Factory Reconditioned Homelite ZR21546 17-Inch 26cc Gas Powered Mighty Lite Straight Shaft String Trimmer
List Price: $129.99
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Light and powerful Homelite Mighty Lite 17-inch straight shaft string trimmer. New Rotochoke starting system. Extended shaft for hard-to-reach areas under porches, decks, shrubberies, etc.
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I had the chance to use a Homelite weed eater for about a week last year for my lawn business. During the spring my main trimmer went down and I had to take it to the local repair shop to get it fixed. Since it was the spring, they were backed up quite a bit and informed me that it would take at least a week to fix it. Well, as you might imagine, I was going to need a trimmer a lot sooner than that!
So instead of doing the smart thing by going home and reading weed eater reviews in order to make a more informed buying decision, I rushed to the nearest Home Depot. I checked out their selection of trimmers, picking up each model to get a feel for it. I wanted a quality trimmer that could handle the work load, but I didn’t want to spend too much since I would be getting mine back within a week or so. I ended up choosing the Homelite weed eater that cost me just under $100.
Homelite Weed Eater Product Features:
- 26cc, 2 cycle engine
- Bump feed head
- Straight shaft
- 17″ cutting width
- Anti-vibration design
- 12.8 oz. fuel tank capacity
- CARB compliant
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Homelite Weed Eater My Review:
Once I paid for the Homelite weed eater, I took it out to my truck to assemble it and try and get it started. I wanted to make sure that it was at least going to be capable of the work I needed it for. The assembly was easy, and I was able to put the guard and handle on in under 10 minutes. I then added gas with the 2 cycle mix to the tank. However, when I went to start it, I couldn’t get it running.
I tried to start it the same way I did with all the other trimmers I had used before. So, I pulled and pulled in the Home Depot parking lot to try and get it going. I was frustrated and about ready to take back inside and return it. That’s when I noticed clear starting instructions on the shaft. I followed what was on there to a “T” and the weed eater started immediately. I felt pretty stupid, but was glad to have it running.
One thing that I did notice reading while doing online research about the trimmer is that a high percentage of the negative reviews focused on the starting issue. My guess is that a lot of those people also did not follow the proper instructions to get it running. The instructions are not complex, just a slight variation of how a trimmer normally gets started. I can say, after that first time I never had another problem getting it started.
Now that I had the Homelite weed eater running, it was time to take it to a lawn and test it out. Up until that point, I had used a few non-commercial string trimmers, but not on the lawns that I mowed for my business. The trimmer was a comfortable weight and length. The handle was also easy to adjust to make it comfortable holding.
I was immediately impressed with its power and cutting ability. It definitely exceeded my expectations. When I was trimming normal grass and edging, it worked great. However, if I did get into some thick weeds or if I ran it into a fence line, the string spool would occasionally come out. This would be frustrating at first, but I just stayed away from anything that would cause too much resistance and it would work great.
The only other problem I had was that by the end of the day, it became uncomfortable to use. It seemed to vibrate quite a lot, due to the thin shaft. And, my elbow was hurting like it never had before. To be fair though, this model is not meant to be a commercial trimmer and it’s not supposed to be used for 8 hours in a row. Whenever I used the weed eater for a short time, I didn’t experience any issues.
After I received my Homelite weed eater back from the repair shop, I gave the Homelite to a friend. He uses it for his lawn once a week and he thinks its great.
Unlike most of the reviews I read online about the Homelite weed eater, I think it’s a quality trimmer for a good price. Always make sure to follow the instructions for starting. Use it for standard trimming and edging, while keeping it out of the thick stuff. If you need a unit for more heavy duty trimming then I recommend the Hitachi CG22EASSLP weed eater.