When buying a string trimmer, you will have endless choices when it comes to the model. String trimmers come in various varieties: curved or straight, gas (petrol/diesel), 2 strokes or 4 strokes. These properties can be found in one string trimmer, for instance, string trimmer can be electrical, straight and of 4 strokes.
Curved string trimmers are more comfortable because they are light in weight hence you can move about swiftly while straight trimmers allow one to trim in tight areas (under bushes, around plates and even trees). Curved string trimmers are also 8lbs, have a shorter shaft (to create balance) and an arched driveline (to minimize torque) and cost averagely around $100. Straight string trimmers, on the other hand, have a longer driveline which keeps the power consistent, weigh about 10-12lbs, have a longer shaft and sell for about $200 and more.
The main benefits of a straight string trimmer are that it has a long precision reach, it is heavy duty while its main cons are: it is heavier and has increased vibration in use. Curved are easy to store and transport because of their light weight while their downside is that they don’t reach hard areas and have a short precision reach.
The four strokes string trimmer is quieter, convenient and has lower emission
Things to look for when buying a string trimmer:
- What is your purpose?
- How big is the area?
- What are your preferences?
- How much time and money will you put aside for maintenance?
Answering these questions will get you to have a rough idea of what type of string trimmer is best for you. Below are some weed eaters that will get us to differentiate a between the models.
1. Husqvarna 128LD
Weighs 10 lbs., has an engine size of 28 CC, priced at around $199 and gas powered. (Straight string trimmer)
Its best quality is that it runs with no vibration.
2. RedMax TR2350S
Weighs 10 lbs., has an engine size of 21.7 CC and priced at around $260 and gas powered. (Straight string trimmer)
It’s an excellent feature is the noise-reducing quality.
When opting between electric and fuel, electric is the plug and go type of machine and hardly ever noisy, however, having a cable follow you around can be annoying and in some cases dangerous due to tripping. Petrol fueled requires a lot of maintenance and much carefulness when filling the machine with the petrol.
On the downside, one thing all string trimmers have in common is that they all deposit debris and it would be prudent to have protective ears when working a string trimmer.
Now you roughly know which string trimmer to opt for. I would also recommend going to your local store and having a good look at them. When you pick out a model e.g. RedMax ask around if that model is good, why pick it above other models? Doing research before you buy a string trimmer will inevitably reduce chances of regretting your choice later on.