Best Weed Eater Selections For 2013
What is the best weed eater available this year? In a perfect world, there would be a clear cut answer. But, unfortunately, that’s just not the case. Why? Because every person’s situation is different. Different lawn sizes, different budgets, different people using the weed eaters. So, because of all of this, there is no right answer for everyone.
Since it is impossible to select just one string trimmer as the best for 2013, I did my best to break it down into three different categories. Below is my top choice of gas, electric, and battery powered units. Not everyone will agree with my selections, but these are the weed eaters that I found to give the highest performance for the lowest price. In addition, since new models frequently come out, my picks may change over time. So feel free to check back over time to see if my selections have changed.
Gas: Hitachi CG22EASSLP
The main reason I like this model is that it reminds me the most of the weed eaters I use at my company. It offers plenty of power to cut down the toughest grass and weeds. And, just as importantly, it is comfortable to use for an extended period of time. Often times I use a trimmer for an hour to two hours at a time. I need a trimmer that can stand up to the grind and that is also light enough to not tire me out for the rest of the day. The Hitachi CG22EASSLP fills both of these needs.
Homeowners will be particularly fond of the seven year warranty that comes with this commercial trimmer. It has an anti-vibration design and is easy to start every time. All of these features for a list price of under $200.
After reading through several reviews online, it was difficult to find many complaints about the CG22EASSLP. The most common one I found is that the power button is located in an inconvenient spot which causes the user to at times accidentally turn it off while using it. However, I only found a few reviewers who mentioned this. When you consider all of the other positives that come along with this gas powered trimmer, it is easy to see why it is my top pick. Read the full Hitachi CG22EASSLP review here.
Electric: GreenWorks 21212
I’ve been a fan of the GreenWorks company ever since I discovered them a couple of years ago. They take great pride in the fact that all of their lawn equipment they produce leaves zero carbon footprint. That means that their products never release even an ounce of carbon emission into the air. It would be nice if all lawn equipment manufacturers were as environmentally conscious as GreenWorks.
That being said, just being eco-friendly is not enough to get my pick as the top choice for electric weed eater. It also must perform. The 21212 does just that and costs only $30 at many online retailers. Now this is not a model that you will want to use on acre-sized lawn. However, if you have a small lawn that does not need a large amount of trimming, this is the perfect unit for you.
One of my favorite features of this trimmer is the telescoping shaft. That way you can adjust it for comfort, depending on your size. It also has a 180 degree rotating handle that makes it easy to switch between trimming and edging. Find out more about the GreenWorks 21212 in this in-depth breakdown.
Battery Powered: Toro 51486
Battery powered trimmers seem to be growing in popularity over the last few years. Consumers enjoy the fact that they are not limited by an extension cord like electrical units and they are not as loud or messy as the gas powered machines. In addition, they are relatively inexpensive.
Toro has been producing homeowner and commercial lawn and landscape equipment since 1914. However, the Toro 51486 is a relatively new addition to their line. And it has quickly become a top choice for homeowners.
What makes this unit so popular? For starters, it comes with a lithium-ion battery. These batteries produce more power and last longer than the nickel-cadium units. For added convenience, there is an led meter located on the trimmer that displays the battery’s power level. It also comes with a quick charger that can finish a charge in under in an hour.
The 51486 can quickly convert from a trimmer to an edger. It’s lightweight at under eight pounds and is also less noisy than other comparable models. The Toro 51486 is my top battery powered weed eater for 2013. You can get my complete Toro 51486 review here.
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