Monday, July 22, 2013

Troy-Bilt 4 Cycle Trimmer Review (TB675 EC)

This summer as part of the Saturday6 Bloggers with Troy-Bilt I tested a 4 Cycle Trimmer (TB675 EC).  I'll be completely honest and tell you that weed eating is not one of my favorite tasks in the garden.  It's necessary to keep things cleanly edged, keep weeds down, and even clean out brush areas.  Weed eaters are very useful tools. Troy-Bilt also sent me a cultivator attachment along with the weed eater to see how useful it would be in a garden setting.

My overall opinion of these two pieces of equipment is both are great tools that function and work exactly how they are designed to work. The trimmer is very easy to start up which can be tricky for many weed eaters.  The instructions for easy start-up are printed on the side of the trimmer and involved a certain number of pumps of the primer button at different stages of starting.




Troy-Bilt also makes a very cool tool for starting some of their equipment called JumpStart.  It makes starting the trimmer as simple as plugging in the battery charged Jump Start to the trimmer and hitting the button.  The Jump-Start works like a power drill with a whole lot of torque.  When you pull the trigger it spins and the engine starts.  They even make a bit that you can fit into your power drill to use as an option.





The TB675EC is a 4 cycle trimmer which means you don't have to do any kind of special oil mixing before hand.  There is a separate oil tank and gas tank that the trimmer mixes together as needed.  The user doesn't have to worry about it!  As far as gas goes I can't recommend enough that you only use a gas that is ethanol free.  Ethanol damages small engines like lawn mowers and trimmers and will shorten the life of the mower. If you can't find ethanol free gas near you use a fuel stabilizer to help prevent damage.

The string for the trimmer pops out very easily with a single gentle bump on the ground.  You always have to watch where you are when you do this as the line can emerge and cut stuff you don't want it to!  Try bumping the trimmer on a hard surface like a sidewalk or driveway and everything will be fine.  I've lost the line a couple times now inside the bump head. The string broke off too close to the holes and the line wouldn't come out.  The bump head was easy to open up and reload though, much better than any other bump head I've seen.  You simply load the string through the holes, balance it with equal lengths on each side, then wind it up.

Bump head

The cultivator attachment was very cool.  It was the perfect tool to clean up some raised beds in my mom's garden back in the spring. As a cultivator it isn't meant to do the job of a tiller.  It will take care of areas that need minor tilling or soil that has been worked before.  The cultivator could also be used to mix compost or soil and till in amendments to your garden beds.  If you have raised beds it's perfect.  If you're planning on tilling our a new 50' x 100' garden bed in hard clay soil...try getting a real tiller!  Troy-Bilt has some good ones!

If you want to see the trimmer/cultivator in action check out the video I put together below.



As part of my association with Troy-Bilt I get to do a really cool thing...I get to give one of these away!  If you want a chance to win this Troy-Bilt 4 Cyle trimmer for your garden post in the comments below.  Also if you share this post on Facebook or Twitter you will get one extra entry for each share up to a total of three entries (1 for the blog post comment, 1 for Facebook, and one for Twitter).  You must post a link to your share in the comments section of this post so that I can find your share.  The giveaway will end on Sunday July 28th at Midnight Central.  Don't forget to follow GrowingTheHomeGarden on Facebook too so you don't miss anything!



34 comments :

  1. Dave put my name in the hat please~thrice! I shared this on Facebook not sure if this is the url for the link, but it's my fb page https://www.facebook.com/gail.eichelberger and I retweeted! Beats me how to share that link! Does it help that I really, really, really need one! gail

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  2. David, my husband would LOVE this tool. He has owned Troy-Bilt tillers for the last 35 years for the big garden he plants every year, but this would be the perfect tool for all the trimming and the few raised beds that we have. Does the cute little boy next to the box come with the 4-Cycle Trimmer?

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  3. I liked you all over my FB page. Do I have to do something else to get an extra chance in this drawing? I did see where the cute child was not included - sorry.

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  4. A troy-bilt string trimmer would look great next to my Troy-bilt tiller.

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  5. Wow, we were just looking at trimmers yesterday at the local big box store. I had no idea that Troy-Bilt made trimmers. We have the big boy Troy-Bilt tiller and we just love that thing. Of course, my husband is the only one who can use it -- those horses tend to run away with me! Please put my name in the drawing as I could definitely use this and the cultivator attachment. I'm not a tweeter but I'll definitely share via FB.

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  6. Oh yes! Shared to twitter the other day.

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  7. I would love a chance to win this. This would be great for my small ranch property.

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  8. Just shared on twitter. https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/359661825937252355

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  9. Not sure how to share the link for my facebook post, but here's the link to my page where I shared it.
    https://www.facebook.com/KayzKreationz

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  10. I've banged up my 6 year old Troy-Bilt pretty good over the years and would love an upgrade! Giddy-up!

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  11. Troy Bilt is one of the brands that I completely trust. Would love to add this trimmer to my collection! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  12. Would love to win this trimmer! We need one badly :)

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  13. I retweeted the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/HeatherLanaye/status/360162859889602560

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  14. I also tweeted the giveaway https://twitter.com/JackieLF/status/360746651729674240

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  15. Just love anything Troy-Bilt! I shared on our FB page and Twitter!! I am in to win!!! :) https://www.facebook.com/springhillfresh

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  16. Just what I need. The weeds are taking over this summer in my Florida garden. Love the cultivator option for the trimmer...Troy-Bilt is great!
    Shared on Facebook, too: https://www.facebook.com/melissa.gould

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    1. link for share
      http://www.growingthehomegarden.com/2013/07/troy-bilt-4-cycle-trimmer-review-tb675.html#comment-form

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  18. I shared on FB too:
    https://www.facebook.com/hstanfi

    Thanks!

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  19. This Troy-Bilt trimmer sounds awesome and I would love to win! Liked your Facebook page and posted on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhonda.neveau.1

    Thanks! :)

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  20. I'm in need of one of these and would love to win this!

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  21. Would love to win this Troy-Bilt trimmer, & appreciate the chance to win one here! I shared this on facebook also
    https://www.facebook.com/tambon0007

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  22. Thank you for the contest! My electric trimmer died, a gas one would be great because I bought a couple attachments for a gas trimmer by accident (duh)

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  23. This would be perfect for cleaning up the steep bank behind my house. Much safer than the mower.

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  24. Shared on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/#!/debbie.fykes?__user=100001637259097

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  25. We could use one of these. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I would love to give this to my father in law they have a beautiful garden and a big yard so this would be a great help thanks for the chance!

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  27. I shared on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alyshia.brazzellfykes/posts/569190483119311 I like your video!

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  28. I tweeted this. https://mobile.twitter.com/AtheistNoMore/status/361684343661408256. Thanks again!

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    1. Also shared on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stan.mcfarland.7

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