A strimmer harness is a really useful piece of equipment for several reasons. Strimmers can be heavy, unbalanced and they give off a lot of vibrations. These vibrations shake your muscles and result in your tiring much quicker than if you were carrying out a similar job.
If you’re using arm strength alone to hold up the strimmer, fatigue can lead to accidents. It may also mean you can’t cover the whole garden in a single day.
This is where the harness can help. A well-made strimmer harness straps the tool to your torso so your arms are not having to take any weight. This means they are free to move and position the strimmer in a much more controlled manner. You can strim for longer and get much more done a lot quicker than without the harness.
Some harnesses have padding and shock absorption as well which minimises the vibrations.
To help you find the right harness for you I’ve produced this in-depth review covering 10 different options to suit every budget. From lightweight, grass trimming tasks to heavy-duty professional-grade wear they’re all here and ready for you to consider. If you test dozens of strimmers, as I do, then it only makes sense to test out different harnesses at the same time. I also came back in 2023 to update to the latest Husqvarna harness I tried out.
Top 5 Best Strimmer Harnesses
- Top Choice – Husqvarna Balance XT Trimmer Harness
- Runner Up – Stihl ‘Advance’ Universal Harness for Strimmer/Brushcutter
- Best Universal Option – MAGT Trimmer Shoulder Strap
- Budget Option – Oregon Brushcutter Harness
- Best Gift Option – Professional Double Shoulder Harness Strap
1. Top Choice – Husqvarna Balance XT Trimmer Harness
- High-Quality Design
- Shock Absorption
- Very Comfortable
In the top spot, we have this professional-grade, double shoulder strap harness, the Husqvarna balance. It’s made to an extremely high standard and is designed for optimal weight distribution. The grass trimmer is evenly carried across your hips, chest, and back leaving your arms free to control the fine movements of the tool.
There are shock absorbers built into the hip pads and these pads are connected fully to the rest of the harness so less movement is needed to maneuver the strimmer. There’s a quick release, safety switch here as well so you can remove the power tool and harness with a simple action.
It has a fully adjustable back and chest plate for optimal support and comfort and is perfect for male or female use. The shoulder pads are wide to minimise pressure here.
It has a floating pad connection for your garden tools and this can easily be adjusted from the grass to forestry position. To top it off, it even has a small pocket which is perfect for a hand tool or for your phone.
This harness is pretty pricey but what you get for your money makes this a worthwhile purchase. It’s durable, high quality, and the only harness you’ll ever need.
2. Runner Up – Stihl ‘Advance’ Universal Harness for Strimmer/Brushcutter
- Padded Shoulder Straps
- Can be used with any model of strimmer
- Double shoulder strap
Up next we have this Stihl advance harness. This product is also a bit pricey but the quality you get truly makes up for it. It has well-padded, double shoulder straps which give a lovely even weight distribution so you’ll barely feel the strimmer there beside you. It is designed with the Stihl brushcutter strimmers in mind but, being universal, this harness works well with pretty much any model of strimmer out there.
It’s very generous in size and easy to adjust to fit you securely. It has a shock-absorber pad to rest the strimmer on and a large clip so you can quickly remove the whole thing if you run into any difficulty.
This Stihl harness is a high-quality design and very comfortable to wear. It provides really good support, and it’s worth the larger price tag.
3. Best Universal Option – MAGT Trimmer Shoulder Strap
- Padded for comfort
- Universal Use
- Not as durable as top choices
If you’re looking for a universal body strap that can handle all your garden power tools then look no further. This harness by MAGT is designed with versatility in mind. It’s advertised as being suitable for strimmers, hedge trimmers, pruning chainsaws, and other multi-tool accessories.
This standard harness is fully adjustable and can be used by men and women alike. It has comfortable, padded double shoulder straps that are impact-absorbing to take the strain off your muscles.
It comes with a very nice price tag and is durable enough for strimming and garden work. It’s not heavy duty enough for daily use (ie for professionals) but will do very well for garden use.
4. Budget Option – Oregon Brushcutter Harness
- Double Shoulder Strap
- Only for light work
If you’re needing a hand with the weed clearing but you have a tight budget then this harness by Oregon is a great choice. It’s well balanced with a double shoulder strap and is fully adjustable to fit you securely.
It has a durable thigh pad for comfort and a safety quick release feature.
This basic harness is only really intended for light use. It’s not padded and not very durable. It’s good for occasional strimming jobs or for use with a leaf blower or pruner to take the pressure off your arms. It won’t last forever and isn’t suitable for daily use but for the small price tag, it performs very well.
5. Best Gift Option – Professional Double Shoulder Harness Strap
- Padded Shoulder Straps
- Ergonomic Design
- Some people find it a bit big
If you’re looking for a gift for a gardening friend then you need a harness that’s a good balance between price and quality. This harness by Yosoo achieves just that.
It is padded but not as much as our top choices. This makes it suitable for light-medium work but it’s not hardwearing enough for daily use. It has ergonomic shoulder straps for user comfort and a quick-release buckle for safety.
It’s designed to be usable with strimmers and brushcutter accessories like clearing saws and pruners. It’s durable and lightweight and very budget-friendly. Some people report it’s quite a generous fit. If you are slim build then this harness may be too roomy for you so that’s worth bearing in mind.
Team it with some eye protection goggles and you have the perfect gift for your garden-loving friend or just get one for yourself!
Strimmer Harness Buying Guide
The size of the harness is the most important consideration as it has to fit you comfortably to allow it to work properly. It’s important to measure your torso whilst wearing any jackets or jumpers that you usually wear when strimming to ensure you choose a harness that can accommodate this.
If the harness is too big it will slip and slide and can make strimming quite dangerous. Make sure you’re harness is fully adjustable so you can get a secure fit.
To check the size of the harness, most options have measurements available in the product description on Amazon if you click on the Price and Reviews button.
A bit of extra padding is a luxury that goes a long way. It can prevent sores from the harness straps rubbing and makes the job of strimming a lot more pleasant to carry out.
Fully padded shoulder straps are a real bonus and a padded waist belt or hip pad can also help dampen down vibrations from the strimmer. This makes the job more pleasant and less exhausting overall.
Your strimmer harness should come with some durable clips to hold it in place on your torso as well as to hold the strimmer in place. You ideally want durable, stainless steel (or another metal) strong clips that won’t snap on you. A safety, quick release clip is also a good idea.
Most strimmers that come with a harness typically have only one shoulder strap. This unevenly distributes the weight of the strimmer and can be very uncomfortable to work with.
Make sure you choose a harness with double shoulder straps as they will be much more comfortable to wear and will prevent one side of your body having to take on all the weight of the strimmer.
The durability of your strimmer harness will dictate how long it will last you. Look for the material used and the design to get an idea of durability.
The price also indicates how well the item will last with cheaper harnesses tending to wear out very quickly. The top choice and runner up options are the best two options for durability.
How do I attach my strimmer to the harness?
Most strimmers come with a hook or loop on them that simply clips onto the catch on the harness. You should kneel down to attach the strimmer and stand up when it’s secure.
Why do I need a strimmer harness?
A strimmer harness evenly distributes the weight of the strimmer over your torso rather than you having to just use your arm strength. This gives you better control of the strimmer movement and means you can go for longer without getting exhausted.
What safety equipment do I need when strimming?
Alongside a harness, you should wear eye protection, ear defenders, gloves, sturdy footwear, and a high visibility vest is a good idea. Make sure your clothing isn’t loose-fitting and that’s it’s tough enough to handle wear and tear. Minimise any skin on show and tie back long hair.
When should I strim the lawn?
It’s a good idea to strim the lawn edges before you take out the mower. This reduces the chances of the lawnmower getting too close to the edge and damaging the blades. Strim around any obstacles that the lawnmower can’t get near like garden furniture and tree roots.
More Strimmer Harnesses Reviewed
OUNONA Convenient Strimmer Double Breasted Shoulder Harness
- Easily adjustable waist belt
- Suitable for use with many models of strimmer
- Fairly flimsy design
In theory, this is a well-designed harness. It has lovely padded shoulder straps that distribute weight well. When all the straps are adjusted to fit you it stays in place very well and the waist belt gives it extra security.
It’s suitable for use with many models of strimmer and hedge trimmers like Stihl, Husqvarna, Echo to name a few.
The issue is it’s not very durable and the plastic buckle isn’t very strong. It works ok for light use but is prone to wearing out. For the low price tag, it performs as expected.
YOUSHARES Universal Strimmer Double Breasted Shoulder Harness Strap
- Cheapest Option
- Double shoulder strap
- Fully adjustable
- Very small
- Poor quality
This one only made the list due to its price tag. If you’re looking for a harness that will cost next to nothing then this option is the one for you. Of course, with a very low cost comes a few issues that we will go over here.
Let’s start with the good points. It has a nice, balanced double shoulder strap arrangement as well as a chest and backplate to ensure a secure fit. It’s made of lightweight, but reasonably durable nylon so is strong enough to hold a strimmer. It’s advertised as being suitable for use with Stihl, Echo, Husqvarna, Honda, and Shindaiwa strimmers. Unfortunately, I doubt that this harness will hold a petrol model.
Now for the downsides. The clips are very small and not very strong for use with heavy power tools. For some models, they may actually unclip during use which isn’t very safe. The harness itself is also very small so you may struggle to get it on, especially if you’re wearing a jacket underneath. It’s not good quality but for a very cheap price, it may manage corded or cordless electric grass trimmers.
Arnold Double-Strap Shoulder Harness for Strimmers
- Strong Stainless Steel Clips
- Durable Straps
This is a pretty basic harness but is a definite step up from the standard single shoulder strap ones. It is a basic arrangement of nylon straps that are easy to adjust and very durable to hold a heavy strimmer.
It’s not padded so may get uncomfortable after extended use. The clips are very sturdy and the attachment for the strimmer is stainless steel to secure it in place well.
This harness is not made for professional use but it will function well to hold a petrol strimmer safely and securely whilst you get to work. It’s functional, easy to adjust and the small price is an added bonus.
Heavy Duty Pro Padded Strimmer Brushcutter
- Fully Padded
- Safety Quick Release System
- Not heavy duty
Comfort is always at the forefront of my mind when it comes to gardening as so many jobs can so quickly get extremely unpleasant. Strimming is defiantly guilty of this but this harness can help solve that.
It’s not only padded at the shoulders but also the waistband so you won’t get any uncomfortable pressure points from using this. It’s fully adjustable with a single back strap to help balance the weight of the power tool. This strap has a quick-release function for added safety as well.
It is suitable for use with most makes of strimmer from Mcculloch to Ryobi and Stihl etc. It works well for the enthusiastic gardener but isn’t tough enough for professional use. It’s still a very comfortable and well-made harness.
Yundxi Brush Cutter Trimmer Shoulder Strap
- Fully Adjustable
- Not the best quality
This is another cheap and cheerful option that does the job for a small price but won’t last forever. The benefits of this harness are that it’s padded and well designed for comfortable weight distribution. It’s fully adjustable and breathable so suitable for use by anybody, all year round.
It’s suitable for most models of strimmer and the nylon straps are strong enough to get you going. The issue with this one is the hip pad where the strimmer rests isn’t very strong. The buckles have a tendency to fail and sometimes come undone.
This isn’t very useful when you’re busy at work strimming and may need some adjusting to ensure it’s secure.
Strimmer harnesses vary widely in cost and quality. For a lightweight grass trimmer, a simple nylon strap will work well but for heavy-duty brush cutting work, you really need a well made, padded one with safety release and double shoulder straps.
I hope this article has been helpful in showing you the wide range of potential options available and has given you some pointers to help you find the perfect option for your gardening needs.
Whichever harness you choose, most importantly, make sure you put safety first. Ensure you can get out of it quickly and make sure your strimmer is well secured before you get to work. If you’re under any doubt as to whether you’ve attached your harness correctly seek professional help or get in touch with the manufacturer before you get to work.
All the best for the coming year of gardening and I wish you a safe and happy season.