Grass trimmer reviews

Petrol trimmers outgun their cordless cousins.
 
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  • Updated:1 Aug 2006
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles - the best

The models in the What to buy list are profiled below in rank order. Prices are recommended or average retail, as supplied by manufacturers in June/July 2006.

STIHL FS 38

Price: $249
Type: Petrol

Good points:

  • Excellent at trimming horizontally and vertically, and at cutting long grass
  • Well-balanced and very comfortable to use
  • Easiest model to respool

Bad points:

  • Tall people might find it a little too short, especially when used vertically for edging

BLACK & DECKER FIRESTORM NST 2018-XE

Price: $169
Type: Cordless

Good points:

  • Spare battery supplied
  • Quick one-hour recharge
  • Head can be rotated 180 degrees for vertical trimming
  • Adjustable-length shaft
  • Very easy to start, as are all the cordless models
  • Equal best model for vibration

Bad points:

  • Large guard can obstruct vision when inverted for vertical trimming
  • Not very good at vertical trimming and cutting long grass, although it was the best of the cordless models

Note: We tested a sample from New Zealand. Black and Decker plans to release this model in Australia later this year, either through Bunnings under the Firestorm brand, or else through independent stores under the Black & Decker brand with a new model number. We'll let you know the new model details when they're available.

Profiles - the rest

The rest of the models are profiled below in rank order. Prices are recommended or average retail, as supplied by manufacturers in June/July 2006, unless noted otherwise. These didn't score as highly for performance and/or ease of use as the recommended models.

GREEN MACHINE GM254CLT

Price: $299
Type: Petrol

Good points:

  • Very good performer
  • Head can be rotated 180 degrees for vertical trimming
  • Alternative heads available to convert to a blower, tiller, etc. (We didn't test these)

Bad points:

  • Nothing in particular

RYOBI PLT-3043YW

Price: $179
Type: Petrol

Good points:

  • Very good performer

Bad points:

  • May be a little short for tall people, and the low position of the front handle can cause you to stoop

TROY-BILT TB25CS

Price: $189
Type: Petrol

Good points:

  • Good performer
  • Head can be rotated 180 degrees for vertical trimming
  • Easiest petrol model to start
  • Easy to respool
  • Alternative heads available to convert to a blower, tiller, etc. (We didn't test these)

Bad points:

  • The heaviest trimmer on test

GMC GLT25

Price: $99
Type: Petrol

Good points:

  • Good performer
  • Head can be rotated 180 degrees for vertical trimming

Bad points:

  • Hardest trimmer to respool

HUSQVARNA 24C

Price: $249
Type: Petrol

Good points:

  • Good performer

Bad points:

  • May be a little short for tall people

ENVIROMOWER ENVIROTRIMMER LT250

Price: $189
Type: Cordless

Good points:

  • Performance is good enough for small areas
  • Good battery capacity
  • Alternative cutting head with hard plastic blades is supplied
  • Head can be rotated 180 degrees for vertical trimming
  • Adjustable length shaft
  • Very easy to start

Bad points:

  • Heavy for a cordless trimmer
  • Automatic line feed is not convenient to use, as you often have to stop and start the trimmer to make it feed

RYOBI CLT-1223

Price: $99
Type: Cordless

Good points:

  • Adjustable length shaft
  • Very easy to start
  • Equal best model for vibration

Bad points:

  • Very poor performer, mainly due to lack of cutting power
  • Very awkward to use for vertical trimming as its rear handle doesn't rotate

OZITO CLT-400

Price: $69
Type: Cordless

Good points:

  • Adjustable length shaft
  • Very easy to start

Bad points:

  • Very poor performer, mainly due to lack of cutting power
  • Very awkward to use for vertical trimming as its rear handle doesn't rotate
  • Trigger is tiring to hold down for long periods
  • Worst trimmer for vibration
 

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