If you're a homeowner with a small property to maintain, you may want to consider an entry-level gas string trimmer. Shop All Entry-Level Gas Handheld String Trimmers
Entry-level models are more affordable and have a simpler design. They're made to be used for around 2 hours per week for light jobs.
If you're interested in just trimming along your walkway and around the flower bed, an entry-level gas handheld string trimmer may be right for you.
Entry-level gas string trimmers don't offer the variety of features found in mid-level and commercial grade trimmers, because they're only meant to be used for a couple of hours per week.
For added comfort and options, you'll want to step up to a mid-grade trimmer. Entry-level gas trimmers are all about simple design and simple use.
They're often available with curved shafts, which help beginners trim more comfortably, and are ideal for small infrequent jobs.
2-cycle engines require a mixture of gas and oil in the fuel tank. Also known as 2-stroke engines, this type of engine is lighter and simpler to maintain than a 4-cycle engine.
2-cycle engines also have the potential to pack about twice the power into the same space as a 4-cycle model. This combination of light-weight and twice the power gives 2-cycle engines a great power-to-weight ratio.
4-cycle handheld string trimmers are more similar to the car your drive – gas goes in the fuel tank and oil goes into the crankcase.
They work in the same manner as a car engine as well. They're more fuel efficient than 2-cycle engines, so you get more “mileage” out of every tankful of gas when using your 4-cycle string trimmer.
A 4-cycle engine also has the capability to produce more power overall than a 2-cycle. This typically results in a larger engine in terms of size and weight, which can have drawbacks for those who are physically unable to sustain the trimmer for longer periods of time.
Curved-Shaft String Trimmers
are easy to maneuver for flower bed trimming and more simple tasks. Because the head of the trimmer is curved inward, you do not have as much flexibility to trim in hard-to-reach corners and crevices.
Straight-Shaft String Trimmers
are the tool of choice for landscaping pros because they have plenty of power and torque to rip through thick grass and brush. This is the tool for trimming under fences and other tight places.