As you know Milwaukee introduced three new OPE products, the string trimmer, the hedger and the blower. So today, we are going to jump into the string trimmer. Since we started TIA, I can't say I have been too impressed by many battery operated string trimmers. As of today the only ones I found that I really like are the Ego and the Makita. So how does the Milwaukee stack up?
For Milwaukee's first shot at a string trimmer, I think they did a great job. As you know with a tool like this, balance is extremely important to prevent user fatigue. The first thing that always takes me out of the game is my back. The length of some of this trimmers are made for 5′ guys. With the Milwauke, it's nice and long so even someone like me who is 6′ talk doesn't have to worry about bending over and feeling the ache in my back. The trimmer is designed with a brushless motor which means you get better performance. Couple the motor with the 9Ah battery and you will get about an hour of run time.
A couple cool features to this trimmer are the speed selector which you can select high or low depending upon your application. I also like the fact you can either use .080 or .095″ line. If you have .095″ line, the unit will hold about 20′ so you will not be having to replace the line every hour. When you do replace it, it's simple and not time consuming. Another note you can adjust the cutting swath from 14″ or 16″, which every you prefer.
I have to say this will rip through even some tough grass and thick places. The best thing about this is the ramp up time. As you know some cordless trimmers take a couple of seconds to ramp up. With the Milwaukee it ramps up quickly to a speed of 5,800 rpm in about a second, one of the quickest we have seen for batteries.
For their first release of a cordless string trimmer, they did an awesome job. The tool is well balances and extremely powerful.