Toro 51467 Review

product image of Toro 51467 Cordless 8-Inch 12-Volt

Our rating: 3.5 stars Fair  

Customer rating: 3.5 stars 350+ reviews

Price: $59.85*        Buy from amazon.com

* including battery and charger

The Toro 51467 is a cheap and lightweight cordless weed eater – designed mainly for cleanup jobs as its power, battery system and lack of adjustments don’t enable heavier trimming or edging.

Pros:
  • Cheap
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Build quality
  • No edger
  • Not for taller people
Key specifications:

Power and utilization

ideal for cleanup and cosmetic treatment of your gardenIf you compare it to other cordless string trimmers, the 51467 offers considerably less power – it’s okay for cutting normal grass but you’ll encounter problems when trying to eat through thicker weeds. Also the cutting swath is quite small (8").

On the other hand, the price is only about 1/3 of what you’ll pay for a powerful cordless unit! So the idea behind this tool is clear – to have a cheap and lightweight machine to finish the job after you mow your garden first: trim hard-to-reach places, areas around trees, fence or walls and so on.

Also with all the advantages of cordless weed whackers – complete freedom of movement, no messing with the cord (and winding it up after trimming) or switching outlets.

Assembly, weight and handling

The assembly is pretty straightforward, you just have to join the upper and lower piece together. But be careful, it’s necessary to hear the click, otherwise the connection is not secured which might result in problems with battery. Some users report it requires some strength, so if you have problems with it, try placing one end on the ground and push down with both your hands.

For a tool this small you would expect even lower weight, but it is still very light. The problem is there are no adjustments to set the balance as you would prefer, so you may feel strain on your arms after longer trimming.

Also, the shaft is not very long (and not telescopic) so taller people would have to bend over to use it – users report the limit is around 5′ 7".

Battery

The 51467 uses a sealed 12V battery – so there is no possibility to get a spare one or use it in other tools from the same system. But for a tool used mainly just for cleanup tasks, that’s not a problem – you’ll get around 30-45 minutes of work which should be enough for all you need to do. Than it takes overnight to recharge it with the supplied charger.

Problems

As we have already written, the price is really low for a battery powered trimmer – which also means that many compromises had to be made.

There are no adjustments, it can’t be used as an edger much effectively and the build quality also isn’t on a top level – some users reported problems with charging after some time (or that the tool stopped working) or that the plastic guard keeps falling off every time you hit something with it.

Conclusion:  If you are looking for a cheap and lightweight weed eater just to clear areas not accesible by a mower, Toro 51467 is a good choice.

However, its power and lack of adjustments limits it just for that task – so if you need a more versatile trimmer, we would recommend you the Black & Decker LST136W.

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size comparison with a gas trimmer      changing the spool

Specifications:

  • Battery time (according to users): 30-45 minutes
  • Battery power indicator: no
  • Weight: 6,4lbs
  • Cutting swath: 8"
  • Line: 0.065 single string
  • Feeding: bump feed
  • Warranty: 2-year
  • Includes: battery, charger, 1 spool (already installed)

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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! Also recharge the battery as soon as it is out of power.

What is included in the package?

The weed eater itself (with battery), charger and 1 spool (already installed).

Are there any accessories I should buy?

We recommend at least one spare string; however, the original Toro spool is quite expensive when you consider how many feet per one dollar you’re getting – so we would rather recommend you to wind your own line (for example this one) which is not difficult (see video).

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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.



 

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