Comparison of Weed Wackers


Weed wackers, an actual brand name of string trimmer now generically used, are a helpful tool to homeowners. They make quick work of tidying up the edges of lawns and flower beds and trimming unsightly weeds under shrubs. Weed wackers have nearly as many features as available types on the markets. Evaluate your yard and needs before making a purchase.


The original weed eater was invented by George Ballas in the early1970s. He was inspired to create the piece after a groundsman was bitten by a copperhead snake while tending to his lawn. He created several models of the product, and after making multimillions in sales, he sold the product to Emerson Electric Company in 1977.


There are three types of string trimmers: gas-powered, corded electric string and cordless electric.


A gas-powered trimmer is the best option to cut through tall grass and weeds. A corded electric trimmer has a long list of benefits including immediate start and no need for tune-ups, but it comes up short with its limited corded range, up to 100 feet for many models, 200 feet for a handful of others. Cordless electric trimmers come a close second to gas-powered trimmers, delivering without fuel or fumes, but don't have quite the power to cut through tall grass and will run about 30 minutes before needing to recharge.


According to a review on Consumer Search, top-rated gas weed wackers range in price from $160 up to $400. Higher-priced models are four-stroke trimmers and take straight gas, eliminating the need to mix it with oil, but these are expensive and heavier. Corded trimmers are the least expensive among all types, ranging in cost from $30 up to $120 for top models reviewed on Consumer Search. The best-rated cordless electric trimmers fall right in the middle of gas and cordless electric models with prices ranging from $80 up to $120.


Gas-powered trimmers require regular upkeep for optimal performance. Aside from gas, and oil for some models, these trimmers need routine filter changes. Add spark plugs to the list of replacement parts as well. Corded weed eaters have no parts that require replacing like with gas-powered units, just a routine cleaning of the unit after use. The same is true for cordless models.

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