Finding the best commercial string trimmer can be difficult. In this post we bring you reviews of some of the top models on the market along with a buyers guide.
We found the Greenworks PRO ST80L210 to be the best commercial string trimmer around. To find out why keep reading!
The products listed in the table above were ranked based on a combination of personal experience and consumer research. As you can see they all scored very closely. Purchasing any of the great quality string trimmers in this article will mean you end up with a great quality product.
- 1 Best Commercial String Trimmers
- 2 Commercial String Trimmer Buyers Guide
- 2.1 Benefits of a String Trimmer
- 2.2 What To Consider When Buying a Strimmer
- 2.3 What Makes the Best Commercial String Trimmer?
- 2.4 What to Avoid When Buying a Strimmer
- 3 Final Thoughts
Best Commercial String Trimmers
In this section we review some of the top end commercial string trimmers available. These models are really intended for use by gardening professionals or real enthusiasts. Below is a list of the 4 best commercial string trimmers available which are great for gardening professionals.
Husqvarna 324L Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer
This string trimmer has an excellent four-stroke engine, helping to make cutting through grass a piece of cake. The engine has Smart Start technology meaning that it’s quick and easy to start it up. Overall this is an excellent string trimmer, you won’t need to worry about mixing gas, and it’s got an engine that makes tackling weeds and grass a breeze. It’s no surprise to find this being our favorite commercial string trimmer on this list.
Husqvarna 129LK, 17 Gas Straight Shaft String Trimmer
Here’s another great string trimmer from Husqvarna, powered with a 27cc engine that gives you plenty of power. Where this model differs is that it’s two-stroke rather than four. This means that you will be required to mix oil with the gas. There’s attachments you can click on, great for those of you looking for something with a bit of customizability. This also comes with an auto stop return control making it simple to use the trimmer. Overall this is an excellent model and a solid option for those of you looking for a mid to high range string trimmer.
Hitachi CG23ECPSL 22.5cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered Solid Steel Drive Shaft String Trimmer
Something we love about this string trimmer is the engine, it’s a pure fire two-stroke. This means you manage to comply with emission levels without losing out on the powe. This comes with an anti-vibration system making it perfect for those of you looking to avoid irritating shaking during use. If you’re looking for a good quality string trimmer with limited vibrations, this is the perfect option for you.
Greenworks Pro 80V Cordless Brushless 16” String Trimmer
We’ve decided to include a battery powered model in our list this year. With more and more people moving away from gas powered tools the Greenworks Pro 80V makes a great case. It comes with an easy load head allowing you to quickly refill the line when it runs out. It’s perfect for jobs under an hour in length with 45 minutes of run time from a fully charged battery (sold seperately). The brushless motor means you get great reliability, and as much output as a 32cc gas engine would give. You can also add most gas attachments to this. If you’re looking for a battery powered string trimmer that’s good enough for commercial jobs, you’ve found it.
Commercial String Trimmer Buyers Guide
Due to the fact there’s vast amounts of choice on the market, it can be difficult finding the best strimmer for you. Especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This is why we’ve decided to bring you a buying guide, helping you know what to look for when hunting down the best string trimmers.
If you’ve spent any time on your lawn or garden, chances are you’ve thought about getting a weed wacker, or some other kind of string trimmer. String trimmers, or strimmers, were developed in the 70s. They can work as a mower or trimmer.
This helps to cut grass or plants near lawn ornaments, edging gardens, or on steep and irregular terrain.
If you love your lawn, and spend a lot of time and energy on landscaping and designing the perfect garden, you need a high quality strimmer for your yard. But with all the options available, how do you choose the right one? This article is designed to help you break down exactly what you need, from the type of strimmer, to getting the most use out of it. A good strimmer can improve your yard, and make your life easier too.
Benefits of a String Trimmer
Most of the time, when people want a strimmer, they are thinking about edging the lawn, or keeping the grass from encroaching onto a garden space. Strimmers have multiple purposes beyond the aesthetics. They’re perfect for cutting down nettles, brambles, or other weeds which might be hard to reach.
They can also be used to trim and tidy long grass that a mower can’t reach, such as the grass growing around your border fence, or around heave lawn ornaments. There are bound to be places in your yard where there are deeper paths of dirt than grass, and your mower will not be as effective. If you have pathways or gardens, a strimmer is perfect for keeping them free of grass or weeds.
” If parts of your lawn are sloped, or uneven, a mower may not be the most effective clearing tool.
Strimmers are much lighter and more flexible, and can travel over uneven terrain with much less effort from you, no matter which design you choose. You can even use a strimmer to create varying lengths of grass in your yard. If you want to plant a spring meadow for your garden, and cut it down later, a strimmer is a good choice for your lawn.
What To Consider When Buying a Strimmer
When you’re buying a strimmer, you want to think about what you’re going to be using it for. This leaves you with various considerations to make. Consider the size of your yard, the jobs you usually do, and the work you want a strimmer for specifically. First and most basic to consider is what type you need.
What Kind Of Strimmer Do You Need?
There are three different kinds of strimmers. Gas powered, electric, and cordless. Each has their pros and cons. Gas power strimmers are strong, and great for hedges, brambles, and heavy-duty weeds and long grass. They also tend to smell as you use them, thanks to the gas.
They create more pollution, and tend to be heavier to use, thanks to the larger motor that most gas-powered strimmers need. Electric strimmers are less noisy, heavy, and smelly than gas powered, but your movements can be limited, depending on the length of your extension cord, and where your outdoor power outlet is.
The cordless variety help to get rid of most of the problems caused by an electric, but battery powered strimmers are a lot smaller and less powerful than the other two, and if you have a medium-sized yard, you should invest in another battery and charger.
While they are not as heavy-duty as the more powerful gas powered models, they are great for light yard work and lawn trimming, and should work well for small garden plots and edging.
As with most things, cost is a factor when choosing your strimmer. As we have mentioned, the cheapest model you can get is an electric. Cordless tend to be a great option, but the more expensive cordless models come with a battery charger. Corded electric are very affordable, but only have a limited range of movement.
The most expensive models are usually the gas powered model. Factoring in the cost of the gas strimmer also means adding fuel costs to your overall budget.
If you want a strimmer for thick heavy brambles and weeds, you should buy a gas powered strimmer, which also tends to break down or wear out less often than an electric. However, if noise control is an issue in your neighborhood, look for a higher powered electric.
There is some debate around the right amount of line for your strimmer but ideally, you’ll want about 2 inches of line at a time. Any more and the spool will become loose, and less, and it may disappear back into the head, and need to be re-spooled.
How Does It Handle The Line?
There are a lot of similarities between strimmers. One of the ways you can make a decision, is to look at how the model you want handles the line feed. The strimmer uses a line to cut the grass and weeds, rather than a blade. The line slowly wears over time, and needs replacing as you go.
Automatic lines automatically give you more string as you’re getting short. They are a great option if you’re not used to using a strimmer, but they tend to break down often due to problems with the spooling, and are more difficult to open and repair yourself.
Bump lines require you to gently tap the ground to get more line. They are a great option if you want to control the amount of line you’re using, and much easier than automatic lines to take apart and put back together if there’s a problem.
However, if you’re tapping too hard, or if you’re somewhere very rocky or gravelly, it’s much easier to accidentally hit something and ruin your warranty when you’re looking for more line. Manual does what it says. You manually spool the line, and remove the head when you need to re-spool. Manual is the easiest to fix a malfunction or snagged line, but it is the most time consuming to use, especially when tackling hedges or thicket patches, where the line is more likely to be worn out quickly.
What Makes the Best Commercial String Trimmer?
If you’re shopping for a strimmer, you’ll want to look at what will be most useful for your yard. If you have a large yard, or no access to an outdoor powerline, an electric is not going to be useful.
Different string trimmers are better for different tasks, so do your research and choose the best and most versatile for you. For example, if you’re looking for a string trimmer for edging, you might look for a different traits to those needed for regular use.
If you need a strimmer primarily for the edges of gardens and pathways, you’ll want to choose one with a rotating head. You can cut vertically without having to hold the string trimmer at an awkward angle.
Some strimmers are customizable, with heads that move horizontal and vertically, adjustable lengths, and handles which move up and down the shaft.
” These are perfect for altering the way that you cut your grass.
A moveable head is also handy for cutting grass around a fence, under a bush, or cutting vines growing around your garden furniture. If you want a more powerful strimmer in the lighter versions, look for one with a thicker line, or, even better, dual line. Dual line is exactly what it says; it cuts the grass using two lines rather than one.
Long Grass or Brambles
If you’re doing heavier grass, weeds, or thorns, you’ll need something more powerful. A gas engine is more suitable for your purposes. These larger models tend to be about 40 cm larger than the typical electric.
There are generally two kinds of handles. The ‘bike’ style lets you hold the strimmer with your arms held away from your sides. This means you can maximize the size of your range of movement. A nice wide arc is good if you’re going to be working in a large area, or you’re working for a few hours at a time.
Another type of handle for a large strimmer is the loop handle. It gives you more freedom of movement in terms of direction, but has less of a sweeping arc.
However, you’ll be able to move more easily around obstacles like lawn ornaments and large stones.
What to Avoid When Buying a Strimmer
Thin linesOne of the pitfalls of using a strimmer is the line itself. String trimmer lines are designed to break easily, to avoid them getting wrapped around small objects like stones and and branches. Choose a thick line, to avoid waste.
Your manual will advise you whether you need a round, star shaped or square line, and what the ideal thickness is. You can purchase loose line or pre-spooled. We recommend you choose a pre-spooled line when you’re first using your strimmer, to avoid snagging or loose lines as it’s fed through the machine.
High powered strimmers tend to be much bigger and bulkier than smaller electric machines. If you plan on using your strimmer for heavy-duty weeding, think about investing in a model you can wear on your back. If you’re very tall, make sure you buy a grass trimmer with a telescopic shaft, so you don’t have to be bending down for long periods.
Electric cordless strimmers run fairly quietly. As such, they are perfect for neighborhoods with noise regulations. Anything else will run at least 85 dB. You should wear ear protection to avoid ear damage.
In addition, though strings from strimmers are designed to break off during use, they can kick up small stones, dust, and other lawn debris.
Customization and Tools
Some strimmers are designed with detachable heads, so you can add leaf blower attachments, or other lawn tools. According to the reviews we’ve read, you’d be better off spending your money for just the strimmer.
Many companies have compromised on the quality and power of the strimmer itself. Purely for added features which aren’t nearly as powerful as buying a tool on its own.
It may be worth it if you only intend to use the strimmer a few times a year. If your lawn care is really important to you, stick with a string trimmer, and buy the mower and leaf blower separately, rather than getting an attachment for a machine that does a fraction of what you intended it for in the first place.
Whether you call it a weed wacker, or a strimmer, neither, or both, string trimmers are an excellent addition to your gardening tools. Not only do they help keep your lawn out of your flower beds and pathways, they work on heavy weeds, long grasses, and even bushes.
They can maneuver easily around hedges, under and around lawn furniture, and up and down fences.
We hope this article has helped take the guesswork out of choosing your strimmer. For more great information on string trimmers check out this Wiki article.