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String Trimmer Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect String Trimmer

By Dale Vogelsanger  |  String Trimmer Expert
Once you've finished mowing your lawn, you still have to cut down unruly grass and weeds in and around gardens, trees, fences or other obstacles; or clear overgrown brush that's too much for a mower to handle.

String trimmers come in a few styles: electric trimmers, gas-powered trimmers, and brush cutters. Which you choose will depend on the area(s) you have to trim.

Without a string trimmer, you can only finish part of the job - leaving your lawn look unfinished and untamed.

Electric String Trimmers

Electric string trimmers are a good choice for people who don't want to mess with gas and oil. They feature the same trimming power that gas-powered models do, weigh less, and are more maneuverable.

Electric string trimmers are powered by either an extension cord or a battery pack. They're quieter than gas models, less messy, and are much easier to use.

How To Pick The Perfect Electric String Trimmer

Gas-Powered String Trimmers

Gas-powered string trimmers are made for large lawns with heavy trimming obligations, and are the choice of landscaping professionals. These are powerful and can easily mow down thick weeds and other brush.

Available with either 2-cycle or 4-cycle engines, these string trimmers are versatile enough to handle most jobs. Some models can be outfitted with attachments so you can not only trim, but edge, prune or cultivate as well.

How to Pick the Perfect Gas String Trimmer

Brush Cutters

Brush cutters are the big brother of string trimmers, sporting bigger engines, thicker line, and even powerful metal blades for cutting through thick brush and weeds.

They're available in handheld versions, but also walk-behind and tow-behind versions as well for those with massive areas to clear. If your string trimmer's been struggling to keep up with your workload, it may be beneficial for you to step up to a brush cutter.

How to Pick the Perfect Brush Cutter