Freebies and samples come with rules in the blogging world.
We must disclose that the products we are sent by companies came free of
charge. More important, we have to review those products honestly. I’m not much
of a tool person, so I tend to give it to someone else to test. But other, more tool-savvy bloggers
have written very candid reviews of various pieces of equipment, including, last
year, Troy-Bilt’s lithium battery string trimmer.
Kathy/Cold Climate Gardening needed a trimmer to get rid of “eyelash
edges,” but she didn’t like the TB’s power button:
I found I quickly tired of holding down the trigger, so that
I had to take frequent pauses to rest my hand. … The fact that I had to be told
to press the button down harder indicates that I had to use more finger
strength than I normally do to achieve efficient operation.
Carol/May Dreams Gardens had the same problem:
I had trouble holding down the on/off trigger and if you let
up on it a bit, the trimmer doesn’t stop, like with a corded electric trimmer,
it just slows down.
It should not surprise you that the people at Troy-Bilt and
other such companies actually read these reviews. In response to the complaints
about the trigger/power button on the cordless trimmer, they reduced the
tension on the button, also adding 4” to the overall length. (It is adjustable.)
I haven’t tried the new one, and probably won’t, as the old one is fine for our
purposes of getting rid of what grows between the flagstones once a year. But I
have been offered one to give away here, so one of you can assess the
improvements for yourself.
Just describe in comments the improvement or invention you’d
like to see in the world of gardening supplies. Here’s mine—I’d like a portable
watering device that you can use to water hanging baskets too high to reach. Something
smaller and easier than those water buffaloes. And I’d like a really good plant
ID app for my iPhone or (soon) iPad.
I’ll announce the winner Sunday.