Spring time is a time for renewal and part of that renewal is the onset of yard work. A part of yard work is getting rid of those pesky weeds and tall grass around the base of objects such as trees, poles, sidewalks, foundations and more and that requires a string trimmer, also known as a weed trimmer.
Using string or other flexible material turned at high speed, the string trimmer can make short work of getting weeds and tall grasses from around objects. Of course, getting a string trimmer is easy but getting one that is reliable and dependable season after season is another story.
Getting the Best Trimmer for the Value
There are three main parts to the string trimmer, the motive source, drive mechanism and the head. The options concerning motive power are cordless (battery powered), electric and gas. Each of these have their advantages and disadvantages. Gas trimmers tend to be heavier but also offer superior power. Electric has good power and relatively light weight but requires a cord connection.
Cordless trimmers offer the same power as electric but without the cord. Electric is good for small to medium yard and cordless is good for medium to large yards and gas will handle all three with little problem as far as power is concerned. The drive mechanism is basically the same on all three types. The motor creates torque which is then transferred down the shaft to the rotary head. There are two basic varieties, curved and straight.
Straight tends to be slightly more powerful than curved but curved is easier for hard to reach areas and better for operator comfort. Concerning the head, at the end of the shaft, there are two basic varieties as well. Single exit and dual exit heads refers to the number of outlets for the string. Dual exit heads are more efficient and are able to handle larger diameter grasses and weeds. Understanding the basics of the string trimmers makes getting the right trimmer for your needs easier.
Five Top Class String Trimmers for the Value
Best String Trimmer and Edger to Buy
This versatile electric string trimmer uses 6.5 amps to power a direct drive transmission to handle serious weeding and edging tasks. The Black & Decker Model #GH900 Trimmer uses an automatic feed system so there is no bumping to extend the line and the transmission is designed specifically to prevent the motor from bogging down.
It has a small wheel system that can easily be turned to change the trimmer into an edger. This is an excellent electric string trimmer for home use.
Best String Trimmer on the Market
This cordless string trimmer – Black & Decker Model #LST136W Trimmer uses the 40 Volt MAX li-ion system to provide plenty of power and run time to get the job done. Using a automatic feed system so there is no more bumping to extend line, this trimmer easily converts to a edger with a turn of the motor head.
The direct drive offers good a good power to weight ratio and the trimmer is adjustable to either offer maximum power or maximum run power depending on the exact work demand. This excellent cordless trimmer is perfect for small to medium yards and it will offer great service, season after season.
Best Trimmer/Edger for the Price
This 20 Volt cordless trimmer is highly versatile and adjustable for the user. The WORX GT 2.0 Model #WG160 Trimmer features a 3 in 1 mode that allows for trimming, edging and even mini mowing, using the attached small wheels. The shaft is adjustable for user height and the powerful motor delivers good power and runtime.
This trimmer can easily be adjusted to reach hard to work areas and its use of an automatic feed system makes getting the right amount of line a snap. This is a great cordless trimmer that can do more than trim and would be great for any home.
Top Rated String Trimmer
Not just a power tool manufacturer, DeWalt produces a fine line of cordless yard equipment. This cordless trimmer – DEWALT Model #DCST990M1 Trimmer uses the 40 Volt MAX system for power and the gear mechanism is housed in metal for tool longevity. This straight shaft trimmer uses the bump to go, line extension system and has a 15 inch cutting swath.
What separates this trimmer from others is the brushless motor that offers extended life over other cordless and electric trimmers. This trimmer can handle small to large yards and even ranch work. Overall a very versatile trimmer for a range of applications.
Best Commercial Weed Eater
Husqvarna is a recognized leader in yard power equipment and this trimmer is an perfect example of the craftsmanship they bring to outdoor power equipment. Designed for residential or commercial use, the Husqvarna Model #966781601 Trimmer has a power gas motor that produces 75 percent less emissions and increases fuel economy by 20 percent over comparable models.
It has a variable trigger so the user can control both speed and noise and it has anti vibration technology to reduce vibratory stress and operator fatigue.
It has a commercial grade filter to extend the life of the trimmer and it has a smart start function for super fast starting. It uses the bump and go string extension method and it has a straight shaft to direct the power to the head. Again, this is a excellent trimmer for either commercial or residential use and it will last season after season.
As with any power equipment, it is important to read and follow the operator’s manual, even if having operated one in the past. Always wear the appropriate safety gear and be aware of your surroundings for your and others safety.