If you need a powerful string trimmer that deals with stubborn weeds quickly and efficiently, you can’t go wrong with the Husqvarna 128DJ. Fitted with a powerful 28cc, 1.1HP two-cycle gas powered engine, and providing an impressive 17 inch cutting path, it can transform a neglected, weed-choked lawn into a manicured delight. And while gas powered string trimmers can be finicky, heavy, and unintuitive, Husqvarna have made an effort to ensure that this one is easy and comfortable to use. Their trademarked Smart Start system combines the engine power and choke controls into a single switch, and the cord is designed to pull easily and start on the first attempt. The handle is easily adjustable to suit all heights and has a soft coating for comfort, and the shaft can be entirely removed without tools for convenient storage when not in use. It also comes with its own shoulder harness, which is designed ergonomically to spread the trimmer’s weight across your body so as to make prolonged use comfortable and reduce the risk of injury, and while still noisier than an electric trimmer, the manufacturers claim that their quiet trimmer line reduces the noise level by half.
If you’re looking for versatility, you’ll find that here as well. This machine isn’t only a string trimmer, it will also accommodate a range of attachments for trimming, pruning, and edging, like a landscaper’s Swiss Army knife. It also comes with a blade kit, making it into a multi-purpose landscaping tool straight out of the box. Given a few attachments, a homeowner with a small- to medium-sized yard could probably tackle most of their yard work with only this single machine.
There are a couple of minor quibbles. This string trimmer does not automatically feed string, and must be bumped on the ground to activate the line feed. That said, automatic feeds aren’t always necessarily a blessing, with some users of other string trimmers complaining that automatic feeds go through too much string too quickly. And as with any gas powered string trimmer, there’s the unavoidable hassle of mixing fuel. Still, the upsides more than outweigh the downsides. If you want a gas-powered string trimmer, or if you’re undecided between gas and electric, you should definitely make room for this model on your shortlist. It’s powerful, it’s versatile, and it won’t let you down even when faced with the most challenging weed problems.
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