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Toro 51954
 
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$5.00 - $119.99
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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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Community icon11 people have reviewed this model.
Type: Gas string trimmers
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User Reviews

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Watch out for leaking gas
5/23/2014
Pros
Easy to Handle
Ergonomic Grip
Lightweight
Powerful
Cons
Best Uses
Trimming Around Rocks
Comment:
Works fine. Starts pretty well. I like the ability to add extra heads (hedger, real edger). Don't like trying to find a replacement eadger blade. Biggest problem: on its second birthday, the grommet holding the fuel lines in the gas tank wobbles and leaks. The unit is unuseable. I have contacted Toro.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Very Pleased So Far
5/25/2013
Pros
Lightweight
Long Running On 1 Tank
Powerful
Cons
Spool Hard To Wind
Throtle Not 4 Short Fngrs
Best Uses
Trimming Around Rocks
Trimming Fenceline
Weeds & Tall Grass
Comment:
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Badly designed line feed
10/16/2012
Pros
Cons
Uses Lots of Line
Best Uses
Straight Edging
Weeds &amp; Tall Grass
Comment:
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.
The Toro 51954 is part of the String trimmers test program at Consumer Reports. The Toro 51954 String trimmers features and specs include Dual line, Engine size, Four-cycle engine, Weight (lbs.), Shaft. In our lab tests, String trimmers models like the Toro 51954 are reviewed on Overall score, Tall grass and weeds, Trimming, Ease of use, Edging, Handling. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Toro 51954 based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Toro 51954 include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Toro 51954.
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