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My property has a large lawn cut into the natural grasses of the area. Maintaining my lawn edge and the trail system around the property has been difficult using a zero turn mower and a hand-held weed whip. There were enough areas that were too small or rough for the tractor but had thick grown that was more than my weed eater could handle.
This guy is a beast of a mower. It acts like conventional lawn mower in that you can just push the thing across your lawn and it will cut a trail of flat and level grass. That level is adjustable up and down using a tool. Where this think rocks (pun intended) is in areas where you'd grit your teeth with a normal mower - cutting grass growing though rocks and tree roots - hoping you didn't bang the blade against something damaging. That's not a problem with this string cutter as it's thick 0.10 "stings" (more like the size of a straw) slice though Buckthorn and bounce off of rocks.
This trimmer is capable of ripping up berry brambles, full-sized Golden-Rod, and Buckthorn saplings up to about finger diameter.
Easy enough to start the trimmer has started first or second pull using premium no ethanol fuel. This is a four stroke engine and the manufacture supplies a bag of oil. Unfortunately they put that bag of oil between the trimmer and box so that in shipping the bag burst and covered the instruction manual and a bit of the trimmer in oil. The manuals are on-line and Ace sells the correct oil.
The manufacturer includes a handful of the replacement strings. Those things are easier to change out than most spool type trimmers. If you have weaker hands a pair of common pliers will help you work the plastic sting into the metal mount. In use I just wire tied a spare sting set to the push handle.
I've run this trimmer though the irrigation ditch along side the country road I'm in and it cut everything fed to it as I ran it up, down, and sideways though the ditch. This thing is so easy to use it makes difficult cutting chores much easier. It's large rear wheels really let you get into some rougher areas. The engine seems plenty powerful enough for its purpose.
This thing is a powerful and noisy beast. I recommend wearing hearing and eye protection for certain.
I went with the four stroke 140 mL. First of all let me say this thing is a beast. It cuts through almost anything you roll it into. Prime the bulb on the side about six times and on the third pole it starts every time. The string is very easy to replace. It came well shipped and was easy to install. I was very hesitant about ordering one of these however those people that may have shoulder problems or some sort of disability with balance using a traditional weed trimmer. This unit works well in assisting the weed trimming. Rolls very easy with the larger wheels. Was able to get underneath decks and trampolines with ease. One benefit unlike traditional weed trimming you do not get all the throw back of grass dirt etc. It has a guard which reflects everything forward. Fuel consumption seem to be very good. Has a small tank but it goes along way on one tank.
A couple of things that I did not like about it. Every time you start it you squeeze the handle and the string trimmer is engaged. You cannot shut it off without letting go of the handle. It needs some sort of throttle where you can disengage the string trimmer any continue to run. It just gets a little annoying. The other thing is the price was a little higher for a smaller size unit. Could have bought in the local brick and mortar stores cheaper. You don’t want to be picking this thing up and down very much is not very light white at all.
Overall I am very pleased with the product. If there is any thick grass or weeds this thing will cut through it. I can only imagine what it would do if you put blades on it. A nice tool to have. Would recommend.
So far so good.Ok.so far it's been great. It arrived and was placed at my door which I appreciate since at times my packages are dumped by my front gate !!!! It's a huge heavy duty box .easily put together all i had to do was put on handles..and the oil and gas .. we have a wild yard by that I mean we don't really have pretty grass .it is more woodlands under heavy oaks.Our self propelled mower tends to stick in the soft ground. This trimmer mower is much easier to propell on our softer ground. It starts easily and the cutting cord is heavy duty ..comes with oil and Manuels and with extra cords but so far I haven't had to change them. .I spent 2 days using this trimmer mower we had horrible weeds , Johnson grass and oak saplings and brush !!!! It takes it down well. It killed one snake as I was mowing ( sorry but Yay !! ) I went thru 4 tanks of gas in 2 days I don't know if it just uses more than I thought it should or I was putting it thru extra heavy work ..and I do think I put it to a good work out on this big property . It was pretty easy to push for me I am female , 63 years old and not in athletic condition . It is very user friendly so far I have to say I love it and it's been a lifesaver. I didn't detect the motor vibrating roughly like someone mentioned in a review. I didn't bog down very much( only once) and this place was over grown as heck. hopefully it will last ..I can't attest to longlivity yet but as far as from what I observed I Love it .
This thing is a BEAST with power to spare, and it is about 50% larger than I expected. The "strings" measure .126 inches (.125 is 1/8 inch) and they are square rather than round, which should provide for better cutting. One pair of strings is installed, and five pair of replacements is included.
The four-cycle, 140cc motor uses SAE 10W-30 motor oil, and regular (non-ethanol) gasoline, which eliminates the need for mixing oil and gasoline; I consider this a big plus.
The spindle height is adjustable, but the actual cutting height of 2.5 inches is not.
The front of the trimmer rides on an inverted steel dome at the base of the spindle. Constant friction will wear out the dome over time and a replacement will eventually be needed, but there is no parts list or provision for purchasing replacement parts.
Two mounting bolts for the motor are missing/unused, but the deck is not drilled to receive them.
The oil cap is awkwardly placed, making it inconvenient to check the oil level or add oil. I recommend a log-necked funnel for filling or adding oil.
This works great on our tall grass (2 ft high) and uneven terrain. My only suggestion would be that it push a bit easier. The big wheels really help but I should have gone with something that was self propelled as we have quite a lot to of land to deal with
Still haven't completed the 5 hours of use before oil change, but working well. I am not looking forward to the oil change because the drain is positioned on the side/base of the engine, and if I don't figure out how to drain properly it will drain all over the wheel. Looks like you need a tube to attach to drain away properly. Oil also fills awkwardly/slowly and easy to spill even with funnel. Gas tank seems small but haven't need to refill yet. I do recommend this product. It is powerful enough to go through tough weeds. Be careful when using around young trees. It took off some bark. No problem with established trees. It was easy to operate, not too heavy, easy to push unless you have the whipper in the lowest position, then there is a drag as it goes over grass. Pull start is easy - a problem I have had with some yard equipment. Owner's manual was well written and helpful. I advise read through it thoroughly.
I bought this product last year. During the 1st season it was an All Star! Started 1st pull every time! Second year, not so good. I wore my arm out and couldn't get it to start. I took the carburetor apart thinking the jet was plugged due to lousy gas. No problem there. Then I realized the primer bulb was defective. Reefed on it a few times and heard the gas squirt into the carburetor and zoom! We were off and running and I've never looked back. This is a great product. Plenty of power, reliable, cost effective. Just use good, non-enthanol gas, and be a little patient. I'm a happy camper!
When is the ride to Ted used cutting leads on it which told me that it wasn’t you somebody had had it used it didn’t like it or didn’t work right I must’ve sent it back every package and it said it right back I was new was not advertised as used I don’t use it much because it’s so hard to start when you go to start it you have to play with the gas and pump it report 30 4050 times says three polls and starts in the ad that doesn’t happen when you get it started it does cut really good it’s hard to handle you gotta be real hefty to push it around I’m a big guy but I’m 70 years old so you know the softer
This is my 2nd weed cutter. The first was a lightweight unit that got tired after about 30 minutes. I used it for about 5 years. I decided to get a new one. After much research, I decided on the Black+Decker. I only considered ones made in the USA. Black +Decker was by far the best bang for the money. I have used it on weeds that I used to have to cut by hand. The B+D cuts right thru them.
This machine does exactly what I had hoped it would do. I've been cutting back the brush along the woodline and clearing paths through the meadow where I'm establishing native habitat. But--BUT--have someone with very strong, very nimble fingers helping you get this weed whacker set up. In order to pull out the start cord rope, you must remove the spark plug boot. HAH! I say HAH again! Two adults and two teenagers all had a go at it, and after almost a half hour we finally got the darn thing off. My enjoyment of a walk-behind string mower that actually takes down pretty serious brush is only dampened now by my absolute dread of someday having to change the spark plug and deal with that boot again.