Spring is around the corner and your lawn is calling for a little TLC. As things start to green up, you’ll need the right equipment to give your lawn what it needs. Whether you are looking to start your garden or clean up the deadwood from fall and winter or just trim up the hedges and sidewalks, The Husqvarna 128LD 2-cycle gas string trimmer is possibly the handiest tool to have in your arsenal. We’ll show you why right here.
We’ve spent hours searching for the best features in string trimmers and now we’re sharing this information with you. We share with you a hard to find compilation of the features of the Husqvarna 128LD and tell you what’s great about it and what’s not so great.
What’s so great about the Husqvarna 128LD?
Gas engine for mobility and power
The 128LD string trimmer is powered by a 28cc engine. This small, lightweight engine uses a 40:1 gasoline to 2 cycle oil mixture for fuel. You won’t be limited to the radius of your power cord with this compact, mobile trimmer. The tank holds 13.5 oz. of fuel for long run time. It is considered to be somewhat quieter than the average 2 cycle trimmer engine.
Easy starting with Smart Start feature
Husqvarna trimmers boast a unique starter feature called Smart Start which allows the trimmer to be started quickly and easily. A push of the air purge bulb and a couple pulls of the starting cord and you should be in business. Sometimes the choke might need adjustment upon first use out of the box, but after that, it will need little effort to get going. Another nifty feature is when the trimmer is turned off, the “auto return stop switch” will automatically go back to the start position for ready starting.
Quick string line advance
The 128LD comes with the T25 automatic trimmer head. The “bump” advance feature allows you to automatically advance the string line while the trimmer is operating. You simply bump the center of the trimmer head against the ground and additional line comes into operation.
Easy to reload string line spool reduces frustration
The T25 trimmer head has a spool that comes off to reload the string line so you don’t have to turn the trimmer upside down to work on it. The spool has key slots to keep the line from slipping while you are putting the spool back on the head. The T25 head can hold .065 inch, .080 inch or .095 inch line but comes preloaded with the .095 inch. If you don’t want to reload the line yourself, you can buy the T25 heads with string line pre-loaded on it. Also, you can use the T35 trimmer head, sold separately, but it will be a bit heavier and will reduce the power output.
Large cutting width cuts more in less time
You’ll cut a wide swath with each stroke when you use the Husqvarna 128LD string trimmer. The 17 inch spinning diameter of the string allows you to get down to business faster and more efficiently.
Straight shaft yields greater efficiency
The 128LD’s straight shaft transfers power more efficiently through the shaft than through a curved shaft. This creates less wear and tear on the braided wire cable and gives you more bang for your energy buck.
Also, the straight shaft allows you to trim more easily under bushes, fences and other low obstacles.
Adjustable handle eases back strain
The loop handle on the Husqvarna 128LD is adjustable to find a comfortable position to suit your arm length and body height. The ergonomic plastic handle minimizes transmission of vibrations and provides a comfortable grip to ease strain during use. At 11 lbs, the 128LD is on the heavier end of residential use trimmer models so the adjustable handle really helps.
Quick shaft detachment
Whether you are wanting more compact storage or you are adding an attachment, the detachable shaft coupler allows you to quickly and easily detach the string trimmer head with no tools required.
Why do we really like the Husqvarna 128LD?
Lots of attachments turn the 128LD into a powerful multi-use machine
What really makes the Husqvarna 128LD a powerhouse all in a small, portable machine is the ability to purchase lots of accessory attachments. Instead of buying separate devices for each activity, the Husqvarna 128LD can be your one-stop machine for year round yard work and landscape maintenance, even gardening!
The Husqvarna 128LD is designed to work with the Poulan Pro attachment series, designed by Poulan, which is owned by Husqvarna. TrimmerPlus brand attachments are also reported by users to work with the 128LD, but this is not verified by the manufacturer.
Here are some of the super-useful attachments that are available for use with the 128LD string trimmer. Just pop off the detachable trimmer head at the shaft and press on the attachment. Voila! A completely different purpose.
- Brush Cutter – If you have heavy brush that the string trimmer can’t handle, you might need a brush cutter. The Poulan Pro PP4000C brush cuttter attachment is 8 inches in diameter and has 4 heavy blades to handle small branches and brush too large for the trimmer.
- Lawn Edger – Do you like the look of a neatly edged sidewalk, driveway or landscape edge? The Poulan Pro PP1000E 7-inch lawn edger attachment gives you the look with ease.
- Blower – The powerful 28cc engine of the 128LD provides a maximum airspeed of 150 MPH using the Poulan Pro PP3000B blower attachment for rounding up your leaves and clippings.
- Pole Saw – Need to clean up overhead? The Poulan Pro PP5500P pole saw attachment has an 8 inch blade for removal of overhead limbs up to 6 inches in diameter. It has an extension to increase reach up to 12 feet. (Do not confuse this with the PP5000 model which will not fit the 128LD)
- Hedge Trimmer – The Poulan Pro PP6000H hedge trimmer attachment is the thing for shaping the verge. The 15 inch dual action hedge trimmer allows you to trim the bushes with ease.
- Cultivator – As if all the above weren’t enough, you can even add an attachment to till your garden. The Poulan Pro PP2000D cultivator attachment features 8 inch steel tines and an adjustable tilling width of 6 to 9 inches.
Husqvarna offers a great warranty backed by a strong brand
Husqvarna is a leading brand in the lawn power tool market and continues to produce high quality products. They stand behind all their products with a strong warranty. Consumer models such as the 128LD String Trimmer are backed by a 2 year warranty on defects in materials and workmanship. If you keep your proof of purchase, they will replace the defective equipment or offer you a repair at a nearby certified dealer.
Is the Husqvarna 128LD the right trimmer for you?
If you want a easy to use trimmer with a lot of great features produced by a leader in the industry, and you want to have the versatility of adding lots of attachments, we recommend the Husqvarna 128LD. It has a great track record with lots of positive ratings by regular users. At a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $220, the Husqvarna 128LD is a solid investment in your lawn and garden maintenance toolbox.
Is a different trimmer better for you?
If you are short of stature, you might opt for a curved shaft trimmer. You may lose some power but it will make it easier to get the job done. If you want a quieter trimmer, but still gas powered, you might want to try a weed eater with a 4 cycle engine. Or if you want to ditch the ear protection entirely, you could try an electric trimmer. Visit us again soon for a useful article on the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of trimmers.
We hope we’ve given you good information here. We try hard to do the homework for you so you don’t have to. If you own a Husqvarna 128LD or even another great model of trimmer, let us know your experience in the comments below. If you have specific questions, ask those too and we’ll do our best to answer.
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