The Best String Trimmers & Weed Wacker Reviews

Which trimmer should do the job around your house this spring?

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Whether you need a tough trimmer to handle the rough stuff or simply want to clean up your lawn, read on to find the best weed wacker to help you maintain your property.

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Best Curved Shaft Trimmer - Echo GT-225
Echo

This Echo two-stroke string trimmer is a professional grade tool. The curved shaft is lightweight and nicely balanced. The pull starter is easy to operate and the two-stroke engine provides plenty of power.

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Best Budget Trimmer - Hitachi CG23ECPSL

The Hitachi sports an almost 70-inch reach, which helps lessen fatigue while trimming. An anti-vibration system also makes the Hitachi easier to handle for extended periods. This unit is one of the cheapest available, but is still covered by a two-year commercial warranty and seven-year consumer use warranty.

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Best Compact Trimmer - Husqvarna 128LD


The Husqvarna is designed for homeowner use and includes a detachable shaft that allows you to store the unit in a closer or small space. The braided wire cable drive is strong and should last through years of use.

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Quietest Trimmer - RedMax TR2350S

"Light," "agile" and "fierce" are the three words that best describe the RedMax. It was the only trimmer to come from the factory with a stiff, noise-­reducing trimmer line—you've seen this stuff; it looks like twisted red licorice. The line is more than enough for grass and took a fearsome bite out of the brush we cut through, even taking down small seedlings along the way.

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Lightest Trimmer - Toro 51998

The 60-inch straight shaft on this trimmer provides great reach for trimming under and around obstacles. The bump-feed trimmer head features a twist and go design that allows you to wind your string without tangling it. This trimmer is comes with a 4-year warranty.

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Best Heavy-Duty Trimmer - Stihl FS 56 RC-E

From its three-position choke lever to its completely encased engine to its Easy Start gentle-pull recoil start, the Stihl represents careful, fastidious engineering. Yet an iron fist lurks in that velvet glove. Its cut is vicious, rivaling the Echo's. We laced into a blackberry bramble with this trimmer and sent the thorny stalks flying.

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