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Weeding Through the Best String Trimmer Brands

So you want to buy a weed eater.  But what brand is best and what models will suit your needs?  There are gas powered trimmers or electric trimmers with batteries or cords. With gas powered trimmers, you get the power and efficiency you would expect from a gas powered motor but you also get the price tag as well.  With a quality weed eater, you can expect to spend over $200.

Corded electric string trimmers have the power to handle grass as well as most gas powered trimmers but at a fraction of the cost and weight.  But there is the issue of the cord.  For large properties, this may not be the right choice.

Cordless electric string trimmers are lightweight without the extension cord.  They are great while the charge lasts, but battery life is one drawback to the cordless trimmer. Just as gas is to the gas powered trimmer.

Let’s take a look at the top 6 brands in weed eaters (in no particular order).  So what makes these brands so unique and who are they best suited for?

Black and Decker

Black and Decker, best known for its tools, makes an excellent cordless string trimmer.

Top Pick

The Black and Decker LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer fitted with a lithium battery giving it a 40-minute battery life at full power usage. To conserve power and extend run-time, you can easily adjust the setting with the command dial to run more efficiently.  Besides just being a string trimmer, the unit converts to an edger, giving it double the function.

Best Suited For

The home owner looking for a quality string trimmer with a rugged, durable design with more than just the basic features.  With a battery only lasting 40 minutes, it wouldn’t be practical for commercial use.

Husqvarna

Husqvarna is the name to beat when it comes to outdoor equipment, ranging from chainsaws to lawn mowers.  They’re known very well for their gas powered trimmers but watch out for the price tag.

Top Pick

The Husqvarna 128DJx 17-Inch 28cc 2-Stroke Straight Shaft Gas Trimmer has a 17″ cutting area and designed to commercial standards but easy enough for the average homeowner to control.  With the gas powered engine, it has the power to cut through just about anything in its path.  The spool is semi-automatic and runs virtually without vibration.

Best Suited For

The commercial user or homeowners with larger lots.  It’s designed with power in mind as well as ease of use that owners expect.

Green Works

With a name like GreenWorks, it’s no surprise they strive to bring environmentally friendly tools to an industry dominated by gas guzzling mowers and clouds of exhaust.  They also deliver one mean weed eater.

Top Pick

The GreenWorks 21142 10Amp 18-Inch Corded String Trimmer has an 18″ cut area, with cushioned grips to reduce vibrations during use.  If you don’t mind the cord, this string trimmer delivers quality at a low price point.  The 10 amp motor provides the needed power while the design allows for flexibility.  Unlike most electric weed eaters, this unit is compatible with gas power attachments.

Best Suited For

The discerning home owner.  With the power and flexibility of this design, it has the performance needed to tackle most any job.  If it wasn’t for that cord.

Dewalt

Dewalt, known best for their power tools but when it comes to lawn care, they deliver the goods with one of this year’s higher end line trimmers.

Top Pick

The Dewalt 40V MAX* Lithium Ion XR Brushless 15″ String Trimmer runs off of Lithium Ion battery power for extended battery life.  The design takes into account the harsh conditions tools are put through, with a metal gear case to protect it’s patented gear drive system.  All of which adds to the performance of this string trimmer.

Best Suited For

The power user.  The extended battery life, as well as the rugged design, makes this a tool that will get the job done with the power needed to cut through most landscapes.  Though a great design, still not suited for the long days of a commercial lawn care professional.

Worx

Worx brings innovation and design to every project they tackle and their weed eater is no exception.

Top Pick

The Worx 20V MaxLithium WORX GT 2.0 String Trimmer / Edger / Mini-Mower is a feature rich unit that does it all.  It is designed for easy conversion from your standard string trimmer to an edger, to a mini-mower.  It runs on a lightweight Max Lithium battery for a longer battery life and comes with automatic single line feed, which means no bumping it.  It also takes into account the user with its adjustable grips to make for comfortable use for people of all heights.

Best Suited For

The homeowner who prefers to have one tool that can do three jobs.  The strength of this trimmer is the attention to the design, re-imagining the weed eater.

Tanaka

Tanaka has made a name for themselves in the power equipment market by building quality commercial grade equipment.  Their string trimmers are no exception.

Top Pick

The Tanaka TCG24EBSP 23.9cc Straight Shaft Grass Trimmer has a 23.9cc commercial grade PureFire Engine designed to deliver performance at a lower fuel consumption.  Smart Start system for quick starts.  Designed to withstand hard working conditions with the reinforced tank guard with a 2 line, semi-automatic line feed.  With the user in mind, the trimmer was designed with anti-vibrations grips and the lightweight design for easy and ergonomic handling.

Best Suited For

The commercial user looking for a rugged, yet economical trimmer that will not only be affordable up front while saving the constant expense of fuel.

About The Author

Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore is the lead editor of Back Yard Boss and is a lifelong backyard enthusiast. He grew up immersed in the outdoors, camping every weekend and tending to the backyard with his family. He spends most of his days (and even nights) lounging on the patio while firing up the grill and admiring his handiwork around the property. He spent most of his life watching his father do wood working and is a self-taught landscaper, doing it mostly as a hobby. Now he uses his vast experience in the field to write fun, but informative, articles for you good people!

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