Husqvarna 128LD Review for 2020 – #1 Powerful Weed Trimmer

Husqvarna 128LD Review: Commercial Power, Residential Trimmer


  • Power Source – Gas
  • Model – 128LD
  • Dimensions (w x h x d in inches) – 10 x 40 x 12
  • Cutting Width – 17 inches
  • Line Diameter – 0.095 inches
  • Feed System – Dual Bump Feed
  • Engine Type – 2-cycle
  • Engine CC – 28
  • Fuel tank volume 13.53 fl oz
  • Power Output – 1.0hp
  • RPM – 8000
  • Weight – 11.11lbs
  • Two Year Warranty

PRICE – $$$

About the Husqvarna 128LD String Trimmer

The Husqvarna 128LD is a gas weed eater/string trimmer with a 28cc engine and a cutting width of 17 inches. It has a T25 semi-automatic trimmer head – you can add 11 different lawn care attachments to the head so as well as a weed eater it also doubles up as a hedge trimmer, edger, tree pruner, etc.

It has a bump head, dual feed line, which takes line that is 0.095 inches in diameter.

It is equipped with a switch that returns to the “on” position for easier starting and an air purge function that removes air from the carburettor and a 128LD fuel system for more efficient starting.

It weighs 11 pounds and please make sure you use fuel without ethanol. I would recommend a 50:1 mix of good two-stroke oil, or you could even pay a little more and get a synthetic two-stroke oil that is even better.

This good one is. . .
With a 28cc two-stroke engine, the 128LD model fits as close as possible to a herbivore at this price.

This is really so good.

It is very powerful in its size and you can literally force it to work all day on your weed farm. He can slice anything and won’t jam or swamp, he’s a herbivorous monster-eater.

Combined with dual serving of heavy strings, there is no problem with anything, in fact most of the time you’ll probably find that it’s enough to run him on a quarter of the gas to do the job.

Sounds impressive, right?

Despite its high power, this Husqvarna is incredibly smooth and vibration-free. While similar gas-powered grass eaters can leave you with numb hands, after using 128LD, even for a few hours, you won’t feel any tiredness.

Even better:

What I really love about 128LD and what gives it an edge over other similar gas-powered grass eaters is its versatility. You can replace the trimmer head and mount one of 11 different yard maintenance tools for other jobs. The split shaft accessory works with all MTD brands (i.e. Ryobi Poulan, Troy-Bilt etc.).

Husqvarna 128LD
Husqvarna 128LD being used

Above: The design of the Husqvarna means you feel literally no vibrations when holding the handle (right).

What does that mean to you?

It means that when trimming weed, you can quickly and easily change the nozzles and start trimming shrubs, hedges, edge trimming with a circular saw, leaf blower, chain saw etc.

This can save a lot of money if you think about how much it will cost to buy each of these tools separately.

This is HIGH:

We all know that gas-powered tools can sometimes be a nuisance to start up, but with Husqvarna’s intelligent design, Smart Start® engine and air blowing function you will rarely find it a problem with a 128LD.

Starting with the cold, you may have to pump the pump several times and then it will work. Do you use it for a while and stop quickly for a break? Usually the first time you pull it out, it reboots. No disappointment for you in this regard.

What’s more:

It has a simple shaft, which is actually very good and works well to get to hard to reach places and under bushes, etc. Overall, it is well designed ergonomically and seems quite light for a gas-eater – it weighs about 11 pounds.

Husqvarna 128LD head
Husqvarna 128LD handle

Above: The throttle function (above left) is great and the handle (above right) is well designed.

This is really built for a long time. It is made of high quality materials and feels strong and useful.

Let me tell you a secret:

I have a friend who works in a grocery store and he said that Husqvarna products almost never come back because something goes wrong, so he says it’s very reliable and you certainly feel it with 128LD.

The double head, impact head, power line – it’s stunning and works perfectly. The line is easy to install and durable and should last a long time. It’s a real bonus in the weeder field, where the line feeding system is often the place where a good tool can fall.

It is not that good.
There are a few things I don’t like about this grass eater. The throttle switch is inside the machine, which means it’s too easy to turn it off accidentally. But the good news is that it starts over!

It sucks:

I like the versatility and the attachments that can be added to it, but I have a problem with the attachment because it’s plastic and pre-sprayed from all sides.

This has a negative effect when using one of the high-torque attachments, i.e. tiller, chain saw or cutting brush. This means that the ball rotates on the square attachment shaft and reduces power.

And one more thing:

I don’t like the fact that the head doesn’t rotate when it’s inactive. This is a precautionary measure, I take this into account, but it means that when you put your head on the ground, it doesn’t move, and then, when it’s on the hemisphere and the revolutions grow, it suddenly turns on and starts to rotate everywhere, which initially makes it difficult to work with the attachment.

In some ways, it can be too powerful. I mentioned earlier in my review that in most cases you will use it for a quarter or half throttle.

This is a problem:

Because you always work at high speed, it makes it difficult to work if there are very sensitive areas in your backyard that you have to deal with.

Husqvarna 128LD trimmer head

Above: The head of the Husqvarna 128LD does not turn when it is idling.

At A Glance

✔ Pros

  • Oozes power
  • No vibration
  • Smooth and well balanced
  • So versatile – can use 11 attachments
  • Easy to start
  • Ergonomic and light
  • Built to last
  • Nice straight shaft
  • Good bump head feed and line
  • Great price

✘ Cons

  • Choke switch placement
  • Attachment joint is plastic
  • Head doesn’t turn when idling
  • Too powerful?