Understanding String Trimmers and Lawn Edgers

Most people view lawn mowers as the most important product for their yards, but other products like string trimmers and lawn edgers are just as vital. Even though these products can't mow the lawn, they do give your yard a well-manicured look.

String trimmers are used to trim the grass in tight spots that a lawn mower can't reach, like along a fence, under decks or near delicate plants and shrubs. However, lawn edgers are used to clean up borders along sidewalks and driveways.

To help determine which tool is best for your yard needs, it's important to learn about the different types of trimmers and edgers available and what features they offer. Use the string trimmer and lawn edger buying guides below to help educate yourself on the different types of trimmers and edgers before you make a purchase.

String Trimmer Buying Guide

There are two different types of gas string trimmers:

  • 2-Cycle Trimmers: The 2-cycle trimmer models require the mixing of oil and gas, so you'll need to keep it on hand in a separate fuel container for your string trimmer.
  • 4-Cycle Trimmers: Larger 4-cycle trimmer models only use gasoline, like your tractor or lawn mower, and don't require the mixing of oil and gas. Oil for lubrication is located in a separate reservoir in the engine.

String trimmers also have different kinds of shafts that are designed to help with various projects around the yard:

  • Curved Shaft Trimmers: Curved shaft trimmer models like the TB525 EC Gas String Trimmer are usually lighter weight and ideal for smaller yards with few shrubs. They are best suited for close trimming around ornamentals and intricate work.
  • Straight Shaft Trimmers: Straight shaft trimmers like the TB6044 XP Gas String Trimmer are good for larger yards, and reaching under decks and around trees, patios and larger shrubs. For taller users, straight shaft trimmers also tend to be more comfortable to use and can help reduce user fatigue. If you're looking for a quieter model, you can also use an electric string trimmer.
  • Corded Electric String Trimmers: These types of trimmers don't require charging and are convenient for smaller jobs. While these models are lighter and quieter than gas-powered, power cords can limit your range of work.
  • Cordless Electric String Trimmers: Cordless trimmers are easy to use for lawns with many obstacles and trimming areas that may reach beyond where a cord can take you.

Lawn Edger Buying Guide

There are two types of lawn edgers for your lawn:

  • Electric or battery: Just like electric string trimmers, these lawn edgers require no fuel or oil to operate. When making your selection, it's also important to note whether you'll need a corded or cordless electric edger.
  • Gas-powered: These lawn edgers will provide the most power and versatility for creating that finished look for your yard. They can cover a larger area quicker and more efficiently than electric units. The Troy-Bilt® TB554 Gas Lawn Edger is perfect for cutting a clean edge along driveways and walks, and features variable edging depths and bevel capabilities.

Keep in mind that you can also eliminate the need to pull start your string trimmer or edger by using an engine starter, like Troy-Bilt's JumpStartTM, to ensure an easy and reliable start. Simply press the button, remove the adaptor and the string trimmer is ready to go. JumpStart can be used on any JumpStart-capable string trimmer, lawn edger, cultivator or blower.