Buyers guide to grass trimmers

Grass trimmers are a great way to keep your garden looking neat and tidy. They can be used to cut long overgrown grass that you can’t cut with a lawnmower, or tidy areas of the garden that your lawnmower cannot reach, like around plants or the edges of the lawn.

When considering which grass trimmer to buy, there a number of key factors to take into account and options available. 

There are three core types of grass trimmers available; Petrol, electric and cordless (battery powered). Each of these has their own benefits. 

Petrol grass trimmers are often more powerful, making them suitable of large gardens and thicker, denser grass. However they are noisier and require more maintenance than conventional electric grass trimmers.
The electric grass trimmer is the most commonly owned in the UK and are run off the mains electricity found in your home. 

The third and final variety is cordless or battery operated. When buying a cordless grass trimmer consider the run time of the product i.e. will you manage to do the whole garden before the battery runs out? If not are additional batteries available to purchase so you can leave one on charge while you use the other. 

Other features to consider include; 

Head type; this typically comes in two ways. A fixed head is the basic and often the cheapest grass trimmer you can buy. The other version is a pivot / tilt head. This is beneficial as it allows you to create a neat cut down the side of your grass. Other grass trimmers take this a step further, allowing the grass trimmer to lie flat letting you cut underneath bushes etc. 

Cutting width; in basic terms, the larger the cutting width the more grass you will cut at a time. While this will do the job quicker, it may not be the best option. If you have a garden with lots of delicate flower beds etc. to cut around, a smaller cutting width is best, to avoid damaging your plants. 

Single or dual line; a dual line will have two cords that will cut the grass, while a single line will only have one. An additional line will cut the grass more quickly and is most suitable for thicker, longer grass. 

Line diameter; if you have thick grass a thicker line is recommended. Thinner lines may struggle to cut the grass and take longer. If the grass is maintained and cut regularly, then a thinner line would be suitable. 

Spool feed; a spool is where the cutting line is stored and comes in two options. You can buy a grass trimmer that feeds the line automatically or one that you have to pull manually. Manual feed machines tend to be the cheapest grass trimmers. 

Comfort; if you are tall then you will want to make sure that you buy a grass trimmer with a telescopic shaft. This allows you to adjust the height preventing you from having to bend over when cutting the grass. 

Plant guard; most good grass trimmers come with a plant guide that protects your flowers and trees if you get too close when cutting the grass.

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