Essentially that means a couple of things – it takes four steps to create power – with each step being more concentrated in comparison to a 2-stroke engine.
Think about it this way:
With four stroke engines the torque is much nearer the base of the unit meaning you barely have to apply any gas to get a good amount of power. Just above idle will provide you with plenty of power to trim.
And another benefit of 4-stroke engines?
They run purely on standard gasoline, you don’t have to mix gas and oil, which makes things a lot easier. Simply put in the gas and you are good to go.
Also with 2-stroke engines the smell of 2-stroke gas inevitably seeps into your clothing, so you don’t have that issue easier.
This is nicely made – it is pretty much all steel and metal, with just a couple of plastic pieces. It is a quality commercial style unit with the (previously mentioned) great Honda engine detached and built onto the shaft.
And you know what?
It is also easy to assemble, start and use – there is almost no resistance on the recoil. Small details like the soft grip, adjustable handle make it really comfortable to use and elevate it above most other gas trimmers on the market.
Above: The trimmer head is fantastic
But you’re probably wondering…
Do I have to constantly refill the string?
Well it uses a T35 Husqvarna trimmer head which is huge and holds so much string, I’d estimate maybe up to 40 or 50 foot of line, which is pretty much unparalleled and means you don’t need to stop to fill it up as much.
And one final thing:
It also edges really well.
Quite often with two stroke engines they bog down when you flip them over to edge, whereas this works flawlessly when you do so – the engine keeps purring away and you can easily and quickly tidy up your yard.
It is great!
The Not So Good
A word of warning:
The guard on this is not perfect – it doesn’t protect you from the grass you cut.
In fact the chances are that, as you will probably be using this to cut down substantially overgrown grass and weeds, you could be left covered in grass at the end of it all. It could definitely do with improvement.
The string is also quite close to the top of the trimmer head, and this makes cutting grass in really tight spots a little more of a problem. It isn’t a big problem, but something to be aware of.
Where the air filter cover sits with the main plastic frame is not as well protected as it should be. I had some issues with the clips breaking off – so this could be made more secure.
Also as you are not mixing fuel there is no tinge to the fluid in the fuel tank. The fuel tank is also made of solid white plastic.
My point is this:
A combination of these two factors means you have no idea how much fuel is left in the tank unless you open it and look every time. A slightly transparent fuel tank would make this a lot easier.
Price wise it is also at the higher end of the market – although there is a reason for that – namely the power and quality you get!
Above: The Husqvarna 4-stroke trimmer is at the higher end of the market price wise.
At A Glance
Fantastic Honda engine
No mixing oil
Easy to assemble, start and use
Fantastic trimmer head
Edges really well
Guard is not great
String quite close to top of trimmer head
Air filter is poor
Not easy to know how much fuel is left
Design - 93%
Performance - 93%
Price - 85%
Great string trimmer
This really is one of the most powerful string trimmers on the market. If you have a large yard and lots of thick weeds to cut down I strongly recommend this.
It is perfect for land or commercial use, it starts easily, is well balanced, quiet considering the power and has a 4-stroke engine so no worrying about mixing oil and gas.
It literally goes through pretty much any weed or heavy grass like a hot knife through butter and you have the peace of mind of knowing it uses a top quality, ultra reliable Honda engine.
It is a bit more expensive, but you get so much for your money and it is so rewarding to feel it effortless cut through months of overgrown weeds and grass with the minimum of fuss!
User Rating: 4.3 ( 1 votes)
Can you add attachments to this? No you cannot.
What kind of gas should I use? Husqvarna recommends that you use 90 octane (RON) or higher for this trimmer. Check the manual (page 12) for full details.
What size string can I use with this trimmer? Husqvarna recommend anything from 0.095 inches to 0.105 inches.
Can you use a strap or harness with this? Yes, you can attach a harness.
Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.