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Cordless String Trimmers

The latest cordless trimmers give you the freedom of an engine-powered model and the low-maintenance, no-fume quiet of a lightweight corded version

Cordless String Trimmers

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Time was when you had to give your lawn a trim and you were either tethered to an extension cord or assailed by engine noise and exhaust. Now, with the latest cordless trimmers you have the freedom of an engine-powered model and the low-maintenance, no-fume quiet of a lightweight corded version. This Old House readers tested these 18-volt trimmers, all equipped with nicad batteries. Here's what they had to say.

Craftsman 74815

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Highlight: The cutting head adjusts and locks in at four angles.

Tester: Steve Lamoreaux, Carson City, Nevada

Skill level: Pro ("I run a lawn-care company.")

Used tool for: Trimming lawn edges in the front and backyards and along walkways.

Verdict: "It had plenty of power to cut through the grass. The adjustable trimmer head made it easier and more comfortable to use. I'd recommend this trimmer to homeowners with a small to midsize lawn who are looking to 'go green.'"

Tool stats: 12-inch cutting head, 7,000 rpm, automatic line feed, telescoping shaft, 7 pounds.

Price: About $95 (Sears)

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WORX WG150

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Highlight: The cutting head has built-in guide wheels for edging.

Tester: Cecelia Greene, San Diego

Skill level: Seasoned DIYer ("I've built two decks, raised planting beds, and installed four fences.")

Used tool for: Regular lawn maintenance and to cut weeds in the cracks of the sidewalk and street gutter.

Verdict: "The wheels made it easy to trim just the right amount of grass and not gouge the lawn."

Tool stats: 10-inch cutting head, 8,200 rpm, automatic line feed, telescoping shaft, 6.8 pounds.

Price: About $100 (WORX)

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American Lawn Mower CSST0012

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Highlight: Has the highest rpm of the trimmers tested, which makes for cleaner, faster-healing cuts.

Tester: Richard Domke, Miami

Skill level: Beginner DIYer ("I mostly help friends with their gardens.")

Used tool for: Finishing some spots the yard service missed.

Verdict: "Cut just as effectively in regular grass as the corded and gas-powered trimmers I've used."

Tool stats: 12-inch cutting head, 8,500 rpm, semiautomatic line feed, telescoping shaft, 9 pounds.

Price: About $90 (Ace)

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Black & Decker NST2018

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Highlight: The auxiliary handle clamps anywhere along the shaft to fit the user's height.

Tester: Stephen Day, Spring, Texas

Skill level: Average DIYer ("I've planted trees and built a raised herb garden.")

Used tool for: Edging pathways, flower beds, and cutting back weeds.

Verdict: "The battery lasted 22 minutes, which was enough to edge about 220 feet of dry grass."

Tool stats: 12-inch cutting head, 7,000 rpm, automatic line feed, telescoping shaft, 7 pounds.

Price: About $100 (Black & Decker)

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