Some years ago I was working on a horse ranch and it came time to knock the brush back for fire prevention. The boss handed out two string trimmers, one gas and one cordless. Disappointed, the other wrangler held up the cordless trimmer and complained, “This won’t cut the mustard.” With that, we suddenly realized where that expression comes from, and that a cordless tool just doesn’t have the power to cut through tough brush like wild California mustard.
So it was with some skepticism that I picked up the new Craftsman 40v Max* Lithium String Trimmer/Edger.
Putting It Together
Out of the box it takes some assembly, but it’s all pretty intuitive. It snaps together, bolts in place and you only need to set a single Philips head screw.
During this process I noticed that there was only a single strand coming from the trimmer head. Every string trimmer I’ve come in contact with has at least two, and some have three or more. This did not allay my skepticism.
However, once the thing was all assembled it was solid, nicely weighty and easy to adjust.
There’s a section of my yard that I allowed to grow wild, so this was a perfect test case for my new tool.
You can adjust the “Power Command” in the handle for greater power but lower battery life, or the opposite of that. I set it for max power. There’s a safety switch you have to depress with either your thumb or forefinger before you can pull the trigger, but I figured that out pretty quickly. You can release the safety after the tool is running.
I stepped into my overgrown weed patch and fired up the trimmer. Before I even got it into the thicket, I could feel its impressive power via the torque transmitted up the handle. The brush was a mix of tall grass, ice plants, thick stemmed weeds, and woody reeds.
The trimmer took it all on nicely, cutting a swath through the overgrowth. Some of the heavier, woodier stems took more than a single pass, but not so much that it slowed me down. All my skepticism was trimmed away equally quickly. This is a legit string trimmer, even if you’re going to be knocking back the brush for fire season.
To sum up: The Craftsman40v Cordless String Trimmer – It cuts the mustard.