First Impressions and Features
My first impression of the DEWALT 60V MAX String Trimmer: it was built for rugged everyday use. It has that professional tool look, but the pros will have to sort out the pros and cons of battery power depending largely on how much run time they need for this particular tool category.
Regardless, it reminds me of my pro-level gas powered Husqvarna string trimmer in scale and reach. Since we have found the 20V homeowner trimmers to be useful, this unit with more power and better reach should be a step up in performance.
Field Test Updates
I gave the new 60V String Trimmer a solid work out at our house, which has numerous trees, fence posts and long stretches of railroad ties to trim. I also did the first spring cutting of the perimeters and fence lines at the church.
This tool has excellent balance and reach. The power and string speed is plenty for almost everything I did on the low setting, but tougher clumps of grass and tussocks were easily dispatched with the high setting.
During the heavy fence-line work a battery charge gave us 1/2 hour of continuous cutting on low setting at full throttle.
Handle ergonomics are excellent and I had no trigger finger fatigue. Of course, two handed operation is preferred for safety but reaching under some low hanging branches can be done one-handed because of the balance and shape of the upper housing.
The bump feed worked flawlessly. The guard offers little protection from grass residue but I like it because of the site lines and ability to rotate around tree trunks and posts.
Very good so far!