Worx GT 24-Volt Trimmer - Review
If you read the site, you know that we've recently had some big problems with a variety of string trimmers. The end result is that we're now cutting a good part of the tall grass out in the field by hand (for the rest, we got our pal with a field mower to stop by). So that's all fine and dandy, but what about the little stuff that grows around the well head and the flower beds? Since it's assumed that Mrs. Tool Snob would not be thrilled to see a scythe slashing away at the grass around her heirloom roses, we need another option. Thankfully, Worx recently sent us one of their new 24-volt trimmers to try out. We were hoping that it would solve our problem. So for the past few months we've been spending some QT with the tool and we've come to our conclusions.
Because the Worx is battery powered, there's no big, heavy motor (as well as no need to counter-balance it with a long shaft). Minus this bulk, the Worx weighs in at a SlimFast 5.6 lbs. Also, not only is it much shorter, but the shaft telescopes as well, so when you're putting it away for the weekend, it can go from 3' 8" to 3'. This is quite a bit less than the 5' 6" 2-stroke trimmer that we have. Also, the head on the Worx pivots and there is an adjustable fold down handle part on the shaft. All of these features combined make for a tool that can be used either one-handed or two-handed and in a variety of configurations.
And back to the storage issue, we have a couple other string trimmers kicking around and they've managed to take up an entire corner of the garage. It's a complete cluster and if you touch one, they all seem to fall over. The Worx is a different story though, we just hang it on a nail.
Another nice touch is that the charger is very small and just amounts to a little cap that you attach the battery too. It's good because the last thing we need is one more charger junking up our workbench. Additionally, the lithium-ion battery is a good match for the trimmer because it doesn't slowly fade out like nickle batteries. With li-ion, you get full power until the moment the battery dies.
If you're used to using regular gas-powered trimmers, you won't believe how light the Worx trimmer is. Imagine the difference between holding a lion and holding a house cat. As for its power, we found that it's a light-duty tool and should be used accordingly. You're not going to be felling trees with it, but if you keep to grass and regular lawn, you're not going to have a problem. We noticed that it would get a little bogged down in thick, grassy weeds, but as far as trimming all the little spots the mower can't get to, this thing is ideal.
The added manueverability and painless start-up of the battery-operated tool seemed to encourage quick use of the tool. With no gas/oil mix to fuss with or the eternal starter pulls of the unreliable start-up, we found ourselves doing quick lawn touch-ups all the time. Just run to the garage, grab the trimmer and hit the weeds out by the lilies. Done in five minutes.
There is also a little set of wheels (not pictured), that attach to the tool to give it edger functionality. Again, it's a light-duty situation, but perfect for most lawn applications.
So the bottom line is that there's a lot good to say about this trimmer. it's fast, easy, and light. The handle configurations are fully adjustable and even with our 6' 5" frame, we were able to find a set-up that was comfortable. It's an ideal trimmer for someone looking for a no-hassle, start-every-time trimmer solution for their lawn.
The Worx costs about $175 (with one battery, $275 with two).
If you're interested in seeing how the Worx compares head-to-head against a couple other trimmers, here is an article I wrote last year for Popular Mechanics doing just that. Please note that for the article, we used the 18-volt Worx and not the 24-volt.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 6, 2010 5:40 AM