If you're the type who takes great pride in your lawn, you want a string trimmer that'll provide the power, performance, and precision to meet your needs.
An entry-level string trimmer provides the basics, but you need a step up in features and performance. Mid-grade gas handheld string trimmers offer more power and features, similar to those of a commercial-grade string trimmer, but without the commercial price tag.
You spend a lot of time on your lawn, so choose a string trimmer that compliments your efforts and will never let you down.
Features Mid-grade gas handheld string trimmers offer more available features than the entry-level models. You'll find they're more comfortable to use and have other options because they're intended for longer use than entry-level trimmers.
Mid-grade trimmers are designed to be used about 5-10 hours per week. They have a bit more power than an entry-level trimmer, but less power than a commercial grade trimmer.
If you've ever had to mix oil into a gas tank, you've used a 2-cycle engine. Also known as a 2-stroke engine, this type of engine weighs less and is easier to maintain than a 4-cycle engine.
2-cycle engines also have the potential to pack a lot of power for their size. Weighing less and having a lot of power makes 2-cycle engines a very attractive option for handheld gas string trimmers; but what they gain in power, they lose in fuel efficiency.
4-Cycle 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.
Compared to 2-cycle string trimmers, these run much quieter and cooler. And a 4-cycle engine also has the capability to produce more power overall than a 2-cycle does, although this will result in a larger engine in terms of size and weight, which may not be a good thing if you’re the one lugging the string trimmer around all day.
Curved-Shaft String Trimmers are easy to maneuver for flower bed trimming and more simple tasks. However, 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, and it's not possible to attach a brush-cutting blade.
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.