Let's start our Milwaukee String Trimmer Review by discussing the origin of "Weed Eaters". Why use heavy metal blades or shears to trim grass when the task can be handled by a simple piece of nylon string? This was part of the logic behind the invention of the original string trimmer in the 1970s.
Designed by George Ballas of Texas, the original version, called the "Weed Eater," used a fishing line and popcorn-can attached to a regular edger! His invention revolutionized the way we handle lawn care and landscaping (and made him a fortune in the process).
We have come a long way since the original "Weed Eater". Among the best string trimmers currently on the market, you'll find gas, electric, and even propane-powered varieties. They use tough nylon strings for that cutting edge.
In this review, we will be looking at two electric string trimmers from the premium brand Milwaukee. Currently owned by the Techtronic Industries, the Milwaukee Tool Corp was a Wisconsin based company, established all the way back in 1924. The M18 FUEL line is their first attempt at manufacturing electric cordless string trimmers.
The two Milwaukee string trimmer models we'll be reviewing today are the following:
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Check out this unboxing and performance review video of the 2725-21HD on YouTube to get a live demo of the capabilities of this trimmer:
As you may have no doubt gathered from the Milwaukee trimmer review above, there is not much difference between these two models regarding their specifications. In fact, according to this comparison table from the Milwaukee website, as far as the actual trimmer part is concerned, there is only one or maybe two differences, at best, between the two:
Regarding pricing alone, virtually any other brand will be much, much cheaper than a Milwaukee model, especially one from the M18 FUEL line. So a clear comparison on pricing and value for money is rather difficult, as the Milwaukee is considered one of the best pro-grade brand for power tools out there.
The Worx WG155 operates at 20V and comes with a lithium ion battery and charger. The entire package is much cheaper than the tool only package from Milwaukee.
But the cutting swathe of the Worx trimmer is much smaller, and it will not be as durable as the Milwaukee. It does have some nice features like automatic line feeding, adjustable trimmer head, and tool-less conversion.
The Worx may be a better option for those who have smaller lawns and need an affordable entry level trimmer. The Milwaukee M18 is for pros and those who have large gardens and want the best tool their money can buy.
The Black + Decker is another affordable option for home users who need a string trimmer for their lawns or backyard.
It comes with an option for either one 3 Ah battery or two 1.5 Ah batteries, and charger is provided along with the package, for a very affordable price. The 20-volt system has enough power to handle most trimming tasks.
The easy-feed system is better than the bump feed system in real world usage. And the LSTE523 also gets dual speed controls, adjustable height, good ergonomics, and a cutting swathe of 12 inches. It may be a solid option for homeowners who need an affordable yet feature packed trimmer. The Milwaukee M18 is more durable and has pro-grade equipment written all over it. If that's what you want, then the Black + Decker is no competition at all.
The DeWalt is a more direct competitor to the Milwaukee in the pro tools arena. And regarding pricing as well, it is the one that gets the closest to the M18 pricing.
Still, it is considerably cheaper than the full kit version of M18. It has a smaller cutting swathe at 13 inches, but boasts of a brushless motor, variable trigger, and bump feed.
Regarding actual performance, it will be slightly slower than the Milwaukee, but not by much. And it is a good option if you want a decent pro-grade trimmer with the battery and charger at a lower price than Milwaukee. But regarding quality and durability, Milwaukee may hold a clear edge. But whether that is worth the extra dollars is a different question.
If you are a Milwaukee enthusiast and plan to buy more tools of the M18 range, then you may want to stick with the Milwaukee 18v fuel brushless string trimmer. Otherwise, the DeWalt is a viable alternative at a lower price.