GreenWorks 21362 Review

product image of product image of GreenWorks 21362 G-MAX 40V Digipro 14-Inch String Trimmer

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The GreenWorks 21362 is a cordless but (thanks to the brushless motor) very powerful weed eater. It’s designed as a less noisy and maintenance and fumes-free alternative to gas trimmers, also with a possibility to use various attachments.

Pros:
  • Powerful
  • Attachment capable
  • Battery time
Cons:
  • Edger function
  • Heavier
Key specifications:

(the outlined parts with no fill indicate using edger and brush cutter addons)

GreenWorks G-MAX Trimmer – DigiPro 40V, 4.0Ah Li-Ion, 14"in. Cutting Width, Model# 21362

Brushless motor

the power of the GreenWorks 21362The main difference between 21362 and typical cordless weed whackers is the brushless motor – it offers greater power and torque, longer lifetime and less noise, the only disadvantage is a slightly higher initial cost (if you are interested how this motor works, take a look at this article).

Power, weight and line feeding

Keep in mind that the philosophy here is to replace a gas machine with a tool that has similar power, but is a lot less noisy, requires no maintenance or fuel mixing and doesn’t produce any fumes. And that is exactly what you get – the Greenworks 21362 really feels and performs almost like a gas trimmer.

The motor in combination with dual line head provides plenty of power and eats through tough weeds easily. There are also 2 speed settings; however, some users report that the buttons could be designed in a better way.

On the other hand, it is also quite heavy – it is well balanced and the shoulder strap helps as well, but it still limits its use for lighter and cleanup jobs.

The line feeding is done using a bumping system which is a slight disadvantage compared to those autofeed trimmers, but it works well so no problem here.

Available attachments

 

Battery

The battery is also one of the advantages of this weed wacker – it’s quite expensive and big, but provides a long running time, users report between 30-60 minutes on the 4Ah battery. It also features a charge level indicator so you know approximately how much power you have left.

It can be easily removed using a snap on and off design and it takes about an hour (the 2ah battery) or 2 hours (the 4Ah) to fully recharge.

The battery is also interchangeable with other tools from the new 40V G-MAX lineup so if you own some other machines from this collection, you probably already have some spare batteries. Just be careful – they are not compatible with the older 40V (non G-MAX )!

Brush cutter attachment in action

Edger and adjustments

As most of other cordless grass trimmers, this one is equipped with an edger function as well – however, its usability is questionable. The head is non-rotating so you have to rotate the whole tool – which makes the edging quite awkward and also difficult to hit the right spot. So you may even end up buying a separate edger adjustment if you need to perform more frequent edging.

On the other hand, the attachment capability is a great plus, particularly if you own some older gas attachments! You can easily convert your machine into a pole chainsaw, hedge trimmer, blower, brush cutter or others.

The assembly is easy and tool-less and it accepts parts from many different brands, for example Ryobi, TrimmerPlus, Poulan, Craftsman or Yardworks. Take a look at the most popular here.

Conclusion:  If you are searching for a powerful trimmer without the disadvantages of gas machines, the GreenWorks 21362 is ideal for you, particularly if you already have some attachments or own some other Greenworks G-MAX 40V tools.

However, if you need a lightweight unit mainly for cleanup or medium-difficulty jobs (possibly with more frequent edging), we would rather recommend you the Black & Decker LST136W (or Greenworks 21332 if you would like to stay with the G-MAX 40V lineup).

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edging a path in park      using a blower attachment

Specifications:

  • Battery time (according to users): 30-60 minutes
  • Battery power indicator: yes
  • Weight: 13lbs
  • Cutting swath: 14"
  • Line: 0.08 dual line
  • Feeding: bump feed
  • Warranty: 4-year for non-commercial use
  • Includes: 1 battery, charger, 1 spool, shoulder strap

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Frequently asked questions:

How should I treat the battery to ensure maximum lifetime?

Always store the batteries inside your house in reasonable temperatures – never leave them on direct sun or outdoors during winter! It is also advisable to recharge the battery as soon as it is out of power.

What is included in the package?

The weed eater itself, 1 battery, charger, 1 spool and a shoulder strap.

Are there any accessories I should buy?

We recommend getting the high quality Cyclone string as a spare line (don’t worry, replacing just the string is quite easy and very cost effective – watch the video below or you can also find instructions in the manual) and if you have a larger yard, consider buying a spare battery.

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Also, if you are thinking about some attachments, take a look at the most popular here.

Is there any maintenance needed?

No, the motor is an enclosed unit so no maintenance is required. Just ensure a proper care to the battery (see above) and clean the machine from dead grass occasionally.

Is it compatible with the older 40V batteries?

No, the G-MAX 40V tools are not compatible with older 40V batteries. When in doubt, just look for the "G-MAX" marking.



 

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