PROS / The Bolens BL160 cuts a hefty 17-inch swath through grass, which means you will have to go back and forth fewer times while trimming.
CONS / This trimmer does not support landscaping attachments and it lacks an anti-vibration feature.
VERDICT / The Bolens BL160 is well suited for small properties and occasional use since it can swing a 17-inch swath, but without the anti-vibration feature, it is less than ideal for a bigger yard.
Bolens by MTD Southwest Inc. offers a selection of budget weed whackers suited for grass trimming, but it will not fill the bill if you want to do yard work that requires additional attachments.
The BL160 comes equipped with a 25 cc, two-cycle engine. Like all the other trimmers in our lineup, this engine requires you to mix gas and oil in order for it to run correctly. This unit has a relatively small 10-ounce fuel tank, which makes it best for small yards. However, you will need to refill it frequently if you are using this on a larger property.
This weed trimmer is pretty easy to pick up and carry around since it weighs 11 pounds. You can cut a bountiful 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 can hold the grass trimmer at an angle, though, you might be able to edge it around sidewalks and driveways.
Perhaps the biggest shortcoming is the lack of anti-vibration technology. You may end up with some muscle strain if you use this yard trimmer for an extended time.
Even though the quality of this machine lacks in some areas, Bolens does a good job with its technical support. It provides a two-year warranty on the BL160, which covers most of the manufacturing defects and problems that you might have. For help with this unit, you can take it to an appropriate service center, read the online manual, or call or email MTD Southwest Inc.
If you decide to buy the Bolens BL160, we recommend carefully reading and following the included instructions. This trimmer can serve you well in a small grassy area but might not be the top choice for a big lawn that needs lots of edging or any hedge trimming.