Best Petrol Strimmer Reviews UK 2016 – 2017
Summer is right around the corner, and you’re looking into buying the best petrol strimmer you can find. Essential for creating a straight edge along sidewalks and curbs, or just cleaning up and straightening edges and other parts of garden, strimmers really are some of the best tools you can have in your arsenal. They also vary from some of the cheapest and most basic of models to expensive and top of the line.
But with so many options out right now, how are you going to choose the right one? When choosing a strimmer, you will want to take a few things into consideration. First, how large of a yard or garden do you have. What kind of jobs do you need to accomplish? Do you want to just trim and smooth out edges around the sidewalk or garden? Or do you want to be able to cut down tall grass and thick brush? This is a big factor in how powerful of an engine you’ll need.
You’ll also want to take into the size and weight of the trimmer, to make sure you can handle it. The more powerful the strimmer you need, the heavier and more unwieldy it’s going to be. Some larger models will have straps and bike-style handlebars to make using them easier. Conversely, while these handlebars make holding the strimmer easier, they make them less nimble and precise than traditional ring-handle styles. Some strimmers even have adjustable shaft lengths and handle placements, so you can find a position that works for you.
If you have a lot of other tasks around the yard you need to accomplish, you may also consider looking into purchasing a split-shaft model, which allows you to remove the string trimmer and attach other tools, such as a leaf blower or hedge trimmer.
Strimmers come in both petrol and electric form, which are available both corded and in battery-powered form. Petrol strimmers are generally a bit more expensive, but make up for this with increased power and mobility over battery-powered and corded strimmers.
In our guide, we’re going to focus on petrol models only, and leave electric models out of the equation. Below you’ll find a short guide on some of the best uk petrol strimmers on the market today.
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The Best Petrol Strimmer Reviews UK of 2016 - 2017
Trueshopping® Professional Petrol Grass Strimmer Brushcutter 2-stroke 43cc 1.25kw 1.7hp
The Trueshopping Professional Petrol Grass Strimmer is a solid option, and at this price it's one of the less expensive, best budget petrol strimmers you’ll find. This particular strimmer is a 2-stroke, 43cc engine, and puts out 1.25kw and 1.7 horsepower of torque. It weighs approximately 7.4kg, and its design includes an ergonomic harness and bike-style handlebars, both of which help spread the weight more evenly and make using the strimmer more manageable and wieldy.
The Trueshopping comes with both a twin-line string blade, and a 3-tooth metal cutting blade, making it useful for both small trims and larger-scale, heavier-duty jobs. The 3-tooth cutting blade is very useful for clearing especially tough bushes, brush and tall grass, while the twin-line remains for edging and accuracy. This particular Trueshopping strimmer uses a bump-feed, which means that more line is fed out by manually bumping the trimmer head on the ground.
At its price point, the Trueshopping model is an excellent choice for budget and value. It provides a considerable amount of power and strength for even some of the toughest jobs, while remaining wieldy, all at an affordable and wallet-friendly price. It has 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and is generally well-liked by those who have purchased it.
- Powerful, 43cc engine
- Bike-style handlebars and ergonomic harness for maneuverability
- Basic features
The next one on our best petrol strimmer uk list is the McCulloch TrimMac 25cc. At £98.88, this strimmer is a little more expensive than the Trueshopping Professional. It is also a considerably smaller and considerably less powerful, clocking in 25cc vs the Trueshopping’s 43cc. It has a curved trimshaft and loop-handle, that McCulloch claims serve to give it a more comfortable working position when trimming flower beds and lawn edges. It also includes a single-strap harness, to take some of the weight off and make it more wieldy. It is also ultra-light, clocking in at a comfortable 3.9kg.
The TrimMac is a split-shaft model, meaning it can be used with many different attachments. It comes with both a 2cm nylon-string cutter blade, with a cutting width of 41cm, and a 20cm metal grass cutting blade, meaning that it is capable of taking on the toughest of jobs. It has a fuel-choke and primer for starting the engine. McCulloch’s Tap-‘N’-Go function – the name they give their bump-feeding apparatus – allows for quick and precise refeeding. Simply tap the trimmer head against the ground while spinning, and the line will automatically refeed.
At this price, the Trimmac is still an affordable and high-quality, reliable option. Its smaller size and adjustable height may be good for those who cannot handle the weight or power of a full-size strimmer. It has 4/5 stars on Amazon, and is generally well-liked for its manageable size, and ease of use.
- Small, light
- Curved trim shaft for accuracy, tight edges
- Adjustable Height
- Lots of features
- Less powerful than other options
The McCulloch B26PS is a full-size, heavy duty petrol-powered strimmer. At 26cc, it is not as powerful as the Trueshopping, but still packs a good amount of torque and strength into its compact engine. It is several inches taller than the Trimmac, but only clocks in at 5.4kg – almost half the weight of the Trueshopping. It also has a height-adjustable handle, so you can choose the most comfortable, ideal position for yourself, and includes a single-strap harness to make it even easier. The split-shaft design allows for additional customization and attachments.
It comes with McCulloch’s Soft Start and Purge systems, which reduces resistance in the starter cord up to 40% and makes starting up the engine a breeze. The cord trimmer unit uses a Tap-n-Go function, which allows quick and easy feeding, simply by tapping the unit on the ground. It also has an Auto-Return stop switch, allowing for hassle-free stopping and starting.
The McCulloch’s 26cc engine delivers .75kw of power, and it’s string cutting blade has a cutting width of 43cm. The string diameter is 2.4mm, and the strimmer comes 20cm grass cutting blade. It also has what McCulloch calls an “anti-vibration system”.
Overall, the B26PS is a solid, heavy-duty offering. While not as light and wieldy as the TrimMac, nor as inexpensive as the Trueshopping, it offers a solid, all-around package for a durable, full size trimmer. It is will liked, with an average rating of 3.5/5 stars on Amazon.
- Full size, yet lightweight
- Adjustable shaft
- Soft Start, Tap-n-Go and Auto-Return features
- Not as powerful as other models
Hyundai 52cc 2-Stroke Petrol Grass Trimmer/Strimmer/Brushcutter HYBC5200
The Hyundai HYBC5200 is a large, powerful petrol strimmer, clocking in at a hefty 9kg and with a 52cc, 2-stroke engine that delivers a solid 1.8 horsepower. With this price tag, it’s the most expensive garden petrol trimmer on our list, but also comes with the most accessories and features. It includes a 2-string easy refill nylon head, perfect for grass trimming, edging, and light jobs, as well as both 3-tooth and 8-tooth metal cutting blades. These heavy-duty metal blades are made for brush and bush cutting and tough jobs. The 2-string head uses a bump-feed system, and is easily fed with a quick tap on the ground. It uses 2.5mm cord.
It comes with a straight, split-shaft design, that allows you to put on different sorts of brush cutter tools. Each and every Hyundai strimmer comes with all the safety equipment you need to get started: double ergonomic shoulder harness, face mask, protective gloves and noise-block earphones. The shoulder harness helps relieve some of the weight of the strimmer, The bicycle-style handlebars make maneuvering and controlling it a breeze, while the adjustable shaft height allows you to find a height and setup that works for you.
The Hyundai HYBC5200 uses a two-stroke engine, meaning that you will need to mix unleaded petrol and semi-synthetic two-stroke oil. It is very important that only properly-mixed, two-stroke oil be used. The kit includes a “no-mess” mixing jug for mixing the oil and petrol and refilling the strimmer’s tank. It even comes with spare spark plugs! The HYBC5200 has an air cooling system as well, to help keep the engine running cool and smoothly.
At this price, the Hyundai HYBC5200 is the most expensive model on our best petrol strimmer reviews list, but is no doubt the largest and most powerful. It is heavy-duty and high-quality option, with a premium feel. The included safety kit and accessories help make it an excellent value. It has 4/5 stars on Amazon, and is well-liked for its high-quality, premium feel.
- Very powerful
- Heavy-duty, premium quality
- Includes 3 and 8 tooth blades
- Handlebar-style handles
AOSOME 52CC 2
The last strimmer on our list is the Aosome 52cc 2-stroke petrol, another heavy-duty 52cc strimmer. Like the Hyundai HYBC5200, this is a serious, hefty strimmer, clocking in at 7.4kg. Its 52cc engine delivers a powerful 2.2kw and 3 horsepower, giving it the power and strength to cut through even the toughest and thickest of brush, and making quick work of grass edges. It comes with both a 2-string nylon cutter, with a cutting width of 250mm, as well as a 3-tooth metal grass cutting blade with of cutting width of 450mm. The Aosome supplies both bump-feed and auto-feed wire feeds, so you can decide which one works for you, and uses 2.5mm wide string.
The Aosome has a split-shaft design, so other attachments and tools can be used with the powerful engine, with a quick-release. The quick-release makes adding and taking off other attachments very easy, as well as taking it apart for simple, easy and compact storage.
The Aosome comes with all the accessories and safety equipment you need to get started. It includes a shoulder harness with quick-release latches, to make using and carrying the trimmer much easier. Aosome provides one-year warranty on the engine, so you can use your strimmer worry-free. The Aosome also has a 2-stroke engine, meaning that you will need to properly mix petrol and oil in a 40:1 ratio.
Overall, the Aosome 52CC is another solid choice for a heavy-duty, powerful strimmer. With this price tag, it’s neither the most affordable nor the most expensive petrol strimmer on our list. It provides a solid value, an exceptionally powerful engine, for a good price, but without the high-end features of strimmers like the McCulloch or Hyundai.
- Most powerful engine
Some Extra Information
Straight shafts provide a little more balance and longer life than curved shafts. Straight shafts are preferable for trimming under fences and bushes, while curved shafts provide better accuracy and more maneuverability while trimming around edges and flower beds.
All strimmers cut using either plastic/nylon string, or metal blades. Nylon line is held onto the spool by the cutting head, and are fed out using one of three methods – bump feed, automatic feed, or manual feed. The most common of these is bump feed, in which the line fed out by tapping the strimmer head on the ground. Automatic feeders either feed out the string automatically when the unit turns on, or can be controlled by a button to let more out. Manual feeds, which are no longer very common, must be manually pulled out by the user (after having turned the strimmer off, of course). Whichever system you choose, you will need to ensure that string is being fed out consistently, as it will gradually wear down and shorten from use.
Almost all strimmers use a double feed of string, meaning that it comes out of both sides of the head. This gives the strimmer more cutting speed and covers a wider area. Trimmer string comes in many different thicknesses and strengths, to tackle any heavy brush you may encounter. Metal blades allow for even heavier-duty cutting, especially through tall grass or brush.
When using a petrol strimmer, especially if it has a 2-stroke engine, you’ll need to make sure that you are mixing petrol and oil to the proper ratio. Failure to do so could result in engine failure and permanent damage, and void any warranty the strimmer came with.
Always wear proper safety gear while using any kind of power tool. Safety glasses are essential for protecting your eyes from flying debris and dirt, which can cause serious injury if it hits your eye. Gloves are very helpful if the vibration from the motor makes holding the strimmer hard or uncomfortable, as well as to prevent blisters.
Final Word on The Best UK Petrol Strimmer Reviews 2016 - 2017
In conclusion, we recommend the McCulloch B26PS as our choice from our best petrol strimmer reviews 2016 - 2017 list. While not the most affordable or most powerful of the strimmers we reviewed, it provides the best all-around value for quality, ease-of-use, features and price. The handle position allows for customized comfort and ideal ergonomics, while its lightweight makes it easy to carry and use. Its split-shaft design also allows for some extra functionality, while the Soft Start and Tap-n-Go string feed allow for straight-forward and hassle-free operation. At £120, it’s a solid and still available option that excels all-around.