The onset of spring means the onset of yard work and one tool that helps make yard work easier is the ever popular “weed wacker.” or string trimmer. String trimmers come in different varieties, cordless, electric and gas powered, and all essentially function the same way and offer good results.
Obviously for commercial landscaping companies both the cordless and electric are not preferred and for some homeowners, gas is not their first choice.
Regardless of which power source, string trimmers can get those pesky tall blades of grass and weeds away from the bases of trees, around foundations and even edge the sidewalk when needed.
Going by many names, “Weed Wacker”, “Weed Eater(tm)”, “Whipper Snippers:”, “Weed Whips”, “Line Trimmers” and more, have revolutionized the way that yard work is taken care off. Previously, weeds or grass near the base of trees, homes and more had to be pulled up by hand.
In the 1970’s a gentleman in Houston, Texas, took a edger and added high strength fishing line to a can to produce the first string trimmer. He then took his device and marketed it as the Weed Eater(tm) and the rest, as they say is history. Over the years since the first string trimmer, new additions to the technology has increased the utility of the string trimmer.
New rotating heads and accessories have allowed the string trimmer to essentially morph into a whole suite of tools such as brush cutters, pole cutters, edgers and more, including new cutting heads with chains or new string products.
All of this has made the string trimmer an important tool in the yard work arsenal. With the advent of cordless technology and better batteries, newer cordless string trimmers now have zero emissions and are very light weight compared to gas powered trimmers.
Best Straight Shaft Gas Trimmer
This is the original brand that started it all. This string trimmer – Weedeater Model #967184101 String Trimmer uses a two cycle gas engine to propel a dual exit head to cut a 16 inch swath.
It uses a straight shaft to transfer power at high torque to the cutting head and it uses the tap and go system to extend the string.
It is light weight and has a mid position handle for precise cutting. This is an excellent, all around string trimmer. If you are just looking to clear the weeds, this is a perfect trimmer.
Best Line Trimmer for the Money
The Black & Decker Model #LST136W String Trimmer is a cordless trimmer that uses the 40 Volt MAX system for long run times. The power drive transmission is switchable to use maximum power or maximize run time.
This trimmer has a rotating head that can go from trimmer to edger in seconds. It has an automatic feed system so there is no bumping to extend the line.
It also has a fast charger to charge the battery about an hour. This is a great cordless trimmer that is great for around the house.
Top Curved Shaft Grass Gas Trimmer
This curved shaft trimmer is fully CARB complaint and uses a sure start system to improve recoil starting. The dual exit head of the Hitachi Model #CG22EABSLP String Trimmer is semi automatic so extending the line is easy and quick. The mid position handle coupled with the anti vibration system reduces operator fatigue.
The engine is 21cc and is commercial grade to handle residential or commercial applications. This is a great string trimmer for either homeowners or landscaping contractors.
Best Cordless Weed Wacker to Buy
GreenWorks is a company dedicated to producing zero emission power products and they are known for their quality. This GreenWorks DigiPro G-MAX String Trimmer uses a 40 Volt MAX system that delivers great runtime.
The Li-ion battery is coupled with a brushless motor to reduce failure points and to deliver high torque to the dual exit head.
This cordless trimmer can even accept many accessories from gas trimmer brands making this a truly versatile trimmer. For those looking for a cordless string trimmer, the GreenWorks G-MAX system is the way to go.
Best Gas String Trimmer on the Market
Husqvarna is a leading power equipment manufacturer and they are know for their reliability and dependability. This gas powered string trimmer does not need mixed fuel and the engine is specially engineered to offer generous performance.
The Husqvarna Model #224L String Trimmer uses an air purge system to eliminate air being trapped in the system to make starting faster and effortless.
This trimmer is also light weight and uses a straight shaft to deliver the high torque to the dual exit head. To extend the line, it uses the tap and go system. This is a well built, string trimmer that users love and use year after year. If a dependable string trimmer is needed, this is the trimmer that will deliver value and performance.
As with any power equipment, it is vital that the operators manual be read and the instructions followed. Not every trimmer is created equal and each manufacturer uses different methods to keep the trimmer in proper condition.
Also, when working with any power equipment it is important to wear the appropriate safety gear and be aware of your surroundings.