Electric String Trimmer Review

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Why Use an Electric String Trimmer?

Electric string trimmers have a quieter engine and are lighter than gas trimmers. Plus, with Electric string trimmers, you don't have to mix gasoline and oil and they don't let off exhaust, which makes them the perfect eco-friendly substitute to gas trimmers.

Electric string trimmers come in two forms: corded and cordless. The cordless variety uses a battery to power it instead of a cord connected to an electrical outlet. Cordless trimmers free you from the restraints of a power cord, but in exchange have batteries that only last from between 20 and 60 minutes. Electric string trimmers that have a power cord give you a steady stream of power for as long as you need it.

You'll find that there are many names you can call an electric string trimmer. Even though there are many names, they are one in the same. Electric trimmers, electric weed trimmers, weed whackers and weed eaters are all electric string trimmers.

While electric string trimmers encompass both corded and cordless weed trimmers, these reviews focus on weed trimmers that have electrical cords. Of all the electric string trimmers we reviewed, Greenworks 21052, Craftsman 21212 and Black & Decker GH700 will make trimming and grooming your lawn the easiest. For more information, you can read articles about electric string trimmers in our Learning Center.

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Electric String Trimmers: What to Look For

Electric string trimmers have many similarities, so if you're not sure what to look for, you may end up with a trimmer that doesn't have the power, features or endurance to meet your needs. We looked at a variety of electric string trimmers to identify what qualities are most important in a weed whacker. This is what we found:

Power Type
The amount of power that moves through your weed whacker is one of the most essential qualities of the product. Each of the weed whackers we reviewed were corded trimmers, meaning they connect to an electrical outlet. The more power the weed trimmer has, the faster the string can rotate and the more effective the trimmer is. We looked for weed whackers that have high amperage, or amps, and revolutions per minute (rpm).

Features
The design of your electric weed whacker will also influence how quickly and how well you'll be able to chop down your weeds. Look for an electric weed trimmer that comfortably fits your height and is easy to maneuver. The features we felt were most important are the weight of the machine and how the line advances in the machine (whether automatically or bump feed). In addition to this, it's important to be able to adjust the angle of the head so you can trim the weeds under decks, in between bushes, around trees and everywhere else you need trimming done.

Ease of Use
Another important factor is how well the machine distributes the string. One of the biggest inconveniences of weed whackers is trouble with the string. If your weed whacker is dispensing too much or not enough string, or the string is tangling, you may spend more time dealing with it than eliminating weeds and tall grass. Other things that can increase the ease of using the weed whacker are a long enough cord to move around freely, whether or not you need to use a tool to insert more string, and whether or not it has a hook to help keep your power cord plugged into your trimmer.

Help & Support
Of course, if your machine isn't functioning up to par, it's best to have a good warranty and easy access to repair parts. Phone support is also important in the event you need to talk to customer service. Another nice feature is a web page on the manufacturer's site that helps you identify the nearest place you can go for repairs.

With the best electric string trimmer in hand, you'll be able to plug it in, eliminate the weeds and put it away with the least amount of hassle. With an electric string trimmer, there is no more dealing with short battery lives or cleaning up gasoline and oil mixtures. You can gather up the power cord and stick your electric string trimmer in the garage until you need it again.

 
 
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Power
RPMs 8,000 9,000 7,800 9,900 9,500 9,000 7,700 8,800 9,500 7,800
AMPs 5.5 4 5.2 3.9 4.5 4 4.5 4.5 5 4.3
Corded
Features
Job Type Light Light Light Light Light Light Light Light Light Light
Line Feed Type Auto Feed Bump Auto Feed Bump Auto Feed Auto Feed Sharper Blade Auto Feed Auto Feed Auto Feed
Line Diameter (inches) 0.065 0.065 0.065 0.065 0.065 0.065 N/A 0.065 0.065 0.065
Maximum Pole Length (inches) 48 about 48 N/A 49 43 39 54 45 N/A 45
Minimum Pole Length (inches) 42 N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 42 N/A N/A N/A
Cutting Swath (inches) 15 12 14 13 13 13 12.6 12 14 13
Weight (pounds) 7.3 5.24 5.9 4.75 8.5 5.2 6.6 7 5.3 5.2
Head Tilt Positions 3 3 3   3 1 1 3 4 1
Number of Handles 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Number of Lines 1 2 2 1 2 1 na 2 1 1
Cord Retention
Tool-less
Edge Guard
 
Expandable Pole
 
 
Straight Shaft
 
Safety Switch     
 
   
Help & Support
Warranty (number of years) 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Phone
Email
 
Repair Information
 
Online Manual
 
 
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