Types of electric lawn trimmers
Essentially, a distinction is made between classic lawn edge trimmers and so-called lawn edge trimmers. Both variants are available on the one hand with a cable and plug and on the other hand battery-operated. We will introduce you to the versions with their specific advantages and disadvantages.
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Classic electric lawn edge trimmer with cable and plug in the testour recommendation
AL-KO electric grass trimmer BC 1200 E, 1200 watt motor power, sturdy knife, nylon double thread adjustable by automatic tapping, divisible aluminum shaft, including carrying strap89.00 EUR To the product
A classic electric lawn edge trimmer looks like a small lawnmower. Knife blades are used to shorten the lawn edges. These should of course be sharp in order to remove the blades of grass quickly and reliably.
With the conventional lawn edge trimmer with cable and plug, the current flows into the device via the socket. According to this, such an edge trimmer is durable - you do not need to rush to cut the lawn edges (unless you want to specifically save electricity (costs)).
Conversely, however, the cable can quickly become a tripping hazard - a lack of concentration, inattention is often enough. In addition, you absolutely need one (or more) easily (!) Accessible socket (s) - otherwise buying an electric lawn edger with a cable makes no sense.
Another disadvantage is the fact that wired edgers can often get quite loud.
The advantages and disadvantages at a glance:
- Cables as a trip hazard
- Easily accessible socket (s) required
- Consumes a lot of electricity
- Often loud
Recommendation: For a small to medium-sized garden with easily accessible sockets, an electric lawn edger with a cable and plug is suitable.
Classic electric lawn edge trimmer with battery in the testour recommendation
Black + Decker cordless grass trimmer (Powercommand EasyFeed, 18V 4.0Ah, incl. Battery and charger, 30 cm cutting width, for larger areas) STC1840EPC120.36 EUR To the product
As far as the cutting elements are concerned, an electric lawn edger with a rechargeable battery is constructed in exactly the same way as a device with a cable and plug. The great advantage of such a design is the lack of cables. No power socket is required and you enjoy complete freedom of movement.
The disadvantage is that the battery life is usually limited to 30 to 60 minutes. After that, you'll need to recharge the device, which usually takes three to five hours. This means that sometimes you have to hurry to trim lawn edging.
Pleasant: a battery-operated electric lawn edger usually makes far less noise than a device with a cable and plug.
The advantages and disadvantages at a glance:
- No power outlet required
- Freedom of movement
- Relatively quiet in operation
- Limited battery life
Recommendation: For a small to medium-sized garden without an accessible socket, an electric lawn edger with a battery is perfect.
Battery-powered lawn edging cutters can be found as hand grass shears and as cutters with a handle. While you can usually cut more precisely with the former, a device with a handle is more convenient to use.
Electric lawn edge trimmer in the testour recommendation
Bosch cordless grass trimmer EasyGrassCut 18-230 (1x battery, 18 volt system, cutting circle diameter 23 cm, in a box)94.99 EUR To the product
We would like to note here that the electric lawn edge trimmer, like the classic electric lawn edge trimmer, is available with either a cable and plug or a battery. The advantages and disadvantages are basically exactly the same as we described them for the "classics".
But what then distinguishes electric lawn edging trimmers from classic electrically operated lawn edging trimmers? It's the cutting element. Trimmers usually have a thread on a spool. You can also use the thread to work on lawn edges that are not linear (e.g. with jagged edges).
The comparison with knife blade devices shows that the variants do not take much in terms of cutting results. Both versions ensure aesthetically pleasing lawn edges - always on the condition that the device is of high quality.
Disadvantage of trimmers: The thread usually uses up quickly. Then you have to buy a replacement for about 20 euros and clamp it. Electric lawn edging trimmers are therefore more maintenance-intensive. On the other hand, they generally cost less than classic lawn edging cutters with an electric drive.
Recommendation: An electric lawn edge trimmer is ideal for a garden with edges that tend to run irregularly.
Give preference to an electric lawn trimmer with a guide wheel. This wheel makes it easier for you to trim the lawn edges evenly.
frequently asked Questions
What is an electric lawn edge trimmer?
An electric lawn edge trimmer is a power-operated garden tool that is either connected to the mains using a cable and plug or used with a battery. An electric edger can be used to shorten or remove the lawn edges that you cannot reach with your lawnmower.
What do I have to look out for when buying an electric lawn edger?
On the performance, the cutting width and cutting height (individually adjustable?) As well as the ergonomics. In addition, the maintenance effort and the basic quality are important purchase criteria. Our great general guide on lawn edging cutters provides you with details on all points.