We need to buy a strimmer for a very overgrown garden and will need the
stronger type I believe called a 'brush cutter' for some heavier work.
Grateful for any recommendations for a reasonably priced one.
Preferably any information about both electric and petrol version, so we can
try and decide if it's worth paying the extra for the petrol version.
Much depends on the size of garden, and whether this is a one-off
clearance of overgrowth in a smallish one which will then be entirely
civilised, or a longterm maintenance project in a large one where you'll
use the brush cutter year after year. Also, how fit you are and if you
have a good back, because you'll need one for prolongued use of a HD
With the shoulder harness that most petrol strimmers come with, weight
isn't really an issue. There is a big price difference though.
Kawasaki and Ryobi produce decent machines. They produce a lot of
noise, and throw up stones occasionally - a full visor and hearing
protection should be worn.
Definitely a petrol one. If you get one with a cutting disc, similar to
a circular saw blade, they are fantastic for cutting most things! Legs
included, so take care and don't use it near to others. Also as
mentioned they can throw up stones, more with the cord than the disc. I
heard the bang of my patio door glass shattering over the noise of the
petrol engine at a distance of about 10m.
Mine has seen better days and I'm considering a replacement, local
auctions seem a good start for 2nd hand and that is probably where I'll
go for it.
If yours is a one off need it maybe better to hire a decent one for a
As was said earlier, with the correct shoulder straps / harness the
petrol strimmers are a joy to use and the weight is not noticeable.
Enjoy and be careful................
That's very true. A truss is highly recommended for this sort of work,
I wouldn't consider doing without. And although the harness takes a lot
of the weight it's still hard work if you have a big machine, make no
Re electric strimmers. I have a Flymo 600 contour. Its a heavy duty
strimmer. It is reasonably light and I use it for most garden tasks.
Sometimes the twin feed jams but otherwise it works well. I have a very
large garden. It does have difficulty going through very long grass when
grass is damp but you have to nibble away at it until its down enough to cut
My OH has a stihl. Motor driven. Its a good machine like those being
described here but no good unless you are strong ( preferably male). It is
heavy and tiring despite what they tell you.
Unless I missed it the OP still hasn't specified his needs.
If he has a small overgrown garden which is going to be tamed then
redesigned for light maintenance, then he might consider hiring a
professional brush cutter for the clearance then purchasing a cheap
electric strimmer which would be adequate for lightweight work edging
lawnes, tidying under hedges etc. They are worlds apart in ease of use
(and risk to the user, and permanent plants)
What size of garden, and how easy is it to get power into the far
reaches of it?
Do you need to eun any other attachments on the machine? Some of them
will take pruning chainsaws (very good if you have trees), hedge cutters
(all the ergonomic charm of bagpipes, but handy for tall hedges).
I have uses a few electric strimmers and never been that impressed with
any of them. Personally I find petrol much better for the freedom from
wires and power.
On Sun, 24 Jul 2011 16:29:30 +0100, john thompson wrote:
How big a garden? What is the garden overgrown with, just tussocky
grass, nettles or brambles?
Nettles will make a small petrol one struggle an ordinary electric
just won't cut it. Brambles being "woody" need a disc/blade based
If you don't envisage needing a brush cutter machine in the future
I'd hire to do the clearance and buy a petrol one for keeping things
in check afterwards.
I used an B&D electric one once, feed it more than half a dozen
blades of grass (blades not stems...) and it would struggle. Maybe
you can get electric ones with decent sized motors (>1kW) that would
do better. Petrol is noisey and you have to faff about with fuel/oil
mixtures but you have complete freedom and no cable to get tangled in
the way etc.
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