A cordless strimmer can be used for garden maintenance such as tidying lawn borders, trimming tall grass, tackling overgrowth, and getting in those hard-to-reach areas where wires would usually hold you back. There are different sizes available to match the size of your garden, making them ideal for anyone who wants to keep their garden looking neat and tidy. They come with a built-in lithium battery which makes them really easy to manoeuvre in comparison to a corded strimmer. This design combines the qualities of both a petrol strimmer and an electric corded one. If you are after a really heavy duty strimmer make sure to read our guide to the best professional petrol strimmers.
How To Use A Strimmer
A strimmer is a versatile tool when you use it correctly. There are four main cutting techniques that you need to learn to become the master of strimmer use; tapering, scything, screeding, and edging. They each have their own use and different finishes depending on what you are looking to achieve. Let’s run through them below.
Edging On Borders
Where you have two surfaces that meet, you will find that edging can provide you with a clean-cut, sharp finish. It’s a common technique used between places like your lawn and drive or around flower beds. To get this finish, you need to keep the strimmer spool parallel and flat to the ground. Figure out your cut height, and then simply walk into the cut path. In order to keep a uniformed height, from a tight grip. Be aware that stones, dirt, and debris may be thrown around when using this cutting technique. If you’ve not used this technique before, it can take a bit of practice, so, don’t expect it to be the perfect first time.
Tapering Up To Fences, Walls, Or Around Trees
Tapering results in a gradually faded grass effect that looks attractive around different obstacles in your garden. It helps to give a more natural feel as opposed to a strong parallel cut you might get from edging. Instead of angling the strimmer line flat, hold the strimmer to a slight angle. You should aim to have the cutting line towards the object you are trimming around. This will mean you cut less grass when moving around obstacles. A tapered edge will lead to you having a more attractive channel of grass between the obstruction and where you’ve mowed. Aim to blend the edge with the height of your mowed grass to leave you with a natural but clean looking finish.
Scything Longer Grass And Weeds
When working in longer grass some obstacles can be tricky to move around. You shouldn’t attempt to scythe anything unless you are using a powerful strimmer. To successfully use the scything technique you need to take a strong stance and move the strimmer in and out of the cut area using a shallow ‘U’ shape. If you want a more even cut you can use overlapping and lap your ‘U’s’ for a more natural and wavy effect.
Screeding Pesky Weeds
The final technique you might want to use with your strimmer is to tackle those pesky weeds that always seem to grow through the cracks. This a quick yet effective way to remove any unsightly tufts of overgrowth, however, it may take a toll on your strimming line. You need to have a reasonably steady hand and you also need your strimmer to be light enough for you to feel confident in manoeuvring it.
You need to tilt your spool so that the nylon strings are just lifting off the floor. Bring the strimmer up to the right speed and aim for the weed’s base. Cut as flush to the hard surface as possible. Getting the tilt wrong, or too shallow will lead to you going through a reel of trimming like no tomorrow. Too steep and you will leave a nice chunk of weed behind, practice definitely makes perfect with this technique. Be sure to be extra careful when using this technique as it can lead to marks been let on your patio.
How Long Do Cordless Strimmers Charge Last?
If you’re thinking about a cordless strimmer for your garden it’s a good idea to know about the battery life. You can expect to between 30 and 60 minutes of continuous use, and then you would need to charge. For this reason, if you are planning on using it for longer, for commercial use, or have a large garden it might be a good idea to invest in a couple of extra batteries. Be sure to remove the battery from the strimmer when not in use, to help minimise it slowly discharging. When you know you are going to be using it for the first time in a while, make sure charge it so you can get the maximum use out of it.
How Long Does A Cordless Strimmer Take To Charge?
A Corless Strimmer battery can take between 30 minutes up to more than four hours to fully charge. It’s essential for you to check this before you buy. Especially if you are going to need to charge it in between cutting the different areas of your garden. If you are left with a long wait between charges, you may be a little frustrated. Alternatively, as mentioned above it could be a good idea to get yourself a few spare batteries. It can be really useful to have a second one ready charge so you can carry on with your garden maintenance without delay. Depending on the brand it can be possible to swap your battery pack with other cordless tools too, so this might be something to bear in mind when shopping. Batteries can be a little costly, but if you look to buy as part of a package when you purchase tour grass strimmer you could save yourself some funds.