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String trimmers

Toro 51954
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Summary: This Toro 25.4-cc, gasoline-powered string trimmer has a curved shaft and weighs 11.6 lbs. It uses dual.095-inch cutting lines.
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Type: Gas string trimmers
About - Toro 51954
Trimming : Denotes how quickly and neatly trimmers cut grass around walls, trees, and foundations.

Edging: Denotes the speed and neatness of trimming a vertical line along walkway.

Tall grass & weeds: Reflects cutting power and speed in two foot growth.

Handling: Responsiveness and balance while cutting.

Ease of use: Includes ease of starting the engine, feeding out new line, use of controls, and handle comfort.
About This Brand

Toro manufactures and markets a line of electric string trimmers. These electric trimmers are small and lightweight. Toro string trimmers are sold through dealers and Home Depot.

Features & Specs - Toro 51954
info Weight (lbs.) 11.6
info Engine size 25.4-cc
info Shaft Curved
info Four-cycle engine No
info Dual line Yes
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User Reviews - Toro 51954
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Very Pleased So Far
Long Running On 1 Tank
Spool Hard To Wind
Throtle Not 4 Short Fngrs
Best Uses
Trimming Around Rocks
Trimming Fenceline
Weeds & Tall Grass
Bought it today and ran it for 2 solid hours (refilled tank once) right out of the box. I did do a break in for about 20 minutes. This is what we do with 2 stroke gas engines (50cc and up) on giant scale RC airplanes and dirt bikes to seat the rings properly.<br /><br />I replaced a 20 year old WeedEater with this unit from a local big box store. The model# at the store was 51957. The 51954 is just a power head. The specs are exactly what CU has listed here though: 25.4 cc 16 swath, .095 dual string, curved output shaft.<br /><br />I am trimming around trees, rocks, and along both sides of nearly 600 linear feet of chained link fencing. This trimmer does very well in tall grass. The .095 line I bought stood up to the fence much better than the .080 line the old trimmer used. This unit is also somewhat quieter, but I always where ear AND EYE protection when trimming.<br /><br />The engine starts very well and runs smooth. I have short fingers and had difficulty blipping the throttle while carrying the trimmer with my right hand, so I rested it on my raised knee for that.<br /><br />When it came time to install new line, I found the knurled knob, which is also the bump feeder button, difficult to turn. I have rather strong fingers, and this was no small task to wind the thing. I am hoping it will get looser with wear, and become easier to wind.<br /><br />I was able to run the machine hard for over an hour on one tank of fuel. It is comfortable to carry, and have no soreness or blisters from my 2 hour initial run. The bump feed worked very well for me, despite the reports of some other reviewers. You really can't mess up the winding on this head except for putting more string in than it is designed to hold. The manual says 25 feet, so I put in about 20 feet at a time.<br /><br />With this price point and a 3 year warranty from Toro, you really can't go wrong with this trimmer. I considered a 21.2cc Echo for about $60 more that came with a 5 year warranty, but I opted for the larger engine and bought an 850 foot spool of line instead.<br /><br />Time will tell if this trimmer lasts the 20 years (new carb at year 14) that my old WeedEater did. The WeedEater needs a new piston ring, but the old trimmer is not worth the time it would take me to do a full top-end rebuild on the engine.<br /><br />I like the fact that the air cleaner is above the carb instead of below it, and that the engine is mounted with the cylinder in an upright position (sideways when storing/starting) instead of upside down. This helps prevent fuel left in the crankcase from draining into the head and/or backing out the carb into the air cleaner.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Badly designed line feed
Uses Lots of Line
Best Uses
Straight Edging
Weeds &amp; Tall Grass
Piece of junk. How is it no one can design a properly functioning weed eater? The line feed basically DOES NOT WORK! To add insult to injury, as far as I can tell, Toro has designed the head to prevent you from using an after-market head. NEVER will I buy another Toro product.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Terrible line-feed design
Engine Easy To Start
Line Constantly Jams
Sticks with Heavy Grass
Best Uses
Door Stop
The automatic line trimmer does not work. String constantly jams because it's not being trimmed and wraps around the head. Conversely, if it's too short, it dissappears inside the head and you have to take the cover off and rewind it. I've had this 2 weeks and am returning it to Home Depot. Do NOT buy this poorly designed trimmer!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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