Best String Trimmers

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 18, 2017
Do you need to cut grass or weeds around the house, in the yard or garden? Then you surely need a string trimmer! We have picked 5 best string trimmers so that you can make the right choice. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS
Brushless electric motor ensures the maximum efficiency and torque. Removable 20V Lithium-ion battery provides up to 45 minutes of continuous operation. Dual line (0.08-inch) with a bump switch.
CONS
The guard is rather small, though it's good for maneuverability.
OUR VERDICT
It's a fantastic and very maneuverable string trimmer that can cut through even quite thick grass. The motor makes no vibration when it's running.
detailed parameters
Operation
Cordless electric
Usability
2-speed controls on the main handle, Auxiliary handle for extra comfort
Size and Weight
67.8 inches long, 8.5 lbs
Warranty
3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service 90 days for commercial purposes or any other income-producing purpose
PROS

Cuts even through tough weeds and shrubs.

40V battery lasts for about 1 hour.

It boasts a LED charge indicator on a battery.

CONS

Make sure to clean the dirt off the shaft, otherwise, length adjustment may be difficult.

OUR VERDICT

This string trimmer is a great choice especially if you use the same 40V battery for several garden tools. Perfect price / usability ratio.

detailed parameters
Operation
Cordless electric
Usability
Adjustable handle, It converts into an edger
Size and Weight
43.9 inches long, 6.8 lbs
Warranty
3-year limited warranty
PROS
Compact size makes trimming and edging easy and fast. Indication light tells you when the battery is running low. Star Protection Computer Controls technology protects the electric motor from overheating, overloading, and over-discharging.
CONS
The battery and the charger are sold separately.
OUR VERDICT
This string trimmer is an efficient tool for trimming grass in a small garden, backyard or front yard. The unit is truly flexible and extremely reliable.
detailed parameters
Operation
Cordless electric
Usability
Adjustable 5-position pivoting head, Telescopic shaft, Ergonomic handle, Additional adjustable handle
Size and Weight
48.5-56.5 inches long, 6.4 lbs
Warranty
1-year limited warranty
PROS
QuickStart technology ensures a trouble-free start of the engine. The curved shaft allows trimming grass near trees and other obstacles. Thanks to this, the string trimmer is very maneuverable. You can use optional attachments: blower, pole saw, edger, etc.
CONS
The gas tank is quite small (10 oz.) and it allows for 20 minutes of continuous operation.
OUR VERDICT
Remington string trimmer is a truly performing and multifunctional gardening tool. Excellent assistant for the areas up to 1 acre!
detailed parameters
Operation
Gas-powered
Usability
Ergonomic handle, Control buttons on the handle, Two speed modes, Auxiliary handle for convenience, Quick replacement of the attachments
Size and Weight
38.25 inches long, 10-11 lbs
Warranty
2-year limited warranty, 90 days for commercial purposes or any other income-producing purpose
PROS

Breathtaking power to weight ratio.

Really attractive price.

Simple assembly.

Really quiet operation and a truly awesome performance.

CONS

You may need an extension cable when you are using this grass trimmer far from an outlet.

OUR VERDICT

It will be the most money-saving choice for a small yard or garden around your house. Eco-friendly and powerful electric motor is very efficient.

detailed parameters
Operation
Corded electric
Usability
Adjustable handle, It converts into an edger
Size and Weight
39.6 inches long, 5.2 lbs
Warranty
4-year limited warranty, 1-year warranty on battery

What is a String Trimmer

A string trimmer has many names - this tool is also called a weed whacker, weed eater, grass trimmer, and so on. As the very name indicates, this tool is used to cut grass and weeds, just like a lawnmower, but weed whackers allow you to handle a steep and hard-to-reach places. Also, they are much cheaper than conventional lawnmowers and requires less storage space. A weed eater has a long shaft with a cutting head at the end. Of course, there is an engine, a handle, and a shoulder strap to carry a string trimmer.

Grass trimmers are usually used along with other garden tools such as Gas and electric chainsaws, Lawn mowers, etc.

What Features to Compare

There are many string trimmer reviews on the Internet but making the right choice is still a major problem for a common customer. Some reviews provide too much unnecessary information and useless details. That is why we have done our best to make our weed eater review clear and informative. We have compared 5 best string trimmers by the features that present the maximal importance for customers.

First of all, you need to decide on the Operation. Weed eaters can have different engines - there are gas-powered weed eaters which are quite powerful but require gas and oil. If you choose this type of string trimmers, you'll need to find out what displacement and power every engine yields. Also, there are electric string trimmers that can be either cordless (and have batteries) or corded (which need to be plugged into a power outlet). If you need to cut grass in a small backyard - a corded string trimmer will be good enough, whereas, if you choose a cordless grass trimmer, you will be able to use it anywhere. Moreover, the same battery can be used on other tools from the manufacturer. As usual, an electric string trimmer has the power between 175 and 1400 Watts. The cheapest models usually require 10-15 min. breaks in order to prevent overheating of the motor.

The next feature to consider it the Usability - a grass trimmer has to be comfortable for you so that you do not get tired too quickly. Here you need to consider what conveniences it has: for example, almost any weed eater has an adjustable handle and a strap (harness). Also, you can control the length of the shaft. Gas-powered models usually boast a quick-start design, whereas cordless electric string trimmers have a very handy replaceable battery. Here you need also to consider what attachments (if any) can be used with a given model.

Finally, the next logical issue to take into account is the Size and Weight of every weed whacker. If you are not really a bodybuilder you should choose a smaller and more lightweight tool. Keep in mind that though you can adjust the length of the shaft you still have to take into account its maximum.

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DEWALT DCST920P1

Operation

This string trimmer runs on a 20V 5.0Ah Lithium-ion battery which ensures up to 45 minutes of non-stop operation. Thus, you can use this tool even quite far from your house. So it is not a problem if you have a fairly large territory you need to take care of. Since it's a battery-powered tool, you will have no expenses on gas or oil. Also, the electric motor is 100% eco-friendly and emits no CO2 (that's what ruins the Earth's ozone layer, do you remember?). Finally, a cordless design means there are neither cords nor cables. No more stumblings!

Review of DEWALT DCST920P1 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer

Usability

DEWALT string trimmer has a very convenient handle. This garden tool has 2 available speed settings for trimming different grass - from small and thin to quite tall and thick. The common 0.08-inch cutting line is usually made of nylon and that's why it wears off, making trimming nearly inefficient. DEWALT engineers have come up with an idea of a bump feed system to solve this issue. It is incredibly simple: you just need to gently bump the trimmer on the ground to release some more cutting line. However, the line shouldn't be extended beyond 13 inches. DEWALT string trimmer will help you trim grass even in the most hard-to-reach areas of your yard or garden. But this tool isn't all-powerful - you should avoid trees and shrubs; this weed eater is for grass after all.

DEWALT DCST920P1 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer in the use

Size and Weight

This string trimmer is rather big - the total length is 67.8 inches and, what is peculiar, you can't adjust the length. It makes DEWALT weed eater rather safe since the cutting line is far from a user's body. The overall weight of this tool is 8.5 lbs. It is not strange as the unit is made mostly of aluminum and plastic. In fact, the tool is rather lightweight and any person can use it; no need to be a muscular bodybuilder.

Detailed review of DEWALT DCST920P1 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer

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DEWALT DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer
DEWALT DCST920P1
DEWALT DCST920P1
 

Black & Decker LST136W

Operation

This is an electric cordless weed whacker produced by the well-known American brand, Black and Decker. This model has a powerful 40V Li-ion battery that you can remove and charge when it is necessary - the charging takes around 1 hour though you can charge it longer for the best runtime. The electric motor is good - the trimming string rotates at a speed of 8500 RPM and easily cuts grass, thick weeds, and small shrubs. The motor is quiet (since it is electric) and easy-to-operate.

Review of Black & Decker LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer

Usability

The advantage of this electric cordless string trimmer is the adjustable shaft length - you can make it a bit shorter or use a default (full) length. This is particularly good for short people who feel uncomfortable using a too long weed whacker. Also, there is an LED indication of battery charge and you can control the rotation speed - either more power and smaller runtime or vice versa. Also, the unit easily converts into an edger and cuts weeds along the lanes.

Black & Decker LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer in the use

Size and Weight

The overall length of the string trimmer is 43.9 inches, so really tall people might feel somewhat uncomfortable using this tool. However, for people of small or medium height, this grass trimmer is nice enough. Also, it is quite lightweight thanks to a small electric motor - just 6.8 lbs. If you need a high-tech money-saving yet efficient grass trimmer - Black and Decker is a truly excellent pick.

Detailed review of Black & Decker LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer

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Review - Black & Decker LST136W 40V Lithium String Trimmer Cordless
Black & Decker LST136W
Black & Decker LST136W
 

Makita XRU02Z

Operation

Makita string trimmer is an eco-friendly garden tool powered by a Li-ion battery (Makita 18V 3.0Ah). The battery holds enough charge to provide up to 45 minutes of continuous operation (up to 90 minutes with brushless motor version), which is more than enough to trim grass around your house. However, the battery and the charger aren't included in a shipping package, so you should buy them separately. Keep in mind that this battery-powered tool requires neither gas and nor oil, which means you save up your money greatly. Makita weed eater is truly high-tech device and its special indication light tells you when it's time to recharge the battery. Moreover, the Rapid Optimum Charger digitally controls the current and optimizes a charging process. But that's not all! The charger is also equipped with a cooling fan that cools the battery off for faster charging. Technology plus ecology!

Review of Makita XRU02Z String Trimmer

Usability

This string trimmer has a highly flexible pivoting head with 5 positions, so you can quickly adjust the cutting edge and trim grass and weeds in tight spaces. Moreover, the head rotates through 180 degrees, thus you can use it for edging. As for the cutting width (i.e. diameter), it's 10.25''. There is an auxiliary handle on the shaft, so holding this string trimmer is easy and quite convenient no matter how tall you are. Loading a bump with a cutting line is a piece of cake, though read the manual before doing it if you have no experience using string trimmers.

Makita XRU02Z String Trimmer in the use

Size and Weight

Makira cordless string trimmer is a pretty lightweight device (6.4 lbs with a battery), so you won't feel any fatigue after 10 minutes of use. The shaft of this weed eater is adjustable: from 48.5 inches to 56.5 inches. Therefore, you can quickly customize the shaft length for your maximum comfort. Makita is an excellent tool for trimming and edging; you will enjoy grooming your back and front yards for sure. If you are really concerned about how your house looks, this tool will be of great help!

Detailed review of Makita XRU02Z String Trimmer

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REVIEW: Makita LXRU02Z LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer
Makita XRU02Z
Makita XRU02Z
 

Remington RM2520

Multifunctional Gardening Assistant

A brief look at the specs of this string trimmer can tell that this is an excellent and multifunctional appliance to become of practical use in any household with a garden and yard. You might ask: is there really anything special about it? Well, yes. Remington gas string trimmer boasts the EZ-Link® technology which means there are several available TrimmerPlus® attachments and you can replace them in no time. Thanks to this amazing feature, this string trimmer combines a number of gardening tools and saves you a lot of money! Moreover, storing a single appliance and several attachments is way easier than keeping several roomy tools in a garage. So, how does it work? Basically, you can use the gas engine of the Remington RM2520 string trimmer with different attachments that have a TrimmerPlus® compatibility. Thus, the tool turns into a leaf blower, brushcutter, turbo blower, edger, cultivator, and so on. That's incredibly convenient!

Review of Remington RM2520 2-Cycle 17-Inch Gas Trimmer

Easy Start

When it comes to gas string trimmers, there's a difficulty and it's called starting the engine. As usual, gas weed eaters have a special ignition cord that you pull with force and the engine starts. However, it might be a problem for unskilled people or those who aren't simply strong enough. That's why Remington engineers have done their best to make the start of the engine as simple as possible. Thus, Remington RM2520 boasts the QuickStart® technology, thanks to which you can start the engine with a single pull and without exerting force. The 2-cycle engine is very durable and performing, so the tool will help you care of your garden all year long.

Remington RM2520 2-Cycle 17-Inch Gas Trimmer in the use

Just Try It!

Actually, you can feel all advantages and disadvantages of any appliance only after trying it. However, there are some major features that give us a hint at how convenient a gardening tool is. First of all, pay attention to the weight of this string trimmer - it's 10-11 lbs, which means the appliance isn't too heavy and you won't get tired too quickly. The gas tank is 10 oz. - it's rather little and the tool can work for about 20 minutes. However, there is a plus - such a small tank saves weight and, moreover, you can make a break while refilling it. Also, you can use this string trimmer anywhere as it's gas-powered and, thus, requires no electrical network. If you own a large garden or lawn, up to 1 acre, this weed eater will be really helpful! Just try it!

Detailed review of Remington RM2520 2-Cycle 17-Inch Gas Trimmer

More Products to Consider

Don't forget to purchase a spare trimmer line.

Any string trimmers should be used with all safety precautions, so don't forget to wear safety glasses.

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Remington RM2520
Remington RM2520
 

GreenWorks 21212

Operation

Unlike the rest of the grass trimmers in our comparison, this one is the only corded electric model which means you need to plug it into a power outlet. The 4-Amp motor is extremely powerful and very silent - it copes with any garden weeds and grass without any difficulties. Also, you do not need any gasoline, oil, batteries, etc.

Review of GreenWorks 21212 Corded String Trimmer

Usability

Just like the best string trimmers, this one has an adjustable shaft length so you can easily choose the most convenient position for yourself. However, we have received some reports that even at the max. length tall people might want a longer shaft. But it is totally comfortable for the majority of users. Also, this weed whacker quickly converts into an edger. 

GreenWorks 21212 Corded String Trimmer in the use

Size and Weight

The overall length of the string trimmer is almost 40 inches and you can adjust the length of the shaft (we have already mentioned it). This weed eater is the most lightweight in our comparison - just 5.2 lbs. Unlike some other models, this one has a comfortable anatomic grip, so it is possible to carry the tool in one hand.

 

Detailed review of GreenWorks 21212 Corded String Trimmer

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4-Amp 13-inch String Trimmer "How to Use" Video
GreenWorks 21212
GreenWorks 21212
 

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