Cordless Grass Trimmers

Tested and reviewed by Fred-in-the-shed

Updated 5th May 2021

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Worx 20v Grass Trimmer

Bosch 36v Grass Trimmer

Black & Decker 18v & 36v Grass Trimmers

Bosch 18v Grass Trimmers

Bosch 12v Grass Trimmers

Gtech 18v Grass Trimmers

Small Shrub and Grass Trimmers

Stihl Shrub and Grass Trimmer

 

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I test the Worx 20V Cordless Grass Trimmer

& compare to the Black & Decker 18v & 36V Strimmers

Cordless grass trimmers are far more convenient to use than mains powered trimmers. Until recently cordless grass-trimmers suffered from poor battery power and life that is aggravated by seasonal use and long periods of storage.

Due to the high price of a replacement battery, many of these tools ended up at the tip as soon as the batteries failed.

New lithium-ion technology makes these handy power tools far more viable since the batteries are more powerful and can survive long periods of not being used.

All new models use Li-ion batteries so my advice is not to buy any tool with the old Ni-cads as they will be discontinued soon.

 

BEST CORDLESS GRASS TRIMMER - Based on 2 year test

Worx 20v TRIMMER

   

WORX WG163E.1 18V 20V MAX Cordless Grass Trimmer with Command Feed

Powerful, well balanced, trims horizontal AND vertical edges.

Same battery powers this mower and 30 other tools!

 

This 20v Worx model is my favorite grass trimmer because it outperforms any other I have tried.

It has a 23cm cutting diameter so is suitable for GRASS trimming on small to medium lawns but not thick weed and scrub clearance.

If you want to trim large areas or clear weeds then look at one of the 36v models further down this page.

The "USP" that makes it the best is the unique way that the head rotates for trimming vertical lawn edges.

This is the only strimmer of the dozens I tried that trims in-line with your eye which enables more accuracy when edging.

The replacement spools are much cheaper than other makes and discount multi-packs are available from other makes.

The trimmer is available as a bare tool, or with 1 or 2, 20v, 2 amp hour batteries .

The same, 2 amp hour battery fits the Worx cordless chainsaw, mower, hedge trimmer and dozens of other Worx powertools.

If you have a really large lawn you can buy it with 2 batteries or get a 4 amp hour battery that runs for twice as long.

WORX  20V 4.0Ah Lithium Battery

WORX 40V Cordless 34cm Lawn Mower WG779E with 2 x 2.5Ah Batteries & Dual Port Charger

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7PK Spools For Worx  String Trimmer (6 Spool 1 Cap)

 

Under Testing Soon - New Bosch 18v Trimmer - Looks Good

 

 

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BEST HEAVY DUTY CORDLESS GRASS TRIMMER - Based on 3 year test

Bosch 36V Cordless Grass Trimmer Review

Bosch ART 30-36 - Battery Strimmer for Larger Lawns or weed clearance

Bosch AdvancedGrassCut 36

This is the biggest trimmer made by Bosch and uses a dual line made from a new ultra tough material.

It is available with or without a 36v 2 amp hour battery and charger.

This is great if you already have the mower or any of the 36v Li-ion batteries that have been tried and tested over the last 12 years in the Bosch Rotak mowers.

The build quality is very good and it cuts like a demon. Weight and balance is good but would be better with a harness.

The Advancedgrasscut 36 has a fitting for a harness but none is supplied - use link below if you want a suitable one.

Oregon Strimmer Grass Trimmer Or Brushcutter Double Shoulder Harness

 

A Bosch replacement spool with 6m of line costs around 8 or you can buy cheaper line to fit your empty spool if you like fiddling around.

A heavy tool like this really improves with a harness.

Oregon Strimmer Shoulder Harness

If you want a cordless strimmer with the option of a metal blade then see link below

Greenworks GD40BC Cordless Grass Trimmer and Scythe 2-in-1

 

 

Bosch ART 30- 36Li  Cordless Grass Trimmer & Rotak 37Li Mower

BOTH CAN USE THE SAME BATTERY

Different size replacement batteries are available

2.0 amp hour is supplied but 4.0 amp hour replacement 36v batteries can be used if you can handle the extra weight.

The more heavier 4.0 Ah battery is designed for the mowers where you need more power.

Bosch 36 V 2.0 Ah Battery

Bosch 36 V 4.0 Ah Battery 

If you are cutting large areas of grass or thick weeds then the 36v Bosch trimmer has plenty of power.

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If you want a heavy duty cordless trimmer with a metal blade for clearing scrub use the link below.

Makita DUR365UZ Twin 18 V Li-ion Brushless Brush Cutter, No Batteries Included

 

 

Oregon  Double Shoulder Harness

Bosch Strimmer Spool 6 m x 1.6 mm for ART 30-36 LI

 

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Small Lightweight Cordless Grass Trimmers

Black & Decker STC 1820-GB 18v Lithium-ion Cordless Grass Trimmer

BLACK+DECKER 18V Strimmer

This small strimmer uses the standard nylon line in a spool , and a slide-in 18v Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery that holds 2 amp hours of charge. It can be recharged in 2 hours and gives a run time of around 20-30 minutes. I love this strimmer as it is light enough for me to use from my wheelchair and the spool has never got stuck. It is quiet and easy to adjust for people of different heights.

A nice feature is the wheel that enables easy trimming of lawn edges. Just turn the tool on its side and run it along the edge. The handle has telescopic height adjustment with a good range and the line gives a 28cm cut.

On the handle there is also an extra button to switch between eco and turbo mode . The idea is to gain extra battery time by using less power for lighter work. Does it work? Yes, use the low setting just for grass edging, and the high setting for thick grass or weeds.

A unique accessory can transform the tool into a mini mower by attaching a small deck with wheels on. This was an idea I had years ago and was really chuffed to see it appear, and even more chuffed to try it and find that it is ideal for a quick tidy when my small lawn occasionally grows in patches.

Trimmer shown with optional mowing deck attached

I would like to make it absolutely clear that the deck will not replace a lawn mower on anything but the smallest lawn and even then you would have to keep the grass fairly short as the decking attachment is useless on long grass. The reason for this is that the deck prevents the grass from clearing so for long grass use the strimmer without the deck.

I have used this product over 3 seasons and am pretty impressed, it also uses the easily available and cheap A6481 spool.

   

BLACK+DECKER STC1820PC-GB 18V Li-Ion 28cm AFS Strimmer

BLACK+DECKER CM100-XJ 3-in-1 Lawn Mower Deck Attachment

BLACK+DECKER A6481 Spool & Line For Reflex Strimmer

Black & Decker BL2018-XJ 18V 2.0Ah Battery

BLACK+DECKER 18V Cordless 45cm Anti-Jam Hedge Trimmer - Bare Unit (Battery not Included)

 

Heavier Duty B&D 36v model

This model has a 2 amp hour 36v Li-ion battery so is heavier but more powerful than the 18v and 20v models.

It has a 30cm wide cutting diameter which is wider than all the 18v/20v models .

If you have a really large lawn or long rough areas to strim this is ideal and cheaper than the Bosch 36v model above.

BLACK+DECKER 36 V Lithium-Ion Strimmer with 2.0 Ah Battery

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Bosch 18v Cordless Grass Trimmer Range

Bosch ART 26-18 LI  (26 cm Cutting Diameter)

Bosch ART 23-18 LI has a 23cm wide cut

 

Pictured above is the Bosch ART 26-18 LI cordless trimmer. This is a well balanced and easy to use trimmer and has the all important swivelling head to enable you to trim the top AND side edges of your lawn. It also has a telescopic handle that adjusts to your height. This battery powered trimmer uses small plastic blades instead of a nylon spool. Weight with battery is 3.5kg.

Some people dislike the plastic blades as the original ones were brittle Nylon that broke easily when you trimmed against concrete paths or along brick walls.  However many users prefer them as they are so easy to replace and don't jam up. The alternative, nylon line on a spool, is great when its new but often seizes up with time due to congealed grass, dirt and moisture.

To counter this failing Bosch have introduced a new type of plastic blade that is much tougher and is called the Durablade.

I have been testing these new blades and can confirm that they are tougher and I found it very difficult to damage one, even running it along grass growing against a brick wall. Having said that I think if you are going to trim along hard surfaces you may get a better result with the Black & Decker 18v line strimmer. Plastic trimmer blades are a bit like marmite, people love them or hate them.  It is also worth noting that the 18v trimmers are for domestic use and for cutting GRASS. For anything tougher then I recommend the larger 36v dual line trimmers. 

NEW IMPROVED Blades for Bosch Cordless Trimmers

Bosch Strengthened Durablade for 23cm Grass Trimmer

Bosch Strengthened Durablade for 26cm Grass Trimmers

 

Bosch ART 26-18 LI 18 V Cordless Lithium-Ion Grass Trimmer (Baretool)

The new models have an 18v 2.5 amp hour battery and use the black shark fin like plastic safety blades.

Charging time 1 hour - run time approx 35 minutes , weight 2.5kg

This Bosch "Power4 all" batteries can be used in a range of Bosch power tools including the hedge trimmer and combi drill shown below

DO NOT CONFUSE THESE GRASS TRIMMERS WITH THE OLD ONES THAT USED INFERIOR BLADES

USE MY LINKS TO ENSURE YOU BUY THE LATEST VERSION

Bosch 18v Spare Batteries

Use the links below for the latest and best value genuine Bosch 18v Li-ion batteries.

Bosch 18V Li-ion battery 2.5AH

Bosch 12v Cordless Grass Trimmer Range - Discontinued

 

Bosch EasyGrassCut 12v Cordless Grass Trimmer

Pictured above is the Bosch EasygrassCut 12v cordless trimmer. It is the little brother of the 18v trimmers but without the swivelling head so its not so good for the side edges of your lawn. This compact and light tool (1.7kg with battery) uses the same small plastic blades as the 23cm 18v Bosch model.

The Bosch 12v batteries are used in a wide range of tools and one I particularly like is the EasyHedgeCut. This is the smallest lightest viable hedgetrimmer you can get and if you have a couple of batteries then it could cut a lot of hedge, not thick hedge but your average seasonal growth of privet. This small trimmer was ideal for small lawns but has been discontinued in 2021.

 

Bosch EasyHedgeCut 12-35 Cordless Hedge Cutter 350 mm Blade 15 mm Tooth Opening

Bosch EasyGrassCut 12-230 Cordless Grass Trimmer with 12 V Lithium-Ion Battery, Cutting Diameter 23 cm

Bosch 12 V 2.5 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery

 

 

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GTECH ST20 - now called GTECH GT.4.0

This is similar to the Bosch 18v trimmer with the swivelling head and plastic blades instead of a nylon spool. It also has an adjustable top handle and only weights only 1.85kg. The blades are more brittle than the Bosch blades and the offer of "free blades for life" is dependant on you paying 4.99 postage each time for 10. So as the blades are only available this way I would say they are 4.99 for 10, which is cheaper than the Bosch durablade but these will last longer so may work out cheaper in the long run if you trim against hard surfaces.

Click here for more info on Gtech cordless garden tools

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Small Battery Powered Electric Grass Shears

Metal Bladed - "Clipper Type"

Von Haus versus Bosch Isio

Alternative to Nylon Cord Grass Trimmers

Electric trimmers that cut with a Nylon cord often fail to self feed and can be hard to replace or find replacement cord.

Plastic blades are easier to replace but have a nasty habit of breaking when they hit something hard like a path or edging material.

For small jobs I prefer an electric version of the sheep shear that has long lasting  metal blades and a lithium ion battery that can run for up to 60 minutes.

This type of tool has been around a long time and is well tested. The Bosch Isio is the most versatile as it can be fitted to a telescopic handle and have wheels attached.

You can also turn your Isio, into a small hedge shear.

With a few simple clicks you can remove the grass shear blades and replace them with a small hedge trimming blade!

The Von Haus trimmer has a 7.2v battery whilst Bosch only has 3.6v. This makes quite a difference in the time the trimmer will run and type of material it will trim. The battery can be removed and replaced which makes it more environmentally friendly in my opinion. The Von Haus model has been discontinued but the same tool is available under the FixKit brand.

 Fixkit 7.2V  Cordless Grass and Hedge Trimmer, 2  Blades,Telescopic Handle & Trolley Wheel Attachments

For the money it looks excellent and in my initial tests is more effective and comfortable to use than the more expensive Bosch Isio.

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NEWS

NEW IMPROVED BOSCH ISIO - MUCH EASIER TO SWAP BETWEEN BLADES

Grass AND shrub trimming from one tool

The Bosch ISIO can be converted from a grass shear to a small shrub trimmer in seconds and is surprisingly efficient. Running time is very good thanks to the Li-ion batteries and I get 20 minutes use which includes some woody shrub material. The battery will last between re-charges when cutting softer material.

The latest version of this tool has anti-jam electronics that stops and reverses the blades the instant resistance is detected.

  

Bosch Isio Cordless Shrub/ Grass Shear

Telescopic Handle for Isio

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Stihl HSA 26 - Tested and Reviewed by Fred

This superb tool is like the Bosch Isio on steroids!

It has a 10.8v Li-ion battery a wider blade and superb build quality.

It comes with a handy case to hold the charger and shrub trimmer blade.

 STIHL HSA 26 Cordless Shrub Shears with AS2 Battery & AL1 Charger

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Discontinued Cordless Grass Trimmers

Gtech ST05 Cordless Grass Trimmer

Gtech launched new grass & hedge trimmers in 2008 using Li-ion technology and I tested one extensively.

The Gtech ST05 had a small blade but long handle. I loved it because it was is so light yet cut very well. The 14.4v battery was built in and recharged in about 30 minutes, ( a long tea break).

The ST05 uses plastic blades that are great unless you want to trim up against hard objects like paths and walls.

The 14.4v Lithium-Ion battery is sadly built in so if it fails the whole tool is landfill

 

Larger Alternative from GTECH

The Gtech ST20 uses a slide-in 18v Li-ion battery and has been renamed the GT 4.0

Click here for more info on Gtech cordless garden tools

 

Spools and Blades For Discontinued Cordless Grass Trimmers

 
 

 

Choosing the Best Replacement Trimmer Line

Improve your trimmer's cutting performance with an advanced design replacement line.

If you want to strim thick tough material like weeds then buy a star shaped or twisted line.

If you just trim the grass at the edges of your lawn and want a nice finish then get the thinnest, normal round profile line as this will cut cleaner and neater.

Oregon Nylium Starline Trimmer Line for Over Grown Grass and Weeds with Five Cutting Edges

Oregon Red Line  Round Trimmer Line for Low Grass and Edges

 

 
 

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