So you’ve decided to finally get yourself a weed eater. You’ve held off for long enough, choosing instead to use the most basic of tools, but the fact is that reality has now dawned. It’s something you should have done years ago, but heck – it’s better late than never, right?
But where do you begin? There are perhaps hundreds of different weed eater models on the market – everything and anything from those that use a power cord to the battery powered weed eater. Then there are the gas weed eaters, and within the gas powered eaters range are 2-cycle and 4-cycle motors.
We can see you scratching your head in confusion. This looks like it’s going to be a tricky task to say the least. However, making a decision as to which type is best for your requirements is actually easier than you think. Let’s briefly look at the main defining factors now.
Which Type of Weed Eater is best for Your Needs?
Make the Decision
Okay, so we’ve seen that there are a variety of types of weed whackers around, but we can in fact reduce the groups even further to that of electric and gas powered. Electric weed eaters can be divided into cordless (the battery powered weed eater) and corded. In making a choice between those two, you should consider the extent of your yard. Electric weed eaters are smaller and lighter in weight, but they also carry less power capacity than their gas-powered counterparts. Thus they are ideal for light work and also for trimming and edging.
Gas powered weed eaters on the other hand are larger and far more robust. These monsters are capable of cutting down larger, denser plant material. Garden Size You’ll also need to consider the size of your garden. Gas powered weed eaters are ideal for larger garden, where corded types always have limited range due to the power cord. If you are intent on basic grass cutting jobs in a relatively modest sized garden, look for a displacement of around 25 to 30 cubic centimeters.
For the more challenging yard however, you’ll probably be in need of something with a more powerful engine and a displacement of around 30 to 40 cubic centimeters would fit the bill more appropriately. The Features The model’s capacity for adjustability is a key feature you should be looking out for. Adjustability means that the weed whacker can be changed from a trimmer to an edger, and some trimmers additionally offer other levels of functionality. Furthermore, safety options and height adjustability come into play, plus there are weed eaters with foam handles and a range of other features that are included for a more comfortable user experience.
Finally, it’s certainly wise to look for a model that affords automatic feed spool, also known as AFP. Cost Lastly in this section, but not least, is the price. Irrespective of your budget, fortunately these days, there’s a price tag to suit every budget. You can find corded weed whackers at or around the low-end price of 30 bucks, and you can find weed whackers at the top-end which are gas-powered, of $300 or even more.
Top 3 Reasons to Buy a Battery Powered Weed Eater
We’ve considered the whole range of weed eaters that are on the market these days but we have to choose something. So let’s quickly venture back to the battery powered weed eater range and we’ll also highlight a few individual models within this range which we feel offer great value for money and a top-class user experience given the category choice.
- Your garden is relatively small and the type of work that you’re intent on is fairly light – some trimming around the edges of the lawn, and some light weeds that you’d like to “top”.
- But at the same time, you’re not looking to drag a power cord around with you all over the place. After all, that soon becomes unwieldy and fairly limiting.
- And the budget. You’re happy to spend anything up to $180 – $200, but over that amount would be stretching things. And there’s no way you’re looking to invest as much as 300 bucks. That’s the sort of price you’d be paying for a gas-powered trimmer and this is certainly not appropriate for your needs.
Black and Decker LST420 20-volt Max Lithium High Performance Trimmer and Edger, 12-Inch
- The Black & Decker Lithium Ion Cordless weed trimmer uses a 20-volt lithium ion battery which offers up to an hour of use. Two batteries are included with this battery powered weed eater. * Automatic feed spool (AFP) is included.
- Can be converted between trimmer and edger with ease, offering a good level of versatility.
- Although it runs on a rechargeable battery, it’s a fairly robust product and can tackle densely growing weeds with relative ease.
- The machine is light at 8.2 pounds and compact.
- The current price of the Black & Decker LST420 is $99.
WORX WG175 32-volt Lithium MAX Cordless Grass Trimmer and Edger with Wheel Set
- The WORX WG175 comes with 3-in-1 functionality together with a dual-positioned wheel set for trimming, mowing, and edging.
- No tools required to convert from trimmer to in-line edger and takes mere seconds to accomplish.
- High power and lengthy runtime is guaranteed with the 32-volt cordless max lithium battery.
- No bumping required with the auto single line feed facility; 12 inch cutting diameter.
- 90-degree tilting possible with quick-release lever for easy and rapid telescopic height adjustments.
- The current price for the WORX WG175 is $140.
GreenWorks 21242 G-MAX Cordless String Trimmer, 13-Inch
- Delivering up to 50 minutes of run-time, the high performance G-Max 40V Lithium-Ion battery is fade-free.
- Slices through the toughest weeds and offers a 13-inch cutting path providing quick and easy trimming capabilities.
- Highly versatile design for easy trimming at multiple angles with 3-position pivoting head.
- Head rotates to 90 degree angle with edging wheel, offering a “walk behind” edging capacity.
- The current price for the GreenWorks 21242 is $169.99.