Whether the power source is battery or gas engine, trimmers on the market today sell themselves through ease of use, ergonomics, convenience and — of course — performance.
For instance, the new Husqvarna 122C shown here is promoted by the manufacturer as a powerful gas-powered trimmer loaded with user-friendly features. A low-noise engine is doctored with Smart Start technology for minimum-effort starts. And a Tap ‘n Go trimmer head allows for easy adjustment of the trimmer cord.
The product weighs in at 9.7 lbs.
Price point: $159.95
• LITHIUM-POWERED FOR MEDIUM DUTY
The Ryobi 24-Volt Cordless Trimmer/Edger is a lithium-ion battery-powered tool “designed to handle medium-duty jobs with ease.” Users can decide themselves: broader cut strokes or longer run time, and adjust the 11-in. to 13-in. cut swath accordingly.
Price point: $149, Ryobitools.com
• START YOUR ENGINES
Craftsman’s 2-cycle WeedWacker Straight Shaft Gas Trimmer promotes an easy, two-step starting process — and even offers a Speed Start Technology push-button option. It offers extended reach and an 8-in-1 yard-tool attachment for added convenience.
Retail price point: $159.99
• KEEPING IT GREEN
Fresh from its unveiling at the National Hardware Show’s New Product World, the GreenWorks 40V String Trimmer/edger claims gas power, without the hassle. It converts to a walk-behind edger and weighs in at 5.62 lbs.
Price point: $200, Greenworkstools.com
• GETTING THROUGH THE ROUGH PATCH
DR Power Equipment offers a new attachment for its DR Trimmer/Mower – DuraBlades. Users can quickly replace the trimming cord for these tough, metal blades when they need the extra performance, in light brush or brambles, for instance.
Retail price point: About $40 for the kit