Weed Eater Reviews: Which One Is The Best?
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My name is Alan and I have been in the lawn and landscape industry for over 10 years – the last seven of which I have owned my own lawn company.
So as you can imagine, I know first hand about weed eaters. For better or for worse, I’ve spent hundreds of hours over the last decade using one. I’ve used all different kinds of makes and models, too. With all of the experience I have gained, I consider myself a bona fide weed eating expert!
If you are one of the many homeowners this season looking to purchase a weed eater (some call them string trimmers, grass trimmers or even weed whackers) I can help you with your buying decision. I’ve provided in depth weed eater reviews on most of the top models available today. Just take a look to the right and you will see links to each individual review. If you are short on time – or reading this on your smart phone in the hardware store – and just want a “Cliffs Notes” version of my best selections for 2013, you can find that here.
For the rest of you who have a few minutes to spare, let’s first get into the nitty gritty of what to look for when you are planning to buy a weed eater. Consider this your free mini buyer’s guide. Ok, let’s get to it:
One of the first things you’ll need to decide is how much money you are going to spend on your new grass trimmer. For those of you who don’t know, you can expect to spend anywhere from around $50 on the low end and up to $250 on the high side.
The heavy-duty gas powered models (like myself and other lawn and landscape professionals use) are the more expensive units. These provide plenty of power and can cut through even the toughest grass and weeds in your lawn. However, they require a little more maintenance and some people are turned off by the loud noise that they make.
On the other hand, you can find some electrical units that will cost you right around $50. Since these are electric powered, they need to be plugged in. Therefore, you will also need a power cord. These types of trimmers aren’t quite as noisy or dirty, but they don’t offer the power that the gas weed eaters do.
So how do you know whether to buy a heavy duty gas powered trimmer or a smaller, less expensive electric model? Or, perhaps, you might prefer one of the battery powered units by Black & Decker? That all comes down to three things: your budget, personal preference, and your lawn type. As I mentioned above, each type has their benefits and their drawbacks.
If you own or rent a home with a large lawn that requires frequent maintenance, then you will be better off with a gas powered weed eater that can handle the large job. However, if you have a smaller lawn that does not require as much attention, an electric or battery powered model will most likely work better for you.
Ease Of Use
Let’s face it, weed eaters are awkward to use and take a lot of getting used to. You may have seen some of the lawn guys in your neighborhood that can walk quickly and effortlessly with their grass trimmer. I’ll tell you right now, they didn’t get that way overnight. They take a lot of getting used to.
So with that being said, make it as easy as possible on yourself, especially if you do not have any experience using one. Select a model that you are comfortable using or that many others who have purchased one have reported as such. Are you more comfortable with a J-shaft or a straight shaft? A heavier model or a lighter one? Longer or shorter?
I’ll tell you right now, that if you stand above 6′ like myself, you do not want to purchase a short weed eater because it will not be a pleasant experience! Further, select a model that you can physically handle.
So there you have it. Now you are almost fully prepared to purchase your weed eater. However, before you move on to read my reviews let me offer one last important suggestion. Make sure you always own or purchase a pair of sunglasses or safety glasses. Getting hit in the eye with a rock or other lawn debris hurts (believe me, I know) and can cause permanent damage. Always use eye protection when working on your yard.
Below, I have included a video with some basic information on how to use a weed eater. For those of you who have never used one before or if you just want to brush up on the basics, the guy in the video provides some pretty good tips.