Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 156
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by PackerFan1959 Very touchy throttle design--Had to modify it.
Easy to assemble and use; my only complaint is with the throttle design. There is a shaft mounted throttle actuator for the operator to change engine speed, but it is EXTREMELY sensitive; just the normal motion of moving the machine back and forth to make a cut caused the throttle to go from idle to half way open making it extremely difficult to regulate speed.
It became so difficult that I disassembled the unit in my shop. The actuator cable attaches to the throttle arm on the carb at ~11:00 and very close to the pivot. The cable pulls nearly straight down (~7:00 position) so there is almost leverage causing the operator to squeeze the trigger harder to leave idle position. When it finally overcomes the tension of the spring, it shoots rapidly to ~9:00 position, or roughly half open which is usually too much throttle. Since the cable is attached so close to the pivot, even very small movements of the actuator create significant changes in throttle position.
I remedied the situation by installing a ~3/8" flat piece of brass from the 12:00 position pointing horizontally to the left and reattaching the throttle cable at the other end of this extension. This took about 1 hour and required some precision machining. Fixed the problem completely: The throttle actuator now has plenty of leverage as it is ~0.4" away from the pivot, and even though the cable still pulls straight down, the throttle comes smoothly out of idle and is very easy to regulate. Because of the added effective length of the throttle arm, the speed is much less sensitive to small movements of the actuator, but full open throttle is no longer achievable, which isn't really necessary anyway (~1/2 to 3/4 throttle is ripping fast).
This is such a fundamental design flaw it's hard to imagine how this ever got to market. Doesn't HomeLite have real users test these things before manufacturing them (I used to own and operate a manufacturing business)? The factory could easily correct this with no increase in material costs. I hope their engineers read this...
July 7, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Deek You Get What You Pay For
Very easy to assemble and use. I bought this thing about 4-5 months ago. Used it maybe 10 times if that many. Went to start it today and it started fine. However, when I give it gas, it bogs down and shuts off. I knew this wouldn't last long before I purchased it, but I was hoping it would at least get me through this summer. To be honest, you should save your money and look else where.
September 19, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Oddone Works well but has several design quirks
The trimmer itself works well and I used it quite harshly a few times now. The trimmer is light, powerful and feels overall solid.
My primary complaints are with the design of the tool itself. Attaching the guard is not intuitive and is not easy to do without a third hand helping.
Also, restringing the device is not intuitive and even after reading the instructions and lining up the arrows the string simply refuses to go through without snagging at least a few times. To be fair, not having to remove the head is nice.
September 6, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JD It Was a good buy.
Good job, I,m a starter with tools, this is why I shop at home depot, I plan to continue to buy from the company. I have a project in my rest room coming up soon. So get ready the weed eater I bought was easy to put together. I like that.. thank you!
September 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by EconomyBuyer Good value for the price
This is a lightweight trimmer that is a good option.
September 4, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by sdfrench06 AVOID THIS PRODUCT!
This trimmer is JUNK! Putting it together was no problem, just follow the directions provided. I used it the first time to trim around rocks and trees in my yard. As soon as the line became to short to work effectively, things started going wrong. The line would not extend out at all, no matter what I tried. I finally had to take the head apart and unwind the line and recoil it by hand to get it to work properly. Then the machine would not start, and after taking it to our local small engine mechanic, I am told that the spark plug boot is completely separated from the rest of the setup. Do NOT waste your hard earned money!
July 5, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jon Do not buy this trimmer!
This was my first Homelite purchase. I have had this trimmer for one year. I still use my old trimmer most of the time. This unit will not idle. The trimmer stalls all of the time while in use. I can not keep it running. It was junk right out of the box. This is only one of many problems with this unit. Do not waste your money.
September 8, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ted Garbage
I bought this weed eater back in May. Used it about 10 times and nothing harsh. Coil has failed. After reading reviews on Consumer Affairs, it seems Homelite is a horrible product. Live n learn.
September 2, 2016