DeWalt 60V String Trimmer Review
The time has come for you to buy a new weed trimmer, but you’re over the idea of using gas-powered tools since they have heavy carbon footprints. You also don’t want to invest in a corded electric tool, because we all know what a big schlep it can be to drag that electrical cord around with you while you’re working, not to mention the likelihood of cutting through that cord while working!
So what’s a man (or woman) to do?
Well, you can invest in a battery-powered string trimmer, and yes, it can and will probably change your life!
Over the last few years, cordless string trimmers have advanced in leaps and bounds. There are a lot or cordless string trimmers available on the market today, priced at anything between $100 and $500.
In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the market leaders: the DEWALT DCST970X1 FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer with a 3.0AH Battery.
We’ll be assessing the tool’s abilities, considering its performance, and mostly, assisting you with deciding whether or not this robust trimmer might be the ideal fit for your budget and personal needs.
Details on DEWALT’s range of outdoor tools
When DEWALT launched its range of FlexVolt power tools, we never imagined it would be as innovative as to include the likes of 60V MAX chainsaws, handheld blowers, and string trimmers.
These devices have all been designed for use in residential and commercial applications, and as like the rest of the FlexVolt tools, the batteries on the 60V MAX String Trimmer are backward compatible with DEWALT’s 20V Max system power tools, which spans across more than 100 products.
DEWALT FlexVolt 60V Max Cordless String Trimmer Introduction
As you might know by this time, DEWALT’s range of FlexVolt tools has been designed for serious folks who want to go cordless as far as their power tools are concerned.
Because the 60V MAX String Trimmer runs on the FlexVolt system, the trimmer (and it’s other brothers in the same class) work on batteries that are able to power FlexVolt tools as well as any other 20V Max DEWALT tools you might already own.
Our first impressions of the DEWALT 60V MAX String Trimmer was that it was built with ruggedness in mind, and it looked as if it could easily take the beating of working hard every single day.
It looks like a professional tool, but depending on just how much run time you get on the battery, it may or may not hold up to the standards that DEWALT has set out there.
As far as impressions with regards to scale and reach go, this tool reminds us of the Husqvarna gas-powered string trimmer. The only significant difference here is that, straight off the bat, the FlexVolt 60V String Trimmer has bucket loads of extra power, and it also seemed to be much more versatile.
Note on the design of the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer
Since it has been designed with a split shaft, the DEWALT FlexVolt String Trimmer doesn’t have to be assembled with a range of unique tools. All you’ll have to do on your part is to loosen four bolts if you’d like to adjust the guide handle for optimal user comfort.
Looking at the tool itself, it’s long and stands high at almost 74 inches. The weight of the 60V, 3.0AH battery has been nicely balanced out thanks to the fact that the motor has been placed at the head of the trimmer. What this offers is a more direct connection to the spool, eliminating the need to continually turn a long rod inside of the shaft.
We like the addition of the protective foot below the battery housing on the FlexVolt String Trimmer since it allows you to set the trimmer on the ground without the need for setting the battery and wiring the tool in the cuttings and dirt.
Does the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer have an ergonomic design?
The short answer is yes. There’s a backward lean on the guide handle of the trimmer, which is caused by the weight of the 3.0AH battery. You might think that this would cause an uncomfortable user experience, but it actually balances the tool out perfectly, making it super easy to work with.
Since the trigger handle has an over-mold, it's comfortable enough to use for prolonged periods of time and also offers a secure grip that won’t slip as you're working.
We really like the ease of operation as far as the safety is concerned. In order to defeat the safety, you’ll need to push down on the trigger mechanism. Out of all the safety mechanisms out there, this one is probably the most innovative and easiest to use.
With a standard D-shape guide handle, you’ll have an abundance of gripping options while working with this string trimmer. With a thick over-mold handle, users won’t feel much vibration while using this tool, but thanks to the FlexVolt 60V String Trimmer’s solid core, it doesn’t cause a lot of vibration in the first place.
Overall, we reckon that this trimmer, weighing in at a total weight of 12 pounds, has an ergonomic design and isn’t too heavy thanks to its balance, although we will admit that there are lighter options available on the market.
How does the FlexVolt 60V String Trimmer perform?
To start off with, the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer has two operating speeds, but this can be found in almost all string trimmers in its class. The difference with the DEWALT FlexVolt String Trimmer is that it offers 5600 RPM in low mode and 6600 RPM in high mode.
Essentially, you should be able to get most of your trimming work done on the low power setting, only turning to the high power setting for those extra thick and high bushes.
Regardless of which speed you operate the FlexVolt String Trimmer on, there’s very little vibration to be picked up. Thanks to this string trimmer’s minimal vibration, plenty of power, and neutral balance, it should be an absolute breeze to tackle even the toughest of trimming jobs.
The DEWALT FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer gives you 15 inches of cutting swath, just like DEWALT’s 40V MAX model. It comes pre-spooled with a line of 0.080 square inches, making it ideal as a property maintenance tool.
Some folks might find that the preset line is enough for their needs, eliminating the need to change to a 0.095-inch line. If you prefer, you can also flip the cutter around and bring the cutting swath down to 13 inches.
Notes on the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer’s guard and line changes
Some folks might find the cutting guard of this string trimmer to be a little on the small side. As long as you’re paying close attention to the rotation and direction of cutting, you should be able to push the grass away from you without risking the idea of getting injured if you’re not wearing long pants.
As far as line changes are concerned, you’ll need to wind both of the lines individually. Thanks to the holding slots on the trimmer, putting the head back together after a line change won’t be a major issue.
What are some of the key features in the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer?
DEWALT FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer specifications
60V Max, 3.0AH battery
0-5,600 / 0-6,000 RPM
Batteries included with kit
15 Inches, adjustable to 13 inches
0.080 inches / 0.095 inches
1 x 60V MAX 3.0AH Lithium Ion Battery, 1 x charger, 1 x auxiliary handle, 0.080 inch pre-spooled line
3 year limited warranty on the motor and parts
What are the advantages of using the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer?
What are the disadvantages of using the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer?
The final verdict
Technically, the DEWALT FlexVolt 60V Max String Trimmer was made with household users in mind, but it’s definitely more than willing and capable of tackling commercial applications.
Thanks to the FlexVolt 60V String Trimmer’s ergonomic design, the minimal vibration during use, and the amazing power of this tool, we reckon that it might be the class leader in cordless string trimmers.
Sure it could use some improvements in the weight department, but its total weight can be blamed solely on the heavy weight of the FlexVolt battery.
We’d love to see some kind of speed-feed style being incorporated on the head of this trimmer in the near future. When you couple that with a wider guard being added to the tool, it might become the unsurpassed market leader someday soon.
So would we recommend the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer?
Well, the answer is definitely yes. This tool offers amazing value for money, the power to spare, and the ability to tackle just about any trimming job you could imagine. We think this is the perfect tool for keeping the yard in check, and since it’s such a comfortable tool to use, we don’t think you’ll grow tired of trimming edges anytime soon.
As an added bonus, the FlexVolt 60V MAX String Trimmer isn’t priced ridiculously either, for well under $200, you could well be investing in one of the best outdoor cordless tools currently available on the market!
Last update on 2018-06-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API