A good weed trimmer is an essential garden tool. There are many issues to think about before choosing the best model for your garden needs, so you should assess your individual needs before purchasing. Weed trimmers are either gas-powered or electric, requiring an extension cord. Propane powered trimmers are considered environmentally friendly and are new to the market.
Black & Decker Electric
The Black & Decker ST1000 9-inch 1.8 AMP Electric Grass Trimmer receives high customer satisfaction rates for its price (list price $39.16, as of 2010) and its ease of use. This small, light-weight (9 lb.) trimmer edger cuts in 9 inch swathes and easily reaches under garden furniture and into tight corners. The bump feed spool allows for continual feeding of line. This is an electric trimmer so a long, heavy extension cord is needed. Many people choose electric trimmers over gas powered trimmers because of concerns for the environment.
Black & Decker Battery Powered
The Black & Decker NST2018 Grass Hog 12-inch 18-Volt Cordless Electric String Trimmer with 2 Batteries does away with the cord problem and is also lightweight. The list price is $191, as of 2010, and it weights 14.8 lb. This trimmer gets high marks for normal backyard and garden use. If you have thick underbrush or heavy brush clearance jobs, this model may be too lightweight. It comes with two batteries which are rechargeable. According to customer reviews; the main advantage of this model is that it is cordless. Some people reported that it is not as powerful as the electric model.
High customer ratings were also given to the Worx GT WG151.5 Electric Lithium String Trimmer/Edger. It weighs only 5.3 pounds and is run by a rechargeable 18 volt battery which takes half hour to charge. It has an adjustable handle to change from trimming to edging easily. Customer ratings and reviews placed this trimmer high on the list because of its ease of use for normal suburban lawn care. The cost, as of 2010, is $100.
Stihl FSE60 is a trimmer which gets consistent high marks in consumer tests and reviews. It performs as well as gas powered models and is easy to use. It is quiet and the use of electricity is better for the environment than gas. Customers appreciate the power of this string trimmer compared to other electric trimmers. This trimmer is made in Austria and comes with safety goggles. The cost is $130.
Lehr Eco Trimmer
The Lehr Eco Trimmer is a propane powered model which costs $210 and was introduced in spring 2009. It is considered powerful for home use, even for challenging trimming requirements. It is powered by 1 lb. propane canisters which cost $3 to $5 each and give two hours of runtime each. It weighs 15 lb. with the canister in. This trimmer won the 2009 Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Excellence Award.