When I saw the price tag on this Troy-Bilt 27cc Gas Trimmer I couldn't believe my eyes. The average gas trimmer with a the same kind of engine is going for $200.00 or more, this clearly beats Husqvarna, Stihl, and Echo by at least $50.00. The 27cc is not a high revving machine unless you go full bore with it, yes ear protection is a much unless you want to be on deaf ears when you get older. There are two ways of starting the engine, by normal pull chord or the new Electric Starter that Troy-Bilt brought out last year that hooks up to the back on a extended sealed drive shaft bolt that when you press the button starts the trimmer within 5 seconds. The choke lever is easy accessible and with it's automatic three stages of warming up rests assures you're not over pressuring it from the start. It takes about 30 to 45 seconds to warm up. The gas tank is 16 ounces that you need to mix oil and your gas together and last at full throttle about 45 minutes to an hour. The muffler has a good sound barrier and protection for lefty's like me.
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The 4.5 foot straight shaft is made of durable aluminum with the on/off switch and throttle 8 inches off the shafts top. In about the middle of the shaft is your rubberized very sturdy handle which is adjustable for both left handers like me, with a easy turn of the bolt a right hander can use it within seconds. At the foot of the shaft is your trimmer stock, it slices and dices at a 17 inch radius and has a locking bumper head to automatically feed it and lock it so you can keep working. Getting under shrubs with cutting accuracy so you don't hurt the plant is nice, but I love it doing fence rows, the machine weighs 12 pounds and very easy getting around fence post and just a simple bump with the head the line feeds out and you just keep pushing.
In the middle lower part of the shaft is a turn knob where you loosen it and if you bought any of the versatile attachments you can be the all around gardener with this machine. First attachment is the Edger for your sidewalks and flowerbeds comes in handy for those of you like me who want perfect edges. Second is the four tine cultivator which is 14 inches wide and goes in between shrubs and vegetables and does away with weed pulling. It has the capacity to go 8 inches deep in your soil or flowerbed but I would not suggest using on tough clay soils because it will mostly bounce on you. Third is the shrub trimmer/hedger with reaching distance up to 11 feet depending how long your arms are, cutting up to 3/4 to 1 inch branches and is very easy to use on a boxwood shrub fence row. I even use it to make a umbrella shape out of my peach trees. Fourth is the tree limb chainsaw attachment. I love this attachment because it lets me get inside trees and cut the dead wood out while cutting branches up to 4 inches opening up the trees insides making it look more stylish and hearty. This last two are the brush cutter and the blower attachment. Both of these I had no reason to buy because of the backpack and hand held blowers and brush cutters I have. All of these attachments are sold separately and run $39.99 to $89.00 at Lowe's. For the homeowner, why have all those different machines when you can have one engine with all of the attachments making lawn care and gardening a breeze.
Overallthis was a handy $129.00 investment at the start, seeing and getting the attachments helps me multi-task on job sites with out worrying about carrying 5 different machines. Each one is built sturdy and durable. All they do is slide in until the shafts meet and intertwine and you tighten the shaft bolt and you're ready to go. The trimmer and the attachments have a 2 year residential warranty on them. They look neat to if you build a rack like I did for the trimmer with the attachments next to it on my shed wall, but then again I'm a neat freak.
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