You may not think about your weed eater’s trimmer line, but there’s a good chance that things you hate about your weed eater might be problems with the trimmer line you use, instead. If you’re looking to take your yard work to the next level and make an investment that will save you time and money in the long run, upgrading your trimmer line is a great place to start.
Of course, it’s not always obvious which brands are worth the price, and which ones don’t last long under fire. That problem gets even worse when you’re shopping online, as manufacturers are big on downplaying their flaws and exaggerating in their online postings.
The good news is that we’ve assembled this list of reviews of the best weed eater strings of 2020 so that you can get informed about different choices on the market and find one that works for you. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide, so if you’ve never compared trimmer line before, you can learn everything you need to know before you buy.
|Oregon 22-895 Magnum Gatorline|
|Cyclone CY155S3||4 lbs||4.65/5|
|Husqvarna 639005102 .095-Inch|
(Best for the Money)
|DEWALT DWO1DT802||1 lb||4.3/5|
|King Garden String Trimmer Spool||1 lb||3.9/5|
There are a few products that have near-universal acclaim, and the Oregon 22-895 Magnum Gatorline is one of them. Commercial lawn workers rave about this trimmer line, and it’s easy to see why. One of the best things about this trimmer line is that it doesn’t melt in high heat, which means it doesn’t “weld” as the professionals say, and that means you don’t lose any line before you get the chance to use it. It also comes with a high-strength inner core, which gives it unparalleled cutting power, but also means that it lasts far longer than competing brands. Jobs that used to take multiple string changes can be done in one go with this trimmer line.
You get nearly 700 feet of trimmer line when you buy this model, which is less per roll than you would get from other brands. The quantity is held down to keep the price competitive with other brands. While that might sound like a downside, this trimmer line breaks infrequently, so many non-commercial users speculate that they’ll never have to purchase trimmer line again. Given that upside, it’s easy to say that this trimmer line is the best on the market.
The Cyclone CY155S3 is the best .155-inch trimmer line on the market. It comes with a 6-bladed shape which gives it nearly-unprecedented cutting power and allows it cut through not just grass and weeds, but to make short work of saplings and other tougher obstacles. This is due in large part to its proprietary copolymer nylon material which provides some of the best strength and flexibility among trimmer lines on the market today. There are few trimmer lines that are recommended by professionals for dealing with overgrown lots, but this one comes with high marks in that regard. In fact, there’s a chance it’s overkill for the average, well-kept yard.
Its color is also a good deal, as the bright red makes it easy to find any pieces that have broken or chipped off while you worked. If you want your yard to look great when you’re done, getting rid of those plastic bits is very important, and the common black trimmer line can sometimes be hard to find. Since it has an uncommon shape, you do need to thread it carefully or it will break prematurely. If it was easier to use, it would be the best overall.
The Husqvarna 639005102 .095-Inch is our choice for best for the money. It comes with level flight characteristics, which sounds like something straight out of the space age, but it just means that this trimmer line is designed to give you an even, level cut, which is important if you won’t be mowing the area afterward. Likewise, it has fast acceleration, which means that after it hits each blade of grass or weed, which slows it down a little, it gets back up to speed rapidly, which allows you to clear areas faster.
The price on this model is fantastic, so you’re getting a great deal on very durable trimmer line when you buy. And even though it’s just plain round trimmer line, it still does well against brush and small saplings, which makes it great value for the price. If the silver color wasn’t so hard to see while you were trying to cleanup, we’d rate this model higher on our list, as we would if it came in a shape other than round that enhanced its cutting capabilities. Overall, this is the best trimmer line for someone who wants professional performance at a non-professional price.
The DEWALT DW01DT802 is a decent buy. It does have some features going for it. It has an aerodynamic shape, which means it is less subject to drag than other lines. While you might not hear or feel a difference, your motor doesn’t have to work as hard when you’re using aerodynamic trimmer line, which is good for your unit’s lifespan. It’s also fairly durable. While it’s not going to compete with the top models on our list, it does do better than many trimmer lines that don’t make the cut. It’s also threaded, which lends it some extra strength and cutting power.
However, this variety is especially prone to welding, even in moderate heat. It can be a pain, or ultimately impossible to pull it apart, so you’ll need to store this variety inside when you’re not using it. That alone is a huge pain, but this trimmer line also suffers from stiffness, which makes it hard to wind it inside the weed eater head. If it didn’t have those two flaws, it could easily rise higher on our list, though a lack of top-tier durability would still keep it out of first or second.
The King Garden String Trimmer Spool is a tempting choice for many people due to the low price. You can get double or triple the amount of trimmer line for the same price as some of the better trimmer lines on our list. While you can get it in a green version, we recommend the red, because it will be easier to find and pick up later if you need to do so. However, this trimmer line has many flaws you should consider before you start.
First among these is the fact that they don’t clearly label the start of the line, so you’ll have to hunt around in the hundreds of feet of trimmer line to find the start of the line. That’s a pain, and it wastes time right off the bat. However, the biggest problem with this product is its durability. You don’t get long-lasting performance out of this trimmer line, which means that you’re going to be replacing it multiple times per job, even if you only have a small job to do. Overall, this trimmer line is cheap, but if you want something durable, you’ll be better off spending a bit more.
We hope that our reviews already have you thinking about the features that you’d like to have on your next weed eater string. We’ve already touched on some of the concepts that we’ll cover below, but we go into more detail and explain some of the thinking that went into our reviews. If you’ve never thought about trimmer line before, this is a good place to start, or if you’re looking to upgrade to a better experience, there’s something in this guide for you.
A trimming line’s shape is surprisingly important. Many discount brands settle for a round line, which is easy to shape, but that means that you’re not getting any of the advantages that other shapes can give you. Round line also doesn’t distribute force well, which leads to more frequent line snapping, and you’ll rarely find a round line with a truly reinforced core, which means you’re not going to get any of the benefits of a reinforced line.
If you want to get a line that lasts a long time without changing it out, or you want to invest in something that cuts better, it’s time to look beyond the basic round trimmer line and invest in a line with a different shape.
Square trimmer line is one of the more recent developments, and it has a lot of upside over the traditional round variety. The flat faces distribute force well, so if you strike on one of those faces you won’t experience as much line wear. However, the corners of the square trimmer line provide a cutting surface that far exceeds anything you’ll find on a round line.
Those points are like little knives, and that means that you get far superior cutting power. In some instances, you’ll be able to cut through small saplings or other tough, woody underbrush, something which can be exceedingly hard to do with round trimmer line. If it has the thickness from face to face as a round trimmer line has in diameter, then you’re getting more material. And that extra material means that it will have to wear down more before breaking, which means it will last far longer.
One major downside to square trimmer is that it is heavy relative to round. There’s more material per inch, and that greatly increases the weight. It’s also larger, so it may not fit perfectly into every weed eater.
Star-shaped trimmer line takes the basic round line and adds points. As you might suspect, those extra points make it car far faster and far better than a regular round line. It doesn’t gain the same durability that square trimmer line does, but it makes up for it in being more aerodynamic, which means that you’ll put less wear on your weed eater while you use it.
You can find varieties with two, four, or even six points, which is a ton of cutting surfaces, and means a point should be facing in the direction the line is heading, no matter what angle at which it’s turned.
Braided trimmer line is arguably the most similar to star-shaped trimmer line. It consists of multiple thinner lines coiled around each other and woven into a single line. They have better durability than regular trimmer line, and they feature a better aerodynamics than either star-shaped or square trimmer line. However, they don’t have nearly as much cutting power as either the star or the square trimmer line, as they have no sharp surfaces on which plant matter could be impaled.
That means that it’s just an upgrade to durability. There’s a good chance that it may be worth it for the price, so if you’re only looking for more durable trimmer line, then braided might be the kind that you’re looking for. However, if you’re looking for a variety that cuts butter, you’ll need to invest in a different shape.
Better durability can be achieved through shape alone, as discussed in the previous section, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other ways to get good durability for your money. The material from which the trimmer line is made matters a lot. Many cheap lines are made from simple plastics, while the best trimmer lines use copolymer nylon, which has much greater durability.
The best trimmer lines also improve durability by including a high-strength core. Alone, that material wouldn’t be great for cutting, but as the center of the cable, it gives a nice sturdiness to the entire line that helps it cut better and reduces stress due to bending. If you’re looking for trimmer line that cuts well and holds up well, you’ll want to invest in one with a strong inner core.
You probably don’t think about flight while working with a weed eater, but you have to remember that the trimmer line is flung through the air by your weed eater before it makes contact with weeds and tall grass. The less air it has to push out of the way before it gets there, the better. Trimmer lines with lower air resistances make your weed eater work less hard to achieve the same effect, and that means you put less wear on your equipment over time.
Of course, square line is the least aerodynamic, while regular round generally performs very well. Star and braided lines fall somewhere in the middle, depending on their specific configuration, which varies from brand to brand.
You’ll also want to consider how level the string sits while you cut. If a trimmer line has uneven weight across its length, it could weigh down one side of the weed eater’s head more than the other, which could lead to it cutting higher on one side than the other. If that’s happening, not only are you putting undue stress on your equipment, but you’re also going to have to go back over the same area multiple times to make sure that you cut it to an even height.
Welding can be the weed eater’s bane, especially in hot environments. Many plastic trimmer lines can melt in hot weather, and that means that it starts to stick together. First, it’s a pain to have to separate the lines from each other to load your weed eater. Second, if you’re working on a hot day, your line could weld together inside your weed eater’s head, which means it will stop dispensing.
If you live somewhere where it’s hot, it’s probably worth it to invest in a variety that doesn’t weld. Nylon polymers are generally better about this than generic plastic trimmer line. Square and star also do a bit better with this problem since their shape prevents them from sitting flush against each other on your reel or in your weed eater.
This is one of those products where the right product for each person will vary from person to person. If you’re looking for durability above all other features, you should invest in a braided trimmer line. Or, if you value cutting power over all else, then you should buy a star-shaped variety. If you want something in the middle, get a square-shaped trimmer line, which has superior durability and cutting power relative to standard round trimmer line.
The Oregon 22-895 Magnum Gatorline is our choice for best overall .095-inch trimmer line. It doesn’t stick to itself, even in high heat, has a high-strength inner core, and unsurpassed durability. The Cyclone CY155S3 is our favorite .155-inch trimmer line, due to its 6-bladed shape, usefulness for clearing brush, and good color for cleanup. The Husqvarna 639005102 .095-Inch is the best trimmer line for the money, coming with level flight characteristics and a fast acceleration that make for a good trim, every time, and you can get it for a great price, too. The DEWALT DW01DT802 has some potential, given its durability and aerodynamic properties, but suffers from serious welding problems and tends to be stiff. The King Garden String Trimmer Spool is cheap but has poor durability and forces you spend time looking for the spool’s start.
We hope that our buyer’s guide and reviews have helped you understand what makes for great trimmer line and what you should probably avoid. You should now be able to find a trimmer line that makes your weed eating faster and less frustrating than ever before.
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