Oregon St275 40 Volt Cordless Trimmer Review: What Is It?
The st275 is a new model from Oracal USA. They are based in California and they have been selling their products since 1996. Their name comes from the fact that they were founded by two guys named John and Mark Oracolos. The company was started with one goal; to provide quality products at affordable prices. Today, the company sells its products under several brands including Oracal Power Tools, Oracal Safety Products, Oracal Parts & Accessories and Oracal Tool Company.
In 2012, the company changed its name to ORACO POWER TOOLS INC. The change in name was made because it reflects the company’s commitment to being a global leader in power tools and accessories.
What Does It Do?
The st275 is a cordless electric trimmer that runs on alkaline batteries. The st275 uses a lithium ion battery pack which provides up to 2 hours of continuous use. It features an adjustable blade speed control, variable cutting angle settings, a safety switch and an automatic shut off feature when the battery life is depleted.
It also includes an integrated rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack that lasts approximately 8 hours of operation. The st275 also comes with a battery fuel gauge for easy monitoring of the life of the battery.
What Are The Features?
Safety switch feature
The st275 includes a safety switch that prevents the unit from accidentally turning on during transport or storage. The safety switch must be in the on position and the trigger pressed in order to operate the unit.
The safety switch can be easily locked into place for continuous use.
Variable cutting angle
The st275 allows you to adjust the cutting angle from an almost vertical position which is useful for trimming grass that is growing in the cracks between the pavement. The cutting angle can also be set at 90 degrees which is handy for edging and trimming along a straight edge such as a sidewalk or driveway border.
Adjustable blade speed
The st275 also includes an adjustable blade speed control that can be set to ten different positions. The lowest speed setting is great for precision edging and the highest setting can cut through thick grass and weeds.
Being able to adjust the cutting speed is especially important when you are working with a range of materials such as weeds, grass, vines and twigs.
Quick release blade mechanism
The blade is easy to change thanks to the quick release mechanism. No tools are required and you can change the blade within seconds.
In some situations, the string may become wrapped around the lower blade guard. The st275 comes with a special hook that allows you to remove the string from the lower blade guard where it can then be unwound from the spool.
Can It Cut Through What You Need It To?
The cutting width of the st275 is 13 cm. This is wide enough to quickly cover ground when trimming longer grass and weeds. The string trimmer easily cuts through tall grasses, small bushes and weeds. The cutting head is made of a strong materials that prevents it from becoming dull or damaged.
Is It Easy To Use?
The st275 is easy to use. It is lightweight so it is comfortable to use for long periods of time. The adjustable cutting angle, string speed controls, automatic line feed system and large trigger make the st275 easy to handle even in tough to reach areas.
How Long Does The Battery Last?
The battery lasts for up to 2 hours of continuous use which should be enough time to complete most jobs. You can also continue working with the power cord until you are ready to recharge the battery again.
What Else Do You Get?
The st275 comes with a shoulder strap for easy carrying and a spool of .155 string. You also get a bottle of STIHL fuel and 2 replacement lines, one for woody plants and one for grass and weeds.
The STIHL dealer will show you all the different ways the st275 can be adjusted to meet your specific needs and how to safely and effectively use it.
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