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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Price is recommended retail as of July 2019, or the price we paid. Includes battery and charger for cordless models.
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The type of motor: petrol (two-stroke or four-stroke), electric (corded) or cordless (battery powered).
Automatic: feeds out more line as needed. Bump: tap the head on the ground to feed out more cutting line. Manual: you have to feed out more line by hand when needed.
We test by horizontally trimming along fences, walls and areas of lawn and vertically, with the cutting head perpendicular to the ground, along the edges of paths and garden borders. We also cut long grass up to 45cm in length.
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Ease of use score
We assess how comfortable the trimmers are to use, taking into account their weight, balance, handles, angle of the cutting head and so on. Respooling the line, using controls, starting, using the line feed and vibration are also taken into account.
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The year we tested this model. Tests from 2019 and onward are not comparable to earlier tests, due to a change in the test site.
Makes the trimmer easier to carry and use, especially for long jobs.
Allows you to adjust the shaft length. Usually only available on electric or cordless models as their motor is in the head, so there's no drive shaft in the tube.
A small projection – wire, metal or plastic – which helps you achieve a clean straight edge when trimming vertically. Usually acts as a tree guard in horizontal trimming.
Other heads that can replace the trimming head. These include hedge trimmers, power saws, soil cultivators and more, and are usually optional accessories not included with the trimmer.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Performance score
- Ease of use score
- Vertical trimming score
- Horizontal trimming score
- Long grass score
- Handle score
- Shaft score
- Weight score
- Balance score
- Edge score
- Controls score
- Vibration score
- Starting score
- Line feed score
- Respooling score
- Measured battery life under load (min)
- Noise at user's position and 7.5m (dB)
- Fuel mix used
- Good points
- Bad points
- Charge time (stated, min)
- Shaft type
- Line feed
- Number of cutting lines
- Line length limiting blade
- Safety guard
- Telescopic handle
- Lock-off switch
- Shoulder harness
- Tree guard
- Edging guide
- Interchangeable heads
- Rotating head
- Motor size power
- Fuel mix (recommended)
- Weight (kg)
- Length (cm)
- Cutting diameter (cm)
- Diameter of cutting line (mm)
- Items supplied
- Other features and comments
- Warranty (years)