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Greenworks 21212 Review

The Greenworks 21212 is an affordable and functional electric string trimmer with a 4-amp motor. This weed eater is fairly basic in terms of its feature package, which is something you might expect from a cheap weed eater, but it manages to do a lot with its features.

Our Verdict

This Greenworks 21212 trimmer is surprisingly versatile and can do a lot with its basic feature package. It isn’t very powerful, but it has a generous four-year warranty that makes it worth a look.

For

  • This affordable trimmer is safe for the environment, and the shaft rotates for edging.

Against

  • The adjustable shaft is short, making it difficult for taller people to use comfortably.
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The shaft on the Greenworks 21212 can rotate to allow the head to be in edging position.

The shaft on the Greenworks 21212 can rotate to allow the head to be in edging position.
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The Greenworks trimmer’s shaft can extend to accommodate different heights.

The Greenworks trimmer’s shaft can extend to accommodate different heights.
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The guide on the Greenworks trimmer adjusts up and down.

The guide on the Greenworks trimmer adjusts up and down.
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The Greenworks trimmer has a dual-string head that cuts down on the number of swipes it takes to trim the lawn.

The Greenworks trimmer has a dual-string head that cuts down on the number of swipes it takes to trim the lawn.
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The cord on the Greenworks trimmer stays plugged in if you use the cord retainer.

The cord on the Greenworks trimmer stays plugged in if you use the cord retainer.

The Greenworks 21212 is an affordable and functional electric string trimmer with a 4-amp motor. This weed eater is fairly basic in terms of its feature package, which is something you might expect from a cheap weed eater, but it manages to do a lot with its features.

The 4-amp engine is not the most powerful of the products we reviewed, yet it has plenty of power to get rid of most of the overgrowth in your yard. The shaft is on the short side, and while it is adjustable, it doesn’t extend far. If you are taller than 6 feet, this trimmer may be too small. While the head doesn’t rotate for edging, the shaft rotates to make it comfortable to hold for edging.

The retractable metal flower guard doubles as a guide when you use it in edging mode. This is not as easy to maneuver as a pivoting head with wheels, but it’s nice that you can perform this kind of detailing on your lawn with a trimmer at this price point. It is a lightweight trimmer at 5.2 pounds, so holding it at different angles is easy. The small-sized shaft comes in handy when you use it in edging mode as well.

The 13-inch cut path is decent and should handle most of the cutting and trimming in your yard. It also has a single-line auto line feed so you won’t have to worry about manually adjusting the spool every time. If you want a wider cutting path, consider the other Greenworks model we reviewed.

As with all electric weed eaters, this trimmer releases zero emissions into the atmosphere. Greenworks prides itself in manufacturing products that environmentally friendly.

This trimmer has a generous four-year warranty, which is competitive with other models in our comparison.

The Greenworks 21212 is the most affordable electric trimmer we reviewed. While the feature package is basic, it is also quite versatile. The shaft rotates so you can turn the trimmer upside down or on its side to edge. It is a corded trimmer that has plenty of power to maintain a beautiful yard. The four-year warranty is also quite generous in case you have any issues.

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Noel Case
Noel Case is a writer for Top Ten Reviews where he reviews home appliances, yard tools and software. He interviews people from a variety of backgrounds to get to the meat of what factors make the best products. Before Top Ten Reviews, Noel worked as a reporter and editor for many online and print publications including the Salt Lake Tribune and the Ogden Standard-Examiner, covering diverse beats like education, city development and politics. He also wrote and edited an online monthly magazine for the nutritional supplement company Max International. Noel has degrees from the University of Utah and Weber State University in psychology, English and creative writing and is passionate about writing in all its forms.