How to Compare Weed Trimmers


Weed trimmers are indispensable in areas that your lawn mower can't reach, such as along pathways or buildings. Not all weed trimmers are made the same, and there are dozens of options on the market. Certain criteria can help you narrow the choices and focus on the model that suits your lifestyle and landscaping needs.

Step 1

Choose the trimmer's technology. Most weed trimmers run on gasoline, but some newer models operate off of electricity. The latter are typically quieter, and the use of electrical energy may be especially important to environmentally conscious landscapers who don't want to directly use fossil fuels. Both are usually comparable in terms of weed-trimming results.

Step 2

Compare the horsepower, denoted as "HP" on the weed trimmer's box or engine. The higher this number, the more powerful the weed trimmer and the more capable it is of handling vigorous weed growth.

Step 3

Review the trimmer's starting mechanisms. Traditional trimmers have a string that you must pull to start it. Newer cordless models can be started by simply pushing a button, saving you both time and energy. The best choice is a personal preference.

Step 4

Check the weed trimmer's weight. The heavier the trimmer, the more exhausting and grueling it will be to use, especially when working in your yard for an extended period.

Step 5

Compare the weed trimmer's shaft design. Weed trimmer shafts are typically either curved or straight. Curved shafts are usually more ergonomic to use when mowing flat surfaces, but very tall individuals or those who need to trim underneath shrubs may find a straight shaft trimmer to be more comfortable and efficient.


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