Reviewers say the gas-powered Hitachi CG22EASSLP string trimmer delivers top-notch power and comfort at an affordable price. Its 21.1 cc two-stroke gas-powered engine is fuel efficient and meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards, resulting in cleaner emissions and fewer fumes.
In addition, the Hitachi CG22EASSLP features an anti-vibration system to help reduce fatigue and an S-starting system that reduces pull force effort by 50 percent, according to Hitachi. A 60-inch straight shaft gives it a long reach, and at 11 pounds, owners say this trimmer is light enough to maneuver around the yard.
Owners, too, are pleased with how easily this trimmer starts and its smooth operation. That said, we saw multiple complaints about fuel hoses wearing out after a season of use. Replacing them isn't particularly difficult for a do-it-yourselfer, owners say, but getting Hitachi to make the simple repair under warranty can be a frustrating experience. If you're willing to spend more for a lighter and more powerful trimmer, the best-reviewed Husqvarna 223L (*Est. $250) gets excellent feedback and few complaints from users. Note, however, that the Husqvarna trimmer is not CARB compliant.
We found the best review of the Hitachi CG22EASSLP at Popular Mechanics, which compares it to five other gas models. It's also recommended by users at Amazon.com and Sears.com, where reviews provide owner perspective.
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Editors at Popular Mechanics concede their reluctance to test the bare-bones Hitachi CG22EASSLP string trimmer against more "beefy" products. But after two and a half days of testing, the Hitachi emerges as a trimmer that holds its own and cuts "with enthusiasm."
Review: The Best New String Trimmers: Comparison Test, Roy Berendsohn
About 150 owners weigh in on the Hitachi CG22EASSLP string trimmer, giving it an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 for its powerful performance, smooth operation and easy startup. But many users complain that the fuel hoses wear out quickly and that Hitachi's customer service is unsatisfactory.
Review: Hitachi CG22EASSLP 21.1cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer (CARB Compliant), Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 30 owners at Sears.com give the Hitachi CG22EASSLP an overall score of 4.5 out of 5 stars, making this the best-rated trimmer on the site. Users find this trimmer lightweight, easy to start and powerful.
Review: Hitachi CG22EASSLP 21.1cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer, Contributors to Sears.com