Hitachi CG23ECPSL String Trimmer Review: Supreme Comfort


Review At A Glance

Loads of power and maybe the most comfortable weed eater around – I love the Hitachi CG23ECPSL!


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  • Power Source – Gas
  • Size (w x h x d in inches) – 8 x 70 x 8
  • Cutting Width – 17 inches
  • Line Diameter – 0.095 inches
  • Cutting Head – 4 inch Nylon Tap & Go
  • Overall Shaft Length – 69.6 inch
  • Model – CG23ECPSL
  • Engine Type – PureFire 2-Stroke
  • Displacement – 22.5 cc
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 16.2 fl. oz
  • Weight – 10.3 lbs
  • Seven Year Warranty

PRICE – $$$

About the Hitachi CG23ECPSL String Trimmer

Let’s get down and dirty:

The Hitachi CG23ECPSL uses Hitachi’s S-Start recoil system and is powered by a 22.5 cc PureFire engine.

It has a 4 inch nylon tap and go trimmer head with a 0.095inch trimmer line and a Walbro carburetor with a purge bulb to make starting easier.

It has a solid, straight steel, shaft that measures a whopping 69.6inches in length and an anti-vibration system. It weighs in at 10.3 lbs and has a seven year consumer warranty.

Amazing right?

In terms of fuel this works on a ratio of 50 parts gas to one part oil mix.

Also this device is designed to work with a number of Hitachi attachments – remove the trimmer head and you can replace it with an edger, hedge trimmer, pole saw or mini-cultivator tool, obviously these cost extra.

The Good

Hang onto your seat…

Lets start off with the last line of the paragraph two above – ‘it has a seven year consumer warranty’. That in itself is quite remarkable and blows all of its competitors away with none coming close to seven year consumer warranty.

This is a mark of Hitachi’s confidence in the product. It also comes with a two year commercial use warranty and a one year rental use warranty.

But it doesn’t stop there…

Hitachi use an anti-vibration system for this machine and boy does it work. You feel next to no kickback or motion from it whilst you use it.

It is incredibly smooth and when you put it down it feels as though you haven’t used it. No tingly hands, no feeling of fatigue, just the satisfaction of a lovely looking yard!

The secret could be:

The extra-long shaft – at almost 70 inches it is longer than all of its competitors. This of course again lessens fatigue as you won’t have to stoop over when you use it, so as well as no tingly hands you have no achy back!

Hitachi CG23ECPSL String Trimmer Shaft

Above: The Hitachi CG23ECPSL has an extra-long shaft that makes it more comfortable to use

The shaft is made of solid steel – this is a hallmark of the quality with which Hitachi put their products together. This is well made, it is solid and feels sturdy. It is nicely balanced too and fairly easy to use with one hand.

And get this:

As well as the build the design is nice. In particular the throttle control is excellent, as it is so expansive.

You can easily control the power you use, so when you are edging you can have the throttle half open, but when you encounter tall grass or tough weeds you can open the throttle right up easily and maintain control over it easily.

But you are probably wondering, how does it start?

Well the S-Start system and Walbro carburetor and purge bulb do their job as after a few uses you will see that this generally starts first or second pull every time.

Above: The unit kicks out a lot of power

The 22.5 c PureFire engine delivers a performance reminiscent of a commercial weed eater. It kicks out a lot of power so cuts through pretty much anything with the minimal of fuss.

I am sure you will love that.

Also the fact it is a 2-cycle engine as opposed to a 4-stroke engine means the emissions levels are lower and there is less opportunity for something to go wrong as it has less parts.

I think the power to weight ratio on the Hitachi CG23ECPSL must be as good as you will get on any weed trimmer. Despite the powerful engine and long shaft it weighs a touch over 10 lbs – again this reduces fatigue and makes it easier to handle.


In terms of gas weed eaters this comes in at a great price – it really is very good value for money.

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The Not So Good

Most of my grumbles around this center around the line head. The tap and go head doesn’t seem to work as it should all the time.

The thing is:

It isn’t a quick line feed, so you often bump the head and then have to wait a while for the line to feed. It does also jam more often than it should.

A way around this is to replace the head with another brand (I’ve been told the Pivotrim Head is a good one).

And you know what else?

The string that comes with the trimmer isn’t great quality either and doesn’t feed particularly well. Again this is easily rectified by replacing it with another type of string – I’d recommend the Echo Black Diamond string which is thick and durable.

The head of this trimmer only holds 13 feet of string, which is less than most of its competitors and obviously means the string runs out more quickly.

Of course as this is a 2-stroke engine it means you have to mix fuel and gas to get it running properly. It is easy to make a mistake when doing this which can cause the engine to stop running.

The solution:

Mix 4.5oz of a good quality two cycle mix with one gallon of gas and you should be fine.

Hitachi CG23ECPSL String Trimmer head

Hitachi CG23ECPSL String Trimmer head

Above: There are some issues with the head of the Hitachi CG23ECPSL

At A Glance

✔  Pros

  • Amazing warranty
  • So smooth to use
  • Extra long shaft
  • Well made
  • Great throttle control
  • Starts easily
  • Commercial style engine
  • Light and easy to handle
  • Good price

✘ Cons

  • Tap and go feed system is hit and miss
  • Feed is not great quality
  • Doesn’t hold that much line
  • Need to be careful when mixing gas and fuel for engine


My Verdict

Design - 89%
Performance - 91%
Price - 93%


Ultimate comfort!

This is a really great weed eater. What I like most is the pure comfort of using it. The long shaft means you don’t have to stoop over and the anti-vibration systems definitely works and it feels lovely and smooth. Combine this with the fact it is really light and it is a total delight to use.

Of course this would be worthless if it did not perform in the area it is designed to - weed eating and trimming - and that it certainly does. The engine has a lot of power and is really easy to control.

The seven year warranty shows how much Hitachi trust their product and you should do too. It is up there with the Husqvarna 128LD as the best gas powered weed eater on the market.

User Rating: 3.35 ( 3 votes)


What kind of gas do I need to use?
It is explained in the user manual, but I’d recommend mixing 4.5oz of two cycle mix with one gallon of gas.

Can it be used as an edger?
Yes by turning it sideways you can. Or you can buy the separate edger attachment from Hitachi.

Does it come with a strap?
No it doesn’t.

What attachments work with this?
You can remove the head and replace it with an edger, hedge trimmer, pole saw or mini-cultivator tool – these all cost extra.

You Might Also Like…

Check out my guide to the top weed eaters of the year (yes this one features in it!). Of course there are other ways to kill weeds.

My favourite overall is the Ego Power String Trimmer – it is battery powered and it is great! If you are looking for a gas powered trimmer then check out the Husqvarna 128LD – which is on a par with or even better than this one.

To the right are a list of general resources that maybe be of use. You can also view my Site Index, which shows everything on my site on one page or use my recommended links below.

Useful Resources

The Best Weed Eaters of 2018
Ten Ways to Outsmart Weeds
Weed Identification and Control Library
How To Use A Weed Whacker

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10 thoughts on “Hitachi CG23ECPSL String Trimmer Review: Supreme Comfort”

  1. Wow! We used to run a landscape maintenance biz in the Portland, OR, area. We used Echo products which were pretty awesome at the time (20 yrs ago), but that equipment then was very costly! This seems to be an amazing tool at a very reasonable price. Keep up the great work of providing input on tools that future landscape entrepreneurs!

    • Ah a fellow landscaper! Echo products are great I really love them, but they are a bit more pricey – mainly as most of their stuff is battery powered. If you are looking for a good gas string trimmer – then this is definitely worth considering!

  2. First of all, I love the fact that this trimmer is compatible with other attachments. This alone gives this Hitachi trimmer a leg up on the competition. I can certainly understand the longer shaft is great for a lot of people, but what about shorter people? I am looking for a trimmer so that my teenage son can help me with the yard work. What better way than to turn him loose with a gas powered trimmer right?

    You already covered this, but things that are important to me are throttle control, and will this thing start for me. So this definitely sounds like a trimmer for the top of my list. Thanks for the thorough review, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Steve & Kris

      Thank you for your kind comments. The long shaft should still be fine even if you are shorter, you can just hold it at a slightly more level angle and get the same results so I am sure it will be fine for your teenage son (as long as he is safe!). Sounds like it ticks all the boxes for you though. Hope you like it!


  3. Am looking at this for my 6’3′ brother and want to make it as easy as possible for him to operate, so have two questions. #1. Which pivotrim head do you recommend to fit this Hitachi? And #2 , I’ve read that a heavier string can be hard on the engine. Would adding the pivotrim head and Echo black diamond string affect that lovely 7-year warranty?

    • Hey Suzanne

      Thanks for yor questions.

      Re the head I’d go for either this Pivotrim Head or the Husqvarna T-25 head. Both are excellent and should fit this model.

      The Echo Black Diamond string has a good reputation and I am certain would benefit this trimmer overall, as I mention the string that comes with this isn’t the best. The Tanaka 746570 0.095″ x 230′ Quiet Trimmer Line is another option I also recently discovered and quite like.

      Generally the warranty should stand UNLESS it needs repairs/has defects that are as a direct result of any changes you make. This is also basically what it says on the Hitachi website (scroll down to Warranty Coverage).

      Hope this helps and any other questions just shout!


  4. Steve I can’t find any attachments for this trimmer, specifically a pole saw. Any advice? Hitachi US website is useless.

    • You are right the Hitachi website is pretty terrible. When I wrote this review I specifically remember being able to find attachments for it quite easily, whereas now I am really struggling. There is this pole saw attachment, but it says it is for an earlier model, so I can’t guarantee it will fit.

      It will do some more digging around and see what I can find out.

  5. I can’t seem to get the original trimmer head off the CG 22EAS (SLP). I’ve inserted the allen wrench in the hole, locked the head in place, and tried repeatedly to loosen the head by rotating it clockwise. It doesn’t want to move. Any suggestions?


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