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Best String Trimmers

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Written by Evelyn Flynn

We reviewed some of the best string trimmers over the course of two months, including edging lawns, trimming grass, and weed destruction on a ten-acre orchard. Our top pick for an average sized home lawn is the Black+Decker – LST136W. It is ideal for edging and cutting grass on uneven terrain, with its lightweight yet powerful 13-inch trimmer. However, for larger field jobs, we recommend the Ego – Power+ 1502-SF. To find out more information about this kind of product, do not hesitate to click on to read more.


1. BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX String Trimmer

The Black+Decker – LST136W is a powerful and lightweight trimmer that is suitable for most home trimming and edging needs. Its compact size and collapsible design make it easy to carry and store. Black+Decker has managed to strike a balance between efficiency and power, allowing the motor to handle thick, overgrown grass and heavy stalks with ease.

2. EGO Power+ MHC1502 Multi Combo Kit: 15 String Trimmer

For those looking for a battery-powered trimmer to replace a gas model, the Ego – Power+ ST1502-SF is a good option. It uses commercial-grade line and has a higher-voltage battery system for more power, but its 36-minute runtime may not be enough for large jobs. The charger refills the battery in less than 45 minutes, and the trimmer is lighter than the Ryobi 15” trimmer. However, it may be overkill for city lawn work, and the Black+Decker trimmer is a more suitable option for most jobs.

3. Greenworks 40V 12″ Cordless String Trimmer

The 2101602 trimmer, a powerful device with adequate performance for most applications, has been made available by Greenworks as a part of their G-MAX system. But it weighs more than the Black+Decker tool, has a smaller battery, and has less cutting power. With two lines spinning simultaneously, the Greenworks trimmer operates just as well as the Black+Decker control wheel at 85% power. If you want to save some money and don’t need to cut anything heavier than grass, the Greenworks trimmer is a decent choice. Due to its extended reach and ease of finding a balanced handle position, it is advised for taller people.

Types of trimmers


This type of string trimmer is commonly used on roadways, powered by a two-cycle gas engine that provides a lot of power and can run for six hours on a gallon of gasoline. However, these engines are loud, require extra maintenance, and need oil-gasoline mixing. While gas trimmers are still necessary for heavy usage, for an average-sized yard, they are not needed.


Corded trimmers weren’t tested since, despite having a good value for their weight and power, managing the cable can be difficult. While the edger/trencher we tested needed a plug-in connection and offered excellent power, its cord can be troublesome when working on uneven or remote terrain.

Battery power

Cordless electric trimming provides the most pleasant experience compared to gas trimmers as they are quieter and provide freedom of movement. However, the downside is limited battery capacity, and lithium-based battery technology compromises between power, runtime, and weight. Most models have a battery life of up to half an hour, which is sufficient for small jobs without the need to stop for a charge.


A well-maintained lawn involves trimming grass and weeds around it, and Black+Decker’s LST136W is a tool that’s suitable for this task. It’s designed with home lawn care in mind, and it’s equipped with features and performance that are ideal for an urban environment. With a balanced combination of power, weight, cost, and battery capacity, this single-line trimmer is capable of meeting your lawn-care needs.

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Evelyn Flynn

Evelyn Flynn is a freelance writer and garden enthusiast who enjoys testing and reviewing garden products. She has a degree in Environmental Science and has worked on various sustainability projects. Evelyn Flynn's writing has been published in several online and print publications, including Gardenista and Apartment Therapy. She is passionate about promoting sustainable gardening practices and helping readers make eco-friendly choices when it comes to their garden products.

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