For that awkward corner of the lawn, uneven grassed area or border with flowers, there is one great time saving device, the grass trimmer or Strimmer. Modern tools have gone portable, employing computer style compact batteries L ion technology , which weigh less than previous types , last longer and don’t have the problems like charge leaking away when the tool isn’t used and ‘memory’ which stopped devices fully charging.
As with any hand held tool, the weight can be very tiring after a long while, especially in the summer. The slightly heavier battery tool, has to be weighed up against the inconvenience of a cord tool. Cables on lawn mowers can be easily damaged and may be a shock hazard. With mowers and clippers you can accidentally cut or damage the cable with the tools cutters, although this is unlikely with a grass trimmer as the blades are plastic, it can still be damaged accidentally, eg.cables laid through the house entrance, can be caught by doors closing and trapping the cable underneath or in the jamb.
Inspect cables regularly and do not use until you are sure it is safe. Remember, other family members might try to use your tools, so don’t leave them in a dangerous condition.
The best trimmers will have good handles, positioned well, to balance the unit, so the trimmer is easy to maneuver, important since its main purpose is to trim around difficult areas, rockeries, path edges, not damaging flowers, tree bark etc. Some may have a guard to space the tool from hazards or to give you a guide ( the ‘blade’ won’t be visible at high speed ).
Power may be important, if you have large grounds or are a frequent user. The cable type electric and the petrol driven trimmers have the advantage there. The battery units are still relatively weak and may run out of charge, if you try to cut too much, so keep trimming and mowing regularly, to keep the amount of work to a minimum. If the grounds are very large, an electric cable may be totally impractical and the petrol trimmer, the only option.
With previous types of battery, the lifetime of the units was shortened dramatically by not recharging properly. Computers have been using these latest types of battery, the li ion type, for some time. Although a big improvement over Ni Cad batteries, I’m afraid it will probably be the achilles heel of the cordless trimmer, I have to say its unlikely to last as well as petrol or cable type trimmers, this is one task that needs a consistent power level year after year and at the prices of the new cordless wonders, you really don’t want an underpowered tool. If you are committed to them, buy the best quality you can.
Review of the Best Currently Available Strimmers
We examine some of the most popular selling grass trimmers and count up the plusses / minusses for each one to give an overall winner in each category – Battery , Cable and Petrol
|Bosch ART 23 Electric|
|Bosch ART 26 Electric|
|Draper Expert 45576 Petrol|
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