My Father wants a petrol powered strimmer
for "normal" garden work - i.e. infrequent
use on smallish triffidry.
Previously had a McCulloch which broke due
to metal fatigue (I think) on the long drive
Any recommendations and/or advice appreciated.
On Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:12:24 +0100, Bill Wright wrote:
My Ryobi is doing well I don't know if it's a "big" one or not. It's
dual line with a maximum cutting dia of at a guess 15". Dual line
means that the thing is in balance so less vibration compared to
Never had any great problem starting from cold even after being just
left in the garage overwinter.
Not had that, the bump feed doesn't work (it did at one time) but as
the ground I generally strim is hard and lumpy not having bump feed
saves line. B-)
If "smallish" and "normal" are the same as I think, forget the petrol
and get one of these:
I have been extremely impressed. It's as powerful as any other small
domestic line trimmers (I had a Ryobi before). Of course, petrol goes
bigger with heavier lines, which is why I said "domestic".
Does about 40-50 mins on eco speed, less on high speed. Battery
recharges in a similar time, so get 2 batteries if continuous use is
I also find the line feed is a lot better behaved than my old Ryobi and
it doesn't keep chopping the line off at the reel.
It's electric. It's about five foot long. It cuts a radius of about 7".
You can fit a brush cutter. It cost £99. It's very effective and easy to
use. You have to adjust the shoulder strap exactly though, or you get
On Sat, 07 Jun 2014 22:45:12 +0100, Tim Watts wrote:
Yeah 'tis a bit vague. I picked up on "triffidy". Triffids ain't
small and have thick stems...
Dad got an mains electric strimmer, I tried it on the very narrow row
of grass leaves (not stems) along the side of a cold frame after
mowing. Shears would have been quicker. I guess if you only have a
small amount of fine grass to trim around things (I note you use the
word "trimmer" not "strimmer") and bending or kneeling is difficult
such a thing is fine.
Our strimmer has to cope with 3' high nettles over several square
metres. Nettles have very fibrous stems and can wrap them selves
around the head. The grass is also stems not just leaves.
Yes, I do use mine mostly for edging work on grass (so I appreciate the
lack of fuss of a battery tool).
But it will take out nettles, cow parsley and smaller brambles.
I would make a counter proposal though that if the trimmer is light and
very low-fuss, it's a lot easier to pick it up twice as often and deal
with the weeds whilst they are smaller.
I found that when I put up a small plastic "lift lid" storage unit for
my mower and garden tools (old shed is knackered) and it was a lot
easier to get the mower out rather than fighting though lots of crap in
the shed, I cut my lawn every 1-2 weeks in growing season. In turn I can
get around the garden on half a tank of petrol instead of 2 and empty
the grass box 1-2 times instead of 10 times.
Ease makes chores a lot less chore-y...
On Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:32:08 +0100, charles wrote:
Ours starts to need cutting after about five days. Trouble is with
the recent weather it can be another 5 days before it's dry enough,
miss that chance then another few days...
Cut ours Friday, "short meadow" would be a resonable description with
all the grassland plants in flower and a foot high. Probably got two
dumpy bags of cuttings. Didn't even start to count the number
We've had two B&D mains units, one in the US, one here, and although
they have started out fine, they both eventually stopped advancing the
string, to the point where they became shed ornaments.
I have found nobody who can explain what happens, and how to fix it.
I now have a new Stihl, and have yet to use up the first spool.
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