Spring is always such a busy time in my Minnesota garden. Not only do we have to get the gardens tilled and planted, but we have to do lots of cleanup after the long winter… plus lawn maintenance kicks in, and suddenly trimming and edging season is upon us. Whew!
Well, I am one lucky girl! Just in time for the busy gardening season, Troy-Bilt has sent me some new tools to help me out. One of the perks of being a member of the Troy-Bilt Saturday6 is that I get to test out their products, and I even get to keep a couple. Troy-Bilt gave me the TB6044 XP™ Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer to review, PLUS three attachments – and I get to tell you all about it.
Everyone with a lawn needs a trimmer, and Troy-Bilt has come up with a trimmer design that turns this one essential piece of equipment into many. Since I got three attachments, my trimmer becomes a blower, a cultivator or an edger with only a tiny amount of effort and no tools required.
This is a pretty awesome product, especially great for people like us who have limited garage space. The attachments are small, so they take up way less room than owning each piece of equipment separately would. The attachments even come with hangers, so they are easy to store on the wall or ceiling. Another thing I love about this design is that since the trimmer comes apart, it easily fits in my car. We don’t have a truck, so this is a major bonus we didn’t think about before we had to trim our community garden plots. Plus, since it’s a 4-cycle engine, it takes regular gasoline. So no mixing gas with oil, which is very nice.
Troy-Bilt 4-Cycle Gas String Trimmer
Back before my gardens expanded, I used to be able to trim the entire yard with our little electric trimmer, no problem. But, now we have so much trimming to do, the battery dies about half way through the chore. My new heavy-duty TB6044 XP™ Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer 4-cycle gas trimmer makes it all the way around the yard with no problem. It’s much more powerful than the electric trimmer, and the head is wider so it takes less time to trim the same area. The monster weeds at the community garden are no match for this trimmer.
Add-On Cultivator Attachment
The TrimmerPlus® Add-On Cultivator was the attachment I was the most excited about. Over the past few years, we’ve been adding raised beds to our vegetable garden, so our old cultivator has become obsolete. This cultivator attachment is the perfect size to use on our raised beds. It has enough power that it could be used to till the whole vegetable garden too. I highly recommend this attachment.
Add-On Lawn Edger Attachment
Edging is a chore that we are not very good at. We have a few neighbors that keep their lawns nicely edged all the time – wow, we’ve been lazy. We’ve borrowed their edger several times, but we don’t want to be those annoying neighbors who borrow their equipment all the time. So, we stopped edging out yard all together. But now, we finally have our own edger – the TrimmerPlus® Add-On Lawn Edger.
I don’t remember the last time we edged our lawn, but it’s definitely been a few years. It took some time to get used to how this edger worked, because it’s obviously not going to cut through our thick thatch like butter. I have to admit, this didn’t work very well for our overgrown edges. We had to cut the edge with a shovel to get it started, and it took a lot longer than we expected to get our edge cleaned up. But, I think if we’re better about edging on a regular basis, this edger should work great.
Add-On High Performance Blower Attachment
Here’s another piece of equipment that we borrow from our neighbors every year (they love us!). We have arborvitaes, and they are some seriously messy shrubs. Every spring, the path next to the arborvitaes is covered in debris. It’s impossible to get it all cleaned out of the ground cover without a blower. The TrimmerPlus® Add-On High Performance Blower works even better than the one we used to borrow from our neighbor (shhh, don’t tell my neighbor).
This blower has power! It only took about 5 minutes to get all the debris off the path and out of the ground cover, it’s great. Plus now we can use it to blow out other debris piles, like the ones on the deck, walk and driveway that build up over the winter. So much easier than sweeping! I think I’ll even use it to blow all the tree seeds out of the gardens this spring before I lay the new mulch down. I can see we’re going to get a lot of use out of this blower. It’s one of those pieces of equipment you didn’t know you needed until you have it.
All in all, I really like this product. It has a ton of power which is great, but it can be little scary at first when getting used to the trimmer and edger. Plus it is pretty heavy for me. It comes with a shoulder strap, and once you get used to relying the the should strap, it’s much easier to use. I’m going to be straight with you though, it’s too heavy for me to trim the entire yard. My husband has no problem with it, and he loves the extra power that our little electric trimmer lacked. (He says I just need to hit the weights at the gym more often, ha ha) I don’t have a problem with tilling, trimming or using the blower – I just get tired when I try to trim our entire yard. If you’re looking for power, this is definitely the trimmer for you! And guess what, our neighbors have already started asking to borrow OUR lawn equipment. Yep, now we’re the cool kids on the block!
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Which attachment is your favorite?