How to choose the best Weed Trimmer

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How to choose the best Weed Trimmer
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Purchasing the best equipment for lawn maintenance is not as simple as just a lawnmower and some good hard work cutting the lawn. There are essentially two main tools that every homeowner should have in order to get the job done efficiently and to ensure that the trimming is done to prevent an excess of growth in the future.

Alongside the standard lawnmower is the Weed Trimmer (Weed eater).

For those not familiar with the mechanics of yard maintenance it can be confusing as to why you would have another item, but when you carefully analyse it then there is much sense to having it.


What are the factors to consider before getting a Weed Trimmer?

When mowing the lawn, there are a variety of different plants, weeds and other natural fauna that will grow on your lawn. As such, this will not only grow upwards but also outwards, covering an abundance of other plants and also pavements, driveways and even sometimes climbing up walls, fences and other materials placed in the yard.

The use of the Weed trimmer is to cut them down quickly and carefully to prevent them from overgrowing certain areas in the yard and the surrounding border. These weeds can become a major annoyance, unable to be cut by a regular lawn mower and breaking up footpaths and staining pathways.

Simplicity of Use:

Weed eaters have the excellent advantage of being simple to use and useful at cutting down your lawn care time by a significant amount. In comparison, the time it would take to trim your weeds as opposed to getting down on your hands and knees and trimming them with a pair of shears would be minimal.

There are however some important features that you should consider before purchasing your weed trimmer, as they come in different shapes and sizes and can occasionally have a variety of features that help your lawn trimming process. Analysing what each variety has to offer can help you determine which the best weed trimmer is for you.

Power Supply:

First and foremost you should investigate the power supply of your chosen best Weed Trimmer and determine whether you want an electric, battery powered, or fuel powered. There are pros and cons to each design type, so the final choice is up to you.

Electric Weed Trimmers have the advantage of being easy to start and hooked up to a constant power supply so you do not have to worry about replacing batteries or refuelling. Check out: 

GreenWorks Corded String Trimmer

Greenworks 13-Inch 4 Amp Electric Corded String Trimmer 21212
  • Telescoping handle
  • Lightweight construction
  • Includes a 3 year warranty

However that is also the downside that you will have to stay connected to your main home power supply if you want to use the piece of equipment at all. With that in mind, the trailing cord can sometimes inhibit your movement around the yard and also get snagged or caught as you turn around corners.

Battery operated Weed Trimmers are similar to Electric Weed Trimmers in the sense that they are easy to start and reliable, however there can be issues with the power supply depending on the Weed Trimmer that you select. A good one for light use is the: 

Black & Decker 9 in. Bump Feed String Trimmer

BLACK+DECKER LCC222 20V MAX Lithium String Trimmer/Edger, Sweeper Plus, 10"
  • Sweeper is ideal for clearing driveways, sidewalks, decks, garages
  • String trimmer features automatic feed spool; no bumping required
  • Lightweight design, low noise levels


Actual maintenance of a Weed Trimmer is very power intensive, therefore requiring a lot of power for them to work effectively. In some cases, one power pack or battery is simply not enough for the job that you intend to perform, therefore requiring a secondary battery as backup that is already fully charged.


The third option is a fuel operated Weed Trimmer. In comparison to the previously mentioned selections, these types of device are much more powerful and stronger when getting into the tougher and more overgrown weeds that are choking out other plants.

For the amount of fuel that you use to fill the one tank, you can get a surprisingly good amount of work done compared to that of the battery powered. We recommend the: 

Green Machine GM23000 Gas Cordless Trimmer

Greenworks 13-Inch 40V Cordless String trimmer, Battery Not Included 21332
  • High Performance G-MAX 40V Lithium-Ion Battery delivers fade-free power with no memory loss after charging
  • 13-inch cutting path for quick and easy trimillimeterer with powerful results to cut through the toughest weeds
  • Versatile design with 3-position pivoting head for easy trimillimetering at multiple angles

The negatives are in relation to the fuel source, which involves petrol and oil mixture. With all fuel operated motors you will require not only the petrol to provide power to the device but also a mixture of oil in that petrol to keep the internal components running smoothly and able to accommodate the petrol. This can be a hassle for some people who do not want to handle these liquids.


Another factor that many people completely forget is that these trimmers can be purchased with your dominant hand orientation in mind. A majority of weed trimmers are created to accommodate right-handed people as your will need to use both hands, with your dominant hand on the operating trigger.

You can purchase specialised ones that are created for left handed people to operate, generally improving the overall feel when using the device and lessening the difficulty of performing yard work.

Size of Yard:

When making you decision, consider the size and severity of your yard and the areas that you want to use the Weed Trimmer on. If you have a relatively small yard or small grassed area that is the main cause of the weeds, perhaps a smaller and less powerful weed trimmer in the form of a battery operated one is the best choice for you.

If you have to battle a large space with much more potent and aggressive weeds then a fuel operated weed trimmer will provide the power and also the endurance required to make light work of it.


Generally weed trimmers are around $80-$100 for a decent operating device, however you can still make purchases of perfectly capable ones for under that as well as more powerful and specialised ones for more than, almost double in some cases.

They also come in a variety of colors, yet this is an insignificant feature unless you are adamant that you want a very red or a very blue weed trimmer; perhaps to keep your gardening equipment color coded if you already have a lawn mower of the same color.


There are a healthy number of factors that go into deciding what the best Weed trimmer is for you

Consider your options carefully and you’ll be sure to make the right purchase that will not only provide a worthwhile investment but also a well-trimmed yard that looks warm and inviting.

About the Author

Steve has been gardening for over 20 years now. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

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