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The Panzer - Tiger Tank ..... strimmer.
on 18 October 2014
Well - for whatever it's worth ... here is my two pence worth. For 17 years I had a "cheap" B&Q strimmer ... it was light and did everything perfectly before the motor failed. 17 years, now that's what I call value for money (it was about 12 pounds). Now, I had to buy another - looked at this Flymo strimmer and read all the reviews.... most seemed pretty good - apart from quite a few people complaining about the "line-feed". Anyway, I took the plunge and bought one .... and wish I hadn't. Everything those folks say about the problematic "line-feed" is true ... it's a nightmare. It is forever spooling out line which them gets wound around the spool spindle and everything them comes to a halt...... you spend twenty minutes sorting it out ... then it happens again (and again and ......). If it was a "manual line-feed" (like cheaper models always are) - there wouldn't be a problem ... if you want more line - you hit the button and pull a bit more out. This damned thing has "automatic" line feed - every time you stop it - and then start it again - it feeds out more line - stop and start again - you get still more line. This nightmare is all taking place around the spool - where you can't see what's happening.
Remember those old WW II stories - about the magnificent German Panzer - Tiger Tank. This was a miracle of precise and advanced German engineering. Problem was - on the battlefield - if ever they went wrong - there was nothing the crew could do to repair them ... they were "over-engineered" and far too complicated - and just had to be abandoned. The only guy who could fix them was a specialist engineer - and he was back at the factory. Not a lot of good - when you are in the middle of Russia.
So it is - with the "automatic line-feed" on this (Panzer Tiger) strimmer. I'm sure the guy who designed it got a pat on the head - but in the garden 'battlefield' - he's not with you to keep putting it right - and you are on your own pal.
Buy one of these if you want to - and let me be the very first to wish you a lot of luck ( and a few sedatives for your blood pressure).