Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 70
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PJCC Toro Trimmer, Power with no gas & no wire!
Out of the Box: One large Battery pack with an indicator light, one battery charger, one Trimmer/Edger in 3 parts and one full two line spool of .065 line.
Electric wire and gas free, this trimmer has as much power as my best electric wired two line. I've the same problems losing the line towards the end of the spool as I did with my two line electric wired.
The Battery is a pack. It's much larger than I expected. It's pictured.
I used an entire reel of trim line. First, I edged the front of a short yard and trimmed thick weeds in a 10 ft space. Then, I trimmed heavy weeds blocking a six foot panel of fence, Before and After pictures. Lastly, I trimmed about a 20 foot line of fence with light weeds.
An abandoned house, up from mine, has four years of waist high weeds blocking a drainage ditch. This powerful battery operated trimmer enabled me to do what nobody has done in 4 years, start to clear the ditch. The before and after photos show 6 feet of weeds I cut before I felt some loss of power in the battery.
A Gas Trimmer owner yelled, while I was clearing this, "you can't do that" with that Electric Trimmer my gas trimmer is more powerful. This 6 feet was cleared in minutes. I can only work a short time in this heat. Before and After photos illustrate this electric trimmer is powerful enough to do the job, with re-charging.
For the price point, I would like to have this come with a second battery. It appeared to drain too fast on the first tests.
I inadvertently tested the trimmer's ability to withstand an impact when it fell off a garbage can. The handle, a cheap plastic, came off the bottom heavy battery/trimmer head. It didn't break. The screw joining both parts was still tight.
The 2 pieces reassembled no problem.
We've done our own trimming for over a decade at our home. This is one of the nicest trimmers I've used for convenience and portability. During tropical storm season dragging around an electrical cord is not safe.
July 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MarilynB AWESOME TRIMMER WEEDWACKER !!
Through the years, I've tried every type of trimmer but this is the first one that impressed me. The gas type was too loud - the corded type was useless for our 2 acres of flowers, trees and bushes - the "As seen on tv" cordless was okay for very small jobs but it was not for thick weeds. This Toro, however, has so many good features and it performs wonderfully! Didn't think I'd ever say that I enjoy trimming the weeds!
It is a bit heavy because of the 48V battery, but well-balanced and the long shaft makes it very easy to use --even for a senior lady. I would gladly deal with a heavier tool that really works rather than a lighter one that behaves like a toy. It is not too noisy, and the variable speed allows you to use full power only when needed for heavy duty trimming (this really does extend the running time). We have some tough weeds here in the mountain area, but this Toro trimmer has no problem taking care of them.
The string automatically advances 1/4" each time the unit is turned on (or you can manually advance it). It's not a big deal, but I hope Home Depot will have the pre-wound spools available soon so I don't have to keep winding them myself with the .065" string.
I really love the status lights on the battery so that I know when I am nearing the end of running power (although the charging time is super fast, took less than an hour).
The wholesome charger is well made, with status lights on it and a chart explaining the LED status. Storing the battery for periods longer than a month is no hassle because the charger has a "Storage Mode" which keeps the battery in good condition by keeping it at a 40% charge. (No more guessing whether I should charge the battery during the winter months!)
I did learn that the battery must be snapped into the trimmer completely until the lock clicks!! At the first try, the unit would run for a few seconds then stop -- because the battery was not locked in!
July 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NewToroFan The next big thing in lawn care?
I have never before written a review.. but I spent so much time researching this, that I hope I can save others my pain. Like everyone else on the planet Ive only ever used gas machines.. (battery models are brand new). So it scares me. I havent yet seen a well written review, so I will try my own.
My lawn is a well manicured suburb lawn, with minimal tall, gnarly growth. I would find any reason NOT to buy a gas machine: repair bills, wondering why it won't start, pulling the cord for an hour... So I really hoped this battery trimmer would be 1/2 way decent. But it's superior.
It destroys my St Augustine grass when I am not carefull. It has far more power than I will ever need. It starts immediately, it's half the weight, half the noise, no fuel ratios, no buying gas at all.
I am confident that even if I had significant brush, this machine would still be my first choice. I have a brush line behind my house, this thing chews it apart like you would expect a gas machine to.
WHAT I LIKE: Power, destructive explosive power. Instant starts in any weather. Zero maintainance, no repairs bills worth half of the purchase cost. Charger has a "storage-mode" so I am not ruining the battery. Light weight, makes it almost fun to work. I would never fire up a gas unit if I missed a small spot in the lawn.. but I can cut a small area in the time it takes to START a gas unit! While my yard is not huge, I "feel" like I could cut mine and my two neighbors' yards on a single charge. (but I'm not gonna try to). Even has a built-in notch to hang it on the wall. Metal head, not plastic.
IMPROVEMENTS? (these are negligible)
1. Battery. Although they are pricey, and who knows how long it really will last- I feel it will cost less than gas/oil/repair bills even it lasts ONLY 2 yrs. So no big deal. Battery wins.. unless it dies in a year (doubtful)
2. I use this as my edger too. Is it possible to have a rotating head (for edging) like the Ryobi model and still be reliable?? I dont know, but that would make this Toro legendary! I went to the store set on buying the Ryobi. But the Toro was clearly a better LONG term purchase. It does a good enough job edging anyway, so reliability wins over convenience.
3. Auto-feed string. Love this feature! So easy, completely automatic. But, Ive notived the replacement string-spools arent cheap, so I dont want to waste string. Don't know if I can refill the string myself. Not the end of the world.. not cheap, but goes a long way.
Why would I pay MORE for the Toro than a gas unit?? For me, this machine is superior. The ONLY instance that a gas powered trimmer would be better is commercial use, or someone with major major overgrowth. It's not cheap, but it will save me $ long term, the same was an electric car saves on gas and maintainence.
5 stars. The only faults this Toro has pales in comparison to faults of any other string trimmer. I love this machine.
May 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Len4269 Overall Review
I've only used it once. Overall I am satisfied. The string auto eject does not seem to work at all. I'd prefer a bump eject. Batteries are great. The balance takes some getting used to
April 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JRpaso Cuts thrugh 3' high weeds as good as gas trimmer
Easy to use vs. either gas or corded trimmers. Has power to cut through thick weeds and/or grass. Auto feed of string seems to work great. Have not changed string yet, so have no input on that.
March 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GAllen Excellent product.
The battery powered trimmer was easy to assemble. The variable power setting is great and the battery has a decent life between charges. The trimmer was a bit heavier than expected toward the trimmer head but is easy to handle overall. I highly recommend this product versus electric or 2 cycle or 4 cycle trimmers.
April 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Squeeky57 works well
Love the trimmer. Has enough power to get through Florida's palmetto palms. Run time is not that great; but it beats having to start a gas trimmer. Having more line on the spool would be great. I've only had it for 3 days and have used the heck out of it and so far so good!!!!
February 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LCpalmbay as powerful as a gas trimmer
I had a gas trimmer which had a similar dual line and this one also has as much power, due to a variable speed control which you can increase to the max depending on the thickness of the grass. It has a cast alumimum head so I expect it to last a long while. The battery charger has a mode for storage - if you put it away for a month or more it will keep it slightly charged, which will increase the life of the battery. My first use I turned it on its side and used it as an edger, as I did with my gas trimmer. Like I said, this is amazingly powerful for a lithium battery trimmer and it is ready to go whenever you need it, no gas and oil mixture needed. I would also add that it is not too heavy, about the same as my old gas trimmer.
July 5, 2013