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Electric String Trimmers

Electric String Trimmers:

  • Least expensive
  • Relatively light weight and easy to handle.
  • Lower operating costs.
  • Quieter.
  • Ideal for smaller lawns.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Limited by the length of the cord.
  • Cordless string trimmers provide freedom from a cord but only give users about twenty minutes per battery charge.
  • Cordless string trimmers are less powerful – usually works well on grass but not strong enough for tough weeds.
Gas String Trimmers

Gas String Trimmers:

  • Excellent for larger lawn areas.
  • Handle toughest weeds and tall grasses.
  • No cord limitation, but need for gasoline storage.
  • Need for maintenance.
  • Noise pollution.
  • Heavier machines.
  • Spring-assisted starting feature is an advantage for gas trimmers as it makes pulling the starter cord easier.
  • See-through fuel tanks are an added advantage, since they make it easier to measure at a glance how much gas is left in the tank.
  • Gas string trimmers are usually the heaviest of the three types, so a shoulder strap or a harness helps with ease of use, support and prevention of back problems.
  • Gasoline use pollutes environment.
Propane String Trimmers

Propane String Trimmers:

  • Powerful machines that handle stubborn weeds easily.
  • No cord limitations, can handle large land areas.
  • Start up is easy - no priming required, no choke.
  • Environmentally friendlier – propane is less polluting than gasoline.
  • Each 16.4 ounce propane canister (costing about $ 2- $ 5) gives about two hours of use and is not recyclable.

String Trimmer Engines:

2 stroke engine

  • More fuel efficient engine
  • Emits more pollution
  • No cord limitations, can handle large land areas

4 stroke engine

  • Quieter machines.
  • Cleaner to burn - emit up to 75% less pollution than 2 stroke.
  • Use straight gasoline, instead of a gas/oil mix.
  • Operate smoothly, with less vibration.
  • 4 stroke engine can be tilted in any direction, without fear of damage.
  • Heavier machines – a shoulder harness might be required.
  • Require regular lubrication and maintenance.
  • More expensive.