I put together with ease and and used non ethanol gas and the oil that came with it ,I had a bit of a time getting started at first only because I didn't have it primed well enough but when I did it ran great and is easy to push,I saw someone said the handle was short but I think what they did was used the wrong holes,that would make it too short ,I'm 5'7' and it's perfect.I had to get a wheeled trimmer because I couldn't hold a gas powered trimmer without my arms shaking after I was done and this doesn't do that.very pleased so far!
Easy to assemble...trimmer line is easy to install after two times of installing. Gas motor strong and starts on first pull. Used on an acre of property, replaced the line seven times, but yard was not trimmed for a year so. We trimmed heavy thickets with seawall concrete frontage. The swivel trimmer arm works well and makes for easy straight push against trees, fence lines and walls. Make sure you get extra line, we went through 18 feet in two hours! My back muscles were used a lot, but having the wheels to hold the trimmer at uniformed height helped me finish the job without pain. Yes, it is worth the price and yes I recommend this wheeled trimmer.
I love love love it. Makes the job go fast. Thank you
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Response from The Southland TeamJuly 17, 2019
Thank you for the great review for the Southland Wheeled String Trimmer. Did you know you could add attachments to your unit? It really is a multi-function machine. We currently have a Blower Attachment (Model No. SWSTMBA or SKU # 305028713) and an Edger Attachment (Model No. SWSTMEA or SKU # 304995067) available for purchase. These essential attachments for yard maintenance are specifically designed and manufactured for your Southland Wheeled String Trimmer. Thank you, again, for your support of the Southland Outdoor Power Equipment product line.
Don't be fooled by the video...the revised trimmer head will only accept the little puny line.......
June 14, 2019
Don't be fooled by the video...the revised trimmer head will only accept the little puny line....the loops for the .155 have disappeared.... DISCONTINUED....and when you call customer NO SERVICE all you get is excuses that the distributors are slow about informing folks about it.
Seems to me the main office is the slacker here!
WEAK JUNK DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY!
This is a well engineered product. Assembly of the product went smoothly and the engine started right up. Began trimming along the edge of my house allowing the engine to break in. Soon the trimmer line broke off from both sides of the cutting head. Found it difficult to removed the broken pieces of the trimmer line from the head. I do no plan on using this product to cut grass but to trim the grass along my house in in the ditch along the street, that is 200' in length. Removed the Southland supplied trimmer head and installed a WW Ezlock trimmer head that uses .105 trimmer line and provides for quick line replacement. Using the alternate cutting head made the machine much more user friendly in my application. . With the power of the engine and the ease of changing the string, the Southland Trimmer is an excellent machine that I would recommend to my friends and neighbors.
I recently received this 520CFM Blower Attachment for Southland Wheeled String Trimmer, by Southland, to work with the Southland Wheeled String Trimmer I got recently. This is an attachment for the Model SWSTM4317 Trimmer only, not a universal fit item.
The leaf blower comes assembled with the exception of the exhaust chute, which pops on and is tightened and adjusted with a wing nut. Changing the cutter head for the blower head is quite simple as well (figure 1). Release the shaft clamp by pulling up (figure2 and 3), raise and hold the release latch (figure 4), Slide the cutter head off and blower head on. The latch will pull into place by a spring, and push the outer shaft clamp down on top of the latch (figure6). If the blower housing still tries to rotate, turn the clamp handle a turn clockwise and try again. It will require some wiggling to get the cutter head off and you must turn the blower some to align the driveshaft splines. If you want to change the direction of the air outlet, the whole power unit swivels about 35 degrees clockwise (Figure 8).
It is not the season for leaves to blow but this unit sure does clear the sidewalks and driveway of sand. Wow!
The only drawback I found with this unit is the ground height of the blower housing and the ground. The blower is great for smooth sidewalks and driveways, but the blower housing will bottom out on almost any obstructions. If I drop the guide wheel over a 1" driveway lip the housing will hit bottom. Not very usefull on my lawn without some modification to the guide wheel height.
Pros: All In One, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting, Sturdy, easy to attach
I picked up this 17" 43CC gas walk behind string trimmer mower, by Southland, because of the versatility in uses. I have a fairly large yard with native grasses and brush. I also got the leaf blower attachment and edger for a complete system.
The trimmer/mower was easily assembled in a short time by myself, but two people would have made it a bit easier. I found that assemble step D, mounting the wheels, before step B. mounting the cutter head, made the process go better. Read the instructions fully before starting the assembly process. There are a few tricks, like proper cable routing, that help.
The different heads are attached by a latch and a clamp, with no tools needed. All of the attachments are shaft and gear driven, rather that the belt system used by most other manufacturers. The cutting head that is included with the trimmer/mower is well built and slips on the power unit with a slight twist of the head to align the shaft splines. The power unit swivels on it's carrier to assist in trimming closer to trees, shrubs, fences and sidewalks. The swivel lever is on the right upper handle and pulls a pin up, via a cable. Squeeze, twist, release. Done! The power head also changes angle for sculptured trimming.
Starting was fairly easy after pushing the primer bulb several times to fill the carburetor with fuel. The primer bulb is located under the carburetor and forward of the fuel lines (see image 2). The engine guns a bit rich, mixture wise. at the altitude of my house, but running is not adjustable by the owner. This fuel mixture issue is true with all gasoline engines of recent manufacture due to Federal Emissions Regulations.
The unit cuts well in tall bear grass and brush. Just don't rush it, let the cutting line ends do the work. The engine appears to be rubber mounted and there is very little vibration in the handles.The height if the handle is great for me and I am 6'4" tall, with a long reach.
The only gripe I have is a small one concerning the placement of the swivel lever. It is on the right upper handle and I have hit my right knee on it twice so far. I plan to move the lever farther down the handle in the near future. One screw hole to drill.(See image 1)
Overall this machine is working out well for my needs, frugal with the gas, easy on the trimmer lines, and the price is great.
Pros: Cuts Well, Durable, Easy to Store, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Great Engine, Light Weight
I always like to have a nice clean edge on the sidewalks and this edger attachment is a decent option if you already own the Southland wheeled string trimmer. But I wouldn't buy the Southland string trimmer just to be able to use this attachment—it just isn't worth the money in my opinion.
*Heavy duty but it might be a little overkill weight wise
*Easy to assemble
*Pretty easy to use
*You can't edge the curb line
*The edger blade is low quality: it is already showing wear after edging only 100 feet of sidewalk once
4 out of 5 stars
I decided to try out this 17 IN. 43CC GAS WALK BEHIND WHEELED STRING TRIMMER MOWER, and I'm not a super big fan of this machine. I also own the blower attachment and the edger attachment.
I will say that my favorite part of this product is the option to have a blower attachment. It has plenty of power for the size of the machine and is great for cleaning off my driveway.
*Plenty of power
*Nice handle design
*I do not like the trimmer aspect of this product at all. It feels clunky, and I can do a trimming job 10 times better than this one can with any normal string trimmer.
*The engine is very cold. The first start of the day can take 18+ pulls to get it running, and I know how to start and run gas-powered equipment. I own around 12 pieces of gas powered, and this is the hardest starter I own. Once it is warm, I can get it running in 1 or 2 pulls.
*The instructions aren't well put together at all
*Finally, how aren't you going to get back strain with this product compared to using a normal string trimmer? It weighs 42 pounds and a normal string trimmer is about 12 pounds.
Overall, I'd give this product 2 out of 5 stars
Great little machine. I bought it for the pasture that I don't have goats to eat anymore, but it is also good for the road side weeds.
Easier on the arms and shoulders than running a weed eater and faster too.
Turn the head so that it sticks out past the wheels and run it along the fence line; fence line clean. It will also work like a hand mower and clean up the almost flat ground.
I was running in some very tall (12 plus inches), thick weeds and it would get a bit too warm, so I shut it off so it could cool. I was expecting the heating because of the height and thickness of the weeds. These are weeds that the lawn mower will bog down when cutting.
This one piece of fence to road weeds would take me about 3 hours; run time on this wheeled baby was about 1 1/2 hours.