Strimmers & Brushcutters
As Derby’s largest independent supplier of strimmers and brushcutters, we stock only the highest quality equipment for domestic and commercial use, including leading brands such as Stihl, Cobra, Husqvarna, Mitox and more.
As well as selling, we also service and repair all types of strimmers and brushcutters (and other garden and grounds equipment) at our specialist workshop - whether you’ve bought from us or not.
Unlike other big retailers, we take the time to get to know your requirements and direct you towards what you actually need, rather than what you think you want. Ensuring you buy right first time.
Want to talk things through? Simply get in touch.
What’s the difference between a strimmer and a brushcutter?
Simply put, a strimmer is a smaller, lighter machine that’s designed for trimming your lawn in areas where your lawnmower can’t reach. Whereas brushcutters are more powerful machines that can cut high grass, heavy brushwood and small trees.
How to choose the right strimmer or brushcutter
Not sure if you need a strimmer or a brushcutter? Maybe you don’t know what features to look for in each. Either way, you’re not alone.
While both strimmers and brushcutters can access hard-to-reach places that your lawnmower can’t, it’s important to choose the right type for your needs, or you’ll risk making your life harder than it should be.
So whether you’ve done your research or not, the best way to find out which strimmer or brushcutter is right for you is to get in touch.
In the meantime, here’s 3 key things to consider when choosing a new strimmer or brushcutter:
What kind of power source do you need?
Get your power right, and you’re halfway there to figuring out which strimmer or brushcutter is right for you. These break down into two types: petrol and electric.
Petrol strimmers & brushcutters: Most brushcutters have a powerful 2-stroke petrol engine which, when paired with a plastic or steel blade, makes light work of wild undergrowth, bushes and thin trees - perfect for professional use.
Electric strimmers and brushcutters: Entry-level electric strimmers and brushcutters are good at handling smaller, domestic jobs such as cutting tall grass or light weeds. Plus there are more powerful models (higher wattage with different blade types) that are also suitable for professional use.
While they’re still not as powerful as their petrol counterparts, they’re favoured by some businesses because they produce no pollution or emissions, they’re easier to maintain and generally quieter.
To see the pros and cons of petrol and electric, check out our FAQs page.
Cords or no cords?
When it comes to electric strimmers and brushcutters, you’ve got two options: battery (cordless) and mains (corded).
Cordless electric strimmers and brushcutters provide more freedom since there’s no cable trailing behind you, but they’ll lose charge quite quickly, especially against tough underwood. If you’re cutting large areas, you might want to consider buying a spare battery or a ‘fast-charge unit’ (only available for certain models) so you can finish the job if your strimmer or brushcutter runs out of charge halfway through.
As you’d guess, corded electric strimmers and brushcutters require a nearby power socket. While they’ll never run out of charge mid-cutting, they’re not recommended if you need unrestricted movement or you’re working in a remote area. It’s worth noting the cable can be a health and safety risk as it can get in the way of cutting, so you’ll need to take extra care.
As for petrol strimmers and brushcutters, they’re all cordless.
How do you plan to use it?
Is it for everyday cutting and trimming around the garden or do you plan on using it for professional work?
Depending on your needs, there are 3 types of cutting tools for strimmers and brushcutters: nylon line, steel blade and plastic blade. It’s worth noting that some strimmers and brushcutters allow for more than one type.
- Nylon line: Great at cutting through light undergrowth or tall grass. Line thickness ranges from 2mm-5.5mm, and usually the thicker the line, the more durable the line.
- Steel blade & plastic blade: Ideal for tough vegetation, bushes and thin trees. Some have 2, 3 or 4 teeth, while others have 40 or more and look similar to a circular saw blade.
When it comes to handles, strimmers and brushcutters usually have a choice of 2 types: D-loop or U-shape.
- D-loop: Ideal for spot clearing patches of thistles, nettles and brambles. They’re also better for working on uneven surfaces.
- U-shape: Better for cutting tall grass for long periods of time or when you’re working on flat surfaces.
Still unsure which is best for you? Simply get in touch.