Choosing A String Trimmer


Acme Tools always wants its customers to get the best tools for their work and no matter if it’s residential or commercial the best is what any customer deserves. So, when the time comes to buy a string trimmer for your yard or your business what is the best bang for your buck? Well, Acme Tools wants to help simplify that searching process with some facts and questions you should have in mind when shopping.

What is a String Trimmer?

This piece of outdoor power equipment has many names weed-whacker, weed-whip, whipper-snipper, or weed eater, but it’s all the same tool. The primary use for this tool is to go where your lawn mower could not reach. Those could be any of the hard to reach places like the base of a tree or mailbox, underneath the fence, or the space next to any brick wall.

Another use for this machine can be used to get rid of thicker weeds, cutting through brushes, or even little saplings. This action is achievable by switching out the usual string for a blade attachment or blade. With that change, this tool becomes multi-purpose and has improved over the years to suit more jobs in one machine.

Which String Trimmer is for you?

Now, all trimmers that are in the market start off with the same basic function in mind. But as technology has developed and improved so has this machine and its purpose. For instance, you have trimmers that are interchangeable with different heads to better suit different jobs. Then you have trimmers that are used to clear heavy amounts of grass to make pathways. Finally, you have some that come in various power sources like gas fuel, battery powered and plugged in electricity.

Some question you should ask yourself while looking and purchasing a string trimmer should be:

  • What do I need it for?
  • How big is the job?
  • Will I use this often?

These three basic questions get you started on where you need to be looking so you can get the best machine for your uses and spend exactly what you need.

What Do I Need it For?

This question states immediately if you need something on the professional level or something for your personal lawn. There is a variety to choose from that can handle light yard work to prepping the ground for a sidewalk or walking path. So, if you are using it to touch up your lawn you can make do with a battery powered, gas, or plug-in trimmer. If your objective is to clear a number of yards for a business you will need to look more towards the heavy-duty battery types and the gas powered ones with a large capacity for fuel.

How Big is the Job?

In tandem with the previous question the size of the work you plan to do is a significant factor in what you purchase. If your area of work is a small yard, you won’t need something that can last for hours. In contrast, if you are working in a park or a farm, you need something that can handle a long day’s work.

Will I Use it Often?

Hard to believe but even tools have a shelf life and can break down after an amount of time. Selecting the right kind of trimmer that is compatible with your usage is crucial to your purchase because you don’t want one that will break down after a couple uses. Also, you don’t want to buy an expensive one when you only use it once or twice in a month.

Once all these questions are answered you can ask the little detailed questions that can get you to the right design or model for you. Those questions can vary between battery or gas, curved shaft or straight, and other questions that are more unique to your specific needs.

Pro and Cons

Here we will cover each type of trimmer that you can get and their benefits and detriments to each one.

Gas String Trimmer

Gas String Trimmer

Gas-powered string trimmers are an industry standard and what most people are accustomed to using. These are powerful machines that can last years if maintained properly. If not you will run into significant issues with replacing pieces when they break. Fuel is also a component that deserves attention as gas may not be the only thing you have to add to make it work. Some machines run on a fuel mixture that has to be bought separately or mixed on your own. With that power, you also do suffer from a noisy engine and the need for winterization.

Summary: This type of trimmer is excellent for tough jobs and people with experience with gas powered power equipment. If you have no experience with gas tools, this might not be for you. However, if you are willing to learn how to use and maintain this machine, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Electric String Trimmer

Electric String Trimmers

This particular trimmer is perfect for those who have a small lawn to maintain or have a long extension cord. Electric trimmers have the ability to last hours for work but are limited to the amount of cable available. This trimmer model can start cold, so after a long winter, you can plug this in and start trimming grass right away.

Summary: Great for small lawns and beginners who have a lawn for the first time. With a cord, you have limited reach but will have an endless supply of power. Good to start off with and slowly upgrade when you feel comfortable.


String Trimmer Battery

Battery-powered machines are an excellent bridge between electric and gas tools where you get the power with mobility. These types of trimmers are perfect for either the newbie to the trades professional who want to be away from the cord and gas. Power does come at a cost with a battery lasting between 45 minutes to an hour on most machines. If you plan on working on many yards or a large lawn, you will most likely need multiple batteries to switch between to get the job done.

Summary: When it comes to battery power it is a highly suggested option if you had it with gas and cords. The only thing that you will have to adapt is timing the battery usage with your charger or having multiple ready in your garage or vehicle.

Final Thoughts

Whether you have your eye on a Makita string trimmer, a Milwaukee string trimmer, a DeWalt string trimmer, or another brand of string trimmer, when it comes to buying a trimmer for this spring and summer you have to think about a lot of things to get the best choice. We hope this helped clarify some key things you need to ask yourself when shopping and if you have anymore question don’t be afraid to comment down below.

Do you already know which one you want? Then head to Acme Tools online store. You can find gas, electric, and battery operated options from Milwaukee, Echo, Toro, and many others.

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  • Justin

    March 8, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Having a nice looking yard does not end with mowing alone. You need to trim the lawn and edges to give it a professional look that everyone who walks into your home will envy.

    • Acme Tools

      March 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Justin, Thank you for your comment. We agree with you 100%. The health of your lawn is controlled by so many more factors than just the lawn mower. The watering schedule and fertilizer use will make and maintain a healthy green lawn. Stay tuned to our blog for a post that will be released shortly that will expand on other outdoor power equipment tools that will help in maintaining your yard. We also have published a highlight on the new Milwaukee M18 cordless string trimmer, hedge trimmer, and blower. Take a look and let us know what you think of those tools.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

  • John B. Morales

    June 24, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Wow. Highlights a lot of beautiful information. Hopefully knowing String Trimmer as well as knowing some special aspects about it will be very helpful to you.


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