Strimmers (or line trimmers) utilize a spinning nylon cord to trim grass and vegetation around borders and other tight spaces that cannot be easily reached with a lawn mower. Some strimmers are fitted with two nylon cords for better performance. The cord is contained in a spool within the strimmer head and can be fed out as the cord wears. Some models do this automatically. Eventually, you will need to purchase a new spool of cord.
When choosing a strimmer, consider the size of the swathe head, i.e. the width of the cutting area. Smaller cutting swathes are more suitable for confined areas.
Electric and battery cordless strimmers
For most gardens, an electric strimmer is perfectly adequate. They are lightweight and quiet. However, unless you opt for a battery powered cordless strimmer the power cord will restrict movement in larger gardens.
Petrol powered strimmers
For heavier work, or clearing large areas, a petrol driven strimmer or brush cutter is more suitable. In addition to nylon cord, many can be fitted with different metal blades for tackling brambles, brush and small trees.
Multi purpose models can serve as hedge cutters, pruners, soil tillers and power brooms through the addition of various attachments. If you have a large garden to maintain, these models make perfect sense as you only need one engine to power a range of tools.
For really tough growth, consider a wheeled trimmer or a field and brush mower.
Always wear eye protection when using strimmers.
Generally speaking, you shouldn’t have to invest excessively to purchase a quality strimmer. However, make sure that you purchase a durable device that will last a good few years (especially if you’ll rely on the device regularly for maintaining your garden).
Choosing the right strimmer for your particular task requires some comparing of models and types. However, if you shop around, you should have no problem finding a device that can power through the tasks you have with ease.
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