Bolens BL160 Review

The BL160 comes equipped with a 25cc two-cycle engine and boasts a relatively small 10-ounce fuel tank, which makes it more suitable for small yards. This weed trimmer is pretty easy to pick up and carry around since it weighs 11 pounds.

Our Verdict

The Bolens BL160 is well suited for small properties and semi-regular use since it cuts a 17-inch swath. However, with its small tank and lack of extras, it is less than ideal for a bigger yard.

For

  • The Bolens BL160 cuts an impressive 17-inch swath through grass, which means you will have to go back and forth fewer times while trimming.

Against

  • This trimmer does not support landscaping attachments, and it lacks an anti-vibration feature.
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The user manual for this Bolens trimmer has a FastGuide section to help you prepare the unit for yard work.

The user manual for this Bolens trimmer has a FastGuide section to help you prepare the unit for yard work.
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This Bolens trimmer’s manual has many diagrams that show how to perform various maintenance tasks.

This Bolens trimmer’s manual has many diagrams that show how to perform various maintenance tasks.
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These assembly instructions show you how to put this Bolens trimmer together.

These assembly instructions show you how to put this Bolens trimmer together.
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The specifications for this Bolens trimmer give an overview of the machine's capabilities.

The specifications for this Bolens trimmer give an overview of the machine's capabilities.
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The handle on this Bolens trimmer is compact.

The handle on this Bolens trimmer is compact.
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You can extend more string by simply giving the weed whacker’s head a sharp tap on the ground.

You can extend more string by simply giving the weed whacker’s head a sharp tap on the ground.
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It is easy to reach the on-and-off switch on this Bolens weed whacker.

It is easy to reach the on-and-off switch on this Bolens weed whacker.
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This Bolens weed whacker comes with a 25-cc, two-cycle engine.

This Bolens weed whacker comes with a 25-cc, two-cycle engine.

The BL160 comes equipped with a 25cc two-cycle engine and boasts a relatively small 10-ounce fuel tank, which makes it more suitable for small yards. This weed trimmer is pretty easy to pick up and carry around since it weighs 11 pounds.

You can cut an ample 17-inch swath with its spinning head, which means less time working in the yard. The trimmer head has dual line exits to double its cutting power. The weed whacker also comes with a trigger-control and bump-feed mechanism for new string, plus a debris shield to protect your feet and clothing.

This weed eater falls short of competing models in its attachment capabilities. Since this gas trimmer accepts no attachments, it is limited to chopping light weeds and tall grass. If you hold the grass trimmer at an angle, though, you might be able to edge your sidewalks and driveways. The Troy-Bilt TB32 is one of several gas trimmers in our lineup that supports attachments. 

Perhaps the biggest shortcoming is the lack of anti-vibration technology. You may end up with some muscle fatigue if you use this yard trimmer for an extended period of time.

Bolens provides a two-year warranty on this trimmer. The warranty covers any manufacturing defects and problems you might have. For help with this unit, you can take it to a nearby service center or read the online manual.

The Bolens BL160 has a wide swath and plenty of power for a small or medium-sized yard. It doesn’t support attachments and lacks vibration control. It also has a relatively small 10-ounce fuel tank. As such, this trimmer can serve you well for small grassy areas but isn’t the best choice for a big lawn that needs lots of edging or any hedge trimming.

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