EDITOR’S NOTE: A number of people have asked us about where to find replacement line. The Gardenline trimmer uses a 0.055 inch (1.4 mm) line, which is not a common size in the United States (although it does seem more common overseas). Most hardware stores don’t carry line in this size, which can be frustrating for consumers.
When we reached out to the trimmer manufacturer, Sumec North America, they referred us to the replacement trimmer line available on its website. Note, though, the shipping costs are very high unless you buy in bulk. You may also be able to find the trimmer line other places online.
This is a guest post by Lee. You can read our roundup of other Aldi lawn equipment here.
I purchased the Gardenline 20 Volt Cordless Trimmer (manual) in April 2018. I’ve been needing to replace a gas-powered string trimmer that had died the previous year. I’d been looking at electric trimmers since then, but I have been wary of their price. Aldi moved Gardenline products to the floor and the trimmer was priced at $40, so I figured it was worth the shot. [EDITOR’S NOTE: The 2018 trimmer also comes with a 2-year warranty.]
Unboxing the trimmer was rather uneventful. It is a lot lighter than anticipated (~10-15 lbs.; no official weight found). It comes assembled with the exception of the shield and battery. The shield clips on without effort. The battery and charger were in their own boxes, but they are equally easy to get working together. I plugged the battery in to charge and unplugged it the next morning.
The trimmer seemed short, but no worries; it’s on a telescoping pole, so you can adjust the height. It feels like something is in the pole to assist the retraction, but it does not stop the ease of extending the height of the trimmer. The mechanic also doesn’t make noise inside the aluminum pole. The handle has a wingnut and bolt that allow the user to change the angle when holding the trimmer, while the green handle at the top holds the battery pack. The other end has a push button to change the angle of the trimmer head, as well as a switch that allows the trimmer head to rotate.
Using the trimmer was equally easy and uneventful. Popping the battery into the handle, I walked up the driveway, pressed the thumb switch, and pulled the trigger, and it started to spin. I did not feel the torque I was used to from the gas-powered string trimmer, so I was a little concerned. But when I held it to the height I wanted, it easily cut the blades of grass to the height I wanted. (An unexpected surprise to me was how being able to change the neck and head of the trimmer made the work much easier.) I got to the end of the line, stopped, took my finger off the trigger, rotated the head, and used the wheel to walk the trimmer to edge along the sidewalk. It was quick, easy, and painless.
I moved along the rest of the yard. Due to how long it had been since I last trimmed, I had to give more attention to some areas than others. The trimmer seemed to stop working after about 30-40 minutes of continuous work, getting me to the front of the house. I’m not going to pretend it has the power to cut brush, but it did cut through some hardy ivy that was moving off my stone wall onto the driveway. After the battery was empty, I set it to charge, and I mowed the lawn. After mowing the lawn (about 1 to 1.5 hours) I checked the battery and it had not fully charged. I grabbed the battery pack the next day and did the back yard.
I believe I made the trimmer do heavy work due to the lack of trimming done over the past year. I think next week’s touch ups will be completed on one charge. I like the result in the yard.
On the positive side, this trimmer is quick, easy, and intuitive to use, with a lightweight build and no fuss. On the negative side, the battery takes a long time to recharge and there is no secondary battery (unless you have a battery from another Gardenline product). Overall, at this point in time, I would buy this product again. I would also refer this product to a friend, or gift this product to my elderly parents.
Lee is an Instructional Designer for a university and lives in the Southeast region of the US. Aldi has been a part of his life since he was an undergrad 18 years ago. Being impressed with the quality of food, he is slowly expanding his interest into home and lawn goods.