Craftsman cordless line trimmer: opinions?

wspencer11(6B)March 30, 2010

Hi there: I have my eye on a secondhand Craftsman Model 71.74805 24V Cordless Line Trimmer/Cordless Edger, to replace my old corded B&D string trimmer whose guard shield refuses to stay in place (plus I'm tired of the cord, given the +/- 100-foot distances involved). Our lot is about .6 of an acre, so take out the house and driveway etc. and you get the idea for our space. This would be used just for grass, nothing tougher like heavy weeds or brush or the like, and not for edging beyond a quick neatening-up since we already have a Mantis. In poking around here I see wildly mixed views on cordless trimmers generally, so I thought I'd ask about this one specifically and about cordless generally. My thanks in advance! Bill

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masiman(z7 VA)

It might work for you but I don't think you'll save as much as you might think. The batteries on the cordless tools are a wear item. And they are not cheap to replace. Price a new battery for the trimmer and see if the deal still looks good.

In general I don't like corded or cordless outdoor tools. They can be useful but for all around use, I prefer something with more power. That said, my neighbor maintains hi yard with a corded trimmer and I can't tell the difference :). I can definitely do more with my gas trimmer like shred my leaf bins and use mine as a brushcutter. I also have to work to maintain the small engine. His is a throwaway and gets done what he needs to get done. Can't argue with that.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 2:36PM
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Put my vote for the cordless line trimmer. The advantages outweigh the battery cost to many people. Hopefully someone will chime in on their 24 v battery life was/ costs etc. Clean, always start, always run, quiet. Hang 'em on the wall charger when done and you are ready to go. Generally have good power for edge trimming, but as masiman said- the extra power of gas lets you do extra tasks. Many shops have quit working on basic trimmers- gas or otherwise due to the cost effectiveness of the repair- at least on the customer pay side of things. I too have a brush cutter but very litle trimming gets done by me in the yard anyways. I think my other half threw the electric over the fence tho....

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 12:06AM
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