DeWalt DCST972X1 String Trimmer Review: Power and Flexibility
The DeWalt DCST972X1 Edger is a powerful and adjustable edger that offers several great features for the most demanding gardener. It can also be converted to a range of other gardening tools, so it’s a great choice if you want one device for multiple jobs.
DeWalt DCST972X1 String Trimmer Review: Design and Build Quality
The DCST972X1 looks very solid, with the yellow and black styling familiar from all DeWalt devices. As you would expect from a brand with a background in power tools, it feels like it can withstand heavy use and rough handling without a problem. It’s a pretty heavy device at 15 lbs (6.8 kg) including the battery, and most of that weight sits on top of the device. This makes it a bit more difficult to maneuver than some, as you have to move the adjustable handle further back to balance the weight. However, once you get used to the weight and balance it is easy to use.
A safety switch on the top of the control handle must be depressed before the variable speed drive on the bottom of the handle will operate. It has a latch that locks it in the safe position, which is a good safety feature if you have kids who might pick it up and try it out. Variable control is light and responsive, providing good control over mower speed.
Another switch on top of the control handle adjusts the power level: low for cutting grass and light vegetation, and high for cutting heavier foliage. The cutting width can also be adjusted between 15 and 17 inches, which is very useful for making both smaller areas where the smaller cutting width provides more control, and larger areas where the cutting width wider means a faster cut.
Most string trimmers I’ve tested put the motor in the base of the unit, but the DCST972X1 built it into the head, below the battery. This means you can remove the hedge trimmer part and replace it with a string trimmer, brush cutter, pole saw, blower or hedge trimmer – all of which can be driven by the motor and connected via the connector. universal fixing in the middle of the rod. I only tested the trimmer attachment, but it was easy to install and remove. Plus, being able to easily divide the device into two parts makes it easier to store when not in use.
The motor is powered by a DeWalt 9.5 Ah 20V / 60V MAX battery, which uses their FLEXVOLT system. What all of these capital letters mean is that the battery can output 20 volts or 60 volts, depending on the needs of the device. DeWalt’s battery name is somewhat confusing, but this battery can work with any of their current devices labeled FLEXVOLT, from leaf blowers to heavy-duty power tools. This is a big plus if you stock up on your tool shed as it means you can save money by buying tools without batteries and sharing any batteries you have between them. A set of 2 spare batteries will cost you around $ 250.
DeWalt DCST972X1 String Trimmer Review: Performance and Accessories
I found the large 9Ah battery to provide a lot of mowing time: running in low power mode, it managed about 45 minutes of mowing on light vegetation. It is long enough for most jobs. Larger capacity batteries are available if you work all day or have a large area to cover.
Reloading the twine line is quite easy: you take a 20-foot length of line, feed it through the powerhead until it is equal on both sides, then turn the head clockwise. counterclockwise to wind the line onto the spool. It’s a fairly straightforward process but time consuming and involves a lot of manual rotations: much longer than the Ego’s Powerload feature.
As I noted earlier, this device can be converted into a number of other garden tools: by replacing the string trimmer head, you can convert it to a string trimmer, brush cutter, pole saw, snow blower. leaves or hedge trimmer. These cost between $ 99 and $ 300, so it’s cheaper than buying a separate tool.
DeWalt DCST972X1 String Trimmer Review: Verdict
The DeWalt DCST972X1 shares the same design ethic as the power tools the company produces: serious devices for serious work. It offers great cutting power and is easy to use and maneuver. It can also be converted to other related tools including a brush cutter that can handle heavier growth. This could be extremely useful if you are cleaning an abandoned yard or just need more cutting power. The fact that the batteries are also compatible with many DeWalt power tools is a big plus if you already own some. If you’re not already committed to a battery system, this mower is a great choice against options like the Ego.