When doing yard work or any kind of work that requires tools, it is best to have the right tool for the job. Part of being the right tool is having a tool that is of significant quality and workmanship to no only get the job done, but be able to handle work, job after job.
This is no different, when it comes to purchasing a string trimmer, also known as a “weed wacker”. String trimmers use rotary motion to propel a string with enough force to cut tall grasses and weeds. There are many versions of string trimmers on the market, but only a few right to the top.
The String Trimmer
The basic component parts of a string trimmer is relatively simple. There is a power source, either electric, battery or fuel mix that drives a transmission and drive shaft, that in turns creates rotary motion at the drive head containing the string. When considering the context of quality, these represent three points where failure can occur.
Many manufacturers go to great lengths to make sure their string trimmers are of significant quality to work season after season. Still, there is some brands that tend to rise to the top in both quality and features and become the more popular models.
By far the most popular versions of string trimmers are gas powered units because of their power and the ability to not be tethered to a plug, like electric models. Cordless models have solved this issue and while they are quite portable and powerful, they still lack the run time of fuel mixed power engines.
Cordless is the second popular and corded string trimmers being the third popular type. Presented below are five highly ranked string trimmers that have the reputations of producing quality results.
Each are excellent trimmers in their own right and will be able to handle tall grasses and weeds, season after season, year after year.
Best Battery Powered Grass Trimmer/Edger
The only cordless on the list, this Worx string trimmer is highly ranked in terms of quality and performance. Using a full automatic string extention, this trimmer – WORX Model #WG152 String Trimmer can easily go from trimming to edging.
It uses a pivoting handle with an adjustable shaft coupled with dual wheels for both edging and trimming performance in hard to reach places. It has a 10 inch cutting swath and uses the 18 Volt Ni-Cd system. Users love the versatility and quality of this cordless trimmer.
Best Affordable Gas Weed Wacker
The 25cc engine of the Poulan Pro Model #PP125 String Trimmer is powerful to handle even the toughest of grasses and weeds and the shaft is adjustable and interchangeable for versatility.
It uses the bump and go string extension for the dual exit head and cuts a 17 inch swath. It uses a sure start engine, recoil start system for quick and reliable starting each and every time. Users love the two year warranty and the excellent workmanship of the tool.
Best Gas Weed Eater for $200
This 21 cc workhorse from Hitachi is fully CARB compliant and meets and exceeds emission standards. The Hitachi Model #CG22EASSLP String Trimmer uses a straight, adjustable for height, shaft and has a semi automatic extension system for the dual head.
The engine is commercial grade and uses a quick start system that requires less recoil force than other engines for reliable and fast starting.
Users love the seven year consumer warranty and the assurance that it will work season after season.
Best Gas String Trimmer for the Money
A highly known and well respected company, Husquvarna is well established as a leading in outdoor power tools. This string trimmer – Husqvarna Model #223L String Trimmer is among their residential/light commercial line and is a high quality, performing tool.
It uses a quick start engine for less effort in starting and the specially designed filter prevents dust buildup while preventing vapor from preventing quick starts.
It has a dual exit head and semi automatic feed system and the shaft is adjustable for height. Users love the quality and performance and have remarked on the quick and easy starts.
Best 2 stroke Weed Wacker to Buy
Well known in commercial circles, Tanka produces top quality string trimmer and equipment for commercial grade use. The Tanaka Model #TBC-260SF String Trimmer is also great for residential use and ranch use.
The adjustable shaft can accept attachments and the motor is robust and engineered to handle even tough conditions.
It uses a quick start system for super fast starting and requires little effort for recoil pulls. The shaft is solid steel for reliability and the head is dual exit.
This is a well made, versatile trimmer that can handle a wide range of applications and jobs with ease. Users love the quality and durability and it works equally well in commercial or residential duties.
All power tools are different in terms of service and safety. Therefore, it is important to read and follow the operator’s guide and cleaning instructions for your safety and for the longevity of the tool. With mixed fueled trimmers, never store with fuel in the tank.
Always remember to wear the appropriate safety gear when using power equipment and never forget to be aware of your surroundings. For you safety and that of others.