We introduced RainyDayGarden readers to WORX when we looked at the JawSaw (FirstLook, FirstUse, Maintenance) a few years back. Every so often, someone asks us about WORX's other items. This month, we are goint to take a closer look at two WORX garden tools which we think are especially suited to urban garderners: the WORX Air Multi-purpose Blower/Sweeper/Cleaner and the WORX GT 2.0 Grass Trimmer/Edger and Mini-mower. We will also be giving them a FirstUse workout as part of our annual RainyDayGarden Fall Cleanup.
Unlike our suburban counterparts, we urban gardeners have less need of heavy-duty versions blowers, trimmers, and mowers. Tools that are portable, have multiple duties, and do not require a lot of storage room are more suitable for our smaller gardens and yards. The WORX Air is a multi-purpose blower created to make small garden and workshop cleanups a breeze (See what we did there? We added another location!). The WORX GT 2.0 functions as a trimmer, edger, and a mini-mower, which makes it perfect for the smaller urban lawns.
The GT 2.0 came mostly assembled. Some parts (guard, wheels) were left off for shipping, but does not look like it would take more than a few minutes to put together. Included were three spools of trimmer cord (one on the machine, two in the manual/warranty bag).
The GT 2.0 is light (less than 6lbs) and adjustable (telescoping tube and movable handle). Two 20V/2A Li-ion rechargeable battery packs comes with the GT.2.0, a nice extra which allows more work to get done before running out of juice. Its cutting diameter 12 inches is a good size for urban areas without being unwieldy.
The business end of the GT 2.0 is very compact. The spool is housed in a compartment under the motor. There are two knobs for adjusting the angle of the head relative to the handle. On the telescoping handle are two grips, one of which may be adjusted up to 120º. The telescoping handle allows the tool height to be adjusted to between 24 and 36 inches.
We like how the GT2.0 feels. Everything moves into place with a positive click. The unit is balanced and comfortable to hold. There are graphics placed where needed and are easy to interpret. Clearly WORX put a lot of effort was put into making the unit very user friendly, and it shows.
These are the pieces that came in the WORX GT 2.0 box:
- GT 2.0 Trimmer/Edger/Mini-mower
- Two 20V MaxLithium rechargeable batteries
- AC charger
- Three spools of trimming cords
- Set of support wheels
- Orange safety guard
- Assembly direction / warranty card
Once we have the GT2.0 assembled and charged, we'll take it out and and start whacking some weeds!
The other piece of gear from WORX is the multi-purpose blower Air. It is perfect for cleaning leaves off small decks, sweeping walkways, and clearing off work surfaces. We have three Cottonwood trees in our entryway. Some years, the trees will actually blanket the area with a layer of fluffy white stuff. The WORX Air would be perfect for that kind of cleanup.
The WORX Air is lightweight (less than 4lbs), cordless (rechageable Li-Ion battery), and powerful (air speed:120mph, air flow: 80cfm). The WORX Air came with the following items in the box:
- 20V Li-Ion battery pack / charger
- Extension hose
- Dust and detailing brush
- 3 nozzles (dust, inflator, wide)
- 2 tubes (compact, long)
For the FirstUse, we have a bunch of leaves trapped in a patch of bamboo that we can't easily remove, even with a small rake. We are hoping the WORX Air will make short work of it.
Now that these WORX pieces are in-house, we are ready for the Fall cleanup. Once that is out of the way, we'll be looking around to see what other tasks we can find for them to "do." We hope to have the FirstUse write-up posted by early next month. [permalink] -WORX Garden Tools FirstLook