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Top 10 Rated Weed Eaters 2019

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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

Honda HHT35SLTAT  9.7/10

$359
35cc 4-stroke engine
17-inch cutting path
Bump line system
2-year warranty

Honda HHT35SLTAT Weed EaterFor a behemoth gas trimmer that’s definitely a step up from the standard 25cc trimmer, the Honda HHT35SLTAT demonstrates its incredible power from the moment it starts up… read more


ECHO CST-58V4AH  9.5/10

4 Ah battery
$229
14 – 16 inch cutting swath
5-year consumer warranty

ECHO CST-58V4AH Weed EaterAnother cordless string trimmer ideally suited for small to mid-size yards, the ECHO CST-58V4AH runs efficiently by letting you switch between the high and low power setting. We found that the bump feed head… read more


$129
40V battery
13 inches
Cordless
2-year warranty

BLACK+DECKER LST136W Weed EaterIf you’ve had enough of maintaining a gas-powered weed eater and are looking for something user friendly, the Black and Decker LST136W is a great cordless, battery-powered edger that doesn’t sacrifice on power. … read more


EGO ST1501-S  9.0/10

56V battery
15 inches
Cordless
Bump feed head
5-year limited warranty

EGO ST1501-SWe were pleasantly surprised by many of the EGO Power+ 56V string trimmer’s features, which include a fast-charging battery that provides up to an hour of powerful, efficient trimming. As soon as we held it, we were… read more


Ryobi RY40220  8.8/10

40V battery
13 inches
Cordless
13–15 inch cutting width
3-year warranty
$149

Ryobi RY40220The Ryobi RY40220 is a cordless weed eater that, like the Black & Decker LST136W, avoids the hassle of maintaining a gas trimmer and still provides great cutting power in a lightweight body. We were impressed with the strength of the 0.080″ dual line… read more


Toro 51978  8.8/10

$179
Straight shaft
2 cycles
25.4cc
12.5 pounds

Toro 51978For those who swear by the incredible power and durability of gas trimmers, the Toro 51978 definitely won’t disappoint. This model, with its 2-cycle 25.4cc engine, makes mincemeat of weeds and brush in short order… read more


Dewalt DCST920P1  8.5/10

$199
13-inch cutting path
Dual 0.080″ line

Dewalt DCST920P1If you have a 0.25 acre lot or smaller, and you want a durable electric string trimmer with no fuss, no muss, than the Dewalt DCST920P1 is just right. Its design is simple but efficient, with a variable speed trigger that goes between high and low… 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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