This may look like an ordinary string trimmer, but it is so much more...
Leave it to folks at TroyBilt to create a line of string trimmers that can be interchanged with a variety of gardening tools such as a cultivator and a pole chain saw (pictured above with the string trimmer attachment).
But TroyBilt didn't stop there - they also created turbo leaf blower, lawn edger, hedge trimmer, broom and brush cutter attachments as well.
Earlier this year, I was asked to be a part of the 'Saturday 6', which is a group six of garden bloggers from around the country. As part of TroyBilt's Saturday 6, we have been asked to evaluate a number of their products and give our honest opinion about their performance.
I must admit that my favorite attachment has been my new cultivator.
I have been waiting patiently (not really) to use the cultivator in my vegetable gardens since my TroyBilt equipment arrived in March.
But, I have had to wait until my lettuce was done for the season and then harvest my garlic before I could cultivate the soil.
Finally, the day arrived for my TrimmerPlus Add-On Cultivator to make its debut in my garden.
Before using the cultivator, I had to start it first.
One complaint that I have with using power equipment is the pull-start. It can be very hard for women to use a pull-start (me included). In the past, I would call a crew member over to start equipment for me. Since I don't have a crew anymore, I often ask my husband to help me if I can't start it myself.
Well, I don't have to worry about pull-starts anymore, thanks to TroyBilt.
They have created the JumpStart, which is an electrical starter that easily starts most of their power equipment without using the pull-start.
All you need to do is to fit the JumpStart into a special portal...
And it starts up easily! The JumpStart is battery powered and can be plugged in to re-charge.
The equipment does have a pull-start, so the JumpStart is optional. I have had no problem using the pull-start of my favorite TroyBilt cultivator/string trimmer, but the JumpStart is easier to use.
Before cultivating my soil, I added compost, manure, blood and bone meal to my vegetable garden. Now, I was ready to mix my amendments in.
The cultivator was lightweight, easy to use and tilled my soil perfectly without going too deep.
One of my vegetable gardens is rather narrow, which makes my new cultivator easy to use because it can work in narrow spaces. Unlike larger tillers, this cultivator is perfect for smaller spaces and is easier to handle.
After I was finished tilling my vegetable gardens, there were some left over bits and pieces of plants that got caught up in the tines. It was easy to remove them afterward by taking the tines off and cleaning them.
In the past, tilling soil using a rake or shovel always took me a lot longer and I was a tired, hot, sweaty mess afterward with a sore back to boot.
With my new cultivator, I can till my soil quickly, without the negative side effects ;-)
As a Certified Arborist, I am often instructing my clients how to prune and care for their trees. While I don't prune their trees for them, I do like to prune my own trees whenever possible.
I had a little pruning to perform for my Desert Willow, so the cultivator attachment came off and the TrimmerPlus Add-On Pole Chain Saw was attached (no tools are needed to add the different attachments).
This branch had suffered damage in a wind storm when part of it peeled off. It left the branch weak, so it needed to be removed. I started by pruning away the top part of the branch first.
The pole chain saw worked very well for me. It comes with an additional extension pole for when you need to reach higher up (up to 11 feet), but I didn't need it for this limb. It is self-oiling, which keeps the bar and chain lubricated.
Using a pole chain saw saves you from having to climb a ladder to prune branches that are high up and it is lighter then using a regular chain saw.
My husband has been using our TroyBilt 4-Cycle Gas Straight Shaft String Trimmer for weeks now. His initial impression was that it was more powerful then our old trimmer. It also has a larger cutting width (18") and as a result, edging our lawn goes more quickly.
There is no need to mix oil and gas - it runs on regular gasoline. One of the most frustrating tasks when using a string trimmer is to having to refill the string - not a problem with TroyBilt's string trimmer, which has the 'Click N Trim' Pro cutting head. You can simply thread the line through the eyelets and twist to wind up the line. No more taking apart the cutting head.
The string trimmer can be started with the JumpStart, which I mentioned earlier. But, the pull start is surprisingly easy to use due to the 'Spring Assist Starting Technology'.
(I must admit that I like to use the pull-start, because I am thrilled with how easy it is to do with all my TroyBilt equipment, compared to the pull-starts of other equipment that I have used in the past).
Do you have a garage or shed full of garden equipment, with room for little else? Wouldn't it be great to have a string trimmer that can be used with a variety of attachments?
Think of how much room you would save!
Okay, here is the part you have been waiting for...
for readers of my blog.
Would you like to have a TroyBilt string trimmer with your choice of attachment for your garden?
The wonderful folks at TroyBilt are giving away a their top-of-the-line TB6044 XP Straight Shaft String Trimmer.
Plus, your choice of one of the following attachments:
Now, if that isn't enough, TroyBilt will also giveaway their JumpStart cordless engine starter to the winner along with the string trimmer, and choice of attachment.
1. To enter, simply leave me a comment with your choice of attachment. (Be sure to leave your email address if it's not on your profile, or I won't have any way to contact you.)
2. For a bonus entry, become a new follower of my blog, 'Like' me on Facebook or 'follow' me on Twitter - (be sure to let me know in your comment).
Let your friends know about this great giveaway and I will select a random winner in one week!
**I am paid for my involvement with the Saturday 6 and the equipment, described above, was provided to me at no cost by TroyBilt, who wanted my honest opinion - good or bad. I can honestly state that I am very impressed by the quality and design of their power equipment.