Best Weed Eater

Top 10 Rated Weed Eaters 2014

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Lawn trimmers are invaluable tools for keeping your yard looking tidy and professional. Trimmers can reach tight areas that lawn mowers can’t, such as beneath bushes and around trees. Many trimmers also function as edgers, allowing you to get a clean, straight line along sidewalk paths and garden beds. As we examined different lawn trimmer and lawn edger models, we kept the following qualities in mind:

1. Durability
2. If cordless, battery life
3. If gas-powered, gas efficiency
4. Ease of start-up
5. Weight and maneuverability
6. Power to cut through tough weeds
7. Guard for safety
8. Head width
9. Accessories
10. Price

21.1cc engine
4-inch semi-automatic head
13 foot copolymer cutting line

Hitachi CG22EASSLP Weed EaterA highly efficient weed eater, the Hitachi CG22EASSLP gas powered lawn trimmer can take on the toughest weeds and grass. With a two-stroke engine…read more

10% off purchase of off ALL major appliances $299


12-inch cutting width
Rechargeable lithium battery
24 volts

Toro 51486 Cordless Weed EaterWith the press of a button, the Toro 51486 converts from a trimmer to an edger, providing the versatility you need for all your lawn care needs. This weed eater runs on a 24-volt lithium battery…read more


Harness included
CARB compliant
Recommended trimmer line 0.095

Husqvarna 128DJx Weed EaterA powerful yet highly efficient string trimmer, the Husqvarna 128DJx is CARB compliant and has reduced gas emissions, so it’s better for the environment than some other models. We were pleased by how easily it starts up with a 2-stroke motor…read more

10% off purchase of off ALL major appliances $299


Tanaka TCG22  9/10

2-stroke engine
4-inch head
CARB compliant

Built for super power, the Tanaka TCG22EASSLP gas powered lawn trimmer consistently starts on the first or second pull. We were impressed by how smoothly it runs, with few vibrations. Additionally, it’s lightweight…read more

10% off purchase of off ALL major appliances $299


18-volt batteries (NiCad)
12 inches
6.4 lbs.
7000 RPM motor

Black & Decker NST2118 Grasshog Weed EaterWith the ability to morph seamlessly from a lawn trimmer to an edger, the Black & Decker NST2118 can handle both large and small landscaping tasks. A great feature of this model is that it comes with 2 NiCad batteries…read more

10% off purchase of off ALL major appliances $299


2-cycle gas engine
17-inch cutting width
Dual exit cutting line

Poulan Pro PP125 Weed EaterA lightweight string trimmer that accommodates multiple attachments, the Poulan Pro PP125 has an easy-start 2-cycle gas engine. The thick line cuts through most tough weeds, and it’s fairly easy to replace the spools…read more


11 amp
150 in./lbs. of torque
12.4 lbs.

The Black & Decker LE750 Edge Hog electric landscape edger is ideal for people with small yards, or who don’t require frequent landscaping. That’s not to say this edger isn’t up to the task: for a lightweight electric model…read more

10% off purchase of off ALL major appliances $299


Greenworks 21052  7.5/10

3-position pivoting head
13” or 15” cutting width
Auto feed line

Greenworks 21052 Weed EaterIf you’re concerned about limiting your carbon footprint, then the Greenworks 21052 is an ideal lawn trimmer/edger purchase. The pivoting head allows for great maneuverability and control, and it packs in a surprising amount of power…read more

10% off purchase of off ALL major appliances $299


18-volt motor
Cut width of 12 inches
NiCad battery and charger included
Cordless

A lightweight, easy-to-use cordless string trimmer that is also earth-friendly, the Earthwise CST00012 is best suited to small yards that require occasional light work. If you’re looking for something simple…read more


1.8 amps
11,000 RPM motor
20-foot cord
3.2 lbs.

Black & Decker ST1000 Weed EaterIf you have a small yard or if you need a lawn trimmer only for occasional light work, then the Black & Decker ST1000 is an affordable option at just $19.97. As its blade cuts grass in 9-inch swaths, it allows you greater control…read more


Choosing a Lawn Trimmer

Gas vs. Electric Lawn Trimmers

As with many other tools, one of the major considerations you’ll face as you select a lawn trimmer is whether to go gas or electric. Each option has its pros and cons, so you’ll have to think about your personal needs and preferences.

Power
Gas lawn trimmers are typically more powerful than electric ones, so keep that in mind if you have a large yard or rough, thick terrain. On the other hand, electric weed eaters are usually quieter and more lightweight.

Cords and Batteries
Gas lawn trimmers are cordless, giving you a wide range of movement. Electric lawn trimmers come in corded or cordless varieties. If you choose corded, make sure you have easy access to an outdoor power outlet. If you choose cordless, research how long a battery charge will last you—you’ll want to be able to finish your yard without having to stop and recharge the lawn trimmer.

Maintenance
Generally, electric lawn trimmers are easier to maintain than gas lawn trimmers. Many gas weed eaters, particularly those with a 2-cycle engine, require you to mix gas and oil together for fuel. However, you can select a lawn trimmer with a 4-cycle engine, which doesn’t require that gas-oil mixture.

In short, if you have a smaller yard, or you trim less frequently, then an electric lawn trimmer may be the better, more economical choice. If you require a more powerful machine to cut through tough brush or heavy grass, you’ll likely prefer a gas lawn trimmer for its extra oomph.

Jon Bannister Jon Bannister has always had an interest in the latest technology and gadgetry. A graduate of the Georgia Tech computer science program, Jon has a very technical and working knowledge on how computers interact with and improve… See more about Jon

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