Well-groomed cut grass in the yard. always nice and beautiful. To give the lawn an even look, use trimmers. However, if you are just planning to purchase a device, then you probably wondered how to choose a trimmer. In this article you will find information about what types of trimmers are, as well as which one is best for each purpose.
Types of Grass Trimmers
There are 3 types of trimmers depending on the power. Electric, gasoline, as well as battery.
If you choose a device that will work silently, then an electricity-powered device is definitely your choice. Representatives of this type of device are light and maneuverable. However, it is worthwhile to understand that such equipment is suitable for those areas where there is constant access to an outlet to which you can connect a trimmer.
Gasoline models are more powerful than electric or battery powered ones. Thanks to their autonomy, they can work almost anywhere and anytime. The advantage of such a trimmer is the ability to not only mow soft grass, thick flower stems, but also small shrub stems.
Naturally, such a device is noisy, which not everyone will like.
The third type of trimmers is cordless. The models of this type are the least represented on the market due to low demand. The disadvantage of such trimmers is that the battery is bulky, and it lasts no more than 40 minutes.
How to choose
In order to choose the right trimmer for a summer residence or garden, you need to clearly understand the goals and conditions in which the device will be used. This will help you choose a trimmer that will last more than one season.
The electric unit is suitable for women due to the ease and convenience of maneuvering. In addition, the largest number of electric trimmers on the market, so that you can choose a convenient option. Due to the fact that the device is powered from the network, it has low mobility, there is also a danger of cutting the wire by negligence.
Petrol powered trimmers use city services to keep lawns in order. Due to the fact that the tank with gasoline is attached to the device, it becomes heavier. Thus, not all owners of a summer cottage can cope with a trimmer.
There are also models with more battery power, but the price immediately rises so significantly that it becomes unprofitable to buy such a unit. However, if you have a small area, and you are worried about the environment, then the battery option is suitable for you.
Power is the main criterion for choosing a device for mowing grass. Typically, power varies from 220 watts to 1800 watts. The most powerful representatives have a faster rotating knife, due to which they are able to process a larger area in a shorter period of time. Remember that with the power, the weight of the device also increases.
Models with low power (up to 700 W) are suitable for small areas with soft, non-rigid grass. If you have a need to mow a larger area with rigid stems in the territory, give preference to models with a power of 900 watts or more.
The width of the cut directly affects how efficiently the plant will be cut in one pass. The most common sizes range from 20 cm to 42 cm. The larger the cut width, the more space the trimmer will cover in a shorter period of time.
For a summer cottage, it will be enough to purchase a trimmer with a cut width of about 26 cm.
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Turns, as well as the width of the cut, affect the quality of mowing. This indicator indicates the number of rotations that will be completed in 1 minute. Cheap models have a maximum speed of 7,000, so you often don’t even find this indicator on the box. In devices with greater power, this figure can reach up to 12 thousand. In order to choose a trimmer for the garden it will be enough to find a device with a speed of 6 thousand.
Diameter of fishing line
This marker shows how thick the stems of individual plants are capable of cutting equipment. Similarly to the width of the cut, the smaller the indicator, the more effort will be required to remove the lawn. The minimum diameter of the fishing line is 1.5 mm, the maximum is about 3.5 mm. It makes no sense to buy a trimmer with a larger fishing line diameter than 2 mm for a summer cottage where maintenance of the lawn is in good condition. If it is necessary to improve the area on which there are many weeds, then you can choose the diameter of the fishing line with a larger diameter.
The cutting system of the trimmer is the main element due to which it works. It can be made of strong metals or soft fishing line.
Thick knives will be the best option for groomed lawns. The fishing line is suitable in those places where there is a likelihood of the cutting system coming into contact with something other than the lawn. When hitting hard surfaces, the fishing line does not break like knives. However, thick grass can be a problem for them, as the grass will get stuck in the fishing line.
Type of fastening
Types of fastening almost do not differ, but amenities depend on them. The presence of one belt will be suitable for those situations when long mowing does not occur. Two belts are better suited for employees of urban landscaping services, as they will take on part of the vibration and distribute the load.
This criterion includes both the number of straps, the shape and number of handles, and the balancing of the unit. If you choose an electric grass trimmer in your own small garden, then one single handle will be enough, but if a large area is mowed or for a long time, it is better to give preference to a machine with two handles or with intersecting each other.
The location of the engine at the top of the handle is better for prolonged mowing than if it is located below. The lower it is, the more pressure is exerted on the back.
Tank volume and battery capacity
Well, when it is possible to fill the trimmer with gas so that it is enough for the whole mowing. Cheap trimmer models hold 300 ml of fuel and last about 20 minutes. A trimmer with a tank with a capacity of up to 1.5 liters is able to work for about one hour.
Autonomy and charging time
Battery models are lighter than gasoline and more autonomous than electric ones, however, the charge of such devices is not more than an hour. The indicator is measured in amperes. For example, 1 ampere per hour is enough for 15 minutes of continuous operation. However, to justify the battery models, we can say that they charge quickly.
The bar. the continuation of the trimmer handle can be of several forms: D. maneuverable, J. safe, T. suitable for long continuous operation. There are also pull-out and non-extendable rods. The telescopic rod will increase its length by about 20%, which can play into the arm at a time when you need to reach hard-to-reach areas.
Comparison of gasoline and electric trimmers
Before choosing a gasoline or electric trimmer, you first need to understand for what purposes and operating conditions the device is purchased.
Gasoline trimmer is suitable in the following cases:
- Dense stems are present on the lawn;
- No access to the outlet;
- There is a need to work for a long time;
- The harmful gases emitted during the work are unimportant;
- The presence of a strong person capable of holding a heavy apparatus.
Choose an electrical appliance if:
- The grass on the plot is soft and uniform;
- There is access to an electrical outlet;
- Take care of the environment;
- There is no need to work for a long time;
- Light weight is important;
- There are budget restrictions (electric models cost about 6 thousand rubles);
- The presence of loud noise is scary.
Thus, to save the budget, you need to choose a light and environmentally friendly electric grass trimmer. But, in more severe conditions of grass stiffness and the inability to connect power nearby, you can not do without a more powerful gasoline model.
When choosing an apparatus for cutting grass, it is important to understand correctly for what conditions it is purchased. Due to the large offer on the market, you can choose for yourself the most acceptable and convenient option in the ratio of price and quality.