Electric String Trimmer Buying Guide

Electric String Trimmer

There are more than a few details to consider before buying an electric string trimmer. In this buyer’s guide, we are going to address these and give you a better idea of how to pick your next purchase.

Types of String Trimmers

Cordless (Battery Powered) Electric String Trimmer

First of all, let us look into how batteries work against cord ones. Cordless (battery-powered) string trimmers can work for a good 30-40 minutes before they run out of power so you need quite a good estimate of your yard and what you need to clean before going for an electric one.

Corded Electric String Trimmer

Most electric string trimmers have a longer cable which allows you to go all over the yard and always decide where you want to go with ease, while gas powered run as much as the amount of gas you have in it. Cordless string trimmers, which offer you constant charging and a longer cord to go around your yard, when you don’t have an acre to go through, may be sufficient for your needs.

Most electrical trimmers have a decent to long charge time but as long as you are dealing with a smaller area you will not be needing a more expensive one to do your job or daily needs. Most string trimmers are also really easy to maneuver and to navigate, need less maintenance and also are lightweight and more than quiet so you can do your chores whilst not even bothering smaller and younger members of the family.

Gas-Powered String Trimmer

Unlike gas-powered string trimmers, electric ones are not as heavy, allow you to do the job fast enough without waking up everybody in the neighborhood. Electric string trimmers are also much lower maintenance in comparison to gas-powered ones, so if you need it every once a couple of months it is much easier and comfortable to have an electric one around instead of a gas-powered tool.

Important Features

Another detail to note is that most electric string trimmers are lower priced in general, unless you are going for the bigger name brands. Finally, what you should take into account when looking for a string trimmer are weight, size and safety features. Most electric string trimmers are safe to operate, but still, make sure there is no need for you to go near the head of the machine to use any of the features.

A large number of available tools on the market are lightweight and easy to handle, but at the same time, if you would need a good hour or two to go through your yard and trim every bush, it is nice to have some handles and straps to make sure you feel comfortable doing it. When you add to all these features, a nice cutting width to the head of the string trimmer, you make sure to do as much work as possible with little to no effort.

Popular Electric String Trimmer FAQs

How Much Electricity Does an Electric String Trimmer Use?

Electricity consumption of electric string trimmers depends highly on the model size and most importantly, on whether the electric string trimmer is cordless or not. The more amperage you have in your machine, the faster it will trim but it will use more electricity in return.

How Do You Hold an Electric String Trimmer?

There are several different ways to use and hold a string trimmer depending on what task you are trying to achieve. Tapering and edging are two of the most common ones.

Tapering helps you mow the grass at a small angle, so you do not hit your edges or your fence and edging lets you fine detail any part between the grass and another surface, like your driveway, etc. Scything on the other hand is what the name implies.

You move the electric string trimmer the same way you would mow grass with a scythe going from side to side in full 180 motions from left to right and right to left.

How to String an Electric String Trimmer?

It is fairly easy to change the strings on a string trimmer but there are a few steps to follow. Safety comes first, thus start by making sure your electric string trimmer is unplugged or the battery is taken out, so it does not accidentally turn on. Turn the machine upside down and remove the spool, usually held by a tap button to press on.

Remove the used string and replace it with the new one and feed it through the proper hub and in the correct direction. Press the spool back in place so the lid closes and turn over the string trimmer and you are good to go. One thing to take into consideration is always using the correct string width or you might end up damaging your trimmer.

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Jean Whitehead is an author and ghostwriter who studied Industrial Psychology at the North-West University in South Africa.

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