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Overgrown grass and vegetation can be the stuff of nightmares. It’s not always easy to maintain your garden and keeping it tip top shape throughout the year. For a lot of people, a strimmer or brushcutter is an essential bit of kit stashed away in the shed. So, I thought, what better than to take a look at strimmers and brushcutters in detail on a rainy day for those who don’t have one yet or perhaps need an upgrade?

Petrol, electric, and cordless strimmers form the basis of almost all strimmers for sale so I’ll concentrate on those in this post.

If you’re looking for a quick answer to the best strimmer or brush-cutter, I’ve included the comparison list and a table of contents to help navigate around the page but extensive reviews of the strimmers can be found lower down in the post.

Review of the best strimmers and brush-cutters

Comparison table: Best strimmers ranked for price and power (brushcutters)(November 2020 Updated Review)

ProductWhat We ThinkRatingPrice

Makita DUR181Z 18V Cordless Li-ion Line Trimmer

  • Compatible with 1.5, 3.0
  • The spool end is reinforced with a metal cap for increased wear resistance...
  • Adjustable loop-handle can be adjusted according to user's height and working posture...
  • Bump and Feed cord feeding system (Single-cord cutting)
  • Shaft length adjustable up to 180mm

4.8/5 from 192 reviews

BLACK+DECKER 36 V Lithium-Ion Strimmer

  • A cordless grass trimmer powered with 36 V 2.0 Ah lithium-ion battery offering up to 3750 linear meters of...
  • Featuring E-drive technology - a high-torque gear system which can power through the toughest overgrown areas quickly and without...
  • 30 cm cutting swathe
  • 8500 RPM speed to power through even tougher grass cutting jobs
  • Power select lets you choose maximum run-time (ECO mode) to save the battery energy or power (TURBO mode) when...

4.6/5 from 1175 reviews

BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer

Black + Decker ST5530-GB 550W Corded Grass Strimmer with Spool + Line replacement

  • Corded Grass Strimmer with Auto Select and E-Drive Technology
  • Manufacturer recommended Spool & Line replacement

4.5/5 from 1408 reviews

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer

  • The Bosch Art 23 SL has an high power 280 W motor
  • With its extra strong line and 'pro-tap' spool it enables you to storm through wild and unruly patches of...
  • Its 23 cm cutting width delivers all-round cutting performance
  • Ergonomic design for comfortable and easy grass trimming reducing muscle strain weighing just 1.7 kg...
  • Its easy grip and quick click components ensures you are up in running in minutes...

4.4/5 from 1691 reviews

Bosch ART 24 Electric Grass Trimmer

  • The Bosch ART 24 corded grass trimmer has an high power 400 W motor...
  • It automatic twin line cutting system lets you storm through wild and unruly patches of undergrowth just as easily...
  • Ergonomic design for comfortable and easy grass trimming reducing muscle strain weighing just 2.5 kg....
  • It has a 90 degree rotating cutter head which allows you to switch from trimming to edging with just...
  • Its easy grip and height adjustable telescopic handle mean you'll do it with perfect posture too....

4.2/5 from 118 reviews

Flymo Contour 500E Electric Grass Trimmer and Edger

  • Telescopic handle which is easy to adjust to the user's height
  • Simply convert from trim to edge by twisting the cutting head
  • Plant guard to protect trees and plants and unique wheel for easy edging; trim difficult to access places...
  • Automatic double line feed for easy use and fast trimming
  • Adjustable steady handle with soft grip for greater control and comfortable use...

4.2/5 from 320 reviews

ParkerBrand 52cc Petrol Garden Brush Cutter Grass Trimmer

  • Strong & Reliable 52cc Two Stroke Petrol Engine
  • 2.2kW @ 7500RPM
  • Compact Split Shaft Design
  • Brush Cutter + 1 x Grass Trimming Spool Attachment
  • Inlucdes Tool Kit, Harness & Fuel Mixing Bottle

4.2/5 from 641 reviews

Greenworks Brushless Grass Trimmer 40V String Trimmer

  • Powerful performance due to brushless motor technology delivering fade-free power (up to 30% more power)...
  • 35cm (14") cut diameter with variable speed throttle control delivering on demand head control for the toughest environments....
  • 2mm Dual Line Bump feed Head for quick line delivery
  • Top mounted gear head for more efficient power delivery from motor to trimmer head....
  • GD40BC Grass Trimmer (Supplied as Tool Only) Compatible with G40B2 2.0Ah battery...

4.1/5 from 196 reviews

Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer

  • Professional features; The cordless strimmer features include edge guide
  • Full adjustable; Height can be adjusted from 95 to 115 centimetres and angle is adjustable by 90 degrees...
  • Environmentally friendly; No extra expensive or harmful fumes associated with petrol grass trimmers...
  • Cordless; Powerful 20V lithium-ion battery
  • Guarantee; 12-month guarantee

4.1/5 from 237 reviews

WORX WG118E 550W Corded Electric Grass Trimmer

  • 2 Tools in 1
  • 90° tilting head makes it easy to trim awkward areas
  • Adjustable shaft and handle for comfort and complete control
  • Flower guard provides protection for your flowers
  • Light and compact design reduces fatigue

4/5 from 33 reviews

Hyundai HYBC5080AV 2 Stroke Grass Strimmer

  • Powered by a 50.8 cc petrol engine
  • Mounted to large wheels for increased manoeuvrability
  • Foldable handles for east transportation and storage
  • Lightweight design at just 15.96 kg
  • Ideal for users who find handheld grass trimmers/strimmer's too strenuous; all Hyundai power equipment is covered with a 3...

3.5/5 from 48 reviews

The range of strimmers and brushcutters is so impressive, finding the best one takes a fair bit of research and effort, and hopefully this article helps to clear things up a bit.

Electric Strimmers

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer

The Bosch ART 23 SL in particular has been named among the top strimmers out there. It is an electrical strimmer with a sensibly powered 280W motor. This is enough to clear away tall grass with ease and precision in smaller gardens. So many are complimentary of the performance it offers for just £29.36 that it’s hard to overlook it if you want a little budget strimmer to do a decent job.

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer: Plenty of power and an easy to use design for small gardens

At the same time, it has power enough that it can be comfortably used in smaller gardens without any issues. This strimmer has a very ergonomic design and is very easy to use and manoeuvre. Feedback on this little strimmer is probably some of the best available on the market. So many people are complimentary of this strimmer suggesting plenty of power and easy to use. One common pleasing point is the time it takes to setup; none. The handle has a nice firm padded grip on it with quick click buttons and switches on top. This makes it such that you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice without any kind of setup.

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer Reviews

Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer Features

What needs work on Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer

Very handy and easy to use May not be ideal for larger gardens
Ergonomic design Cable is shorter than other models
No setup required
Well priced at £29.36
Great for little gardens
Could they improve the Bosch ART 23 SL Electric Grass Trimmer?

It would of been nice to see a slightly longer cable but other than that this is a really good little strimmer. So long as you realise you’re not buying this to swathe through a huge garden, and that it’s more practical for small areas then this isn’t a bad choice at all, so many like it that it’s hard to imagine you’ll find fault.

NETTA 250W Corded Electric Grass Lawn Trimmer

The NETTA 250W Corded Electric Grass Lawn Trimmer Strimmer is one of the better electric strimmers that you will find in terms of price but still has it’s build quality issues. For just , you get a 250W corded electric strimmer with enough power for little jobs. It’s extremely lightweight and easy to use thanks to its adjustable telescopic handle. It also has an automatic line feed to help keep cable in order too. It’s the price of a hand tool and does the job of an electric strimmer. There’s not much to add, it’s an easy buy if you’re on a tight budget and it’s not going to last but then you get what you pay for.

NETTA 250W Corded Electric Grass Lawn Trimmer: Cheap and cheeful but not great

It’s no thrills and it’s cheap alright. You get what you pay for, it’s fair value for such a cheap product.

NETTA 250W Corded Electric Grass Lawn Trimmer Reviews

NETTA 250W Corded Electric Grass Lawn Trimmer Features

What needs work on NETTA 250W Corded Electric Grass Lawn Trimmer

Adjustable telescopic handle Really doesn’t cut great
Automatic line feed Not suitable for extensive work
Good Price at Many have complain it falls to pieces quickly
Could they improve the NETTA 250W Corded Electric Grass Lawn Trimmer?

I could probably write a fair bit on this but I won’t because it costs less than cod and chips for two… What more can I say?

Flymo Contour 500E Electric Grass Trimmer and Edger

The Flymo Contour 500E Electric Grass Trimmer and Edger is a great all in one edger and strimmer. It uses an adjustable steady handle with a comfortable firm grip to help keep you balanced. The telescopic handle extends beyond the length of even the tallest users which is great. You also get a double line feed system to keep your line running smoothly. Switching from a strimmer to an edger is easy; simply by twisting the cutting head.

The helpful plant guard on this unit will keep it from cutting too deep or running any prized plants in your garden but it has been mentioned that it can be restrictive, a small price to pay for more control in amongst the flower beds to my mind, especially when compared to the older model this one cuts far neater. All in all, you get a very solid electric strimmer for the money though there are a couple of niggles and we will go into those as well.

Flymo Contour 500E Electric Grass Trimmer and Edger: Excellent guide to help control cutting and a lovely ergonomic handle design.

This is a very nice little electric corded strimmer though some have suggested the plastic body isn’t as robust as it could be. I’ve never seen the frame fail so it would appear to be up to the job. It’s a nice touch that this strimmer folds away into small sections too. It comes in a little box and you simply pop it together. some have complained that the safety has been taken so far it inhibits the use of the strimmer. I can’t say I blame Flymo for going safety first but it’s something worth considering if you buy one of these yourself. You might consider that 3.1kg is fairly weighty too for a free hand grass trimmer. Many have mentioned it can get quite tiring so if you think you need to do much more than half an hour at a time it’s worth thinking about.

Flymo Contour 500E Electric Grass Trimmer and Edger Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Adjustable length telescopic handle Safety features seem to inhibit use a bit
Double line feed system Heavier than some strimmers in this category
Included plant guard
Multifunctional strimmer and edger
Well priced at £50.99
Could they improve the Flymo Contour 500E Electric Grass Trimmer and Edger?

It’s quite clear from user feedback that the safety guards get in the way of functionality. It’s a bit of a double edged sword for such a large brand though. They give us a small guard and a stone jumps up and hits us; we complain. They make a huge guard ensuring 100% safety and it inhibits use; we complain :-). Ultimately we need to decide if safety is paramount over performance, if the answer is yes, this might well be a good choice. The weights been mentioned as an issue for prolonged use but that’s the price you pay for a substantial 500W electric motor….All in all a nice reliable bit of kit for the money though.

BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer

The BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer has seen the majority of favourable reviews and it’s also been reported to be brilliant if you’re not the strongest physically too. It comes with a 550W motor which is more than enough to take any overgrown grass or thorny bush in your garden. It will even go through thick growth without hesitation thanks to its E-Drive technology. You’re getting great performance without a huge outlay at £50.18. To my mind it’s a great buy and Black and Decker offer brilliant sales aftercare too. The wheel guide allows you go get nice and close to walls and fences too which on the surface looks like it might be one of those gimmicks but it’s really not, it works great to guide you along and will make a big difference if you don’t have a steady hand.

BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer: Well built, easy to use, and high performance from the 550W motor

This electric strimmer is remarkably easy to operate no matter what you use it for. It comes with its own AutoSelect technology which switches between modes for optimal performance. Meaning you can keep cutting away without have to tinker with any settings or switches. All you have to do is switch it on and get strimming while it does the hard work for you.

The assembly is pretty straight forward too. You’ll just need an ordinary Phillips screwdriver to pop the guard on which takes a couple of minutes. So in terms of getting going there’s not a lot to it. Overall it’s a great buy and worth the asking price. If you’re one of those people that is easily upset by buying the unknown and being disappointed(I am too) then do not fear, this will deliver everything you read.

BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Great performance for a midrange unit Power cable is only 6m (so are most in this price range though)
Anti-stalling E drive technology The line wears down pretty fast when used against solid surfaces(to be expected)
AutoSelect functionality takes care of optimal cutting settings
Delivers way more power than most strimmers in the 500W range
Guide wheel makes walls and fences easy to follow
Very few complaints over 2000 reviews online
Could they improve the BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer?

Not only is it lauded by professional reviewers but it has also received praise from the average gardener too. You find tons of positive reviews for this strimmer and it’s no real surprise that this strimmer has been so popular when you look at the stats. The biggest complaint is the 6m extension lead but then this is standard for a strimmer in this price range so not really a huge drawback. Always bear in mind you’ll need an extension lead with any corded electric strimmer though this one. Also, be careful when strimming on tarmac or near brick, it’ll eat the line but again, that applies clearly to all strimmers. The reality is this strimmer is practically faultless and built by a company that are experienced in using their own product and hiring quality testers to make sure we get an excellent delivery.

WORX WG118E 550W Corded Electric Grass Trimmer

Let’s be honest, Worx are extremely brave going into direct competition with the Black and Decker ST5530. I think the WORX WG118E 550W Corded Electric Grass Trimmer does itself justice and has earned its place in this category.

The WORX WG118E 550W Corded Electric Grass Trimmer is just the kind of strimmer you would need if you’re looking to handle a mid sized garden and want loads of power and a machine that’s easy to use. Being fully height adjustable you can’t really go wrong with this grass trimmer.

WORX WG118E 550W Corded Electric Grass Trimmer: Nice edging tool to compliment the strimmer, great for awkward spots, fully adjustable, and easy to use.


The WORX WG118E 550W Corded Electric Grass Trimmer is a 2 in 1 unit that includes the normal strimmer function as well as a handy edging tool. In just a matter of seconds, you can go from trimming your grass to trimming up any rough edges with relative ease. This strimmer is really comfortable and handy when you’re in awkward positions. It has a 90 degree tilting head that allows you to really get into all spaces that many strimmers simply wouldn’t be able to cope with. If that wasn’t enough, this unit also has a completely adjustable shaft and handle. You gain maximum control while using this strimmer.

It takes a lot of doing to beat anything on the Black and Decker grass trimmer above, but WORX have managed it with a longer power cord meaning you’re less likely to need an extension lead. It performs very well when striking wood or concrete and WORX have acquitted themselves very well with this strimmer.

WORX WG118E 550W Corded Electric Grass Trimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Comfortable and easy to use The line feed can be tricky
Highly adjustable and manoeuvrable
2 in 1 strimmer and edging tool
Long extension lead
Well priced at £58.62
Could they improve the WORX WG118E 550W Corded Electric Grass Trimmer?

WORX have made a lovely grass trimmer and apart from a little niggle with the line feed it’s a great tool and it needs to be to match the Black and Decker with the same size motor.

Bosch ART 24 Electric Grass Trimmer

The Bosch ART 24 Electric Grass Trimmer is one of the better grass trimmers that you can buy. Bosch is a universally renowned brand so you can expect a decent quality strimmer for your money and priced at £50.00 it’s pretty good. This is a corded strimmer powered by a 400W motor which will help you easily get through your basic strimming duties.

Bosch ART 24 Electric Grass Trimmer: Light weight and plenty of power but not without it’s faults

The twin line automatic cutting system helps you get through wild and unruly patches of undergrowth. Comfort wise, this strimmer manages to be one of the most easy to use units out there. This unit only weighs 2.4 KG which means you don’t have to struggle with carrying it around. It also has 90 degree rotating head so you don’t have to strain your muscles to get at unruly angles.

One of the faults with this grass trimmer is the ability to assemble it. Bosch are normally really reliable but the instructions are somewhat difficult to follow and that makes for a potentially time consuming assembly. The spool has been commented in the past as too small and doesn’t hold enough line as well as difficult to control when strimming edges. With that said, priced as it is, it’s not a bad choice but there are better options out there.

Bosch ART 24 Electric Grass Trimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Exceptional build quality Spool could hold more line
Powerful grass strimmer Assembly not the easiest
Great twin line automatic cutting system
Could they improve the Bosch ART 24 Electric Grass Trimmer?

Quite simply put: yes! Bosch are a fantastic brand and I think they’ll easily iron out the instruction manual issues as well as improve the ability to assemble this grass trimmer far more easily. If you didn’t find the electric strimmer for you in this article I have put a huge guide together in the linked page.

Cordless Strimmers

We’ve reviewed a range of cracking cordless strimmers. They just keep better and better don’t they? With the leaps and bounds in battery technology the very basic cordless strimmers are really coming into their own whilst the more expensive brands such as Makita are giving us corded power performance with the freedom that comes from a petrol strimmer. Quite amazing really, and so I will be reviewing the best cordless strimmers currently available.

There are dozens of great cordless strimmers out there but for us, the Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer manages to outclass the rest. It’s one of the best cordless strimmers that you can buy right now. It only weighs a couple of kilograms making it perfect for all users. It comes with its own 20V lithium ion battery that provides enough power for a good run of about 30 minutes in the garden and generally it’s just a very good all round performing cordless grass trimmer. Let’s be perfectly clear and honest though. This will not perform as well as a corded electric strimmer in the same price range. What you get in freedom, you lose a little in performance. If you’re looking for high end performance with freedom then you’ll need a petrol strimmer, or to revert to a corded electric strimmer. the other option is to spend big on a cordless electric strimmer but a petrol version would be cheaper.

Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer: Good battery life, well built, powerful, good blades, and ultra light weight.

The blades are well design and can cut through more grass and light brushes with ease. Probably one of the best features on this grass strimmer is the guide, it really helps keep you strimming in neat and tidy lines. You also get a useful stabilising handle which assists alongside the guide giving you plenty of control. It’s great to have the freedom of a petrol strimmer without the fumes and nasty noise. At the same time it’s great to have the benefits you get from a maintenance free electric motor. All round for £50.00 you are getting plenty for your money.

Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Ultra lightweight Battery can be a bit loose
Quality cutting blades Doesn’t have the power of a corded strimmer
Stabilising handle assists the neat work and balance
Well priced at £50.00
Very well built
Edge guide makes for neat work
30 minutes operating time
Could they improve the Garden Gear Cordless Strimmer?

As I mentioned this is a great little cordless strimmer and will easily deal with grass and edges, though it’ll lack power for the toughest jobs such as bramble or thick brush which is not the manufacturers intended design anyway. The battery being a little loose isn’t the biggest issue to overcome either and can easily be overlooked when considering just how light weight this strimmer is. All in all, a great cordless grass trimmer for just £50.00.

BLACK+DECKER 36 V Lithium-Ion Strimmer

The BLACK+DECKER 36 V Lithium-Ion Strimmer is one of the few highly rated products in reviews. It’s arguably one of the best cordless strimmers backed up by the sheer number of positive reviews it has online. Given the reputation of the brand and the quality of this cordless strimmer, it’s definitely one to shortlist.

BLACK+DECKER 36 V Lithium-Ion Strimmer: High powered cordless strimmer, well built and the battery can cut 3750 linear metres of grass edge in just one charge!

This unit is equipped with its own 36 V Lithium Ion battery that powers the whole unit. Normally a 36V battery would mean some sort of sacrifice in terms of overall battery life but not with this strimmer, Black and Decker have really nailed it with this model. The 2Ah battery capacity ensures that it runs for a good half an hour before running out of legs. That’s not the most impressive bit either, I know there are people that have owned this model for three years now and remarkably the battery is still holding charge and all working as it should.

That’s rather impressive for a cordless strimmer and it gets better still. It only weighs 3.5kg so you don’t have much to carry round with you either. This cordless grass trimmer is so good it’s hard to find fault, it even has automatic line feed which saves another headache! Just like the Black and decker corded power strimmer, they’ve set the bar really high here and you won’t be disappointed in this price range.

If I could find fault, it would be that some have reported breaking their strimmer easily and quickly. I would be willing to bet this is manufacture error as opposed to actual design fault. In any event Black and Decker will refund or replace so you buy with no fear of being left in the lurch!

BLACK+DECKER 36 V Lithium-Ion Strimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Long battery life Battery needs to be kept charged when not used
Fast charge Some reported manufacture error though quickly refunded or replaced
Automatic line feed
Very well priced at £132.95
Easy to use
Solid construction of materials and build quality
Could they improve the BLACK+DECKER 36 V Lithium-Ion Strimmer?

The two items in the what needs work list need a little discussion. Let’s be clear, all batteries need to be kept fully charged so they don’t develop a memory. This is a limitation of battery technology itself and probably not fair to call Black and Decker out on this. I would say though, if you look at reviews online, of all the bad ratings it’s either battery or broken quickly. Perhaps Black and Decker need to look more closely at quality control as it is inconvenient to receive a dud. That said we are talking about a very small number and overall a brilliant piece of kit from a company instantly refunding and replacing an issue. It’s a top buy recommendation from me!

One of the better cheap cordless strimmers for sale online is the NETTA Cordless Grass Trimmer/ Strimmer. Not only is it a solid unit that performs well and delivers good cutting power, it’s also reasonably priced at which means you get good value for money.

NETTA Cordless Grass Trimmer/Strimmer: Good value for money, plenty of power, and light weight with 180 degree cutting angle

This isn’t just an average budget strimmer stripped down to the bare essentials; it’s one of the most advanced cordless strimmers in this price range.This strimmer comes with its own 18 V battery. While this may not make it an ideal choice for larger gardens and extended use, it’s still a great unit and quick to charge. One of the benefits of having a smaller battery is that you get to save on weight. It’s no surprise that this unit only weighs a mere 2.3kg which is extremely easy to use and makes it ideal for all users. The aluminium handle which is light, durable, and comfortable adds to this cordless strimmer too.

To further add to the comfort and ergonomics of this unit there’s a telescopic handle that extends all the way to 90cm for even the tallest of us. It also has a 180 degree rotatable head that gives tons of agility when reaching awkward areas.

There’s really not a great deal to be said about this in a negative light. You would argue the battery life is quite short but that’s countered by offering a lightweight strimmer and quick charging battery. Again you might point to a lack of power but it’s only designed to cut grass and trim edges which is does with ease so overall there’s not a lot to fault on this cordless garden strimmer. some have mentioned the instructions are a little lacking but there’s really not a lot of assembly here so hard to mark the unit down on that either.You might argue that it can’t be used for too long given the battery size but there’s very few reports of it being a common problem. If you have a normal sized garden you’ll be just fine and with the price it’s a good buy.

NETTA Cordless Grass Trimmer/Strimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Lightweight and nimble Battery capacity
Heavy duty aluminium handle Can’t be used for too long
Rotatable head allows agile movement and trimming Not as powerful as other units
Reasonably priced Instructions could be clearer
Quick charging battery


Could they improve the NETTA Cordless Grass Trimmer/Strimmer?

We have to be realistic about what we can get for our money. In this scenario the only drawback really is the battery size. If they up the battery size they increase the weight and the cost of the unit itself. I think that this cordless strimmer strikes a balance of price and performance placing itself in the good value for money category. The lack of power issue could be resolved wit ha bigger battery. Again that ups the price and weight, I don’t think it’s necessary and the weight actually makes this unit unique. Rather than change this model they would do better to make a heavier version and charge more offering both options. Arguably they could work on making the instructions clearer as that wouldn’t effect the cost of the product but again it’s not rocket science to get this thing working. In any event, if you didn’t find the cordless strimmer for you in this guide, I have attached another guide dedicated to them for you.

The Greenworks 40V Cordless Brushless Trimmer is a seriously decent bit of kit. It’s a cordless grass strimmer and brush-cutter that delivers excellent power for a battery operated strimmer and can amazingly get most of the work done that a petrol version can. It has a brushless motor technology that assists in power delivery. In normal terms this means you won’t find it running out of power and slowing up on you. That’s always a concern with battery tools and it’s very handy that they have addressed this issue. The best bit that we walked straight by is this is NOT a petrol brush cutter. So much less fuss than a petrol unit with all the benefits. It’s worth putting on the shopping list!

It’s a funny place to be, the price is somewhere between a high end power corded brush cutter and a low end petrol brush-cutter/strimmer. It almost fills a gap between the two; heavy work at home and commercial use. It is plenty powerful enough for a garden in need of work, but not enough for a commercial user.

Greenworks 40V Cordless Brushless Trimmer: Cordless brush cutter that delivers excellent power, variable battery power options for heavy users and a genuine environmentally friendly solution to brush cutting!

Not only does this mean you get a great amount of efficiency from the motor to the blades, it also means that you’re going to quiet operation for the most part. You won’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbours with excessive noise, which is a plus, especially when compared to petrol units. You can choose between two battery options that offer 2 Ah and 4Ah capacity, so if you know you will be doing heavy work, naturally opt for the bigger battery. Overall, this a fantastic strimmer and fills a gap somewhere between a corded brush cutter and a petrol version, bringing the best of both worlds with all the benefits combined into one package.

Typically you can get an hour of strimming from the bigger 4Ah battery, more than enough for most and the charge time is around an hour too so purchasing two batteries will give you continual use.

One flaw I’ve found is under extremely heavy use, i.e cutting long thick grass, battery time seems to run down to around half an hour. However, we are talking about cutting the kind of vegetation that was once only possible with petrol power, so overall, a huge leap forward but it’s worth mentioning all the same.

Greenworks 40V Cordless Brushless Trimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Efficient brushless motor Balance can be an issue
Great battery life The price is getting up toward performance petrol
Quiet operation
Big batteries if you need them
Environmentally friendly brush-cutter
Could they improve the Greenworks 40V Cordless Brushless Trimmer?

This is a difficult question to answer. They’ve ticked the power issue with huge batteries but that brings added weight and cost. The different battery weights have made it difficult for them to strike perfect balance of the unit in my mind but at the same time seems unfair to criticise being given the option of both weight of battery. One thing is certain, if you want to go green and you are an occasional user this is a great piece of equipment. I’m on the fence but it does a great job. If you don’t like this model then I have a guide for cordless brush cutters that will be ideal for you.

Makita DUR181Z 18V Cordless Li-ion Line Trimmer

In terms of online reviews, the Makita DUR181Z 18V Cordless Li-ion Line Trimmer tops the feedback. This is an excellent unit at £93.45 that does the job with no fuss. This item does not come with its own battery and should be purchased separately which is actually great because you can choose from: 1.5 Ah, 3.0 Ah, 4.0 Ah and 5.0Ah lithium-Ion batteries giving you the freedom to pick the power and amount of money you would like to spend.

Makita DUR181Z 18V Cordless Li-ion Line Trimmer: Light weight, fully height adjustable, easy to use, quick setup, and well priced

Using this strimmer is very intuitive and comfortable to in the hand. The design of the unit is ergonomic with adjustable pole height and a handy adjustable loop handle which makes it ideal for people of all heights. In fact, the head pivots to five different angles, making it very easy for all users to find a comfortable strimming position. I can’t say I’m surprised by Makita’s attention to detail. They are always amongst the best in all tool ranges, the strimmer is no exception.

The unit only weighs 3.1kg making this one of the best power to weight ratios for all cordless strimmers and with bump feed for the nylon line it’s just really easy to use. When I look for faults I’m left clutching at straws. The worst I can come up with is the negative feedback which in my opinion is totally unfair. One has complained that the battery isn’t compatible. Makita are quite clear it’s an 18V Li-ion battery. Yes this works, I have one and have tested it so they must be using some battery from a cordless drill that’s not Li-ion. The other negative feedback is someone that didn’t read properly before purchasing. There’s always one though isn’t there? 🙂 Makita have really helped us not enforcing the purchase of a power supply with every tool so we can interchange them and save a small fortune. I don’t think Makita could make it any clearer that this is just the unit and not battery, so please, factor this into the purchase price.

Other than that, for a cordless garden strimmer, this is a beast, there’s no other way to put it. It is literally faultless in operation and power when it comes to strimming and edging and with so much adjustment potential, you are guaranteed to find a comfortable position to work from.

Makita DUR181Z 18V Cordless Li-ion Line Trimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Lightweight and easy to handle No faults.
Highly adjustable poles and handles
Relatively affordable
High powered
Variable battery power
Comfortable operation
Could they improve the Makita DUR181Z 18V Cordless Li-ion Line Trimmer?

For the price charged it is in a league of it’s own. The best thing about buying a Makita cordless strimmer is all Li-ion batteries fit all tools. You can interchange the batteries saving a fortune because you only need to buy the unit and not the power supply. How we can call that a draw back I have no idea. They have done us a real favour not enforcing a power supply with each unit. Anyone that buys this unit in good faith ends up satisfied at a minimum and more often than not finds themselves leaving five star feedback – I did!

Petrol Strimmers

Hyundai HYBC5080AV 2 Stroke Grass Strimmer

The Hyundai HYBC5080AV 2 Stroke Grass Strimmer is considered one of the best wheeled petrol strimmers. It should come as no shock given how Hyundai is a major brand in the automotive and mechanical world. This unit comes with a 2 stroke 50.8 cc recoil start petrol engine. This means you’re getting plenty of power to cut through almost all growth effortlessly but it does have it’s limits which we will go into.

Hyundai HYBC5080AV 2 Stroke Grass Strimmer: Highly powered wheeled petrol grass strimmer, anti vibration, and three year warranty.

Given the engine power you might expect to struggle with handling though it couldn’t be further from the case. It’s perfectly controllable thanks to its anti-vibration system. The design was carefully considered and it’s a different too to a hand strimmer, it’s not even fair to compare them really. Another great thing about this strimmer is the spool of line. It really last so long that you rarely find yourself changing it. When you do though, note it’s on a ratchet system rather than a tap and feed so takes a little effort but by no means a deal breaker.

One of the very best things about the power delivery is the crisp cut. It leaves your lawn looking spot on and overall this is a great wheeled strimmer that delivers for the £189.99 asking price.

Some pointed out that due to the angle of the cutter, you can’t really get at long grass. Though there are workarounds, I want my strimmer to do the job I bought it for without modification so bear that in mind. One user bought this strimmer in good faith though never filled out the form to validate his warranty. Subsequently he was turned away which is unfortunate. I would highly recommend registering the purchase so you can get your warranty, which will then be honoured. Some have complained about the instructions but that is the minority. It’s also mentioned spare parts aren’t easy to get hold of. Overall I find this to be a good little two wheeled petrol grass strimmer and ideal if you don’t want to carry the weight around.

Hyundai HYBC5080AV 2 Stroke Grass Strimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

No need to carry Manoeuvrability from being wheeled
Cuts grass effortlessly Spare parts
Extensive warranty coverage if you register the purchase
Outstanding build quality
Nice looking machine
Could they improve the Hyundai HYBC5080AV 2 Stroke Grass Strimmer?

It’s a bit of a shame when the manufacturer turns you away for not registering the warranty on the purchase but those are the rules. Knowing that, make sure you register your additional warranty so you get looked after. Spare parts are difficult to get hold of and as with all two wheel grass strimmers moving about can be more work but offsets the weight of carrying so offsets that issue. Overall it’s a good bit of kit and well worth the price.

ParkerBrand 52cc Petrol Garden Brush Cutter Grass Trimmer

The ParkerBrand 52cc Petrol Garden Brush Cutter Grass Trimmer has been consistently getting great reviews online by consumers for both performance and price. The performance to price is making this a standout bit of kit and can be bought as a multi tool that will do the strimming and brush cutting as well as hedge trimming, cutting, and pruning if you wanted to spend a little extra and get a great deal more. It’s ability as a grass trimmer and brush cutter is exceptional and cuts with ease.

ParkerBrand 52cc Petrol Garden Brush Cutter Grass Trimmer: Great value for money, good performance, well built, and comfortable to use with a good harness

This is one of the more durable petrol strimmers that you will find and weighing 10.8kg you are grateful of the decent harness that’s provided. It helps to balance the machine well and that’s important with all that power, you would be struggling to control it otherwise!

Surprisingly for a budget petrol strimmer it’s being compared to tops brands like Stihl. This is a testament in itself to the value of this strimmer. I expect price hikes inline with the quality very soon so worth getting one before that happens. It’s a nice touch that it comes with a fuel mixer and tools thought I would point out they are not the best and your spanner and screwdriver set will do a better job. The mixing bottle is good though.

I don’t have any problems at all with this petrol grass trimmer, perhaps I noticed a slight tuning issue in mid rev range but nothing ground breaking. Some have questioned the lifespan and reasonably so when it’s broken for them on first or second use. Mixed feedback a couple of years on has left a lingering thought as to how long it will really last. I think they’ve just been unlucky, most are over the moon. I’ll say this though; two years of top notch performance from a budget machine is already great value. Like any petrol engine, it’ll need looking after if you want it to last. Also it would be fair to point out breaking on first time use means refund or replacement so not all bad.

ParkerBrand 52cc Petrol Garden Brush Cutter Grass Trimmer Reviews

Best Features

What needs work

Huge power Tool Kit
Great harness that reduces stress Quality Checking
Foldable and easy to dismantle and assemble
Astonishingly cheap at £73.49
Thousands of positive reviews elsewhere
Could they improve the ParkerBrand 52cc Petrol Garden Brush Cutter Grass Trimmer?

With all unknown brand tools they are developing. The price in this case is amazing for what’s being offered so easy to overlook a few niggly problems. If I were to point to anything that would be reasonable to ask of them for improvement(at the current price) it would be to ask them to look at quality control. There’s a fair few one star feedbacks from first time use breakages which points to manufacture issue rather than design but overall for the price it makes you wonder how they do it?


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