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We cut through the deep stuff to find the best string trimmers on the market

string trimmers

String trimmers can help you tidy up faster. Consumer Reports tested 60 and found some good choices.

Consumer Reports' Peter Sawchuk tests string trimmers to see how they handle all sorts of tasks from whacking through tall grass and weeds to edging walkways and paths.

Sawchuck and his team just looked at three types of trimmers traditional gasoline powered, corded electric and battery-powered.

"Gasoline trimmers have been popular for a long time because they're powerful, they can go anywhere and they run for a long time," Sawchuk said.

Consumer Reports named several gas trimmers Best Buys including this $130 Ryobi. It has a straight shaft, which is ideal for reaching under bushes. Plus it makes quick work of tall grasses and weeds.

This year, for the first time, Consumer Reports found several battery-powered trimmers that perform just as well as gas trimmers.

It gave top ratings to an E-GO for $180.

"This trimmer is well balanced, has a nice long reach and enough power to handle any situation and you don't have to worry about the hassle of mixing oil and gasoline," Sawchuk said.

Just keep in mind - the battery lasts about 25 minutes and takes about 40 minutes to recharge.

Consumer Reports says for smaller yards and jobs a corded electric may be all you need.

"All corded electric units are limited to the length of the electric cord but they are good, cost effective alternative for smaller jobs. Look for one that has twin cutting strings. You'll get the job done faster," Sawchuk said.

The best of the bunch was this $90 Ryobi.

With any type of string trimmer be sure to change the cutting string at the start of the season. Old string can become brittle and break easily. Consumer Reports says be sure to buy the right string size for your trimmer.

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