Toro 51487 24-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer, 12-Inch Review

Toro 51487 24-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer

Using a corded string trimmer may guarantee consistent power output, but it does come with some huge limitations. First of all, you will need to contend with long extension cords every time you need to trim your lawn. Secondly, there is also the risk of tripping on the cord and causing an accident.

Fortunately, the quality of cordless trimmers has really improved, especially Toro’s Powerful 51487 24-Volt Lithium-Ion 12-Inch Cordless String Trimmer.

This handy cordless string trimmer from Toro offers plenty of high performance that makes yard maintenance work stress-free. It provides steady power for both small and bigger jobs, especially when you want a longer run time. The 12 inch trimming width helps make the cutting more precise and efficient. Even more, the unit is runs quietly and is very light, thus making it a common choice for all your landscaping needs.

Features

  • 24-volt Lithium Battery that can also be used with other Toro lawn equipment
  • Can convert to either a trimmer or edger
  • Automatic feed line
  • Power saving mode to extend run time
  • Long shaft length
  • Storage hooks for wall mounting
  • Padded rear and front handles
  • Commercial grade engine
  • Capable of additional attachments
  • Commercial Warranty: 2 years
  • Dimensions: 42 x 12 x 56.5 inches
  • Weight: 7.2 pounds

Pros

  • Efficient battery that can also be used with other Toro lawn equipment
  • Versatile motor head
  • Great overall performance in lawn trimming work
  • Automatic feed trimmer system is very convenient
  • Can save power to extend the run time
  • Adjustable shaft
  • LED charging lights offer clear information on the battery level

Cons

  • Only designed for small cutting jobs
  • Auto feed can be very annoying to use

Summary

Rather than the problematic cords that make lawn mowing quite tiresome, the lightweight Toro 51487 12-Inch string trimmer features a powerful 24-volt battery that performs just like a gas weed eater. This cordless trimmer is not only convenient, but also strong enough to cut all kinds of grass, while delivering a great experience every time. In addition, the battery can last up to around one hour, especially if you turn on the onboard power saving setting.

For homeowners who have really big gardens, patios or lawns, then it is likely that you take quite some time mowing those areas. Maintaining such big areas usually mean lots of time spent recharging your cordless trimmer. Luckily, you can use the power saving feature on the Toro 51487 as it allows you to cover much more ground on a single charge.

Keeping track of your battery life is straightforward and you only need to press a button to see how much charge is remaining. If the battery needs charging, just place the battery inside the included charger and the LED lights will light up indicating that it is properly charging. A green LED light will show up once the charging process has completed and you can start

Trimming edges is a key part of keeping your yard or lawn looking neat. It is usually very hard to do edging tasks with regular gas trimmers since they lack the sort of flexibility like this cordless trimmer from Toro. Actually, you can expect the utmost precision during edging and this makes mowing along your fence line simpler. This really helps out in ensuring your lawn stays good looking and evenly trimmed.

The extendable shaft length is yet another notable feature of the Toro 51487 24-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer, 12-Inch. Imagine using a trimmer that is either too short or too tall for you. This can probably lead to increased fatigue due to discomfort when operating the unit. The ability to adjust the shaft length in this Toro cordless trimmer guarantees the perfect fit.

The other excellent advantage of adjusting the shaft length is that maneuvering around obstacles becomes effortless, enabling you to complete the job quickly. Additionally, since you will be using your weed eater for long periods of time, it is vital that it is lightweight and comfortable. This Toro 51487 unit has soft grip handles that feel very natural and snug in your hands.

Comparisons

With a 6Ah Lithium Ion battery, the 40 V DEWALT DCST990H1 is a more expensive alternative to the Toro 51487 that is great for all your small home applications. Besides the difference in battery power, the DEWALT trimmer also has a wider cutting path of 15 inches. However, one key complaint of most users is that while the battery is larger, it does not really last very long. In contrast, the Toro trimmer reviewed here offers power saving benefits to extend battery life.

GreenWorks also has a worthy competitor to the Toro 51487 trimmer and that is the ST40B410 G-MAX 40V 12-Inch Cordless String Trimmer, 4Ah Battery and Charger Included. The GreenWorks model has a rotating head and this allows it to be used for edging. It has a self-feeding trimming line and also features an extra spool. This eliminates the need of constantly stopping your trimming work in order to wind the spool with more line.

Like all cordless trimmer, this GreenWorks does have some disadvantages, including that it does not have an adjustable shaft. Consequently, this makes it quite uncomfortable for shorter people to operate, even for short periods. If your height is above 6’4” then this might not be a problem; otherwise, you should consider buying one that has a variable shaft length. In this case, the Toro 51487 is the better choice.

Verdict

This Toro 51487 24-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer, 12-Inch is a reliable machine that converts the challenging task of cutting weeds into a nice experience.

It is an affordable kit and its wide variety of easy to use features makes it ideal for both beginners and experts. If you currently have a weed elimination problem or are just looking for an exceptional lawn maintenance tool, this unit is an excellent solution. It gets the trimming work done quickly and this saves you time to do other tasks.

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