String Trimmers: Ratings of Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThis is the most comprehensive professional comparison, with more than 60 string trimmers. Models are grouped by category, including regular and light-duty gas, cordless and battery-operated weed whackers. Each is tested to evaluate performance, handling and ease of use. Editors focus on performance from new string trimmers, but don't report on long-range durability or lifespan.
The Best New String Trimmers: Comparison Test
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentWhile testing six heavy-duty string trimmers on a horse ranch, Berendsohn initially finds little to set them apart. Yet in a final grueling test, the Echo SRM-225i emerges as the overall front runner while the Hitachi CG22EASSLP, Husqvarna 223L and Kawasaki KTF27B perform almost as well. RedMax's TR2350S and Stihl's FS 56 RC-E bring up the rear with 4 stars out of 5 each.
The Fastest (and Toughest) String Trimmers on the Market
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentEditors test a dozen gas string trimmers, from inexpensive to commercial models. The Husqvarna 125L and Shindaiwa T2510 get the best reviews, but are also the most expensive. The Weed Eater Featherlite SST25 -- also named a best value -- Stihl FS 55 RC-E, Honda HHT25S LTA and Echo GT-200R are praised for excellent performance, as well. Also included in the review are the Craftsman 316.791880, Homelite Trimlite UT20004A, Bolens BL100, Craftsman 358.796121, Toro 51950 and Ryobi SS30 RY30040A.
Electric String Trimmers: We Test 7 of the Best
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentBerendsohn and his team of experts visit a Pennsylvania golf club to find out if electric weed whackers can hold their own against gas-powered models. The Stihl FSA 85 gets the highest marks "with enough power for commercial work." The Core CGT400 places second, with lots of power. Also included in the review are the Black & Decker LST136, Cub Cadet ST59L, Troy-Bilt TB60 AF, Ryobi RY24200 and Craftsman C3 315.CR2000.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com includes a large selection of string trimmers, supplies and replacement parts, and many models attract more than 100 reviews. Electric cordless trimmers appear to be the most popular, with Black & Decker dominating the category. Only a few corded string trimmers get at least 4 stars out of 5 and a significant number of reviews, including models by GreenWorks and Worx. Husqvarna and Tanaka get the highest ratings for gas models.
Best String Trimmer
by "Dale Y."
Our AssessmentThis reviewer discusses the basics of string trimmers and provides brief reviews, but doesn't explain how he selects his top picks. He names the Husqvarna 224L as the best gas model, the Black & Decker ST1000 as the top electric string trimmer and the Black & Decker LST136 as the best cordless model. Weed eaters from Craftsman, Tanaka, Toro, Troy-Bilt, Stihl, GreenWorks, Sun Joe, Core and Worx are included.
Best Weed Eater : Top 10 Rated Weed Eaters 2013
by Jon Bannister
Our AssessmentDurability, safety and power are a few qualities that the top string trimmers have, says Bannister. He lists nine weed eaters and one edger in this review, but doesn't explain his testing or selection process. The Hitachi CG22EASSLP, Husqvarna 128DJx and Black & Decker ST1000 get Editor's Choice awards for best quality, best value and best budget pick, respectively.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentOf the 100 or so string trimmers here, Black & Decker has some of the highest-rated corded and cordless models. Toro, Echo and Honda also boast top-rated trimmers, some with more than 100 user reviews. Ryobi is another top seller, but only a couple of models get 4 stars or better.
String Trimmers and Edgers
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentOf the roughly 40 gas string trimmers at Lowes.com, owners rank four Husqvarna models as some of the best. In the cordless string trimmer category, models from Black & Decker get the highest rankings, one with more than 200 reviews. Three-star models from Worx, Troy-Bilt and Weed Eater are also here. Of the corded string trimmers, only one Black & Decker model gets more than 4 stars out of 5, but only about 10 users evaluate it.