Handheld string trimmers have their limitations, depending on whether they’re corded, how they’re fueled, and how powerfully they slice through weeds (and how much wear they put on your back during long tasks). But what about powerful, rolling string trimmers?
The Ardisam Earthquake Model# 600050B runs on a 4-cycle, 190cc Briggs & Stratton OHV engine. It’s heavier and has a bigger engine than most trimmers, which may not really be an issue since you don’t have to carry it. The line diameter is 0.155 in., with a 22″ cutting width and large 14″ wheels for maneuverability — plus it has a drive lever for setting cutting height. Street pricing for the Earthquake starts around $349.
But is it worth dropping $350 for a trimmer that’s basically a combination of a standard push mower and a handheld weed eater? My concern is that it A.) neither cuts entire lawns as efficiently as a mower, nor B.) is as cheap and portable as a handheld trimmer. I can see the appeal of a heavy-duty trimmer, but is it worth actually owning one like this? Let us know in comments.