Things to consider
• The size of the task dictates the nature of the tool required. If your tasks involve simply tidying up hard to reach places such as the edges of a lawn and around fencing and garden furniture, then a simple strimmer with the minimum of features may suit your needs.
• The longer the grass, the more powerful the strimmer should be.
• A strimmer with a rotating head is useful because the strimmer doesn’t need to be held at an odd angle to the grass, it can be held upright. Rotating heads allow for an alteration of the angle of the head to cut horizontally, helpful for getting the strimmer under hedges and garden furniture.
• If holding a grass trimmer tires your arms, look for trimmers with 'bike' handles. They allow you hold the trimmer with arms away from your sides.
• Measure the length of your garden to be sure that the corded grass trimmer you buy will stretch the whole length.
• In many cases, heavy-duty grass trimmers are weighty, powered as they are by petrol or batteries. Models with shoulder straps help reduce strain on the arms.
• Bear in mind the cost of replacing the cutting blades. Most will break on contact with hard surfaces such as garden furniture and fences. The pricier the blades, the pricier any mistakes are.