Aldi Lawn Equipment, Spring Edition (2019)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is our running post on Aldi’s spring lawn care equipment, updated for 2019. To see what the grocer offers in the fall, click here.

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If you live in a four-seasons climate that gets a decent amount of rain, like the Midwest United States, you know that once April arrives, the grass starts to grow. Fast. It’s not uncommon in May to be mowing once a week, or more, just to keep up with all the springtime growth.

Aldi, the small-inventory store that still manages to carry many of the things you need right around the time you need them, rolls out some lawn equipment just in time to face down the green uprising. Below is a quick overview of what Aldi sells.

All of these are Special Buys (ALDI Finds), which means that once they’re gone, they’re gone, at least until next year.

Gardenline 21″ 3-in-1 Gas Lawn Mower

Gardenline 21 3-in-1 Gas Lawn Mower

Cost: $169.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: This walk-behind gas mower, made by Sumec North America, comes with 8″ PVC wheels, a single lever cutting height adjustment, and a toolless air cleaner cover. The engine is a Briggs & Stratton 500e Series, 140cc powered engine along with a Prime N’ Pull starting system. The horsepower puts it more on the lower end of mowers, which means this mower could have some trouble with tall grass and/or grass that is wet compared to higher-end mowers. It’s also a pretty no-frills mower: although it does have a single level cutting height adjustment, it isn’t self-propelled. However, the 2019 version does have an upgrade over the 2018 model: it’s a 3-in-1 model rather than 2018’s 2-in-1 model, so it will also mulch in addition to side-discharge and bag. That added feature adds $10 to the cost of the mower, which was $159.99 in 2018.

All that said, it’s cheaper than most lawn mowers in its class. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

Gardenline Cordless Trimmer / Edger

Gardenline 20V Cordless Trimmer and Edger

Cost: $39.99

Manual: 2017 (Part 1), 2017 (Part 2)

Thoughts: This trimmer has a 12″ cutting width, an auto-feeding 16.5′ spool, and an adjustable head that can also be used to convert the trimmer to an edger. It runs on a 1.5Ah 20V lithium-ion battery, which is pretty standard for most cordless trimmers, along with a 3-bar battery life indicator. (You can get bigger, longer-lasting batteries for cordless trimmers, but in our experience they are heavier and can affect the balance of the trimmer, so there’s a trade-off.) The price is competitive with lower-end trimmers online. The battery appears to be interchangeable with the batteries on the hedge trimmer and blower. The 2019 version has a 3-year warranty.

Full review (2018): here

Gardenline Cordless Blower

Gardenline 20V Cordless Blower

Cost: $39.99

Manual: 2017 (Part 1), 2017 (Part 2)

Thoughts: This looks like a pretty inexpensive blower compared to other cordless models online, and it appears to run on the same 20V, 1.5 Ah lithium-ion battery as the cordless trimmer and the hedge trimmer. The blower has a 3-year warranty.

Gardenline 20V Hedge Trimmer

Cost: $49.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: This was sold in 2018, but has not appeared with the spring lawn equipment in 2019.

Sporting a 22″ cutter bar, this hedge trimmer, like the cordless weed trimmer, this uses a 20V 1.5 Ah lithium-ion battery The price appears to be reasonably competitive for comparably equipped hedge trimmers. The battery also appears to be interchangeable with the cordless trimmer and the blower.

Gardenline Heavy-Duty No Kink Garden Hose

 

Cost: $14.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: It’s 50′ long, with a crushproof brass coupling and spiral collar to keep things flowing at the spigot. It sports a 5-ply construction, good for up to 375 PSI, and an inner foam core that provides kink-free use. We generally like this hose and the price is very good, although it’s not 100% kink-proof, as we discuss in our review. The 2019 version has a 2-year warranty.

Full review: here

Gardenline PRO Series Hose Nozzle Assortment

Cost: $6.99

Manual: none online yet

Thoughts: The nozzles all have plastic over a metal interior. None of them use an index-finger trigger. Instead, they come in three variations: a 10-pattern thumb-control nozzle, a thumb-control nozzle, or a high-flow Fireman Style nozzle that can be run in gentle soaking or high power blasting stream. Our experience with it was … not good.

Full review: here

The Verdict:

Aldi can offer a surprising range of lawn care equipment for your spring needs, and the prices are, as always, competitive. It’s a little strange going the grocery store route for a lawn mower, compared to a hardware store or even Amazon, but if you’re in need of springtime hardware this might be worth a look. It’s also worth noting that the three cordless products — the weed trimmer, hedge trimmer, and blower — all appear to use the same battery, so if you get more than one of those it may give you some flexibility with regard to batteries.

We’d love to hear consumer feedback on any of these products in the comments.


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5 Comments

  1. I bought a inflator from Aldi today and I am trying to find where to buy another battery for it so I can have a spare. It is a workzone inflator.

  2. You can buy it at Force.com they carry accessories for most products at Aldis

  3. You can buy it at Force.com they carry accessories for most products at Aldis

  4. Last year I bought all three of Aldi’s Gardenline cordless yard tools: The edger/trimmer, the hedge trimmer and the blower. I wanted to wait to review them until I had a chance to use them for all of last year. I am happy to report that I am very satisfied with all three.

    These are light duty items, so as long as you keep that in mind and your needs are not severe, they are an excellent value. I think for most average sized suburban yards, they would be plenty adequate.

    As the review above noted, each item comes with one battery. This is cheap, but the battery life is actually good. I can do all the bushes in my yard (a lot, 30+) with the hedge trimmer on one battery. I can do the sidewalks and driveway with the edger on one battery as well. The blower uses batteries the fastest and sometimes requires two batteries if I am blowing a lot. By buying all three products, I have three batteries which eliminates any potential battery anxiety. On the rare cases when I would use all three products on the same day, it would be a long enough project that I could plug depleted batteries in as I use them and they charge pretty quickly. I like the charge indicator on the batteries, too.

    The edger does use very thin trim line, with only one line sticking out rather than two like heavier duty edgers have. This worried me initially, but it works well enough for my needs. I live in Houston, where we have thick St. Augustine grass and it will cut through it fine. Maybe not instant vaporization like you would get with a powerful gas unit, but good enough. I replaced the .055 line with .065 which is easier to find. It doesn’t advance quite as easily, but it fits and has the advantage of being a bit tougher to break. I like the rotating handle and adjustable head. I can use it vertically like an edger for sidewalks, then switch it to horizontal for other trimming. The small wheel is a nice feature for edging.

    The hedge trimmer works great. It is a bit smaller than some I’ve seen but I have no complaints at all about its function. As I mentioned above, you’d have to do an awful lot of trimming to run through a whole battery charge.

    The blower is the most conspicuously light duty of the three. Don’t expect a wind storm to come out of it like you would get with a larger plug in or gas unit. For my purposes, though, it is fine for collecting grass clippings on the driveway or patio. I kept my plug in blower for collecting leaves in the fall. The Aldi one is too small for that. The switch might be a weak point with these. My switch failed pretty soon. Fortunately, the stores still had them in stock and I was able to exchange it for a new one no problem. It went the rest of the season without any issues.

  5. How can I buy a battery charger for the GardenLine 1.5ah 20v Lithium-ion battery used on the GardenLine cordless trimmer/edger?

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