It takes skill, dedication and the right equipment to create a crisp and manicured summer lawn. One of the most crucial and often overlooked landscaping tools is the lawn trimmer, also known as the weed whacker. No lawn is complete without the detail work provided by a trimmer. When shopping for a new lawn trimmer, you need to select a model that will provide lightweight maneuverability with powerful function. Bonus features include gas efficiency and reduced noise.
"Popular Mechanics" magazine rated the Troy-Bilt as the best lawn trimmer for its overall power. This machine includes all of the necessities as well as a reasonable price tag. The model tested by "Popular Mechanics" was the TB80 EC gas string trimmer, which comes equipped with SpringAssist Technology that ensures easy start and use. It also features a SpeedLock cutting head for easy refill and rewind. This trimmer costs approximately $130, but Troy-Bilt offers other models within a range of prices.
The Worx WG151 is an 18-volt lithium ion cordless string trimmer. This is a powerful two-in-one tool that converts from a grass trimmer to an edging tool. The battery pack allows for longer run time with less noise. It is lightweight and easy to maneuver. The Worx lawn trimmer is comparable in price to the Troy-Bilt and other lawn trimmers, with a standard price tag of $120.
The Shindaiwa T2510 is a powerful machine that features a 25cc engine and an easy-wind line head. According to Shindaiwa, this model combines the high power-to-weight ratio and compactness of a standard 2-stroke engine with the precise petrol metering of a 4-stroke. In doing this they have created an energy-efficient hybrid that provides fuel savings, reduced gas emissions, great throttle response and limited noise. However, the Shindaiwa comes within a hefty price range of around $370.
The Stihl FS 55 RC-E offers a 27.2cc engine, which translates into loads of power in a lightweight design. Stihl explains that the loop handle design makes it easier to maneuver the cutting head throughout obstacles in the landscape. However, this trimmer also comes with a hefty price, approximately $230, and according to another "Popular Mechanics" review, this model was hard to start on numerous occasions.