Almost every home owner owns a string trimmer to keep their yards neat and well groomed. It can really be confusing deciding exactly which one is right for your specific needs.
They all basically work on the same concept of a spool of a thick, plastic cord attaches to the bottom, which automatically extends just the right amount of string as it is worn and cut from use. In theory, a person should be able to easily trim their entire yard using this constant feed of string spinning at a high rate of speed.
It is surprising, though, the diversity and styles that these string trimmers are available in. For lighter use, there’s the cordless model which operate solely on battery power. These styles are quiet and great for the small yard and limited use.
There’s also the corded model of string trimmer that is designed for having a long drop cord plug onto the string trimmer. Because these trimmers use an electric motor they are reliable starters that will almost always run.
The drawback is being restricted by the length of the cord, if you’ve got acres of trimming to do this isn’t the trimmer for you.
The most popular and most used of the string trimmers are the gas-fired models, because of their diversity and the easy to use design.
Choosing the right one can be pretty confusing and here are a few to take a look at.
At only 5 pounds the GreenWorks is super light and easy to use. But it’s a DC corded unit, which means there are some restrictions on its usage. The GreenWorks cuts a wide 13” swath with a duel line auto feed. This is a super reliable unit, despite the drawback of being cord operated.
Few names invoke quality like Poulan and this string trimmer is no exception. This is a gas driven model with a single string, cutting a whopping 17” swath, which is about as good as it gets. This model also has an easy pull start and promises to be a reliable unit.
BLACK & DECKER
No brand knows battery operated DC powered equipment like Black & Decker and this string trimmer is no different. This unit operates at an incredible 40 volts, which means that you’re going to get a long run time, which makes this one battery operated string trimmer that would be suitable for more durable use.
Husqvarna began with building the greatest chainsaws on the market, but they’ve expanded to include the full array of quality power equipment over the years. This string trimmer is no exception boasting a wide cutting swath and is built to last.
Another name well associated with quality is DeWalt and this string trimmer is built along these same lines. The DeWalt is an incredibly compact battery unit that is certain to be reliable. At a 20 volt rating, however, this is not the unit for large areas, because you’re going to find yourself charging at pretty regular intervals.