Using a string trimmer is great for cleaning up weeds and unruly grass…but which kind should you buy?
There are two kinds of string trimmers available: gas string trimmers and electric string trimmers. You can also find both available in curved shaft or straight shaft models. Let us 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 gas powered trimmer.
Advantages of Gas String Trimmers:
- More powerful.
- Easier portability.
- Can accept different size trimmer line.
- Great for large areas.
You will want to prepare a gas 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 with a tank of gas that has been treated with a fuel stabilizer. Some people also change the spark plugs at this time.
On average, run time for a battery operated string trimmer is 20-40 minutes per charge, depending on the area being done. Initial charge should be overnight (8-12 hours) and a recharge generally takes 6 hours.
Advantages of Electric String Trimmers:
- No fumes.
- Great for smaller areas.
- Easy to swap line spools.
- No winter storage prep.
- Less expensive than gas counterparts.
Straight shaft trimmers are considered to be more reliable than curved shaft models, because the drive cable in a curved shaft model has to curve, which can result in cable breakage over time. Straight shaft trimmers also allow the user to reach spots, such as under bushes, more easily. Curved shaft string trimmers are a bit more balanced and allow for a more comfortable cutting position to the user.
String Trimmer Safety
When using a string trimmer, make sure you’re doing it safely. String trimmers don’t look as intimidating as a lawn mower blade, but the speed of the string can move fast enough to strip bark from a tree and toss debris.
Be sure to protect your eyes with safety glasses. It may be uncomfortable in the summer, but you will also want to wear sturdy shoes and long pants to protect your feet and legs from debris. We recommend wearing gloves to protect your hands from debris. Ear protection is also important, as string trimmers can be quite loud. We recommend wearing either ear plugs or ear muffs to protect your ears.