String Trimmer Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect String Trimmer

String Trimmer Product Expert

Mowing is only part of the battle when it comes to maintaining a pristine lawn.

String trimmers are a vital tool in your arsenal of lawn-care weaponry.

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.

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Electric String Trimmers
Electric string trimmers are a good choice for smaller jobs. They lack the power of gas-powered models, but make up for that with their reduced weight and maneuverability.

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

Gas-Powered String Trimmers
Gas String TrimmerGas-powered string trimmers are made for bigger lawns 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.

Brush Cutters
Brush CutterBrush 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.

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