During spring time, the one ritual that every homeowner faces is the weekly or bi weekly yard work. Since 1971, there has been a tool that help make yard work faster and easier on the participant; the string trimmer.
String trimmers make quick work of clearing tall grass and weeds next to objects and make edging the walk and driveway easier than having to change out tool. Therefore it is basically a two in one tool and depending on the trimmer is can have accessories that can allow it to tackle even more jobs. Every person with a yard should have a quality string trimmer in their spring and summer tool arsenal.
Understanding the String Trimmer Tool
String trimmers were invented in Houston in 1971 and eventually sold under the name “Weed Eater(tm)”. They became an essential tool in dealing with tall grasses and weeds in hard to reach places. So popular were these trimmers, that today many people still refer to the string trimmer as a “weed eater(tm). String trimmers consist of a motor, shaft and head with a string coiled up inside.
The longer shaft allows them to reach under and over objects and keeps the operator safely away. Nowadays, string trimmers come in corded electric varieties and cordless versions as well as the traditional mixed fuel driven versions.
Some manufacturers have even gone to lengths to create 4 stroke versions of the gas types to prevent users from having to take the trouble of using a mixed oil fuel. Regardless of the variety or version, all string trimmers are designed to cut tall grasses and weeds from hard to reach areas. Since their introduction, they are a vital tool in getting that yard looking great.
Best Value Electric String Trimmer
GreenWorks is a company dedicated to producing zero emission tools and this string trimmer is part of their corded line. This 13 inch trimmer – GreenWorks Model #21212 String Trimmer uses only 4 amps to produce plenty of power for light to medium yard work.
It has an adjustable handle and top position comfort designed handle to get precisely where you want to go.
It has a dual feed exit head for excellent cutting and it uses auto feed so there is no bumping. It is backed by a double than standard 4 year warranty. This is an excellent trimmer that won’t break the bank but will make quick work of tall grasses and weeds.
Best Cheap Trimmer and Edger to Buy
The handle of the Black & Decker Model #GH900 String Trimmer is adjustable for height and the handle has a pivot to allow the user to easily use it as a trimmer or edger. It has a power drive transmission to prevent the motor from bogging down in high grasses and weeds and the unit has a head mounted wheel for edging easily.
It uses an automatic feed system so no bumping and it has a dual exit head. This is an excellent trimmer that can accomplish either trimming or edging and covert easily to either.
Best Budget Cordless Trimmer and Edger
This 10 inch swath, cordless trimmer is designed to be light weight but powerful using the 18 Volt system. The Black & Decker Model #NST1118 String Trimmer has an adjustable shaft for height and it has a quick start trigger so you can get to cutting right away with no delay.
It can easily be turned to go from trimmer to edger and it uses a single exit, auto feed head for tight cutting. This is a great trimmer for those who want to ease of no cord but don’t require the power of gas. Great for light to medium duty yard work.
Best Gas Weed Wacker on the Market
Poulan is another recognized name in outdoor tools and there is something to be said about tradition when it comes to this gas powered trimmer. Designed with a straight shaft, the Poulan Pro Model #PP125 String Trimmer is wide cut, 17 inch swath trimmer has the power backed by gas to perform tough cuts in tough and hard to reach terrain.
The engine is built to be fast starting so you can get right to work. It has a shaft that can fit a wide range of accessories including cultivators and more. This string trimmer is built tough and powerful enough to be used in either a residential or commercial setting.
Best Gas Weed Wacker for the Money
Specially engineered to quickly start each and every time with little effort, the Husqvarna Model #323L String Trimmer has be fitted with string or blade for a range of applications. It uses a straight shaft to reach deep into areas and it uses a dual exit, bump and go feed system.
This trimmer is designed for residential or commercial use and it has enough power to do both. This is the trimmer used to handle everything from light duty in the yard to heavy duty on a ranch or be used by landscaping professionals.
Always remember to read and follow the operator’s manual as each tool is different. Always be aware of your surrounding when operating a power tool for your safety and that of others. Be sure to always wear the appropriate safety gear when operating any power tool.