Strimmer that uses blades?

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I need a new strimmer. Mine has the plastic wire cutting system but I've been told that the bladed ones are much less hassle. Can anyone recommend a good one that they've used (that's still available to buy, obviously!) I don't need an edging tool attachment as I use my long clippers for that. Thanks!
 
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I'm sure I've seen plastic blades you can put on the bigger (petrol driven) strimmers- no good on hedges but should see the big weeds off :).
Or splash out £25 on this thing :) Scary strimmer
 
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There are various options depending whether you want mains, battery or petrol, and of course your budget.

I used to have a relatively cheap MacAllister (B&Qs own brand) 18V strimmer that took plastic blades instead of nylon line. They do save the frustration of snapped line all the time however I did find they wear down relatively quickly so need replacing frequently.

I now own a Stihl 18V strimmer which can take spools of nylon line as normal, or a "PolyCut mowing head" which takes plastic blades similar to the MacAllister. I think most of the Stihl range can take both but obviously check before you buy.

I also own a Stihl petrol brushcutter which takes nylon line (much thicker nylon line than the cordless) but can also be retro-fitted with a metal cutting blade. I've never used a metal blade with it as I've found the thicker line is strong enough for what I use it for, and the metal cutting blades can be rather viscous / dangerous so probably not appropriate in many situations. I would certainly want to wear long trousers and sleeves and a full face mask!
 
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I'm sure I've seen plastic blades you can put on the bigger (petrol driven) strimmers- no good on hedges but should see the big weeds off :).
Or splash out £25 on this thing :) Scary strimmer
whilst i know its tongue in cheek that link is so dangerous i feel it needs a mention as do not ever think this is an option unless self mutilation and possible death is your wish this is not a safety compliant tool in any respect just a dangerous Chinese offering :rolleyes:
 

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