(Battery operated WorxGT from D&B Supply.)
Every helpless female needs to have some knowledge of and ability to use power tools. Especially if she is a gardener. Especially if her last son leaves home and she has to now figure out how to handle the overgrown edges of the lawn. Such was my situation and I, with an acre lot, was overwhelmed. We have a grass trimmer/weed wacker that my husband bought me a few years ago, but I have always felt like I was holding a tiger by the tail when using it. I couldn’t keep it moving in a straight line and the roar it made set my brain to humming for hours. Just turning it on was always a challenge, so I couldn’t deal with interruptions, even if I could hear the attempt. I would use it until my arms were so fatigued they were quivering. That made the monster even more prone to violent behavior.
I had heard rumors of electrical grass trimmers, but wasn’t thrilled with the idea of dragging a heavy extension cord around the yard. I was dubious about a cord even reaching my extensive yard. But, the cost of hiring someone to do the edging regularly was not appealing, so I set off hunting a better option. I was introduced to the WorxGT at D&B Supply and excitedly took it home to play.
I was a bit concerned when I opened the box and saw some assembly was required. Assembly often ends up by me humbly asking for help from some engineer minded person in the family. However, there was also a very clear DVD included and the clearly enunciated instructions carried me through. I put the battery on to charge and took a short break.
The edges of my lawn were over a foot long is some places, which kept them moist growing under shrubs and flowers. My new orange friend hummed pleasantly along doing its work. I found that it worked best to use the rolling edger set-up on the edges first, followed by some more sculpting with the more standard grass trimmer alignment.
I bought one extra battery, but think I might consider getting a third since each battery has to cool of before recharging. The battery life is only about 20 minutes right now, but the manual says it should gain some longevity if I completely drain it the first 5-6 times. There were a few minutes at the end of each cycle where I just had to let it run out since it didn’t have enough power to actually cut any grass.
The machine is incredibly easy to turn off and on, and advancing the string is done at the same time, no pounding of the ground necessary. I had FUN using it and my 15 year old daughter wanted a lesson, too. It’s not that we won’t miss you, strong son-of-mine, but I am relieved to have found a grass trimmer suitable for helpless females to use.