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American Lawn Mower CSST0012

Highlight: Has the highest rpm of the trimmers tested, which makes for cleaner, faster-healing cuts.

Tester: Richard Domke, Miami

Skill level: Beginner DIYer ("I mostly help friends with their gardens.")

Used tool for: Finishing some spots the yard service missed.

Verdict: "Cut just as effectively in regular grass as the corded and gas-powered trimmers I've used."

Tool stats: 12-inch cutting head, 8,500 rpm, semiautomatic line feed, telescoping shaft, 9 pounds.

Price: About $90 (Ace)

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