The best whipper snipper is easy to use, reliable, and has enough power to meet your needs.
However, with so many alternatives on the market, finding the right product can be difficult.
Below, we list our picks for the top whipper snippers currently on the market in Australia.
We analyse everything from cutting power to ease of use to help you select the whipper snipper that’s right for you.
Top Pick: WORX WG163E 2-In-1 Trimmer/Edger
The WORX 20V Cordless 2-in-1 Trimmer/Edger is here to add some excitement to your landscaping.
With its pivoting head and adjustable handle and shaft, it’s easy to adapt to any terrain for a professional look.
Plus, with its quick-release lever for fast telescopic height adjustments and command feed (to let out more line), you’ll easily be able to tackle even the most stubborn weeds.
It is powered by two 20V batteries that come included, along with a charger. The charging period is about four hours.
You’ll get around 20 minutes out of them at maximum power. But if you wish to utilize the trimmer for large projects, you’ll need extra batteries.
Bosch’s UniversalGrassCut 18 is one of our highest-rated cordless whipper snippers for a whole lot of reasons.
Operating at 18v, it can handle heavy work like trimming the lawn, pruning trees and light work like edging along garden beds.
The UniversalGrassCut 18 is extremely light for its power, weighing only 2.3kg.
It’s also well-balanced, which helps with the reduction of tiredness and pressure on your arms and upper body.
Best Value: Baumr-AG 20V Electric Cordless Whipper Snipper
This is a lightweight, 6.5m spool line trimmer that can be used in tight spaces and around obstacles.
Featuring a telescopic shaft and a 4-in-1 head, it is perfect for trimming grass and weeds as well as edging along your paths.
The front handle is designed to offer greater comfort and ease of use, while the rubber over moulded throttle control handle allows for greater grip and comfort.
The trimmer head guide bracket encloses the trimmer line, so you don’t get exposed to the string when you’re working.
With no mess, fumes or fuelling up required, this cordless line trimmer is compatible with the 20V range of battery products from Baumr-AG.
This cordless grass trimmer comes with a 1.5A charger and a 2.0Ah battery, so you can use it for hours without needing to stop and recharge.
It features a 25cm cutting path, 1.6mm trimming line, and a rotating shaft for quick and easy switching between edging and trimming modes for an enhanced user experience.
It is constructed with an all-metal boom for added durability, and comes with a 6-year replacement warranty on the tool itself (and a 3-year warranty on the battery and charger).
The lightweight design of the Ryobi 18V ONE+ Cordless Electric Grass Line Trimmer makes it comfortable to use, so you can work in your garden for hours without getting tired or sore.
This trimmer is compact enough to fit into small spaces, so it’s great for getting in hard-to-reach places like along fences or between large plants. It weighs much less than most gas-powered trimmers—so it’s easy to move around as well.
Introducing the Honda UMK425, a heavy duty brushcutter.
This thing is equipped with everything you need to get the job done, including 360° operation and an anti-vibration engine mount that protects your hands and arms during extended use.
It also comes in either a Loop Handle or an Ergonomic Bike Handle, so you can choose which one fits you best.
It runs on Unleaded 91 fuel and is backed by a 1 year warranty.
AEG’s Brushless Line Trimmer is made for those tough spots that your other tools can’t handle.
It has a rear-mounted outer rotor motor, high torque for tough applications, 2-speed settings, variable speed trigger, and an aluminium split-shaft design for light-weight durability.
It also comes with an easy-wind bump head and machine-cut gears for reduced vibration.
With all of these features, you’ll be able to tackle even the toughest lawns. And with its compact storage and easy assembly, you can always keep this trimmer close by when you’re ready for action!
Whipper Snipper Buyer’s Guide
A lawnmower can tidy up your yard, but it can’t get at tricky spots like the fence line or around tree stumps. For that, you need a line trimmer (whipper snipper) or a brush cutter.
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Line Trimmer vs. Brush Cutter
The main difference between a brush cutter and a line trimmer is the difference in power.
A brush cutter uses metal blades and is more powerful than a line trimmer, which uses nylon lines spun at high speed.
There are, however, exceptions to this: brush cutters that use nylon cords and line trimmers that can be fitted with blades.
But as a general rule of thumb, larger brushes are more powerful.
A line trimmer’s shaft could be straight or bent.
Straight-shaft models are usually more powerful, and they extend the reach of the machine, so you can trim under bushes and other hard-to-reach places.
Brush cutters always have straight shafts, while line trimmers could have either.
Power and Torque
Line trimmers can be powered by petrol or electricity.
- Electric line trimmers tend to be quieter than those that run on petrol.
- Most brush cutters use petrol as it tends to give more power, although this is quickly changing as battery-powered tools become more powerful.
Most line trimmers are cordless and use batteries. The type with cords are not very convenient and are generally only suited for small jobs.
Features to look for
One of the best features to look for is a bump feed or automatic feed system.
A bump feed feeds out more line when you tap the ground with the trimmer head, and an automatic system sends out line whenever it gets too short.
In contrast, a manual feed system requires you to turn off the trimmer and feed the line by hand.
Look for a line-length limiting blade on the safety guard; this will cut off the line trimmer cord at the right length, so you don’t end up with a long line overloading your motor.
A harness, or at least a place to attach a harness, is recommended for a line trimmer. Trimming can get tiring if you do it for a while so attaching the unit to a harness can help reduce fatigue.
Whipper Snipper FAQ
What trimmer line do professionals use?
Most commercial trimmer and professional landscapers use nylon lines, because these materials come at a low cost and are durable and lightweight.
Is thicker trimmer line better?
Thicker trimmer lines are better for tougher jobs, such as established weeds or even small twigs and brush. But, thicker trimmer lines need a more powerful motor.