Posted: 21/08/2013 at 07:46
To be 100% honest I'd say as i always do and with complete experience of both gardening and common understanding of how making and selling anything goes ''I'd go for one of the best makes on the market,
I had my own stihl strimmer for some 20years now never had any problem with it and it really is used every few weeks as i have banks to keep looking nice and the places in the garden the lawn mower can't get to,
The design is such that it fits all size of person and is a virtue in itself.
Now the very important part of any strimmer first is to make sure it has some sort of carrying harness so your not carrying the weight of the strimmer as your trying to cut the grass etc,
Ive seen so many people trying to control the machine and take the weight and work in a safe way, 'these machines can spell danger"
My own machine has a full (two arms through the harness and a belt around the waist ) and then the machine clips onto this supporting harness and the machine itself is fitted with what looks like handle bars (may sound daft but i can work all day "and i do mean all day and feel no aches or pain from using this machine)
Both the design and price have not really changed much over the years and today your looking at around £300 for the petrol one,
This to my mind is the rolls royce in machine companies and have been going for many years, spare parts are available if needed and they have their own service dept's where you buy the machines from. I did buy this companies chain saw after the long term use of the strimmer and being very happy with its design and use,
I wouldnt do that if i'd found any bad useage problems.
Now when buying and you see very cheap makes on the market
just ask yourself how much did that make cost the company to make ?
then the cost to the selling outlet? And why so cheap?
If you want qualitiy you have to pay for it.
Last but not least "how many second hand styilh's do you see on the market ?
Buy quality and buy once "buy cheap" and look out.