and mowing
- Converts from a trimmer to an in-line edger in seconds with no tools
- One (1) 20V* cordless MAX lithium battery
- 12-inch cutting diameter with automatic 100% single line feed (no bump)
- Quick-release lever for fast telescopic height adjustments to the 90-degree tilting shaft
- Dual-function flower spacer guard helps protect vegetation and acts as an edger guide
- Ultra-lightweight, ergonomic design – only 5.7 pounds!
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Converts to an edger in seconds, with dual-positioned in-line wheels that make edging a breeze.
Portable and efficient, with a 12-inch cutting diameter that means more trimming in less time.
Adjusts to a mini-mower to maintain around landscaping or hard-to-reach areas.
The WORX cordless 20-volt MAX lithium powered grass trimmer has taken grass trimming and edging to a whole new level of power and function. With the 20-volts of MAX lithium battery power, the WG160 provides longer run times and more power. The 12-inch cutting diameter means more trimming in less time. Not only will this cordless trimmer convert to an edger in seconds, but it is also a mini mower. It has dual-positioned in-line wheels that make edging a breeze. The wheels can also be used as a "mowing-like" function for detailed trimming around landscape or hard to reach areas. A quick-release trigger lever is convenient for making easy height adjustments to the telescopic shaft for comfort and control. The trimmer head turns with a pull and turn to lock and convert to edging. The MAX lithium battery power means more battery capacity, longer runtimes, no self-discharge, no slow loss of power, less weight, more power and quicker charging times.Charge the battery within 3-hours and it will be ready when you need it with no-self discharge. From function to features, the 20-volt WORX trimmer and edger features 100% single line feed which means no bumping to extend the line. A flower space guard not only helps protect vegetation, it also acts as an edger guide. A front auxiliary handle has 7 locking adjustments for maximum comfort while trimming, edging, or mowing. Weighing in at only 6-pounds, this 20-volt grass trimmer, edger and mini mower will create a professional looking yard with less work, less fatigue and less time.
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(a) Being hard to steer. To get a full depth of cut it needs to be held nearly vertical, and that of course means that it’s likely to wobble; replacing the wire guide by an idler flanged disc attached to the rotor, as on the Yardstick, would keep one perfectly on track regardless of angle, and
(b) No indication of battery charge. This would obviously be useful on a tool with limited battery life, and, as it turned out later, essential to avoid serious problems due to inability to distinguish between a flat battery and one that is overheating .
After I had used the trimmer for about 6 or 7 weeks and edged a total of perhaps 1,500 feet (about 200 feet per session, always on one battery charge), the trimmer suddenly cut out. I knew it was freshly charged, so assumed it was not out of power (but had no battery level indicator to help me…). As it was a hot day I thought it might have overheated, so let it rest and then tried again. It ran for a few seconds and again cut out. I let it cool some more, tried again; same result. So I charged the battery overnight. The trimmer ran for a few seconds and then cut out (on no load). I tried to call customer service but they had had some sort of telephone meltdown and were not available. Two days later I tried again, and was told to leave my number and they would call me back. That does not work for people like me who are teaching up in our canyons and either have a class or are out of signal range (or both). When I finally got through to customer service I was told that I should not have attempted to restart the trimmer once it stopped: doing so had caused fatal battery damage (I couldn’t find any warning about this in the original instructions). However, since everything was still under warranty (although not returnable to Amazon, unfortunately), they agreed to send me out a new battery.
I received the new battery, charged it overnight, and resumed trimming. After perhaps 10 minutes and about 175 feet the trimmer cut out again. I did not dare to try to restart it (even if it simply cut out because of overheating), since I had been told that doing so would ruin the replacement battery. I began trying to recharge it, but the charger light showed green, indicating (according to the manual) that the battery was adequately charged, or the battery was too hot, or the battery was too cold…. After a long wait it turned red, indicating that the battery was now charging, so probably the problem causing the initial green light was the battery overheating (it seems that WORX batteries are fussy: they cannot be recharged if they are hotter than 45C - no conversion given, but it’s 113F; I’m not clear how I take my battery’s temperature, and it’s not easy to guesstimate and distinguish between, say, 110 and 125F. They also should be stored in ambient temperatures between 65F and 75F - which rules out Salt Lake City throughout the mowing season!). So again it’s the weekend, and I have a trimmer which isn’t performing.
My conclusion is that the mechanical side of the trimmer is pretty good, but the electrical side is a disaster. If I can ever get it working again I’ll consider revising my opinion.
I do not plan to return this, and it will serve its purpose, but the battery really surprised me. Also, the wheels you see in the picture do fall off pretty easily so I'll probably just leave them off.
I am not recommending anyone avoid this, I'm simply stating that when cutting through heavy lawn, the battery life may disappoint you. Thanks for reading.
I've never had a trimmer before so I can't say how much better or worse this thing is compared to gas trimmers or corded electric trimmers. It folds up nice and I'm happy not to deal with mixing fuel or extension cords. All the twists and configurations are useful and work well enough for me. I like it.
There are two drawbacks with this thing.
First, the battery goes fast. We have a 1/3 acre lot. For the first few weeks, I had to do my trimming and edging on two different days. The battery lasts about 20 minutes. But my yard was a mess. I spent two or three days (battery charges) doing one side, then two or three days on the front yard, then the back, etc. For a month, it was a daily routine. It was satisfying to see the yard clean up and I didn't mind going out every day to fine tune my trimming routine. After the first month, everything was in order, and I can now "maintain" the whole yard with one charge (usually two). Of course if I had two batteries, that would be best, but the batteries are expensive so I spend two days a week trimming.
The second drawback is the trimming "string." It works well but occasionally breaks off. You will need to open the string case and find where the jelly-like string has gotten stuck. Have a small screwdriver handy to break the stuck line free. The string is thin and flexible. During my first month, I used one spool a week. Again, not cheap for a 10 foot spool. I got some commercial grade line from a neighbor and refilled one spool. That works too, but it's kind of a pain compared to conventional trimmers. The line feeds itself out, so that's a plus, but it's kinda pricey to replace, so that's not a plus.
If you have a small yard and not a lot of tough spots, I highly recommend this product. We have a long driveway and a 60 foot landscaped strip that is a constant weed battleground for me, and that's why the battery and string are an issue.