I haven't had a gas powered weed wacker for several years. I still find the mixing of gas and oil a pain in the butt. Since all my gas cans are in use and I didn't want to empty one to test this, I bought a new one gallon can. The Remington includes a starter can of oil, 3.2oz which you mix with one gallon of gas. I'm a direction reader so after reading them several times I began. I installed the shield and repositioned the handle. Pretty simple and wing nuts are not just goofy people, these wing nuts worked just fine.
It has a primer bulb which you depress ten times and then adjust the choke and pull away. It is a very light pull and it started after the third sequence of five pulls. You leave it warm up and then you are ready to go.
The bump head that is supposed to release the cutting line works but not smoothly. I was unable to get it to release line on the grass. I had to "bump" it on the driveway to get it to release. It then, reluctantly, released when I bumped it.
The unit cut ok, it doesn't seem to have a lot of power and the head rotation slows down considerably when it meets grass. It stalled several times in 20 minutes. Once while cutting some grass but twice when it was just idling. I kept it revving fairly high with the throttle down, walking from long grass to long grass so I'm not sure why it stalled.
My overall impression is not particularly favorable. It works ok and considering how inexpensive it is, the performance is adequate. The lack of power, the poor release of the line and the stalling are all things for a buyer to consider.
(After reading some of the other reviews, I noticed one reviewer said MTD machines do not like gas with added ethanol. Since I live in an area where that is all you can buy I am wondering if that is the cause of the stalling. I don't have a lot of experience with MTD tools so I can't verify that observation.)
From the vendor:
· QuickStart technology makes pull starts easier
· Balanced curved shaft design makes cutting comfortable
· Dual line bump head with .095-inch line for greater control
· Constructed with durable components
· Includes 2-cycle oil
· 25cc 2-cycle gas engine
· 17-inch cutting swath trims wider sections of tall grass in less time
· Ultra-lightweight design is easy to use
· Ideal for small to medium-size yards
If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.