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Not All Line Trimmers Are Created Equal

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

Line trimmers are such an important lawn care tool, it's easy to forget they haven't been around that long; they've transformed what used to be a labor intensive and sweat inducing task into an almost enjoyable part of lawn and yard care. You'll find several types of line trimmers, so choose the type that best meets your needs.

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Line Trimmers for Your Lawn and Property

The type of line trimmer you choose largely depends on the size of your yard and how you plan to use your trimmer. The three main types of line trimmers are:

  • Electric line trimmers
  • Residential gas line trimmers
  • Commercial gas line trimmers

Electric line trimmers are best for small yards that need only a little bit of trimming after mowing. Electric line trimmers are lightweight and usually quieter than gas models, but they're also less powerful, and you must charge the battery on a regular basis.

Residential gas line trimmers are popular with many homeowners due to the freedom to roam their yards until the fuel runs out. Many residential gas line trimmers have two line heads to make a quick job of trimming, and you can replace spools or string them with new line. With gas trimmers, you can often choose between straight or curved shafts; use the style that best suits your height and cutting motion.

Commercial gas line trimmers are the most powerful, and heavy trimmers and often come with various attachments for cutting heavy weeds and fields that aren't mowed on a regular basis.

Line trimmers can save you time and energy when doing yard work; choose the model that's best for you and your property.


About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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