DEWALT String Trimmer: Review

DEWALT String Trimmer

Review of the DEWALT String Trimmer

The DEWALT String Trimmer had 863 customer comments and 157 answered questions on Amazon.  I’ve read through the customer feedback left on Amazon and condensed the results into this report.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a string trimmer.

Best Fea​tures

  • check ​Quiet
  • check Variable trigger with speed control
  • check No gas or fumes to deal with
  • check Good battery life
  • check Powerful for size

Item Specifics

The DEWALT String Trimmer features a brushless motor which maximizes motor efficiency and durability.  It has a dual 0.080 inch line with bump feed and a 13-inch cutting swatch.  It also features a variable trigger with speed control and a patented gear drive design.  The battery is sold separately.  The DEWALT String Trimmer arrives in 2 pieces and needs to be assembled.  


The DEWALT String Trimmer does require some assembly.  Let’s hear what customers had to say about the ease of assembly:  “Out of the box assembly was easy, it comes in two halves that snap together and the front handle attaches with two bolts (tool included).”  Another reported, ” Easy to assemble, great quality, light weight. I would recommend this weed wacker. My first cordless or non gas weed eater & I am glad I switched to battery.”  I was not finding negative feedback on the assemblage required.

No Gas, No Oil, No Fumes

People liked that the DEWALT String Trimmer did not need gas nor oil.  Not only is it almost maintenance-free but it’s not as harmful to the environment nor you lungs.  A satisfied customer had this to say, “Best part about this is no gasoline/oil mixture lying around, no leaking when you set it down on hills, and the only thing you smell like when you come inside is sweat and grass, not exhaust.”

Good Reports on Battery Life

With some of the string trimmers I’ve reviewed there was a lot of complaints about the battery life. But with the DEWALT String Trimmer I found mostly positive comment about the battery such as the following (with a suggestion included), ” I love this thing….The battery life for home use is VERY good… The only thing is, don’t be surprised when it just stops… It’s not broken. The type of battery it has runs strong until is flat out of juice, you won’t get the “slowing down” energy that you get from standard batteries… Great product and quite as compared to gas models.”

Runs Quiet

The big gas string trimmers may be great for getting a job done, but most are very loud.  That is the trade off.  The DEWALT String Trimmer may not be as powerful as the larger gas string trimmers, but you also won’t bother the whole neighborhood.  A customer had this to say about the quiet nature and more, “This trimmer is all is says it is, excellent. Great build quality, quiet, long lasting battery, light weight and powerful.”

Safety Is Nice but Could Be Better

Safety should always be first.  The DEWALT String Trimmer does have a safety feature, but a customer suggested a way to kill the battery so that it doesn’t accidentally go on.  He suggested, “The only thing I wish this had (and this is a small wish for how awesome this product is) is a way to shut the battery off to the unit completely. The safety is nice, and works in most situations, but I’ve caught myself picking this up and accidentally setting it off in my haste. Would be nice to kill the battery’s connection if you’re going to be moving it to avoid accidental activations, but again, for a product I’m this happy with, I can’t complain too much.”

No Battery Included

Unfortunately, there is not battery included with the DEWALT String Trimmer.  That’s something to keep in mind when pricing string trimmers.  Some come with batteries and some come without batteries.  It all may factor in to your budget and what you want to spend on a string trimmer.

Variable Trigger with Speed Control

The fact that The DEWALT String Trimmer has two speeds is a popular feature with customers. One person reported this, “Great performance. Having two speeds saves on battery and line. Did a good job of trimming all types of greenery. I was able to use the trimmer and blower on the back yard. Then put the battery on the charger while I cut the back grass. Then repeat for the front. This tool is well made. Minimal assembly required.”

best string trimmer


  • plus Variable trigger with speed control
  • plus Runs quiet
  • plus No gas or oil to deal with


  • close Battery not included 
  • close May need a sleeping pad for cold nights

DEWALT String Trimmer Conclusion

The DEWALT String Trimmer is a well liked string trimmer and for good reason. First, the DEWALT name carries with it a reputation of quality.  Some other reasons it is popular with customers are that it is easy to put together (very minimal assembly required), there is no need for gas nor oil which also means no fumes, and the battery life is good (though you will need to buy it separately).  The DEWALT String Trimmer also has 2 speeds that people liked.  From the reports that I’ve read, I would feel comfortable with buying this string trimmer.  Most of the customers who bought one were very satisfied with it.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying a DEWALT String Trimmer.

  • chevron-circle-right How well will this trimmer work with battery and power trimming some small hillsides and ditches where lawn mowers won’t go?  A customer answered, “Works better than the plug in I bought. I can do my entire yard 1/4 acre and still have 1-2 bars on the 5 ah battery .”
  • chevron-circle-right Is the guard able to be replaced?  The guard is replaceable with a larger one sold by Dewalt, but unfortunately it’s not sold here in the US, only in certain countries.
  • chevron-circle-right Is it possible to replace the string spool with a blade attachment to cut heavier brush?  While the string head on this unit is removable, the unit most likely would not have enough torque to run anything heavier than the string it is provided with. 

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