String Trimming Buying Guide
For cleaning up weeds and unruly grass using a string trimmer is
great…but which kind should you buy?
There are two kinds of string trimmers available: petrol
string trimmers and electric string trimmers.
You can also find both available in curved shaft and straight shaft models. Let
Tools help you discover the advantages
of both kinds of string trimmers and stay safe while perfecting your lawn.
If your lawn is composed of heavier grasses or
weed prone areas, consider using a unit that allows for a thicker trimmer line,
such as a petrol-powered trimmer.
Advantages of Petrol String Trimmers:
size trimmer line can be accepted.
to large areas.
You will want to prepare a petrol-powered
string trimmer for the winter. Generally, it is best to either empty the tank
completely (run the unit until it stops) or to keep it full of petrol that has
been treated with a fuel stabilizer. Consider changing the spark plugs as well.
Electric String Trimmer
A battery-operated string trimmer has a run
time of 20-40 minutes per charge on average, depending on the area being done.
Initial charge should be overnight (8-12 hours) and a recharge generally takes
Advantages of Electric String Trimmers:
There are no
Light and manoeuvrable.
can be swapped easily.
preparation needed for winder.
than petrol string trimmers.
Straight Shaft String Trimmers Versus Curved
Shaft String Trimmers
The drive cable in a curved shaft model must
curve and this can result in cable breakage over time. Due to this, straight
shaft trimmers are more reliable. They also allow the user to reach spots, such
as under bushes, more easily. If you want a bit more balance, then choose a curved
shaft string trimmer. It will also allow for a more comfortable cutting
position to the user.
String Trimmer Safety
Even though string trimmers don’t look as intimidating as a lawn
mower blade, make sure you’re using it safely. Its speed can move fast enough
to strip bark from a tree and toss debris.
Be sure to protect your eyes with safety glasses. You will
also want to wear sturdy shoes and long pants, despite discomfort in the
summer, to protect your feet and legs from debris. For hand protection from
debris, we recommend wearing work gloves. Do not forget about ear protection, as
string trimmers can be quite loud. You could wear either ear plugs or earmuffs to
protect your ears.