At this year’s Garden2Blog event I took advantage of an opportunity to check out some of Troy-Bilt’s line of new products that include tillers, string trimmers, and lawn mowers. I was familiar with the quality of the company’s tillers but walked away from the demonstration impressed by the innovation contained in their other garden equipment.
After I returned home from Moss Mountain Farm Troy-Bilt invited me to trial and review one of their string trimmers and also offered to give one of them away to the readers of this website. So I’ll begin with the review and later share how you can enter the Veggie Gardening Tips website’s contest to win your own Troy-Bilt trimmer.
The TB675 EC Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer
The grass trimmer that I received was the TB675 EC Model, which is a straight shaft, gas-powered, string trimmer. The first thing that I noticed was that this is a 30cc 4-Cycle trimmer, so unlike the 2-Cycle machines that I have used in the past, this one does not require you to mix oil into the gasoline before filling the tank.
That’s a plus for convenience and also makes it easier to ensure that you are always using fresh gasoline in your equipment. There’s no mixing, no storing a separate fuel container, and no worry over putting the wrong type of fuel into your other garden equipment!
Other Features of the Troy-Bilt TB675 EC Grass Trimmer
The TB675 EC string trimmer has an adjustable multi-position handle that can be configured to suit both left and right handed users. The string used is a .095 inch diameter line with a 17-inch cutting swath. This trimmer accepts optional attachments that convert the machine into a range of additional tools; including a cultivator, leaf blower, hedge trimmer, pole saw and more in order to eliminate the need for separate pieces of dedicated equipment.
Other features of this Troy-Bilt string trimmer include a “spring assist” starting system that requires less effort when pulling the cord to start the machine, and a cutting head that can be refilled without removing it from the shaft. Just feed the line through the eyelets and twist the head until the line is loaded within the head, and you’re ready to get back to work.
Off to a Fast Start with the JumpStart Cordless Engine Starter
One of the innovations that Troy-Bilt has developed is the JumpStart Cordless Engine Starter. This handheld cordless device enables you to start your gas trimmer without the usual exercise involving multiple pulls of the cord, choke adjustments, and additional pulls of the cord in order to get the engine running. Instead the JumpStart Engine Starter is inserted into the back of the trimmer and a press of the trigger is all the effort that is needed to get the engine started!
The JumpStart engine starter is portable, rechargeable, and cordless so that you can take it anywhere and use it to fire-up your Troy-Bilt garden equipment. In addition to their gas trimmers, the JumpStart technology also works with compatible blowers, edgers, and cultivators. So if you’re far too familiar with the frustration of struggling to start-up your gas powered grass trimmer this cordless engine starter is your solution to that common problem.
Putting the Troy-Bilt TB675 EC String Trimmer to the Test
I’ve been using the TB675 EC Gas String Trimmer for a few weeks now and have been very pleased with its performance. Even using the standard starter cord the trimmer started up dependably, but I do love the convenience and ease of using the new cordless JumpStarter, which worked perfectly. I don’t miss mixing gas and oil at all and won’t be going back to a 2-cycle trimmer any time soon. I also enjoyed the power and much longer running time of the TB675 compared to an electric grass trimmer.
This was my first experience with at straight shaft trimmer but I found the transition to be easy and there was no difficulty in using this type versus a curved shaft trimmer. The noise levels were about average for a string trimmer and the unit was slightly heavier than my previous grass trimmer, but the machine was comfortable to work with even over extended periods of use. So far I really like this Troy-Bilt string trimmer and have absolutely no complaints to report.
Win Your Own Free Gas String Trimmer from Troy-Bilt
Here’s your chance to win a free TB675 straight shaft gas trimmer and JumpStart engine starter courtesy of Troy-Bilt. To enter the Veggie Gardening Tips contest simply leave a comment on this post and tell us what your favorite feature is for the TB675 gas trimmer or share your favorite tip for using or maintaining a gas trimmer.
The contest will run until Sunday, July 7th, and the winner will be randomly selected using a random number generator. So get those comments in today and you may be the winner of a brand new Troy-Bilt TB675 EC gas trimmer and a JumpStart cordless engine starter!
Disclaimer: Troy-Bilt provided me with a TB675 EC trimmer in order to conduct this review and is supplying a second unit to a reader of this website. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.
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