The original string trimmer was created in Texas in the early 1970s by George Ballas. He marketed his string trimmer under the name “Weed Eater” and it became highly successful. So much so that now, string trimmers are primarily referred to as Weed Eaters. What made the string trimmer so successful is the ability to eliminate grass that grew close to other objects like trees or homes that would be damaged by the act of cutting said grass.
How a Weed Eater Works
String trimmers work on a simple principle of physics. When an object is spun at high speeds with centrifugal force, specifically a monofilament line or cord, the line becomes stiff allowing it to cut through softer objects while still maintaining its flexibility to alter shape when encountering a more solid object or force. This means that grass and lighter foliage can easily be cut without damaging heavier objects like trees and homes. To increase the versatility of string trimmers, other attachments can be added such as blades, chains and cultivators. These attachments mean that an investment in a weed trimmer can also be an investment in other tools without the added significant expense of other powered tools.
Importantly, weed trimmers come in two varieties, electric and gas powered. Both have their advantages and disadvantages but the functionality or purpose remains the same. Typically, electric powered trimmers are lighter but are limited by cord distance. Although, this limitation is being slowly reduces as more manufacturers are adding battery powered, rechargeable trimmers to their line up. Gas powered trimmers are not limited by cords but are heavier and tend to be slightly more powerful for larger jobs. Presented here are five electric weed trimmers for consideration.
Top Corded Electric Edger to Buy
Toro is a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment and this 14 inch trimmer is one of their top trimmers in the electric series. The Toro Model #51480 Cord Trimmer can quickly be converted to an edger adding flexible usage and the line is auto fed. The motor is 5 amps, more than enough to handle jobs around the house and it is corded so there is not need to recharge.
The handle is telescoping for easy adjusting and therefore, more comfortable usage. For those looking for an easy to use trimmer for light yard duty, this is an excellent choice.
Best Corded Top Mount String Trimmer
This powered trimmer, GreenWorks Model #21142 Cord Trimmer takes going green to a new level. The 10 amp electric motor attaches to the house supply but cord and produces no emissions. The motor is powerful enough to drive the bump feed line up to 18 inches of cutting clearance. All together powerful enough to handle weeds, grass and light brush.
This trimmer can also accept attachments from other manufacturers making this trimmer highly versatile. This is a great choice for those who have a small to moderate size property and could use the versatility of a variety of attachments.
Top Electric Grass Trimmer/Edger
This innovative trimmer has folding wheels for easy, no tool conversion to an edger. The 6 amp motor of the WORX Model #WG118 Cord Trimmer allows for a 15 inch cutting swath and the blade guard is fully adjustable. It had a dual spool for easy line addition and the handle is fully telescoping for easy of use and comfort.
Best of all, the unit is auto feeding so no bumping or having to stop to change line. Those in need of a versatile and comfortable trimmer, should consider this one an excellent choice.
Best Power Edger in the Market
Moving from corded to rechargeable battery trimmers, Black and Decker is a well known leader in rechargeable, outdoor power equipment. This unit – Black and Decker Model #LST420 Lithium Trimmer is part of the MAX system, meaning the battery will fit multiple tools. Each battery is 2 amps and the motor is adjustable for power and performance or longer run time. The trimmer is light weight and is fully adjustable for operator comfort.
For those looking for an easy to use, easy to store trimmer to get the job done this is the series to consider.
Best String Trimmer for the Money
This powerful trimmer uses the 40 MAX system to be compatible with other 40 MAX units. Meaning the battery is interchangeable with other 40 MAX equipment. This unit, Black & Decker Model #LST136W Lithium Trimmer also has a adjustable system for maximum rpm@ 8500 or extended run time @6500 rpm. The new transmission system means more torque is applied directly to the head making it one of the more powerful units on the market.
The head is fully adjustable to convert to edging quickly and the handle is adjustable for comfort. Anyone looking for a powerful, rechargeable, trimmer would do well to consider this an a spectacular choice.
Using power equipment is safe assuming the operator reads and follows all safety instructions included in the operators manual. Even individuals who have handled this type of power equipment before can gain from reading all the included instructions.
Beyond safety, reading the instructions allows for better handling and better storage. Always remember to wear the appropriate safety gear when operating the equipment and always be aware of the surroundings to protect the safety of others.