What is the difference between grass trimmers (otherwise known as strimmers) and brushcutters?
Both strimmers and brushcutters are vital parts of the horticultural armoury, but are commonly sold under different names, which can be confusing for a newcomer.
In reality, most of these distinctions are just manufacturers terms, and often mean the same thing. But you do need to know the difference between a grass trimmer and a brushcutter.
- Strimmers — just a shortened version of ‘grass trimmer’ — uses a nylon line to trim patches of long grass or whip areas of nettles into a scratchy mulchy mess. These machines are smaller and lighter than brushcutters, and are made for trimming the lawn where the moweris unable to reach.
- Brushcutters are more powerful machines equipped with a metal cutting blade that rotates at high speed to chop through areas of sense scrub and undergrowth. These are generally a bit heavier, and will tear through denser vegetation with ease.