Who doesn’t hate weeds? Every time I go into my garden they are popping up everywhere, I put on my gloves and start spending more time than I should pulling them out. I wish I could tell you I’m going to talk about a magic spray which removes weeds for life but sadly I’m not, however I do will discuss the next best thing, string trimmers!
Types of String Trimmers
When deciding what type of string trimmer you want you generally have three options:
- gas powered
- corded electric
- battery operated
Today we will take a look at three of the best selling products in each group, but before we do that ill try and explain to you how each one operates without boring you too much.
Gas powered string trimmers
Each type of string trimmer has its own pros and cons take for example gas powered trimmers, they tend to offer you more power and force compared to its counter parts but in return make a lot more noise and usually harder to control due to the extra weight.
Using gas powered string trimmers are ideal for bigger gardens as you will complete the job faster but be carful on how much gas is in the tank as excess pressure may force the motor to stall.
Cored electric string trimmers
Going with a corded electric string trimmer gives you a bit more manoeuvrability due its lightweight design, nobody wants to hold a heavy trimmer if they are doing a huge lawn, well I know I don’t.
The electric string trimmers are more environment friendly than its gas powered brother, but lacks the punch of one to. When ordering an electric trimmer it is always wise to see the length of the cord as they might not be suitable for homes with larger gardens.
Battery operated string trimmers
Battery string trimmers try to offer the best of both worlds, they have the same range as a gas powered trimmer as it doesn’t require any cords yet not as heavy, but also not as light as an electric trimmer.
The typical battery life of a string trimmer tends to be 20-40 minutes depending on the battery size and make, with lithium-ion batteries tending to be the best.
Now that I have given you a basic overview on each type of string trimmer, I have picked the best weed eater of each type and ill give you my thoughts. I have used http://bestweedeaters.com/ as they offer some great free advice, along with http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/lawn-garden/553954/
Husqvarna 28cc 2 Cycle Gas Powered String Trimmer
The Husqvarna(http://www.husqvarna.com/) costs $189.99 but for that price is does pack a killer blow. It took me about 25 minutes to assemble the trimmer together using the assembly manual but it wasn’t all that clear to me.
It would be nice if Husqvarna would have a YouTube channel showing us how to fit everything together, we can only wish.
After putting the trimmer together you it really gives you a feel of strong reliability and good craftsmanship, it didn’t feel all that heavy both until I filled it up with gas then it felt a bit blocky.
In action the Husqvarna is a great piece of kit, it gives you enough power to cut overgrown weeds with relative ease and makes easy work of anything in its way.
The beast usually comes alive within 3 pulls of the cord and is quite noisy as you expect with most gas powered trimmers. At times the Husqvarna felt heavy handed but I got the felling that after time using it your body will adapt, a shoulder strap comes with the string trimmer making usability a lot easier.
Overall it is a good quality product which does everything you expect a quality gas powered string trimmer to do.
GreenWorks Corded String Trimmer
The GreenWorks(http://www.greenworkstools.com/) string trimmer ranges from $29.98 to $78.66 depending on the motor size you need. As you would expect with a corded trimmer the handling is great and it’s ideal for edging along your patio. I tested out the 10amp version and it did a good job on the heavier weeds while using little effort.
A few problems I had was the trimmer shaft didn’t offer enough extension for me being 6’3 so I had to hunch over at times. I had a few niggling issues with the trimmers trigger and safety release too which were hard to grab at times, although I think with more time on the machine it will become more natural.
Once again it was a great product, very little to fault expect they should try and cater to giants like me by making slightly longer shafts.
Black & Decker 13-Inch Lithium Ion Cordless High Performance String Trimmer
The Black and Decker(http://blackanddecker.com/) battery powered string trimmer ranges from $169.99 for the 36V and $139 for the 40V battery. As mentioned Lithium Ion batteries are the way to go these days when you buy anything battery powered and the Black & Decker comes fully equipped. It took me around 85 minutes to complete a full charge and using a stopwatch tested the battery life, the fully battery cycle lasted 21 minutes on its highest setting.
The battery also has a neat battery gauge so you know how long you have left before it dies, although slightly irrelevant since it only lasts about 20-25 minutes.
The handling and design seem to be spot on, it’s fairly light and has great balance, the battery can easily be removed with one hand comes and the shaft can be easily adjusted. It comes with 6 speed settings, I tested speeds levels 2 and 3 and the battery lasted slightly longer but not by a great deal.
The biggest down fall of the Black & Decker for me is that it’s a single strand trimmer, which is good for the battery life but I felt it didn’t cut the grass as crisply compared to the other string trimmers.
After using all three string trimmers my top choices would be the GreenWorks Corded String Trimmer and the Husqvarna 28cc 2 Cycle Gas Powered String Trimmer, both do exactly what they are designed for and give quality results.
I’m a bit reserved on the Black & Decker battery powered string trimmer for two reasons, the first is the battery life, for the bigger lawns you may not be able to finish within one charge and nobody wants to wait 85 minutes before they can start weeding again.
The second reason was the cutting, with its single strand string the cutting sometimes looked edgy and off which is not what I want when I use a string trimmer.