April showers brings May grass and weeds and that means getting the string trimmer out to get the job done. Instead of fighting with the weight and mess of a gas trimmer, it might be a good time to replace that hassle with a new string trimmer that is powerful and light weight.
Advances in both electric motors and battery technology has allow the electric, both cordless and corded, to be more powerful and lighter weight, while still performing better than expected. A light weight string trimmer can get rid of that tall grass, reach into compact spaces and isn’t as fatigue inducing as previous trimmers.
Regaining the Cord or Going Cordless
Since their introduction in the 1970’s, string trimmer has been an important part of the homeowner and commercial landscaper’s tool arsenal. This is due to the fact that the unique rotary action of the trimmer combined with the properties of a line spun at high speed is great for cutting tall grass and weeds that are difficult or impossible to get with a mower.
For many the gas trimmer has been the mainstay and for the foreseeable future, it will certainly retain a place in the commercial service but for the homeowner, the electric string trimmer offers significant cost savings over the life of the tool and less headache when using or storing the tool.
Newer technologies, in terms of reducing the weight of the remaining components, also contribute to less weight and therefore less fatigue. Modern electric trimmers are much lighter than their previous versions just five years ago and they are certainly less weighty than current gas trimmers. Below are five excellent string trimmers that are light weight, performing and easy to use.
Five Lightweight Weed Trimmers
Top Rated Corded String Trimmer
Coming in at 5.2, pounds, this trimmer is very light weight and is certainly less heavy than a gas trimmer. GreenWorks is a company dedicated to producing quality tools with zero emissions and this electric trimmer, the GreenWorks Model #21212 Corded Electric Trimmer does just that. This dual exit trimmer uses an automatic feed so there is no bumping to extend the line.
It has a 13 inch cutting path and uses a 4 amp motor to tackle even tough grass. Powerful but lightweight, this is a great trimmer for small urban yards.
Best Affordable Electric Trimmer
This 12 Volt trimmer, the Toro Model #51467 Cordless Trimmer cuts an 8 inch path and it great for edging as well. It uses a bump and go line feed and line changes and adjustments require no tools, making this trimmer very easy to use. With the battery, it weighs in at 6.2 pounds, making this cordless trimmer light weight considering that includes the battery.
This trimmer has an ergonomic design to reduce stress for the operator and is easy to store. This is an trimmer that can easily tackle small yards with no effort.
Best String Trimmer and Edger to Buy
This powerful trimmer from Black and Decker, uses a 6.5 amp motor to tackle the tough weeds and grasses. The Black & Decker Model #GH900 Corded Electric Trimmer is a corded electric motor and the transmission is designed to prevent the unit from bogging down in high grass or when edging tough grass.
This trimmer can go from trimming to edging quickly and the shaft is adjustable for height. It has a 14 inch cutting path and weighs around 7 pound. This is an excellent trimmer for a wide range of yard sizes and it stores easily as well.
Best Cordless Weed Wacker
Like some other companies, Earthwise is dedicated to producing zero emission tools. The Earthwise Model #CST00012 Cordless 18 Volt Trimmer uses a NiCd battery and this battery is compatible with other Earthwise, 18 Volt batteries and products. This semi automatic feed trimmer has an adjustable shaft and a 12 inch cutting path.
The head has three positions for a range of trimming and edging applications and the handle is fully telescopic to reach those tight spaces. This is a great cordless trimmer for the homeowner to get that tough grass out of the weight, without the hassle of a cord.
Best Lightweight Weed Wacker to Buy
Made by the same company that manufactures RockWell power tools, this trimmer is a great consumer trimmer. The WORX Model #WG155 Cordless Trimmer is light weight and uses the 20 Volt MAX system for power and performance.
It has a fully adjustable shaft that is also telescoping for getting at the hard to reach places. It can easily go from trimming to edging and it has a set of wheels that offer stability for precise trimming. It has automatic trimming and the handle is ergonomic to reduce operator fatigue.
It is also backed by a two year warranty. For anyone looking for a light weight, powerful string trimmer, packed with features, this is the trimmer for them. Capable of handling almost any size yard and of course, with extra batteries, even large yards.
When working with any power tool, always remember to wear the appropriate safety gear. For your safety and the longevity of your tool purchase, read and follow the operator’s manual. Since string trimmers can expel debris at enough velocity to produce injury, always be aware of your surroundings to prevent injury to yourself or others.