This is an unpaid, unsponsored review of the trimmer head attachment Pivotrim. We purchased the Pivotrim on our own dime. All opinions in this review are 100% authentic and 100% those of Dadtography.
I’m a pretty particular guy – even when it comes to my lawn. I’ve had lawn services maintain my yard before in the past but I haven’t found anyone that can do it quite as good as I can myself. Mowing your own yard in Florida in the 95 degree heat and 100% humidity is no fun, but I trudge on.
My lawn equipment HAS to work and it has to work well or I’d be in my yard for hours and that’s just no fun at all. My compliment of equipment includes my lawn mower, my trimmer, my edger and my blower. A great lawn isn’t complete until it’s been properly trimmed, the sidewalks and curb have been edged and everything has been blown clean, right? But it can be so difficult to find good equipment that works and will actually last more than a few weeks. I think I may have found the last trimmer head I’ll ever buy.
I picked up a Pivotrim a few weeks ago on a whim at the Home Depot and, I have to admit I was skeptical at first but this thing works!
What I Like About the Pivotrim
Prior to purchasing the Pivotrim, I had the standard trimmer head that came with my trimmer attachment. You know – the kind that you have to wrap the plastic trimmer string around the head manually? Refilling that thing could easily take 30 minutes and if the thing got jammed? Forget it! You’d have to completely unwind the entire line and re-wrap it all. What a pain! The Pivotrim uses the same trimmer string but it doesn’t require any winding. I cut off four pieces of line approximately 5″ long and just fed it through the line guides. The Pivotrim came with a small set of strings, but regular trimmer line works just fine too!
The next best feature is the Pivotrim’s namesake – it pivots on the head of the trimmer when the string runs into resistance. This causes less line breakage and makes the line and the head (and the trimmer, for that matter) last a lot longer.
There’s no winding the string, you can still use the economical jumbo packs of trimmer line refills and the string hardly ever breaks because of the pivoting feature. I’m hooked on my Pivotrim and will be moving it to my replacement trimmer because I know the Pivotrim will out-last my trimmer attachment!
What I didn’t Like About the Pivotrim
The only thing I don’t like about the Pivotrim is that I didn’t find it sooner! After using mine for almost 4 months now, I can’t imagine why they’d make trimmer attachments the ‘old fashioned’ way any more.
The Pivotrim’s pivoting feature is clearly its best. The trimmer line is nearly impossible to break. A single change of line has lasted weeks on my trimmer. I had to change my old trimmer line once a month during peak summer mowing – and that was with nearly 10x the amount of line being used!
Ease of Use
It takes a little getting used to when it comes to loading the line and if the line holes get clogged they may require cleaning. It’s also important to make sure the Pivotrim head stays well lubricated. Mine had a tendency to heat up until I sprayed it down with some WD40.
I was purchasing $10 of trimmer string per season. The Pivotrim paid for itself in one month in the reduction of line I no longer have to buy – not to mention the reduction in headaches.
I recommend this trimmer attachment to anyone that does their own lawn maintenance. It’s tough, it’s relatively inexpensive and it works as advertised. I’d buy it again in a heartbeat.