In this article we review the best petrol strimmers in the UK market. These are also known as 2-stroke strimmers, because of the engine type. There are also some higher end 4-stroke models available. Generally speaking though, the two stroke engine, that uses a mixture of petrol and oil, remain the most popular choice.
The petrol versions of these are the choice of professionals in both gardening and landscaping. That is because they are portable, powerful and very durable. They are built to do a lot of work and be used on a regular basis. They cut grass, weeds, hard brush and can also be sued for doing edges. Many council workers also use these when out on the highways and rural roads.
At home, the people who buy these, are generally speaking people with larger gardens, or who maybe look after one or two gardens. They are also popular with allotment owners. Then there are people like me, who enjoy the roar of the engine, the freedom of movement and the way that these blitz through just about anything.
Below we have created a list of the highest rated petrol trimmers that are currently available in the UK market.
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No 1 Choice - Trueshopping® 62cc Petrol Strimmer
Average Price = £130
This 2-stroke model is our number one choice on the UK market at this moment in time. As such we highly recommend it to any gardener, who needs to get a lot of work done quickly.
It is a product that is new to the market and is starting to sell really well. Has a powerful 62 cc petrol engine, that provides a ton of power
This will take out grass, weeds, bramble and any scrub that gets in the way.
No 2 Choice - BLACK+DECKER STC1820PC-GB
Average Price = £82
This model is our number two choice on the UK market at this moment in time. This trimmer uses an automatic feed line, that is powered by an 18 volt Lithium-Ion battery pack.
It is a very highly rated product by buyers, and they love the fact this it is portable, and can be taken to the allotment or to the graveyard when required. Works great on long grass and for doing edges.
The telescopic shaft makes it easy to adjust the trimmer to your height. Has a cutting width of 28 cm and powered by a 500 watt motor. Also has a full 2-YEAR warranty!
No 3 Choice - VonHaus 20 Volt Cordless Grass Strimmer
Average Price = £45
This model is our number three choice on the UK market at this moment in time. Priced at around £45 it is also the cheapest cordless strimmer on our list.
This strimmer is different to those above as it does not use a strimmer line. Instead it uses hard plastic blades to do the cutting. It comes fitted with a blade and you get an additional 9 blades.
It is ideal for those who are fed up of trimmers where the line constantly breaks.
What To Look For When Buying a Petrol or 2-stroke Trimmer?
Any of those that are on our list above are very good choices based on all the researching that we have done. We have done a full buyer's guide for trimmers which you can read by clicking here. However, if you have decided that a petrol one is best for you, here are a few tips to help you get to the right buying decision.
Battery Type & Size
Cordless strimmers have really only become effective since the introduction of Lithium-Ion batteries. These charge quickly, and more importantly do not discharge for a very long time. That allows them to be powerful enough, to power a fast spinning motor, which is essential for a grass trimmer.
Generally speaking the bigger the battery, the more power it will have. The most popular sizes are the 18 or 20 volt batteries, as these are compatible with some of the big branded power tools. So for example, the 18 volt battery used for a Makita drill, can also be sued in their trimmers.
The number one on our list above has a might 36 volt battery, and that is what makes it highly popular with buyers. It allows the trimmer to get on with doing its job, the battery lasts a long time, and it is fast to recharge.
AFS - Automatic Line Feed
The first choice for many buyers is whether to use a line system or a blade system. The VonHaus one, at number three on our list uses a plastic blade to do the cutting. For those who hate line feeds, that is a good alternative. However, that type struggle to get in close to edges like garages, sheds or kerb stones, without damaging the blades. They do however work well if you just want to quickly cut long grass.
Most brands though use a line system. There are two type of that, either bum pr automatic. Bump is where you bump the base of the trimmer on the ground to let out more line when it breaks. The much better automatic system does this automatically.