Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Reviews 2023. Lawn mower weed wacker
Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Reviews 2023
Even if you’re not quite ready to pull the trigger on an electric lawn mower, cordless string trimmers are a much easier jump for most homeowners to make. Even Pro lawn care crews have legitimate options to replace gas models. What’s the best battery-powered string trimmer for your needs? We got our team together to determine top picks for a range of priorities.
Want to see our top overall string trimmer picks, including gas models? Check out this article!
Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Overall
EGO PowerLoad String Trimmer with Line IQ ST1623T
EGO started back in the day with surprisingly strong performance for a cordless string trimmer and eye-opening vibration control. Since then, it’s only gotten better as battery and motor technology have improved. Add to that, EGO’s PowerLoad feature makes line changes the easiest to load we’ve ever used—just thread your line to the middle and press a button.
As for the latest advancement, Line IQ automatic line feeding keeps a 16-inch cutting swath without having to bump the head. It sets the bar very high for any other brand hoping to compete for the title of the best battery-powered string trimmer.
Price: Price: 219.00 bare, 299.00 with a 4.0Ah battery and charger
Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Power
Ryobi 40V HP Brushless Whisper Series Carbon Fiber Shaft String Trimmer RY402110VNM
In case you haven’t noticed, Ryobi has been absolutely unleashed in the lawn care department. The 40V HP Brushless lineup has been impressive, taking the Home Depot-exclusive brand to a whole new level in OPE. For the latest flagship string trimmer, that means impressive cutting power.
The combination of advanced battery and brushless motor tech lets you use line up to 0.105-inch with a 17-inch cutting swath. It’s fantastic when you’re reclaiming overgrown areas or simply have a lot of lawn to maintain. It gets even better, though, because this model is also part of the Whisper Series, boasting 60% quieter operation than a comparable gas model thanks to specifically focusing on the pitch of the sound.
Price: 279.00 bare, 329.00 with 6.0Ah battery and Rapid charger
Best Lightweight Battery-Powered String Trimmer
Husqvarna 520iLX Battery-Powered String Trimmer
When we’re talking about the best all-day, everyday professional string trimmer for crews who prefer light weight models, we love Husqvarna’s 520iLX. What helps it rise above others is its combination of lighter weight, extremely low vibration, and thoughtful feature set in conjunction with excellent performance—all with a sub-10-pound operating weight. Other professional brands hit several of the same elements, but none of them put them together as completely as Husqvarna.
Best Attachment-Capable Battery-Powered String Trimmer
STIHL Battery-Powered Kombi System KMA 135 R
When we tested cordless attachment systems, none of them had the overall performance that Sithl’s 36V KombiSystem did. It was the closest one to using a gas powerhead. Now the performance is even better with the KMA 135 R powerhead.
Even though STIHL doesn’t use a universal attachment mechanism, the brand’s list of available attachments is deeper than we’ve seen from any other. Plus, STIHL’s extensive dealer and service network is there to support you after the sale.
Best Cordless Handlebar String Trimmer
Greenworks Commercial 82V Bike Handle String Trimmer
Bike handle string trimmers are the way to go for trimming large areas or long fencelines. Their harnesses shift the weight off of your arms and lower back while offering a stable platform to maneuver.
Of the battery-powered options on the table, the Greenworks Commerical 82V bike handle string trimmer is our top choice. Boasting higher power levels than 36cc gas models, its 5700 RPM top speed and 18-inch cutting swath clear overgrowth in a hurry.
A 4.0Ah battery powers the brushless motor for up to 45 minutes and Greenworks’ Rapid charger gets it back in the game in just 30 minutes. With a pair of batteries at your disposal, you can charge one while using the other and only have to stop long enough to swap them.
Best Budget Battery-Powered String Trimmer
SKIL 40V PWRCore Brushless String Trimmer LT4818-10
If you’re on a budget, there are still quality string trimmers to choose from. There are plenty of good high-voltage ones under the 200 mark and several 18V/20V max models to choose from under 150. But what if you want the performance of a voltage boost but 200 is still too high?
That’s where the Skil PWRCore 40 Brushless String Trimmer steps in. This brushless battery-powered trimmer fills a need for a capable weed eater that doesn’t go overboard on weight or price. With more power than 18V/20V models, it’s a good fit for budget-minded individuals. It also carries a 5-year limited warranty.
Price: 159.00 with 2.5Ah battery and charger
Best Line for Battery-Powered String Trimmers
Echo Black Diamond 0.095-Inch Trimmer Line
Echo Black Diamond trimmer line is denser than others and has sharper cutting edges in its design. For battery-powered string trimmers, you can use Black Diamond 0.095-inch line that cuts like it’s thicker without killing your runtime. There’s some reduction because of the increase in mass, but not as much as when it combines with the increased air resistance of thicker lines. It’s the line we prefer on our gas trimmers and with cordless models being as capable as they are today, we’re able to on those as well.
Best Battery-Powered String Trimmers: Recommendations From Brands We Trust
Best DeWALT Battery-Powered String Trimmer: 60V Max DCST972
DeWALT sports an impressive 17-inch cutting swath on its latest 60V Max brushless string trimmer. It’s a 2-speed attachment-capable trimmer using a universal connection system, opening up more options beyond DeWALT attachments. With 5800 RPM on the top end (4650 in low), there’s plenty of speed and you can swap out the 0.080-inch line that comes pre-spooled with 0.095-inch.
It’s a little beefier than some models with the 3.0Ah 60V battery pushing the total weight over 11 pounds. The trigger grip section is also a bit thicker than most, so you might not care for it if you have smaller hands. On the plus side, there are three points for the attachment detent to lock into, making it simple to convert the trimmer head into a string edger.
Price: 259.00 bare tool, 329.00 with 3.0Ah battery and charger
Best Echo Cordless String Trimmer: 56V eForce X Series 2600 Series
Our top choice for Echo is a bit different than other brands in that we’re recommending a series built on the same foundation. The DSRM-2600 has the top performance with three speeds and a brushless motor that tops out at 5700 RPM. Add in a 17-inch cutting swath and you get a cordless fast grass-clearing machine that has plenty of confidence.
This model comes in a few forms, starting with a standard string trimmer(DSRM-2600) and a bike handle version (DSRM-2600U). There’s also an attachment-capable model (DPAS-2600) if that’s the route you prefer.
Best Greenworks Battery-Powered String Trimmer: to 60V ST60L254
Greenworks’ Pro 60V line has a few options and we like the ST60L04 as the best overall balance of performance and price for trimming. It’s a smooth-operating trimmer with an easy-loading Load N’ Go head that uses 0.095-inch line and runs for more than half an hour on its 2.5Ah battery.
Price: 199.99 with a 2.5Ah battery and charger
Best HART Battery-Powered String Trimmer: 40V HLST051VNM
HART stepped up big time and has a brushless 15-inch carbon fiber shaft model for its 40V Supercharge line. It’s another attachment-capable option using a universal connection and is capable of whipping 0.095-inch line with performance that tops what a 25cc gas model can do. Thanks to its carbon fiber shaft, the weight comes down a bit without sacrificing the strength you need for the job.
Price: 237.00 with a 4.0Ah battery and Rapid charger
Best Makita Battery-Powered String Trimmer: 40V max XGT GRU03
We realize not everyone is in a place to jump onto Makita’s ConnectX system. If you want high performance with wider OPE and power tool compatibility, give the 40V max XGT GRU03 a look. It has three speeds and tops out at a blistering 7000 RPM. Plus, the trimmer’s 30cc gas equivalent performance has a 17-inch cutting swath and is suitable for use with a brush cutter blade, making this the most capable string trimmer in the line.
Price: 299.00 bare, 399.00 with a 4.0Ah battery and Rapid charger
Best Milwaukee Battery-Powered String Trimmer: M18 Brushless 2828
Milwaukee’s M18 Brushless String Trimmer sites alongside the M18 Fuel Quik-Lok attachment system as your two choices from Team Red. Both are solid choices and it’s the dedicated brushless string trimmer that earns our top recommendation.
Though not part of the M18 Fuel system, it is brushless and compatible with all of Milwaukee’s M18 batteries. This 2-speed model features a 14 – 16-inch cutting swath that cut very confidently in our tests. What sends it over the top is the value proposition. It’s under 200 as a kit and it comes with a 6.0Ah High Output battery that retails for 179 if you bought it by itself. If you’re a fan of Milwaukee tools, this is a great entry into its OPE line.
Price: 179.00 bare, 199.00 with a 6.0Ah High Output battery and charger
Best Ridgid Cordless String Trimmer: 18V Brushless R1201
Ridgid fans don’t have to consider a separate battery system to join the cordless lawn care craze anymore. Fully compatible with Ridgid 18V power tool batteries, there’s a nice range to get started with.
The string trimmer is on the smaller side, featuring a 12 – 14-inch cutting swath but still capable of using 0.095-inch line. It’s also on the lighter side, weighing less than 10 pounds with a 4.0Ah battery.
Price: 189.00 bare, 249.00 with a 4.0Ah battery and charger
Best STIHL Battery-Powered String Trimmer: 36V FSA 135 R
STIHL was already doing a great job in the professional battery-powered lawn care department, but the 135 line takes it a step further with even better performance and durability. Comparable to the power the FS 91 offers, it’s matching up with one of STIHL’s workhorse gas models. The trimmer works best with 0.095-inch line and has a 16.5-inch cutting swath. It also comes in both standard and bike handle models, giving you a great option for clearing large areas.
Best Toro Cordless String Trimmer: 60V Flex Force 51830
Toro’s 60V 51830 is the top performer for the Flex Force line. Its brushless motor offers an excellent 16-inch cutting swath and a well-balanced design. While it doesn’t have some of the cutting-edge features that some of the other models do, we don’t have any complaints. It’s an excellent all-around option that keeps its price reasonable.
Price: 149.99 bare, 219.99 with a 2.5Ah battery and charger
Best Battery-Powered String Trimmer Buying Guide: What We Look For
Three primary factors go into cutting power: line speed, line thickness/mass, and motor torque.
The faster the line whips around, the better the tips cut grass. Most battery-powered string trimmers are fine in this category. As long as you’re getting at least 5000 RPM, you should be in good shape. The top models are capable of hitting 6500 RPM and there is a significant difference in how fast you can complete your trimming duties at higher rotational speeds.
Shifting the FOCUS to the line thickness, the higher the line mass, the more force it’s able to cut through thicker grass with. It’s like the difference between getting hit by a 175-pound safety and a 225-pound linebacker at the same speed. mass equals more cutting power.
Most cordless string trimmers take 0.080-inch line at a minimum. We recommend 0.095-inch for the best all-around performance. If you have tougher grass or deal with overgrowth frequently, a string trimmer with 0.105-inch line lets you power through even better. Just keep in mind that line diameter has a direct effect on runtime—thicker line takes more power to run.
Finally, a motor with higher torque helps the trimmer resist slowing down as the going gets tougher. Even though trimming grass seems like a low-demand task, grass does push back against the line, causing it to bend back and eventually start to bog the motor. Higher torque holds keeps the head spinning better in tough cutting situations, even when its highest RPMs are lower than low-torque gearing.
Having a large cutting swath helps you clear large areas faster or gives you a more generous border for your mower. You need more power to run wider, though, and runtime is always a consideration. That said, in the past couple of years, we’ve seen the technology come together to give us solid options. Look for a 15-inch cutting diameter for most situations. Recent 16- and 17-inch models are a great choice when you have larger areas to cut.
The average homeowner on a 1/4-acre lot only needs about 15 minutes of consistent trigger time to cover trimming. Most cordless string trimmers are able to hit that at high speed without too much trouble.
Professional lawn care crews need much more, though. So do homeowners with large properties and farm/ranch acreage.
If your runtime needs are greater, look for a string trimmer that balances the efficiency of a brushless motor, uses 0.095-inch line, and possibly comes with a higher-capacity battery. Of course, you can always carry multiple batteries.
Also, consider learning how to trim at low speed when the grass isn’t as thick. Even though you have to slow down a bit, you’ll cut a significantly larger area.
We highly value low-vibration string trimmers. We already have enough work to do managing the weight of such a long tool without vibration adding additional fatigue. The harmonics in some of today’s models are so good that hardly any vibration makes it up the handle… and they are a joy to use!
Weight and Balance
If you’re working all day on a lawn crew or even just putting the finishing touches on your own lawn, you want the lightest weight you can get without sacrificing the power you need. Bare weight isn’t everything—the battery can add a lot. If you can get a fully-loaded battery-powered string trimmer that meets your performance needs and comes in under 10 pounds, that’s a big win.
Balance is a consideration and the trimmers that have the best typically mount the motor on the trimmer head to counter the battery weight on the back. Many models also let you adjust the front handle to help dial in your fit.
If you’re after an attachment-capable model, you’re stuck with the motor in the back, and the balance shifts back. For those trimmers that are simply heavier by nature, consider adding a shoulder strap to help you out.
Low noise is one of the major benefits of moving away from gas power. Cordless string trimmers we’ve tested range from decibels in the low 80s to the upper 90s (measured at our operator’s ear). Even at the top end, it’s an improvement over the majority of gas trimmers.
Your line selection plays a bigger part than it does on gas trimmers. Sometimes, switching the line you use can reduce the overall noise level or change the tone to a less irritating pitch.
When you have to change the line, it can be an easy or frustrating process. Manual loading is largely a thing of the past, though some trimmers still have manual heads. To make the process easier, look for models that have some type of fast-loading system (SpeedFeed, Rapid Load, etc). With these, you thread the line through the head to the middle, turn the head to load it, and go get on with the work.
Regardless of what comes on the trimmer, you can upgrade most to a quick-load head.
The best on the market right now is EGO’s PowerLoad design. It takes the fast-load concept and adds automatic winding and gives us the easiest, quickest line changes we’ve ever had.
Pro lawn crews typically have dedicated machines for string trimming, edging, and hedge trimming, but homeowners can save a lot of money by using interchangeable heads and tools that cover everything from blowing to brush cutting.
As we mentioned earlier, attachment systems require a top-mounted motor that affects the balance. It’s a trade-off you have to make for the convenience you gain.
One thing to keep an eye on is the attachment connection style. Models with a “universal” connection can use attachments from other brands, opening up far more choices. Recent multi-head systems including EGO, Milwaukee, and STIHL aren’t compatible with others, so you need to make sure they have everything you need before investing.
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Lawn Mower vs Weed Wacker: Which is Better?
Are you wondering about the right tools to use to maintain your lawn? There are a few various tools that can be used to maintain a lawn and keep it looking tidy. A lawn mower and a weed wacker are two of the most common choices. Both offer distinct advantages and disadvantages, and choosing between the two is frequently challenging.
However, choosing the right tools is essential to make your lawn healthy, even, and lush. In this post, you will learn about their similarities, differences, and tips for Selecting a Lawn Mower and Weed Wacker.
Lawn mowers manage your lawn’s growth at the best height to keep it tidy, dense, and robust. Push and riding mowers are the two significant types offered, and each is available in manual, gas- or electric-powered variants. The vast majority of individuals prefer gasoline and electric-powered models.
You can think about using “sweat power” if you’d instead push the lawnmower by hand. Blades are attached to the underside of lawnmowers, and as you push or steer the mower, they rotate quickly to cut the grass.
A push mower is a good option if your lawn is tiny and has less grass because it matches your needs and is less expensive. However, riding mowers are a more sensible option for homeowners with vast lawns. However, given their simplicity and capacity to reduce stress, homeowners frequently use riding mowers with tiny lawns.
A weed wacker, also called a string trimmer, is a device for cutting grass and removing weeds in difficult-to-reach areas. This practical gardening tool is a portable, lightweight power tool that eliminates grass and weeds in your lawn and garden.
Weed whackers can access the grass around trees, fences, buildings, and other places that a lawnmower cannot due to its highly mobile nature and versatility. A Weed-adaptable whacker’s monofilament line construction enables it to chop grass in odd areas.
These tools, which have a spinning head at the end of a long shaft, come in various versions powered by gas, batteries, or electricity. A quickly spinning monofilament thread that applies centrifugal force facilitates the head’s ability to cut through weeds and grass efficiently.
They offer corded, cordless, and battery-operated electric models. Corded models have electric cords that plug into an electrical outlet. The best option may be to purchase a cordless electric trimmer if you have a sizable lawn and anticipate covering a lot of ground. These tools are typically more robust and portable.
Lawn Mower vs. Weed Wacker: What to Use
Comparing the functionality of a weed Wacker with a lawnmower for maintaining and caring for your lawn is challenging because both products excel at their respective tasks. A lawnmower is a tool that does the bulk of the cutting, and a weed whacker completes the task by clearing off any areas the mowers might have missed. Combining these two instruments for your yard work will enable you to achieve remarkable results quickly.
However, the critical distinctions between the two depend primarily on their respective strengths. For starters, lawnmowers are more potent, efficient, and excellent for mowing yards or significant sections of grass.
A mower will enable you to move grass more quickly and physically more affordably than a weed whacker. Additionally, lawnmowers offer a height-adjustment mechanism that enables you to get an excellent level lawn, making it best for you and your lawn.
Including a container for gathering grass gives a lawnmower a significant advantage over a weed whacker. Unlike when you use a whacker, using a mower eliminates the need for a hand collection of mown grass from the yard with rakes.
On the other hand, a weed wacker is the ideal finishing equipment to give your yard that polished and professional appearance. It has a revolving head that propels a string quickly, enabling it to cut through grass and weed patches.
A weed whacker can’t handle large areas, but its small size and portability make it ideal for trimming around shrubs, houses, fences, and garden beds. It also makes quick work of weeds. Thanks to this particular feature, it is the ideal tool for nearly removing those areas that your mower could have missed.
Similarities Between Lawn Mower and Weed Wacker
The lawnmower and weed wacker were designed to cut grass, regardless of their differences in construction. They consequently assist in maintaining a tidy and well-kept lawn. However, to function, they require physical support. There are many different types and power sources for lawnmowers and weed eaters.
Most of them use either gas or electricity as their power source. For whatever reason, most people prefer gas-powered lawnmowers and weed eaters to electric ones. It’s a result of their excellent coverage. However, electric weed eaters and mowers are also available if you’re allergic to fumes or don’t want to harm the environment.
Lawn Mowers vs. Weed Wackers: Differences
Although weed eaters and lawnmowers are used to trim the grass, they differ significantly. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand their differences before rushing to either a lawnmower or weed Wacker.
These two trimming tools are different in design and construction despite performing similar job functions. A lawnmower is large and comes in various types, including manual, pushover, and driven lawnmowers. On the other hand, a weed eater is typically tiny and slender. Weed whackers, on the other hand, only come in one design and must be carried around at all times when in use.
Nevertheless, these machines are propelled differently, with gas and electricity as primary fuels. They vary not only in size but also in cutting styles. A weed wacker uses string to cut grass, whereas a lawnmower uses a blade. While the string requires some talent to correctly and precisely trim the grass, the blade doesn’t.
The size and weight of a weed wacker and a lawnmower are the main differences between them. A lawnmower is enormous and heavy, whereas a weed wacker is compact and portable. It’s a surprise that using a lawnmower is more accessible than using a weed wacker. It’s because a lawn mower can chop far larger pieces of grass at once than a weed eater can.
Additionally, a lawnmower may be used by anyone, whereas a weed wacker demands more muscle and energy. Lawnmowers are more suited for covering a more significant area because they are typically pushed or driven. On the other hand, a string trimmer is challenging to manage and can only be used in a short area.
Ease of Use
To mow a big lawn, you should acquire a lawnmower. Any mower won’t do, as some lawn equipment, including electric lawnmowers, doesn’t cover a greater area. Although they only cover a small area at a time, string trimmers are still preferable to them. A string trimmer is far more challenging to use than a lawnmower.
It’s so you don’t have to hold the mower while using it. Depending on the model, you need to push or drive a lawnmower, whereas a weed wacker does not require either action. It would be best if you kept this gadget while using it. Therefore, those who are disabled or have underlying medical conditions may be unable to use a Weed Wacker.
A string trimmer lacks the power of a lawnmower; additionally, it is better and more efficient at cutting a lot of grass. A weed wacker is more efficient at trimming grass and weeds around trees, fences, patios, garden edging, and much more, even though it only removes grass and weeds in small amounts. You might want a weed wacker and a lawnmower to have a clean and lovely lawn.
Effects on the Grass
A higher mower has less influence on the grass than a weed wacker. Like a lawnmower, a weed wacker doesn’t make a sharp cut. Instead, it uses a quick-spinning string to swat the grass. It causes harm to the grass, which could take some time to repair.
Your lawn may also grow uneven grass, resulting in some sections being different from others. A weed whacker works better than a lawnmower to eliminate tall grasses. If more than a third of the grass’s blades are removed at once, it still puts pressure on the grass.
When should a Lawn Mower and a Weed Wacker be Used?
A lawn mower is advised when you want to trim grass to a fixed height. When compared to a weed wacker, it covers a more significant area. To cut grass in places where a lawnmower can’t, however, you should use a weed wacker or weed eater.
Tips for Selecting a Lawn Mower and a Weed Wacker
The following features must be considered to select the best trimming tools for your lawn.
Size of your Lawn
It would be best if you thought about the size of your lawn before purchasing a lawn tool.
There are little lawns of about 100 square meters, medium-sized lawns of up to 250 square meters, and vast lawns of more than 250 square meters. Electric or cordless mowers work best for smaller lawns. While gasoline, cordless, and electric mowers are appropriate for medium-sized lawns.
Electric Lawn Mower Option
Typically, batteries, gasoline, or electricity are used to power lawnmowers. Each of these has unique advantages and disadvantages. For instance, cordless equipment may cost more than electric lawnmowers.
In conclusion, weed eaters and lawnmowers are essential for maintaining a tidy lawn. The decision between the two will mostly depend on the size, nature, and maintenance needs of your current lawn. A lawn mower is suited if you have a large lawn because it can cover more ground more rapidly and give an evener trim.
A Weed Wacker, on the other hand, is a more practical option if you have smaller areas with weeds, rocks, and other impediments because it allows you to reach confined spots and can be used to trim around flower beds, trees, and other obstructions.
Now that you know that your specific needs and the peculiarities of your lawn will determine the answer to the question, as mentioned earlier.
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Lawn Mower Vs Weed Whacker: What to Use
When it comes to the size and care of your lawn, it is safe to assume that you have been faced with the decision of whether to purchase a lawn mower or a weed whacker. Undoubtedly, everyone needs a lawn mower for lawn care, but not everyone needs a weed whacker. While it is true that these two garden tools perform the same general task of cutting or trimming grass, there are still some major differences in their basic operation that you must keep in mind, especially when faced with the decision of whether to go for a lawn mower or a weed whacker. These tools may have similar functions but they also have different operations and results. This is why you should learn how and when to use each of them in order to get your lawn looking its best. With the right process of lawn maintenance, your lawn can be looking well-manicured with that professional touch in no time.
Lawn mower vs weed whacker, what to use:
A weed whacker, or string trimmer is used to trim grass and remove weeds in areas that are hard to reach. They are only suited for small areas, like the side of the lawn, or close to a tree. A lawn mower on the other hand is meant to cut quickly large areas of grass, but is less suited for the area close to a tree.
Using the right lawn mower and weed whacker can make a huge difference in the amount of effort you apply, as well as in the quality of the finished job. In addition, knowing the basics can help match your needs to the tools that will meet them. Do you want to know the differences and similarities between a lawn mower and a weed whacker? Are you confused as to which of them to use for your job? Don’t worry too much; in this article, we will highlight some of the major differences between the lawn mower and the weed whacker as well as the right one to use.
Weed whacker or Weed Eater: Are they the Same Thing
The term “weed whacker” and “weed eater” is often used interchangeably by a lot of people, but there is no difference at all in their meaning and function. Typically, both of these terms simply refer to the same piece of equipment: a string trimmer, plain and simple. It is normal for many people to think that a weed whacker refers to one heavy-duty brush cutter that comes with a metal blade, but the truth is, this is usually just another term for a string trimmer used by many. Then why the different names? In the rest of this article, you’ll see reasons why these two terms are often used interchangeably.
When the weed whacker was invented, the term was coined by its manufacturers. However, with time, different manufacturers began making similar products but with different names. You’ll find purists that might argue that the weed whacker is an incorrect term because it isn’t what the manufacturers named it, but this is not entirely true as “Weed Eater,” and “Weed whacker” are both brand names of different manufacturers. This simply means that they are not intended to refer to the general non-branded product.
Additionally, there seems to be a regional or location tag as to which of these names people prefer to use. You’ll find that in the southwest region of the United States, people prefer to use the term “weed eater,” rather than “weed whacker.”
That being said, lawn mowers and weed whackers are excellent helpers in maintaining the appearance and neatness of our lawn. However, there are some people that are still unsure about the proper application of both equipments, which raises the question: what to Use? Before we consider both options, it is crucial that we look at some features of a lawnmower and weed whacker.
Lawn mowers maintain the growth of your lawn at just the right height to keep it neat, thick, and healthy. The two main types of mowers available are the push and riding mowers, and each is available in manual, gas-powered, or electric-powered models. Most people prefer the gasoline-fueled and the electric-powered model. However, if you prefer to push the mower manually, you can consider the “sweat power” option. Lawn mowers come with blades on the underside of the tool, and as you push or drive the mower, the blades rotate at a high speed to cut the grass. If you have a small lawn with little grass, you might want to consider a push mower as it fits your task and saves cost. However, for homeowners with large lawns, riding mowers are the more practical choice. It is not uncommon though, to find people that have small lawns using riding mowers; given the convenience and ability to avoid stress.
Weed whackers/Weed Eaters/String Trimmers
Also known as a string trimmer, a weed whacker is a tool used for trimming grass and removing weeds in areas that are hard to reach. This handy garden equipment is a lightweight, versatile power tool used for ridding your lawn and yard of weeds and grass. Because of their highly mobile nature and versatility, weed whackers are able to reach the grass around trees, fences, buildings, and other areas that a lawnmower cannot reach. A Weed-whacker is made with a flexible monofilament line that allows it to reach and cut grass in difficult places.
These tools are available in a wide variety of models that have either gas powered, electric powered, or battery-operated engines, featuring a spinning head at the bottom of a long shaft. The reason for this is because the head uses a rapidly spinning monofilament string that exerts a centrifugal force on it to cut through weeds and grass efficiently. Their electric models are available in corded types- with electric cords that are attached to a power outlet, cordless, or battery-operated types. If you have a large lawn and you know you’ll be covering a lot of ground, it may be best to invest in a cordless electric trimmer as they tend to be more powerful and easy to move around.
Additionally, there are some other variations in the features of a weed whacker. You may have guards, guiding wheels, or decide to go with an angled or straight rod. There are even more expensive models like the gas-powered ones (2 or 4-cycle engine) and can be rather costly compared to the others, but on the bright side, you’ll get the most of it when you have large areas to clear up or yard to edge. After the gas models, the more economical ones you’ll find include the electric corded and battery-operated models, some going for about 50. Both models are great options for people with smaller yards to cover or areas that do not require a lot of maintenance.
Lawn Mower Vs Weed-whacker: What to Use
For your lawn care and maintenance, it’s somehow difficult to compare the functionality of a weed whacker and a lawnmower as both tools perform their different tasks remarkably well. A lawnmower is that equipment that handles a large part of the cutting while a weed whacker does the finishing job, clearing out places where the lawnmower may have missed. When you combine these two tools for your yard work, you’ll be able to get impressive results quickly and easily.
However, the major differences between the two depend greatly on their capabilities. For one, lawn mowers are more powerful, effective, and efficient and are great in cutting large areas or yards of grass. When using a mower, you’ll be able to move grass faster and at a lower physical cost than a weed whacker. Also, lawn mowers have a height-adjustment feature that allows you to get a perfectly flat lawn, which makes it perfect for you and your lawn. Another great advantage of a lawnmower over a weed whacker is the presence of a container for collecting grass. When you use a mower, you won’t have to manually collect mown grass from the yard with rakes, like when you use a whacker.
A weed whacker, on the other hand, is the perfect finishing tool that will give your yard that professional, manicured look. It features a rotating head that spins a string at a very high velocity, allowing it to slice through grass and patches of weeds. While a weed whacker does not the capacity to tackle large areas, its compact size, and mobile nature makes it perfect for trimming around shrubs, houses, fences, and garden beds while also getting rid of weeds easily. This particular feature makes it the perfect tool for nearly clearing those spots that your mower might have missed.
Weedwhacker and lawnmowers are both great tools that give your lawn a clean and professional look, but it is important to know that each tool is best-suited for their individual tasks. However, when you combine the great power and cutting area of a mower with the maneuverability and edging capacity of a weed whacker, you’ll be able to make your lawn look the best.
Preparing Your Weed Wacker For Spring
Once again it’s spring and time to take out the tools you’ll need to keep your lawn in good shape. One such tool is the weed wacker or trimmer. Like any other mechanical device, your trimmer should be prepared for use.
What’s so important about a trimmer is that it can cut areas of your lawn that your lawn mower has trouble reaching.
There are a number of things to consider when preparing your trimmer for spring work. They include:
Weed wackers are available to a variety of power supplies:
When looking for power, the best option is the gas-powered trimmer. Not only that, gas powered trimmers are cordless. So there is freedom of movement.
Still, there are disadvantages to gas-powered trimmers. For example, they’re louder than electric trimmers and they are also heavier. In addition, it takes more time to maintain this style of trimmer.
Corded electric trimmers have the disadvantage of being tethered to the electric cord. Their advantage is that they are lightweight and easy to handle.
Cordless Battery Powered
Perhaps the greatest advantage of the cordless battery powered trimmer is its freedom of use. It is not tethered to the electric cord, so you can use it to weed whack the entire lawn. over, this style of wacker is very easy to use.
Of course, as is the case with every lawn tool, it does have a drawback. You need to select a trimmer that has a battery that is chargeable. There are trimmers that include batteries that allow for double the coverage area.
The Advantage Of Lightweight Trimmers
Many say that the lightweight trimmers are the best option. Electric models are the lightest alternative. However, there are differences between models that operated off the same type of power supply.
Those in the know suggest that you opt for the lightest whacker. You will be handling the machine for long periods of time and a lighter tool is just plain easier to handle.
Of course, trimmers are available with a variety of extra features that make them easy to use and more versatile. For example, there are models that convert into edgers. In this case, the whacker includes a wheeled edger that changes position.
Whackers also are available with multiple speed setting for cutting under a variety of conditions, telescoping shafts to adjust the height of the tool and there are models that include an automatic feed of the trimmer line that lets out more line when needed.
Maintaining A Gas-Powered Weed Wacker
As mentioned, gas-powered weed wackers require a maintenance routine to assure that they perform properly.
When you first pull your trimmer out of storage you need to check the overall status of the machine. Check for loose screws and nuts and retighten them. Also inspect for broken parts including the protection guard and assure that there is enough line to cut the grass through the spring.
It is also advised that you check the air filter and clean or replace it if it’s dirty or damaged. If it is equipped with a foam filter, it can be washed in warm soapy water.
It is also important to check the condition of the spark plug and replace it if necessary. The trimmer won’t start if the plug is bad.
It is also advised that you let the trimmer warm up a bit after turning it on.
Maintenance For The Whole Season
It is advised that you clean the trimmer frequently. Focus particularly on the intake vents near the air filter. You should also clean the air filter regularly. It is recommended that the filter be cleaned every 5 hours of work or more often when working it in dry and dusty condition.
Regularly check the gas tank, fuel tube, and filter. In addition, before adding fuel, let the engine cool down a bit to prevent a fire.
If you own a 4-cycle trimmer, inspect the oil level regularly and change the oil when it’s dirty. Once a season should be sufficient if you don’t use it often.
If you use the trimmer approximately once a month, it is recommended that you add stabilizer to the fuel.
Finally, there are things you need to do with the trimmer after the season to assure that it works properly the next spring. This includes:
Cleaning the unit thoroughly of debris and dirt.
Add stabilizer to a full tank of fresh gas and run the engine for a few minutes to distribute the substance entirely through the fuel line and carburetor.
If you own a 4-cyle unit, change the oil to assure against rust and store the trimmer in a clean and dry space.
String Trimmer Maintenance Safety
String trimmers, also known as “weed wackers,” “weed eaters,” “weed whips” and a host of other names, are essential lawn tools and should be as big a part of a lawn care arsenal as a lawnmower. While the lawnmower usually does most of the heavy lifting, the string trimmer cuts down all the grass that the mower can’t reach along hardscaping edges, around trees and other objects. This is a handy guide on how to maintain your string trimmer and use it safely to make your yard a manicured marvel.
Maintain a String Trimmer (Weed Wacker)
Properly maintaining your string trimmer is essential. While both gas-powered and electric models require some effort to keep them in prime running condition, the two types do require different amounts of maintenance. Because of its engine, a gas-powered model requires more upkeep. Corded electric models and models with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are convenient because they don’t require fuel, oil or spark plugs. Depending on your particular lawn care needs, however, electric models may not supply the amount of power required to cut through heavier growth. So keep that in mind and weigh your specific needs before purchasing.
Step 1: Clean and Inspect the Trimmer
Clean the string trimmer to keep it performing well. Dust, grime and caked-on grass clippings build up on the debris shield and trimmer head and can lead to inefficiency and possible malfunction if not cleaned. Wipe the trimmer parts down with a rag after use and before storing it. Do a deeper cleaning with a stiff brush and a damp cloth periodically. Use cotton swabs, lightly dampened with machine oil to clean exhausts and intakes and other hard-to-clean areas.
Use an air compressor or a can of compressed air to blow air into the trimmer engine vents and crevices to remove dirt and dust from inside.
Remember to inspect your string trimmer for any signs of wear or damage when you’re cleaning it.
Before cleaning or maintaining your string trimmer—particularly when handling the business end—always remove the spark plug from a gasoline-powered unit. Unplug the power cord or detach the battery from an electric unit.
Store your trimmer and accessories somewhere where they will be protected from dust and moisture, preferably in a garage or tool shed. This not only keeps them protected, it also keeps them organized so you can easily find the tool you need when you need it.
Remember to keep the instruction manual. Not only is it a great guide and resource on how to properly and safely use your string trimmer, the manual also has valuable information on how to care for it, find replacement parts and other important pieces of information.
Step 2: Replace Trimmer Line
No matter if your trimmer model is gas-powered or electric, both require replacement of the trimmer line periodically. The type of head on your trimmer does determine how you replace the line though. You will most likely have a single or dual-line head. This means that there will be one or two protruding pieces of line for cutting. Follow the instructions from your trimmer’s manufacturer on how to replace the line.
Keep surplus trimmer line around so that you don’t run out and have to stop working to go buy more.
When replacing the trimmer line, take this time to clean the trimmer head. Use a damp rag to remove caked on grass and debris.
Step 3: Check/Change Oil and Fuel
If you’re using a gas-powered string trimmer, you need to maintain its engine by considering its fuel/oil requirements. Gas-powered string trimmers use oil and gasoline to function, with some using a fuel/oil mixture, depending on the type of engine. Four-cycle engines have separate gas and oil reservoirs, while 2-cycle engines operate on a mixture of gasoline and 2-cycle engine oil.
Consult the manufacturer’s instructions on the proper fuel/oil ratio (typically 50:1 or 40:1) if you own a trimmer with a 2-cycle engine. Use a funnel to pour the fuel and 2-cycle oil into a small gas can to mix them together at the correct ratio. Fill the trimmer’s fuel reservoir when needed.
When using a 4-cycle trimmer, check fuel and oil levels before each use. Remove the spark plug before doing any maintenance. This will ensure the trimmer is completely deactivated. Your particular trimmer model will determine how you can check its oil level. Some models will have an oil level window, or a dipstick; in lieu of either of those, you can simply open the oil reservoir and peer inside to check the oil level. Shine a flashlight on the opening if you need help seeing inside. Fill the reservoir with the manufacturer-recommended type and amount of oil when needed. Use a funnel for spill-free filling.
As with a motor vehicle, the oil will turn dark when it‘s time to change it. Remove the reservoir plug and position the trimmer so that the old oil will drain into an oil pan or another container. Once all of the oil has drained, use a rag to clean up anything that spilled and then fill the reservoir with the appropriate oil type by pouring the oil through a funnel into the oil reservoir. Check the oil level again to ensure that the proper amount has been added and then close the reservoir by inserting its plug.
Step 4: Check/Replace Air Filter
Gas-powered models also require that you check the engine air filter. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to determine where your air filter is located and how to access it. Check to see if the filter is covered with dust and debris. Some filters are washable and reusable. Check your owner’s manual for instructions on how to clean the filter. If the filter is unsalvageable or damaged, replace it.
Step 5: Store Trimmer Appropriately
Where and how you store your string trimmer when not in use is essential to keeping it in prime working order. Store your trimmer in a well-ventilated tool shed or garage, out of the elements. Do not store gas or gas/oil mixtures for the trimmer inside your home or basement. Fumes can build up and create a dangerous situation. Be sure that the trimmer and other tools are not accessible by children.
Wait for the engine to cool before putting the trimmer away. When storing your trimmer at the end of the season, remove all dirt, grease and debris from the trimmer using a stiff-bristle brush. Tighten all screws and nuts. Drain the fuel tank, remove the spark plug and add a small amount of oil into the cylinder. Pull the starting cord a couple of times to distribute the oil. Reinstall the spark plug, but don’t connect the ignition cable.
String Trimmer Safety
In addition to maintaining your trimmer, you also need to know how to operate it safely. Follow these tips on how to use your string trimmer safely and efficiently to keep your landscape neat and trim.
Use Proper Technique
Using a string trimmer properly is the first step in keeping yourself and others safe during operation. Keep an eye out for any people or pets around where you’re working. String trimmer line spins at high velocity and can pick up rocks and other debris and fling them at high speed. If someone approaches your vicinity, stop cutting until they have passed. Keep an approximate 50 feet between yourself and any bystanders. Do not remove debris shields and other safety features built into your trimmer. Always cut away from yourself.
When refilling fuel or oil, or when starting a gas-powered trimmer, place the machine on the ground. To start a gas-powered trimmer, pump the primer bulb to feed gas to the engine, turn on the choke and then pull the starter cord. Once the unit is operating, lift it, adjust the choke and let it run for about a minute to warm up.
Keep the engine of the trimmer at waist level with the head of the trimmer parallel to the ground. Move the trimmer from side to side along the area to be cut. Always ease into the cut, so that you don’t cut too much, or damage something you’re not trying to cut. Keep in mind that string trimmers are meant to cut grass and similar growth; don’t use a string trimmer to cut thicker growth. It probably won’t work well—you will waste trimmer line and put strain on the trimmer engine. To get the best results, keep an eye on your trimmer line to be sure it is protruding at an effective length for cutting. Depending on your trimmer model, the line may spool out automatically as it is cuts, then wears and breaks off. If your trimmer head does not have an automatic line feed, you may need to pull it out by hand to the right length. Be sure you have turned off the trimmer beforehand.
Wear Safety Equipment
Dress properly and wear safety equipment to protect yourself from potential injury from flying debris. Wear long pants, long sleeves and work gloves. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes. Gas-powered models can be very loud when operating and cutting. Wear earplugs to protect your ears. Great job! Now you know how to maintain and safely use your string trimmer.
Project Shopping List
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project successfully.
- Stiff brush
- Cotton swabs
- Machine oil
- Air compressor or compressed air can
- Trimmer line
- Four-cycle or 2-cycle engine oil
- Oil pan
- Trimmer air filter
- Work gloves
- Safety glasses