I consider myself to be a fairly practical person when it comes to buying new tools. Very rarely do I ever believe that an “As seen on TV” product will ever perform up to the images portrayed in the infomercials. When it comes to lawn care tools I have found that most of these tools never come close to working as advertised.
However, on a whim I decided to give the PivoTrim a try after seeing it on TV and finding one in my local hardware store, all I had to lose was a few bucks and my time. After reading some of the PivoTrim reviews, I was eager to test it out for myself and write my own PivoTrim review.
What the Manufacturer Promises
According to the manufacturer, the PivoTrim is designed to fit 99 percent of all gas trimmers currently on the market. It has been designed for easy installation and features hard to break lines. Instead of a spool of line that must be constantly fed, the PivoTrim feature line strips made from thick 0.095 inch thick line that lasts up to 20 percent longer than traditional line. The replacement line strips are designed to be easily changed when one does finally break.
In the Package
Like most other universal gas trimmer heads, the PivoTrim comes with a number of extra parts in the package to ensure it is a truly “universal” fit. In the bubble package you will find:
- PivoTrim head
- Selection of adaptors to ensure universal fit
- Extra trim lines
Easy to Install
One of the first things I take into consideration when buying any universal fit attachment is how easy it will be to install. Having had more than my share of problems with attachments that say they are easy to install and end up being far harder than described to install, I wondered what I was getting myself into. However, I have to say that in this case installation turned out to be a relatively simple affair.
All I had to do was find the right adaptor for my trimmer, install it, and then screw the PivoTrim head in place. The PivoTrim comes with a pack of strings pre-attached to the pivots which are installed on the head. Once you secure the head in place, you are ready to go. Beware however, the threads on the end of your trimmer’s shaft and those on the PivoTrim head are reverse threads, in other words turn left to tighten and right to loosen the head. If you try to go the other way, you may end up stripping the threads.
How Well Does the PivoTrim Work
One of the biggest problems I have with using a gas powered trimmer on my lawn is the amount of chain link fence around which I have to trim. With my standard bump feed trimmer head, I can count on having to feed more line every few feet or worse yet having to take the head apart to feed more line out when it breaks.
This is one of the biggest reasons why I decided to give the PivoTrim a try as the infomercials claim the pivoting motion of the line holders reduces the risk of breakage in situations just like this. Despite my skepticism and best efforts to break the lines keeping the grass around my fence trimmed, the lines lasted far longer. In fact I was able to trim my entire fence line without so much as a single line breakage.
Not only do I find this to be far more economical, but also it continues to save me a lot of time keeping my lawn looking good. Time that up until now has been wasted pulling the head off my trimmer to extend or replace the line inside of it. The good news is that you do not have to buy the packages of precut lines designed for use with the PivoTrim, you can buy a roll of 0.095 line in any hardware store and cut your own five inch lengths to replace the ones that break. This will help to keep your operational costs under control and allow you to custom tailor the length of your strings to meet the needs of your particular gas powered trimmer.
|Easy to install
|Does not work for electric trimmers
|Fits 99 percent of all gas powered trimmers
|Can feel off balance when one or more strings break
|Strings last far longer without breaking
|Can be hard to feed new line into pivots
Final Thoughts – Does PivoTrim Really Work?
Despite my reservations, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with how well the PivoTrim works. While I still break my share of lines off trimming the grass around my chain link fencing, it happens far less often and overall the strings last longer than ever. The specially designed pivots help significantly to ensure long string life and overall quality of the trim head seems to be good as I have not had any problems to date.
I would highly recommend the PivoTrim to anyone looking for a way to reduce down time due to string breakage.