Understanding String Trimmers and Lawn Edgers

Understanding String Trimmers and Lawn Edgers

Most people view lawn mowers as the most important product for their yard, but other products are just as vital. String trimmers and lawn edgers can't mow the lawn, but they will help give your yard a well-manicured look. String trimmers are used to trim the grass in tight spots that a lawn mower can't reach, like along a fence, under decks or near delicate plants and shrubs. On the other hand, lawn edgers are used to clean up borders along sidewalks and driveways. Before you purchase a string trimmer or lawn edger, it's helpful to learn the different types of products available.

There are two different types of gas string trimmers to fit your needs:

2-Cycle Trimmers: The 2-cycle trimmer models require the mixing of oil and gas, so you'll need to keep it on hand in a separate fuel container for your string trimmer.

4-Cycle Trimmers: Larger 4-cycle trimmer models use gasoline only, like your tractor or lawn mower. They don't require the mixing of oil and gas. Oil for lubrication is in a separate reservoir in the engine.
In addition, Troy-Bilt offers an easy and reliable start with the JumpStart' engine starter that eliminates the need to pull start your string trimmer. You can choose from a corded, cordless or drill bit adaptor engine starter. Simply press the button, remove the adaptor and the string trimmer is ready to go. The JumpStart' engine starter can be used on any JumpStart-capable string trimmer, lawn edger, cultivator or blower.

String trimmers also have different kinds of shafts to fit your needs:

Curved Shaft Trimmers: Curved shaft trimmer models, like the TB625 EC Curved Shaft Gas String Trimmer, are usually lighter weight ' ideal for smaller yards with few shrubs. They are better suited to close trimming around ornamentals and intricate work.

Straight Shaft Trimmers: Straight shaft trimmers, like the TB675 EC Straight Shaft Gas String Trimmer, are good for larger yards, and reaching under decks and around trees, patios and larger shrubs. For taller users, straight shaft trimmers also tend to be more comfortable to use and can help reduce user fatigue.

There are also electric string trimmers if you're looking for a quieter model. Corded electric string trimmers don't require charging and are convenient for smaller jobs. While these models are lighter and quieter than gas-powered, remember that power cords will limit your range. Cordless electric string trimmers have all the advantages of the corded trimmers ' without the cord. They are easy to use for lawns with many obstacles and trimming areas that may reach beyond where a cord can take you.

There are two types of edgers for your lawn:

Electric or battery: Just like electric string trimmers, these lawn edgers require no fuel or oil to operate. Keep in mind whether you'll need a corded or cordless electric cultivator when making your selection.

Gas-powered: These lawn edgers will provide the most power and versatility for creating that finished look for your yard. They can cover a larger area quicker and more efficiently than electric units. The Troy-Bilt TB554 Gas Lawn Edger is perfect for cutting a clean edge along driveways and walks. It features variable edging depths and bevel capabilities.

Adding a string trimmer and lawn edger to your shed, will make your lawn look polished in no time. Remember, although these products have safety features, always use caution while operating outdoor power equipment.