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How to Choose a Cordless Trimmer

How to Choose a Cordless Trimmer

If you are looking for a way to make your yard maintenance easier, faster and more convenient, a cordless trimmer is a great purchase.  Instead of lugging a long cord around and being forced to stay within the range of the cord length, a cordless trimmer gives you the freedom and flexibility to go wherever you need to get a trimming job done.  To make your lawn look beautifully manicured, the cordless trimmer is a tool you just can’t do without.

There are a couple of choices for cordless trimmer models on the market today, and they vary by size and power.  There are also two power options; a gas powered cordless trimmer or a battery powered model.  They each have their pros and cons that you should consider before you make a purchase.

The Battery Powered Cordless Trimmer

A battery powered cordless trimmer has the distinct advantage of not needing any messy fuel refills.  Most run on lithium ion batteries that are rechargeable, meaning you won’t have to keep buying fuel or extra batteries for the trimmer.  The charge time is usually several hours, however, so you will need to remember to charge it well in advance of when you need to use it, and if the batteries die partway through a job, you will have to wait until it is powered up and ready to go again.  In most cases, the battery life should be sufficient to get the job done, however.  One of the common downsides to a battery powered cordless trimmer is that they do lack some of the power of a gas model, as the batteries can not provide the same level of cutting power.  For small jobs around the yard, this is probably not an issue.

The Gas Powered Cordless Trimmer

If you have a lot of serious trimming to do which involve things like tall weeds or heavy grasses, you might find that you prefer the additional power available in a gas powered cordless trimmer.  Just like your lawn mower, this type of cordless trimmer relies on a gas powered engine to provide the cutting power.  You will need to refill it regularly, but as long as you have enough gas on hand you won’t run out of power in the middle of the job, and there is no wait for anything to recharge.  Refilling gas powered trimmers can be messy and of course storing gasoline can be dangerous, and some people prefer not to deal with those issues.

For trimming along patios, flower beds, fences, sidewalks and driveways, a cordless trimmer is a great tool.  If you have a large yard, you will find that cordless is really the only way to go, since you probably won’t have enough cord length to reach all ends of your yard.  Choose the power of your cordless trimmer based on the level of work you need it to do, and if you’re unsure of how much you need, going for a little extra power is always a good idea.  When it comes to this sort of power tool, having too much power is definitely better than having too little.

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