Ten top brushcutters and strimmers to trim the lawn edges and rougher areas

Crisp lawn edges are important to the overall appearance of the garden and can be a pain to get right.

But where once you spent ages on your knees trimming away with a pair of garden shears, now the job is much faster and less back-breaking.

By now you’ve probably trimmed the lawn a few times and, given adequate rainfall, you will now want to cut it a little shorter, at least once a week.

Lawn edges need to be strimmed back regularly as well. And don’t forget that many of these machines include a sharp blade which can be attached to cut back the thicker growth.

Einhell GH-BC brushcutter
Free safety kit: Einhell GH-BC brushcutter

So here are ten top petrol strimmer and brushcutters for you to peruse, all from top manufacturers.

First is the Einhell GH-BC Petrol Brushcutter + Free Kit currently on special limited offer and despatched with free safety equipment, free gloves and a free fuel mixing bottle.

Coming from a leading German garden equipment company it has a 25 cc engine which starts easily and can be used either with a nylon line head for strimming lighter grasses or with a 23 cm metal blade for tougher weeds.

Like many machines it has a bump-feed head so when you need more line you just bump the head on the ground.

It costs £149.95, £50 less than the recommended retail price and has a free helmet with ear protectors and face guard, free working gloves and a free fuel mixing bottle.

You can also buy extra strimming line at a special price if you order it at the same time.

We deliver it free the next working day and there is a two-year warranty.

Number two on the list is the Echo GT-222ES Grass-Trimmer, a fine machine from Japan with a 21.2 cc engine designed to give maximum power for lesss fuel and noise.

Echo SRM-22ES brushcutter
Real power: Echo SRM-222ES petrol brushcutter

This has a curved shaft to make it easier to use on smaller areas and a ‘loop’ handle.

A bump feed head is also a useful feature.

It costs £159, £50 less than the recommended price and has a really long five year warranty. Next working day delivery is free.

And another from Einhell is the GE-BC 33 AS Low-Vibration Brushcutter, new for 2015 with  the very low vibration levels which professionals usually prefer.

This has a double-bearing crankshaft and comes with a shoulder harness and cow-horn handles, the type preferred when tackling longer jobs.

This one has a 32.6 cc engine and comes with a three-toothed metal blade and a bump feed strimming head. It is designed to make switching between the two heads a much easier task.

The split shaft design, in aluminium, means it is easily fitted in to the boot of any car.

It costs £169.95, £180 less than the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day.

This next one is from an Italian manufacturer and weighs in at just 4.2 kg.

Oleo-Mac BC22S brush cutter
Low vibrations: Oleo-Mac BC22S low vibration brushcutter

The Oleo-Mac BC22S Ultra Lightweight Petrol Brushcutter has a 21.7 cc engine with plenty of torque at lower revs designed to start easily within a couple of pulls.

It will run for up to 50 minutes before you need to re-fill the fuel tank and the strimming line is very simply re-loaded – within 20 seconds according to the manufacturer.

It comes with a harness to make using it less tiring and includes a spare line and a face shield worth £15.

It costs £179, a full £100 less than the recommended price, has a three-year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.

This next one is from a Japanese manufacture with a reputation for making hard-working, reliable garden machinery.

The Tanaka TCG-24EAS Line Trimmer, currently on special offer, has a 24 cc engine and a rigid shaft.

With a loop handle for working in restricted spaces, it has a single-strap shoulder harness.

With this one you can buy attachments to turn it into a hedgetrimmer and a pole pruner.

It costs £239, £50 less than the recommended price, is delivered free the next working day and has a five-year warranty.

This next one can handle tough domestic tasks and is often chosen by professional gardeners.

Echo brushcutter
Professional power: Echo srm 235esl brushcutter

The Echo SRM-236ESL Petrol Brushcutter has a 21 cc engine designed to boost power and to minimise exhaust gasses.

It has a large fuel tank and is another which is very easy to start. And with a loop handle it is easy to use in confined spaces.

You can buy a metal blade as an optional extra.

It costs £249, £100 less than the recommended price and has a five year warranty. Next working day delivery is free.

This next one is often chosen by professional gardeners with challenging tasks to complete.

The Tanaka TBC-230D Petrol Brushcutter, currently on special offer, has cowhorn handles which make cutting larger areas easier.

Tanaka TBC230D brush cutter
Mean machine: Tanaka TBC 230D brush cutter

It has a solid shaft drive and a 21 cc engine and has extensive vibration damping, to make working for longer periods less demanding. It weighs just 4.5 kg and comes with a metal blade as well as a strimming head.

This one costs £295, over £50 less than the recommended retail price and has replacement line and a safety helmet with visor and ear muffs included as a special offer.

Now a couple of machines from a manufacturer that has a been a favourite with professional gardeners for years.

The Kawasaki BK27ED Brushcutter is made to tackle thicker weeds and undergrowth like bramble and gorse and has a 27 cc engine and cow-horn handlebars, ideal for this sort of work.

It has a nylon strimming head as well as a tough metal blade and costs £299, £30 less than the recommended price.

And the Kawasaki BK45ED is an even more powerful machine with a 45 cc engine giving 1.9 hp. with very low vibration levels.

This one costs £369, £30 less than the recommended price.

And finally a machine which is a little different and designed for use on large overgrown areas.

MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer
Clear the weeds: MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer

The MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer Mower is a great value-for-money machine and is powered by a 160 cc 4-stroke engine.

With this machine you can trim back road verges and banks as well as larger areas infested with weeds.

It is designed with a flat nose so you can push it under overhanging branches and other garden ornaments where cutting would otherwise prove a problem.

It has a working width of 56 cm and adjustable cutting heights from 35mm to 70 mm.

It has a throttle control and a lever to engage the cutting head and was much in demand last year from people who had areas like overgrown paddocks and orchards to cut back.

It costs £269, £60 less that the recommended retail price and has a two-year warranty and free next working day delivery.

Five sets of replacement line are sent with this machine…for no extra charge.

These are just ten of our extensive range of line trimmers and brush cutters on our site.

Please give us a ring on 08454 588905 if you would like advice before buying.

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