The folks over at Troy-Bilt asked me to test their new lithium-ion battery-powered string trimmer (Model TB57). Now I am not the one who does the grass stuff around here, so I had Romie put it through its paces. His first reaction? "Hey, you should come try this. I think you'll like it."
Hmmm...like trimming grass? Me? Well, there's a first time for everything, I guess.
I have never used a grass trimmer in my life, but this thing was fun. It worked well, too. I tried to temper my reaction so as to not seem too willing to take on the task of doing the trim work around here. But I'll let you in on a secret: If I'm pressed into service, I want to use this trimmer.
we've Romie's used for years is a gas one and I can tell you it's very noisy and smelly. The Troy-Bilt Lithium Ion Battery String Trimmer, on the other hand, is relatively quiet and all you smell is the freshly cut grass. Mmmm...
If I were to critique a string trimmer, I'd judge it on the following points:
- Weight - is it heavy to carry around?
The TB57 is lighter than the gas trimmer, but not a whole lot. The battery is fairly heavy and is only a little lighter than the gas-powered motor on our other one. Still, I'd much rather carry this one around because somehow the weight feels more balanced.
- Comfort - is it something that you can hold in position for a long time, as you make your way around the yard?
Even though the TB57 has a telescoping handle and adjustable support, Romie and I both felt that if the upper part of the trimmer were positioned at more of an angle, it would be more comfortable to use for a longer period of time. As you can see in the photo above, the battery compartment hits Romie's arm, causing him to shift his shoulder to keep his arm out of the way. Angling the cutting head a little more might eliminate the problem, too.
- Battery life - does it last as long "in the field" as a gas-powered trimmer?
For us, yes. Romie did the entire yard on one charge and it was still going strong. That's saying something, because we live on an acre that has LOTS of trimming (thanks to me and my gardening endeavors). If you do run it down in one use (not likely), the battery takes only four hours to recharge.
- Power level - can it cut thick grass or weeds and can it maintain that power until the job is done?
It takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Errrr...trimming.
In spite of the problems we encountered, the TB57 is a great trimmer. It's light enough and easy enough to use, I just might be convinced to help out with the trimming now and then.
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