They’re the same right? Just a different name? Well, your kind of right and kind of wrong. There are differences, but they are subtle. So what are they – strimmer vs brushcutter – It’s time you learnt!
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.
Strimmer vs Brushcutter: What’s The Difference?
In reality, when it all boils down most of these distinctions are just manufacturers terms, and often mean similar things. There ARE differences though, and those differences can be enough to change the tool that’s appropriate for the job.
It’s time you learnt the subtleties to understand when a strimmer is appropriate and when a brushcutter is appropriate.
A witty little play on words of the term ‘string trimmer’ and one which should be considered synonymous with ‘grass trimmer’. Strimmers use a nylon line or string to trim patches of long grass by spinning rapidly and whipping areas of nettles into a a deserved mulchy mess. These machines are smaller and lighter than brushcutters, and are made for trimming the lawn where the mower is unable to reach.
Perfect for edging lawns or trimming back rogue plants and shrubs that are constantly intruding on your pristine landscaped front garden. They might just struggle with more serious garden maintenance tasks…
These are more powerful machines equipped with a metal cutting blade that rotates at high speed to chop through areas of dense scrub and undergrowth. These are generally a bit heavier, and will tear through denser vegetation with ease.
They are designed to tackle serious garden challenges, their metal blades quickly shredding almost any horticultural challenge in mere seconds! With a bit of practice, you can even create your own topiary art piece!
So What Now?
The differences are subtle, but they can matter. Pick the right tool for the job. It will save you loads of time.