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Toro 51358 Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Our Verdict

Although it's not as powerful as some other trimmers, its ample speed may make up for it.

For

  • This electric string trimmer is the lightest and speediest trimmer we reviewed.

Against

  • It is lacking in the power department, and you can't extend the shaft to fit your height if you're taller.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows the spool of line.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows the spool of line.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how to attach the spool and cap on the head of the trimmer.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how to attach the spool and cap on the head of the trimmer.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how to remove the spool from the head of the weed eater.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how to remove the spool from the head of the weed eater.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows the motion you'll use to trim grass and weeds.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows the motion you'll use to trim grass and weeds.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how you gently press down on the ground with the head of the trimmer to release more line.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how you gently press down on the ground with the head of the trimmer to release more line.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how to hold the weed whacker.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how to hold the weed whacker.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows the trigger that starts the motor.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows the trigger that starts the motor.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows where to connect the power outlet and how to loop the extension cord over the cord retainer inside the handle.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows where to connect the power outlet and how to loop the extension cord over the cord retainer inside the handle.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows the steps to attaching the grass deflector to the head of the trimmer.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows the steps to attaching the grass deflector to the head of the trimmer.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer encourages you to gently attach the front-facing handle. Pressing against it could break the handle.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer encourages you to gently attach the front-facing handle. Pressing against it could break the handle.
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This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how it takes two hands to snap the handle onto the shaft.

This image of the Toro 51358 electric string trimmer shows how it takes two hands to snap the handle onto the shaft.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The Toro electric trimmer has the most rotations per minute of all the electric string trimmers we reviewed. It also, however, has the least amount of power. What you see is what you get with this trimmer; the pole doesn't extend and the head doesn't rotate. Unlike other trimmers we reviewed, the Toro electric trimmer can't convert into an edger.

At 9,900 rotations per minute (RPMs), the Toro electric trimmer will give you the most speed of all the electric string trimmers we reviewed. While it has the speed, it's lacking in power. The other electric weed trimmers we reviewed all had more amperes (amps) of power compared to the Toro. This electric string trimmer uses 3.9 amps.

In addition to having the highest amount of RPMs, the Toro trimmer is also the lightest electric weed whacker we reviewed. This 4.75-pound trimmer will make less work out of trimming a large yard. Plus, it has a 13-inch cutting swath. To advance the standard 0.065-inch string, you tap the head gently on the ground. The Toro trimmer has a single line that rotates to cut grass and weeds.

The Toro trimmer has a cord-retention hook that allows you to wind the extension cord around it to reduce the chances of disconnecting the trimmer from the power cord. Another convenient feature is the spool of feed line that comes with the electric weed eater.

Despite appearances, this electric string trimmer only has one button – it's just in two places in the handle. The button turns on the electric weed trimmer. We think it's redundant to have two locations on the handle that have the same button, especially when the head of the trimmer is stationary, meaning you aren't using the trimmer at more than one angle.

The string advancing properly seems to be the biggest problem with this trimmer. You can decrease the chances of this if you wind the spool as directed, avoid wearing down the eyelet and trim tall grass from the top to the bottom. Another important thing to remember with your trimmer is to clean it before you put it away to keep it working at its best. The operating manual gives clear instructions on how to assemble, use, clean and store the Toro trimmer.

The Toro electric trimmer comes with a two-year warranty that covers workmanship and material defects. If you have questions or need assistance, you can contact Toro via telephone and email. You can find the manual online, as along with FAQs.

The Toro electric trimmer has one of the fastest operating speeds and it weighs less than 5 pounds. However, it doesn't have a lot of power, the length of the shaft is fixed and it has two buttons in the handle that perform the same function. Even though it lacks some features and has a lower power output, this electric string trimmer will still do a great job cutting weeds and grass.