PORT ANGELES, Wash — I have to hide my chuckles whenever my next-door neighbor trims his lawn.
Chatting over the fence, he has nothing but complaints about his gas-powered string trimmer. He's glad to have a break from its noise and fumes.
“How's that Greenworks of yours work?” Dave always asks. “Like a charm” is my response. “Why don't you buy one?” I counter.
But Dave thinks lawn work must be noisy, smelly, heavy and hard. I, though, am a convert. I ditched my old gas-powered string trimmer after it hung unused for two years while I used my Greenworks machine.
I also had no further use for my fuel can, bottle of fuel stabilizer and quarts of motor oil — not to mention the puddles of oil and gasoline that always managed to evade the funnel when I tried to save the remnants.
My 40-volt, 14-inch G-Max trimmer has met every task I've set it to: high grass, dry grass, wet grass, wet and high grass, even those dense knots of turf that have persisted so long even their roots are above ground.
It even cuts most blackberry vines.
That's with the shield in place. Remove it and, hooboy, I feel like trimming across Dave's yard and down the block. Just be sure both strands of trimmer line are even. If they are lopsided (without the shield's cutter to keep them equal), the motor will sense the imbalance and shut off after a few seconds.
Being a neatnick, I clean caked grass and dirt from the trimmer head and shield, just like I've always done.
But I don't spill oil or gas or fill my nostrils with fumes or need ear protection, just like I always used to do.
And I'll always urge Dave to switch to Greenworks.
My Greenworks trimmer: It's an always breed of machine.