We have tested strimmers (string trimmers) and name Husqvarna 115iL as best in test. It has a lot power, all while using little of the battery power. This makes for a time-efficient trimming while achieving long battery life. Ryobi RLT183225 is also a good purchase with long battery life and several available settings.
All strimmers were used to cut grass and larger areas of weeds. The ultimate challenge was areas of tall nettles and young thickets of wild raspberry bushes. However, for the majority of the time they were tested on different types of tall and short grass. They have also been tested on wet grass.
We investigated the following parameters:
Performance – What height grass can the strimmer cope with? Does it strim as effectively throughout its battery life? How quickly can it cope with clearing different types of grass? How does the result vary when the grass is damp?
User-friendliness – How easy is it to assemble the strimmer? How easy is it to start? How can you adjust it? For example, is there a telescopic handle and can you set the strimmer head in different positions? Does it have any functions that mean you can go close to sensitive objects without damaging them?
Ergonomics – Can you strim throughout the entire battery life without getting pains anywhere in your body? How stable does it feel in your hands? Is it easy to use in inaccessible spots? What are the noise level and noise profile like?
Battery life and charging – How long does the strimmer run before you have to recharge it? How long does it take to charge the battery? Can you see how much battery life there is left? Can you see how much it has charged?
Functions and accessories – Has it any extra functions? What accessories are included?
A strimmer is a useful piece of garden kit for the spring and summer when the grass grows most. It makes an excellent complement to a push, ride-on or robotic lawn mower. Lawn mowers rarely get right in to the edges of flowerbeds and fences, or into stony areas. That's when you get out the strimmer to tidy up.
A number of different types of strimmer are available. They can have a range of strimmer tools, together with different power sources (battery or mains). Historically, strimmers were petrol driven, but now battery strimmers have completely taken over. You can choose between line spool or plastic blade types. There are also models where you can use both types on the same machine. Plastic blades are useful if you have slightly coarser grass and weeds, as they can cope with tougher jobs and don't wear out as quickly. But line is useful for efficiently clearing large areas, because you can adjust the length of the line. However, if you pull it out too far it will quickly snap off. The advantages of a battery-powered strimmer over mains power is that you don't have to deal with extension cables. On the other hand, you have to recharge it regularly. So it's important to choose a model with a short charging time and sufficiently long cutting time, bearing in mind your finances and your garden's strimming needs. Mains powered machines can be handy if you have a smaller garden or only need to clear areas close to the house, because then you don't have to worry about the operating time. But even here the best alternative is probably to buy a battery-operated machine with a slightly smaller battery.
You can also buy brushcutters. The difference between these two garden tools is that a brushcutter is primarily intended for removing undergrowth or even small trees. However, the majority of them can also be equipped with line spools and used for strimming grass. The price for a brushcutter is significantly higher than for a dedicated strimmer, which is only intended for trimming grass and removing minor weeds. A brushcutter is petrol operated and, confusingly, is also sometimes also called a strimmer. The advantages of petrol operation is that you can quickly get going again when the fuel runs out. And the disadvantages are the exhaust, the noise level and the fact that petrol is relatively expensive.
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