About Cobra Max
Cobra Max is claimed to be a patented, easy-load trimmer head that combines bump-and-feed speed with easy loading features, and that is guaranteed to help you cut, trim, and edge your lawn in half the time.
Each Cobra Max trimmer head is claimed to be compatible with 99% of gas powered trimmers, and to hold 18 feet of trimmer line that evenly dispenses each time. In fact, the Cobra Max is claimed to work over two steps:
- Feed the line directly through the trimmer head, without requiring any disassembly.
- Twist the loading knob to hold the line, and you’re ready to go in seconds. And if you need more line, simply tap the loading knob.
Unless you truly enjoy lawn work, there’s a huge amount of appeal in being able to cut your trimming time in half. Think about all the other work you’d be able to get done over the course of a summer!
But is this really what you can expect with Cobra Max, or will you simply be trimming money from your bank account? Consider the following:
Is Cobra Max As Easy To Use As It Claims?
Based on the product’s commercial demonstration, Cobra Max appears to be very simple to use. In fact, compared to some of the more popular designs for trimmer heads (more about this next), Cobra Max appears to make the process of adding trimmer line something that can be accomplished in seconds.
However, you’ll still have to cut your trimmer line to length and pull each end equidistant from the center. Then, you’ll have to wind the line using the knob in the center of Cobra Max, while making sure the line feeds evenly. Otherwise, one side might end up sticking out much further than the other and reducing your cutting power.
On top of this, despite claiming to work with 99% of gas-powered trimmers, there’s no indication how Cobra Max attaches. And considering the widely varying designs of gas-powered trimmers, you might be rolling the dice as to whether or not it will work with your trimmer.
Other Gas-Powered Trimming Heads
Although Cobra Max’s specific design is claimed to be patented, a quick online search for “gas trimmer quick load heads” will reveal dozens of options from which to choose. Granted, not all of these will work identically to Cobra Max, although many appear to work very similarly.
In addition, many of these options might be available from local retailers, which could save you money in lost S&H charges, not to mention the hassle of sending Cobra Max back to the manufacturer.
Are Customers Trimming Away with Their Cobra Max?
Cobra Max was a very new product at the time of our research, and didn’t have any online customer reviews available.
However, we did learn that Cobra Max is manufactured by National Express Online, a mainstay within the ASOTV industry who makes many other popular “As Seen on TV” products such as Sobakawa Cloud Pillow and XHOSE.
Among more than 30 HighYa reader reviews for these products, the average rating is just 1.5 stars, with common complaints citing poor quality, failure to work as advertised, and poor customer service. Elsewhere online, customer reviews appear to cite most of these same complaints.
From a company perspective, National Express Inc. holds a B rating with the Better Business Bureau based on more than 140 closed complaints over the past 3 years (as of 2/24/15). Most of these appear to reference difficulty placing orders, long shipping times, and poor quality products that didn’t work as advertised.
Granted, you might not experience the same with Cobra Max, but it’s something you might want to keep at the back of your mind.
Cobra Max Pricing & Refund Policy
The Cobra Max trimmer head with .080 trimmer line is priced at $19.95 plus $7.95 S&H. During checkout, you’ll also be able to purchase additional replacement line in different thicknesses ranging between $9.95 and $12.95, as well as safety goggles.
Cobra Max trimmer heads come with a 90-day refund policy, less S&H charges.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a customer service phone number provided on the Cobra Max website, only the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. However, on National Express’s primary website, their phone number is listed as 203-852-0024.
Will Cobra Max Help Cut Your Trimming Time in Half?
Chopping to the point: Considering that there aren’t any online customer reviews for the product, and based on numerous negative customer reviews for many of the company’s other products, you might be gambling your money to find out if Cobra Max really can cut your trimming and weeding time in half.
Because of this, you might want to consider similar options from local retailers first, which could help save you a ton of time—and money—if you’re dissatisfied.