I'm writing this review after just one use but it performed as good as I had hoped it would. After looking different trimmers at other stores I decided on this one because it was 24 volts which I figured would last longer on a charge and be more powerful than most other trimmers on the market. Also the price seemed good, in the middle of the market.
The battery had a partial charge on it out of the box but I hooked it up to the charger for a couple of hours and then went out and started trimming. The charger said it needed 16 hrs for a full charge but I was too anxious to wait. It seemed to have pretty much the same power as a typical gas powered trimmer. I used it for about 55 minutes near continuously before it started to slow down, which was way more than I needed to do my yard. I eventually started trimming some leafy bushes and vines just to see how long it would last.
The switching from trimmer to edger was super easy, the battery/motor/handle assembly basically just spins 180 degrees on the pole and has detents that lock it in place, it literally takes about a half a second to switch from trimmer to edger.
Unlike most other trimmers I looked at the battery is not a quickly detachable one which I was kinda worried about because you don't really have the option of having a second battery for backup, but with the battery life I got I dont think it would be a problem. To get this kinda performance from the typical 18v trimmer you would probably have to use a lithium battery and you could almost buy a second one of these trimmers for the cost of a second lithium battery.
The charger is pretty cool too as it doubles as rack to hang the trimmer on, just 2 screws in the wall or 2x4 stud and plug it in. The trimmer charges as it hangs and will be ready to go next weekend.
Overall, I'm very happy.
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