This is a 18 volt Lithim-ion cordless trimmer which uses .065 string. Even though it has a fairly beefy size battery, the unit as a whole is very light. It comes with a guard and its smallish spool full of string. The shaft is telescoping so it can be adjusted to the height of the operator. I'm just shy of 6 foot and it's the perfect length adjusted all the way out.
- 18 V / 2.6 AH Li-ion Battery
- Auto Single Feed .065 Line
- Edging Function / Rotating Upper Handle
- 3 Position Adjustable Cutting Head Angles (0- 30-Degree - 45-Degree )
- Adjustable Handle -Telescopic
The battery also has a solid lockup with the rest of the unit, and I don't get the impression it's going to ever fall out on its own. With the battery in, the unit as a whole is well-balanced, giving this trimmer a great overall feel.
My little Earthwise trimmer has already seen lots of action. My house sits on a half acre and has lots of grass, plants and trees of various sizes. I was concerned I wouldn't get the battery life, but this will go a half hour, easy. When it does finally go dead, it just kind of stops, so you won't get much warning.
...which brings up my main gripe with this model. It has a feature where if you stop it and start it, the string gets auto-advanced. Which is great except for stopping it and starting it is a huge benefit that I never got with the gas powered models. And I run it without the guard, which automatically keeps the string trimmed to its max. So, the best solution is to carry a small pair of wire cutters and just cut the excess when it gets too long.
One thing that really stands out with this model is the great edging capabilities. The head tilts at the perfect angle to edge, and for whatever reason I get a much better edge with this one than I ever did with a gas model. Maybe it's lighter and more precise. Maybe it's the slightly higher RPM than the gas models. Whatever it is, I am getting a superior edge on my lawn, and this more than makes up for it being a little under-powered.
Someone told me: "Don't buy the 18 volt unit, because it will suck. Buy the 40 volt model." But I just wasn't ready to spend that on technology I've never used before, and hey, this model got some of the best reviews
even compared to more powerful units.
With the auto string advance feature, this thing goes through about three times more string than my last model. But that's OK because the string is cheap, and the spool is easier to wind (though smaller) than most gas models I've owned.
While a more powerful model would someday be nice, I'm not sure I'd want that power to come at the price of more weight. This Earthwise trimmer doesn't seem to weigh more than my DeWalt drill. I've already used it on some tough jobs and wouldn't trade it for my last gas powered Weedeater model, which died a horrible death. I'm not going back to gas, and I'm not going any heavier. This Earthwise model might be the sweet spot for me, as long as it holds up.