How to Choose a Good Cordless Grass Trimmer
Timely care of the cottage area involves the systematic mowing of grass.
Choose a suitable trimmer
In order to determine the correct trimmer for mowing grass, you must first indicate for him the maximum amount of work and the limit of planned loads. In this case, it is better to start from the maximum, so that the operability and power of the device is guaranteed to be sufficient, even if the plot specifically overgrows with grass. When choosing a trimmer, note that a simple garden cordless trimmer with an elementary cutting tool can handle a good grade grass. A large area with an active growth of shrubs will require the use of a powerful and reliable unit with a set of different devices. Before buying, you need to hold the trimmer in your hands, assess the degree of convenience and weight, make sure that this device suits you, feel it.
Some options when choosing a trimmer:
- Choice – electric or gasoline;
- The role of the trimmer in lawn care;
- How to choose the trimmer, parameters;
- The price of a good device;
- Subtleties of care and maintenance.
Wrong choice of trimmer can bring enough inconvenience instead of comfort, therefore, oil should not leak in a quality trimmer, it should be reliable and quiet during operation. Your arsenal should always have a spare set of knives or fishing line, gear lubricant should also be available. Choosing more expensive models you don’t have to worry about overheating, as they are equipped with an automatic shutdown function and have self-lubricating casing, which increases the life of the device.
Electric, gasoline and battery types of trimmers
Types of lawn trimmers.
The grass trimmer is, in fact, an ordinary electric scythe, the word trimmer is literally translated as “cut” or “cut”. Sometimes an electric trimmer is called an electric scythe, and a gas trimmer is called a lawnmow. These machines are designed for quick lawn mowing and are mainly suitable for soft grass. Often these are simple, low-power devices with a straightforward electric motor and simple design features.
In today’s market, there are models equipped with a gasoline engine and battery models. The electric trimmer is used for work in areas of the cottage, which are located next to structures where there is a standard source of electricity. If you want to choose a good electric trimmer, then you should be aware of its advantages: low noise, environmental friendliness, low weight, lack of regular refueling. As for the limitations – this is a dependence on the electric source, relative restrictions on movement, less power compared to a gasoline trimmer.
If you are aiming to choose a quieter trimmer, feel free to take the electric one: it is almost silent, starts with one button press, does not pollute the atmosphere. If you consider trimmers with a built-in rechargeable battery, you need to know that the process of mowing the entire area of grass per day is possible only within 20-30 minutes. The rest of the time takes recharging a low-power and capricious in operation battery. Electric trimmers are divided into 2 types: when the engine is located above and when the engine is located below.
Trimmers, in which the engine is located on top, are more powerful and productive, but also more expensive. They are equipped with reinforced thick fishing line and can handle even very thick and tall grass. The trimmer with the lower engine is designed to mow the area with soft, lawn and often trimmed grass, it has a shorter working time and often needs breaks. An important nuance: the trimmer, in which the engine is located below, should in no case be used for mowing wet grass.
The operation of gasoline devices is characterized by high performance and high power. If we are talking about working on a section of a summer cottage with tall and hard grass, then no doubt it is worth giving preference to gasoline trimmer models. The next indisputable advantage of gasoline units is the complete absence of electrical wires, thereby providing greater freedom of movement. If the household plot is located at a considerable distance from sources of electricity, then the only way out of the situation is a gasoline trimmer. Among the shortcomings, a high level of vibration, noise during operation, substantial weight and the need for refueling should be noted.
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Trimmer Handle Type
Types of trimmer knobs.
Trimmers have 3 types of handles:
- D-type pen;
- T-type handle;
- J-type handle.
The D-type handle is extremely convenient for small amounts of work, although it requires great maneuverability when working with it, for example, when processing a section of hedges, shrubs and trees, paths. For these purposes, the fishing line is ideal, with most trimmers, the line feed is automatic. In order to cope with the lush thickets, it is worth choosing a trimmer with a D-shaped and, in addition, a J-shaped handle with the function of installing a knife. The J-type handle prevents approaching the bevel gear, it must be attached in cases where the trimmer is equipped with a grass knife, the presence of a shoulder strap will greatly facilitate the work.
The T-shaped handle is also very convenient for work, in most cases it is intended for open spaces, and the trajectory of movements in the process will resemble actions when mowing oblique. This trimmer is most often chosen for large volumes of work; its more powerful models are equipped with a three-blade knife that can handle even thick branches. When working with such a trimmer, it is extremely important to have a special harness for more reliable fixation on the body. You should know that the more power a trimmer has, the more work it can do.
Before finally choosing a good type and model of trimmer, you should pay attention to the capacity of the fuel tank. The fuel tank volume for different models varies between 0.5-1.5 liters, this fact has a significant effect on the weight of the product and its duration. It is worth paying attention to the advice of manufacturers and giving the unit a break every 35-40 minutes to cool the motor. If you do not, the life of even the highest quality and most expensive trimmer will be significantly reduced.
Drive Shaft Features
Electric trimmers are equipped with a curved rod with a flexible shaft, which directly transmits torque to the cutting part from the engine, which increases the likelihood of engine overload. Therefore, only the fishing line head is used as the cutting element. More “older” models are equipped with a straight rod and a rigid drive shaft, which redirects torque to the gearbox installed in the lower part. This ensures increased reliability of the device, its wear resistance and reduced vibration level. In addition, it becomes possible to use various cutting organs (a metal knife and a head with a fishing line), the accessibility zone of the tool increases and the visibility improves.
Trimmer Cutting Body and Functionality
Forms of trimmer knives.
The basic cutting organ of any trimmer is a head with fixed segments (or one segment) of high-strength plastic fishing line, it is she who provides repeated care for the lawn. In the process, the head rotates at high speed, and the fishing line easily cuts not only grass, but also weeds with small bushes.
As the fishing line deteriorates, it needs to be replaced, in modern machines this happens in a fully automated or semi-automated mode. If the semi-automatic device does not hit the head lightly on the ground, then its mechanism will independently measure the required amount of fishing line. If the feed is automatic, then the fishing line is replaced during each engine start, without outside interference. To reduce the wear of the fishing line in the electric trimmer, a special safety bracket is often placed over the cutting element, which prevents too close approach to the tree trunk or to the flowerbed.
Some “advanced” models of electric trimmers can easily cut the edges of the lawn because they are equipped with a 90 ° rotation of the cutting system, there are also models that have support rollers or wheels that help maintain a certain height of the bevel and lighten the load on the hands during operation.
Tips to help you choose the right device
Some electric and gas trimmers are equipped with split heads for attaching various attachments to them. Thus, the buyer acquires the so-called multi-tool, which, if desired, becomes a delimber, brush cutter, cultivator and snow blower. It is very convenient to disassemble and wash after work, it easily fits in the trunk of any car. When buying a trimmer, pay attention not only to the price. Check the design and make sure it is easy to use, that you are able to handle it. This is done so that regular care of the household plot does not turn into hard labor.
It is worth considering that the convenience of the handle and rudders, the ability to maintain balance during operation affects the quality of mowing. It must be remembered that shoulder straps significantly reduce the load on the musculoskeletal system, and the presence of a detachable long rod increases the coverage area during mowing. To select the trimmer with the greatest efficiency, it must have more power and fast acceleration. The trimmer must have a minimum weight relative to its power. Choose a tool with an effective vibration absorption system or reduced vibration of parts that you will work with directly. Starting the engine should be easy.
Summing up, it can be argued that today it is quite affordable to choose a device that will optimally meet the goals of the work and have the maximum set of required additions, so before choosing a trimmer, consider all the parameters and technical characteristics ratios to your suburban area or the cottage always had a well-groomed and exemplary appearance.