String Trimmer Buying Guide
We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options. Looking to tidy up your yard without bringing out the heavy machinery? Make the chore a little easier with a string trimmer under 100$. These weed whackers will make light work of maintaining any yard, as they come in both gas and electric options with enough power for smaller home gardens as well as professional landscaping jobs.
1) WORX WG191.9 56V Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Grass Trimmer | 2) WORX WG163 GT 3.0 20V Cordless Grass Trimmer/Edger | 3) Worx 12″ 4 Amp Electric Grass Trimmer | 4) Weed Eater WE20VT 20-Volt String Trimmer | 5) Weed Eater W25SBK 25cc String Trimmer | 6) Ryobi RY40204 Lithium-Ion Cordless String Trimmer | 7) Ryobi Cordless Electric String Trimmer | 8) Makita XRU02Z 18V LXT String Trimmer | 9) Remington 17 in. 25 cc 2-Cycle Curved Shaft Gas Trimmer | 10) Poulan Pro PP28CD 28cc Curved Shaft String Trimmer | 11) Ivation 20V 2.0AH Cordless Grass String Trimmer | 12) GreenWorks ST40L00 G-MAX 40V Brushless String Trimmer | 13) GreenWorks G-MAX 40V 14-Inch Cordless String Trimmer | 14) Homelite 26cc Gas Powered 17 in. Curved Shaft Trimmer | 15) BLACK+DECKER LST522 2-Speed String Trimmer | 16) GreenWorks 21262 20V 12-Inch Cordless String Trimmer | 17) GreenWorks G-MAX 40V 12-inch Cordless String Trimmer | 18) BLACK+DECKER LCC222 20V MAX Lithium String Trimmer/Edger | 19) BLACK+DECKER LST140C 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer | 20) 16″ Electric Corded Grass Trimmer |
Features That Make a Difference
When shopping for a string trimmer, look for features that enable you to get faster starts, fewer tangles, and easier handling. Some heavier models offer a shoulder harness, which can ease handling and reduce fatigue. Other convenient features include easy-to-reach and easy-to-adjust switches and comfortable handles.
To start most gas trimmers, you insure the switch is in the on position (“1”) set a choke and push a primer bulb, then pull a starter rope, wait for the engine to pop, move the choke lever, pull the starter rope, warm up the engine then move the choke lever to the off position. The Briggs & Stratton engine is designed to simplify this procedure.
Set, prime and pull. The Briggs & Stratton engine is designed to provide smooth and consistent starts. This is achieved by optimizing the starting components. Simply set the choke prime the engine and pull the starting cord.
Tangled or jammed cutting string can be avoided with a fixed-line head. These models use strips of pre-cut line instead of a spool, which eliminates tangles and jammed line.
Most gas and electric trimmers have a bump-feed line advance. The way this works is you bump the trimmer head on the ground, and more line is fed out to a blade on the safety shield that cuts it to the right length.
String trimmers can have either a straight or a curved shaft that connects the engine and controls to the trimmer’s head.
- Curved-shaft trimmers are the most common and can be easier to handle when trimming up close. They are generally among the lighterweight models and are easy to level for a clean cut without “scalping” your lawn.
- Straight-shaft trimmers are the choice of most landscape professionals. They provide additional reach beneath bushes and into other hard-to-reach areas. Straight-shaft models produce less vibration, which adds to comfort level when your trimming job lasts more than a few minutes. Somewhat heavier than curved-shaft models, straight-shaft string trimmers are also more expensive. However, they generally have more optional attachments you can purchase for edging, hedge trimming, and other trimming jobs.
Like your lawn mower, string trimmers come in a variety of cutting widths. The following gives you a guide of what types of jobs require what cutting path.
- 7” – 8” for small jobs
- 11” – 12” for light use
- 14” – 15” for moderate use
- 17” and larger for heavy-duty use