How To Choose A Cordless String Trimmer

If you want to keep the edges of your garden or walkway neat or manicure around fence poles and tree trunks, a cordless string trimmer is the tool for you. It can handle tall grass and weeds that might be too much for a typical lawn mower and even clear a path through a light brush.

String trimmers come in curved or straight shafts and run on gasoline or lithium-ion batteries. However, some models come with only foot-long cords, so you'll need an extension cord at least 50 to 100 feet long.

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Consider these and other factors carefully when shopping for a cordless string trimmer.

Yard Size

When buying a string trimmer, the size of your yard is an essential factor to consider. A larger yard will require a more powerful trimmer with a wider cutting swath to get the job done efficiently. On the other hand, a smaller yard may require less power, and a more compact trimmer may be a better choice. Choose a trimmer that matches the size of your yard to ensure that you can trim your lawn quickly and easily without any issues. Additionally, a too-small trimmer for your yard can lead to frustration and inefficiency. At the same time, one that is too large can be difficult to maneuver.

Power Source

Trimmers have three main power sources: gas, electric, and battery-powered. Gas trimmers are typically the most powerful, making them a good choice for larger yards or tougher jobs. However, they are also the heaviest and require more maintenance. Electric trimmers are more environmentally friendly and easier to maintain. Still, they are also less powerful and require an outlet or extension cord to operate. A battery-powered or cordless string trimmer is lightweight and easy to maneuver but can be as powerful as other strimmers. Your chosen power source will ultimately depend on your specific needs and preferences.


If you have a lot of trees, bushes, or other obstacles, you'll want to choose a trimmer that is easy to maneuver and can handle working around tight spaces. It may mean opting for a battery-powered or electric trimmer, often lighter and more agile than gas-powered models. Other features may present challenges, such as steep inclines or rocky terrain. By taking obstacles into account when choosing a string trimmer, you can ensure that you can effectively and efficiently maintain your yard.

Safety Feature

String trimmers can cause injuries if improperly handled, so choose a model with built-in safety measures. Some models, like the 40V Cordless String Trimmer, have interlock safety switch (pull lever) and an On/Off lever. It helps users avoid unfortunate accidents. Also, consider the weight and balance of the trimmer, as a heavy or unwieldy model can be hard to control and increase the risk of accidents.

Noise Output

When choosing a string trimmer, consider the noise output of the model you're interested in. Loud noises can be harmful to your hearing and can be a disturbance to your neighbors. Look for models with low noise output ratings, usually measured in decibels (dB). Trimmers Brushless motors are often quieter than those with brush motors.

Considering these factors, you can find the right trimmer for your specific needs and preferences. You can also opt for a bladed trimmer for more precision and control in styling. Bladed trimmers are great for sharp lines and details that elevate a look.

Both string trimmers and bladed trimmers are available at Redback. To ensure you get the perfect trimmer for your needs, look at our selection today! With the right tools and products from Redback, you can create a stylish, professional look that will turn heads.

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