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Things To Consider When Buying A String Trimmer

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Unfortunately looking for a string trimmers can be more difficult than it sounds. You need to make various considerations before committing to a purchase. This article explores exactly that so you know what you’re looking for when buying one.

Things To Consider When Buying A String Trimmer

Strimmer’s aren’t necessarily cheap. Understandably you want to make sure you get the best one for your needs. Below we’ve listed a few considerations you need to make before purchasing a strimmer.


This is the first consideration you need to make before buying a string trimmer. There are various types available, so you need to make sure you pick the right one for you. Three types are gas powered, electric and cordless.

Gas powered strimmers are often powerful, and good for heavy duty tasks including hedges, thick grass and weeds. Due to being gas powered they come with the obvious downside of fuel fumes and can also be noisy. Sadly, using gas comes hand in hand with being unfriendly for the environment. They also have a fuel tank so can be heavier to operate.

Electric string trimmers are much quieter than gas powered which is an obvious upside. However, they can be fairly limited due to the fact that they need a cord to operate.

This of course depends on where your available power supply is.

A good hybrid option are battery powered cordless string trimmers. These evade the limitations that arise when using an electronic corded string trimmer. Also, due to the fact they aren’t they don’t burn gas, they’re environmentally sustainable, and cheap in terms of running costs. Battery powered strimmers are now able to rival the power of some gas string trimmers so these are a great option.


This is of course another key factor when looking for a string trimmer. If the strimmer you want is out of your price range it’s immediately ruled out of your options.

Regardless of your budget, you will want to get the most bang for your buck. This means getting the most for your money. For example, if a cordless string trimmer is battery powered, make sure you buy one which includes the battery and charger. If you purchase one that doesn’t you will find yourself having to shell out for more money later on.

It’s also important to take ongoing costs into consideration. For example, buying a gas powered strimmer means you will have to pay for gas each time you use it.

We have written an article with a full buyers guide on commercial strimmers. This aims to help clarify what you need to look for in a good strimmer, you can read the article here. 

Line Types

Another consideration to take into account is line feed. This is something that varies between strimmers so ensuring yours does so well is essential. Other pieces of gardening equipment often use a blade for cutting. This isn’t the case with strimmers. The clues actually in the name; string trimmer. A strimmer uses a line rather than a blade to cut weeds and grass. However, this wears out over time slowly, and will need to be replaced as and when you need to.

Line types vary through bump, manual and automatic. Automatic lines are really useful because the feed you more line as you run short. However, these are known to be more technically challenging as they can often have difficulties in spooling the line.

Bump lines require you to tap the floor with the strimmer when you’re running low. This then feeds you more line as you go. This provides you with a bit more control than automatic line feeders, however they can be problematic.

Due to the fact they require bumping, the end of your strimmer can become damaged, especially if you bump against something hard like a hidden rock in the grass.

This is something you need to be careful of as warranty can be voided due to your own negligence.

Manual is a fairly simple concept. You choose to manually spool the line, and the head is removed when it’s time to respool. This is definitely the most time consuming type out of the three.

Final Thoughts

So, purchasing a strimmer can be a more complicated process than you imagined. However, it’s definitely something that needs careful consideration. You need to make sure you choose the right option so that you don’t end up regretting your purchase.

We hope this article has helped you, and given you some food for thought in making your decision.


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