Toro 51480 Corded 14-Inch Electric Trimmer/Edger
Toro 51480 Corded 14-Inch Electric Trimmer/Edger
Toro’s 5-amp string trimmer and edger is powerful and durable, with high-performing features that make yard care seem effortless. 14-inch wide dual line cutting width gets the job done quickly and user friendly features make the job much easier. With a simple 1-step push button, the operator can convert to edging in seconds and the wheel guides the edger for precision trimming.
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Works great when it’s working but the re-stringing process is TERRIBLE. I almost threw this thing away because the spool is unlike anything else on the market (all YouTube restringing instructions didn’t apply here) and the manual is even wrong! (See photos).
Still haven’t figured out how to re-spool this thing properly). As you can see in photo 1, the manual says there should be slots on both top and bottom but this spool only has slots on the top. The provided diagram also shows NOTHING.
I bought this item based on generally good reviews here. The unit has generally good construction and seems fairly sturdy. However, a major fault (in my opinion) is the lack of a tap-to-advance string feature. Instead, it incrementally advances the line automatically every time the trigger is released. So, if you’re trimming in a high wear situation, like edging the drive, you find yourself constantly pausing to “gun” the trigger in order to advance the line, instead of being able to simply bump the head and continue trimming.
This may seem trivial to some, but it cuts my trimming speed about in half while I am constantly stopping and goosing the trigger to feed enough line back out to resume trimming.
Also, if you’re just doing brief odds and ends trimming around the yard, the auto feed feature again feeds out line every time you release the trigger, which can result in the string being TOO long, so it beats itself against the guard until the ends are cut off. Very annoying.
I much prefer tap-to-advance string advance for these reasons.
I needed to clear a large area around a building for file prevention. I had a gas trimmer in the past, but I don’t use it frequently and the maintenance is a pain. I only need it a few times a year, so a battery unit is a bit of a waste as even sitting on the charger, batteries have a limited life span.
A plug in trimmer seems to be the best option. This Toro 51480 is priced low and I was not expecting much, but the build quality is very good. The motor is very powerful. It has no problem beating even heavy grass and plants. Not quite on par with a full size gas unit, but very close. And I don’t have to wear ear protection.
The auto feed is a bit of a problem. On other trimmers, you smack it on the ground to let out extra string. This Toro, it lets out string every time you start it from full stop. The string that comes with it is very poor and wears out quickly. If you hit a rock, the string is almost gone before you let off the trigger. To spool out about 2 inches of string, you have to stop and start it about 5 times. It’s really annoying and it gets worse in heavy brush.
I also picked up “Cyclone .065-Inch-by-300-Foot Spool Commercial Grade 6-Blade 1/2-Pound Grass Trimmer Line, Blue CY065D1/2-12” on Amazon. This string is wonderful. It cuts better, and last far longer. I am no longer stopping and starting the Toro every 5 seconds to advance the string in heavy brush. Toss the string the Toro comes with in the trash and use this.
The combination of this Toro and the Cyclone string make this an awesome tool.
This Toro 51490 hedge trimmer is decently made for the price. At 4-Amps, the 120V electric motor has enough power to cut through the thicker branches on our English boxwood and Forsythia without issue. The 22-inch blade cuts cleanly and allows better reach and more even trimming than the shorter blade our old Black & Decker hedge trimmer did. The trimmer is lightweight and very easy to handle. It runs smoothly without any excess vibration. The large trigger switch is easy to operate from different positions and the trigger’s safety lock button is also easy to get at. The cord retainer hook on the trimmer’s handle is a nice feature that actually works. Overall, I think this Toro hedge trimmer was a good buy and seems like it should be able to hold up to many seasons of use around the house.
I didn’t like:
1. I don’t have a large yard. I’ve used the trimmer once. I had to stop at least 4 or 5 times, unplug it and pull the cap off and fix the cord. one of the cords would draw up into the cap during use.
2. took me a while (even after I read the instructions) to figure out when the trimmer would auto-feed some more line out (not what the instructions said). it doesn’t auto-feed until it winds down almost to a stop.
3. the swivel from normal trimmer to edger. I would push the button, the head would swing a little, then i’d have to reach down and finish turning the head.
I did like:
1. the wheel. very useful and makes edging easier.
2. the power.
may change my review once I’ve used it a bit more. just very frustrated after the first use. I expected it to be much better especially after reading quite a few positive reviews on this product.