Weed Whacker Review

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Why Use a Gas-powered Weed Whacker?

Ice-cold lemonade, bikinis and flip-flops are among the best parts of summer. The same is true of outdoor barbeques, sand castles and croquet tournaments with friends. But the longer, warmer days come with inevitable responsibility. There are lawns to be mowed, gardens to plant and, perhaps worst of all, weeds to decimate. Make the job easier by purchasing a powerful weed whacker online. Our top picks are the Craftsman 29-cc trimmer, the 28-cc Husqvarna line trimmer and the Toro Straight-shaft Gas Trimmer. Read the ten best weed whackers comparisons and reviews to find a power tool perfect for your home.

For more information regarding string trimmers, refer to the additional articles about weed whackers in our Learning Center.

Weed Whackers: What to Look For

For some yards, the best string trimmers are those that can hack through heavy brush and thorny thistles. For the small suburban lot edged with aspen trees or Evergreen shrubs, lighter and less expensive models will do the trick. You want a power tool that can reach all the places your mower can’t, but one that won’t inadvertently damage the trees and shrubs on your property. Look for a suitable model among the best weed eaters we reviewed.

Any lawn care veteran will also tell you the importance of a well-balanced weed whacker machine – one that’s easy to start but safe enough for the 14-year-old neighbor kid to use. We compare line trimmers and string trimmers with a focus on models that won’t have you wasting time rethreading your spool line or going back to the garage for more of the special gas-and-oil mixture required for two-cycle engines. You might also want an energy-efficient string trimmer, or one that can be used by left-handed and right-handed operators. Before you decide, consider common repairs on the models that fit your needs. You’ll want to know how hard it is to get parts, help and advice as you show those annoying weeds who’s boss.

Features
Your next decision concerns personal preferences. You can purchase a weed whacker with a pole that adjusts to match your height, for example. You can also choose the way new string is delivered, the shape of your debris shield and the manner of control such as slide buttons or two-step triggers for your string trimmer.

Design
Choose the right weed whacker by taking stock of your yard. Are there fences to trim around? What about trees or basketball courts? This information will help you choose a weed whacker that’s strong enough but not too heavy. Next, do you have a patio to reach underneath or wide sections of lawn or brush that can’t be mowed? This information will help you choose the size and height of your machine. TopTenREVIEWS took stock of all the string trimmers on the market and compared them based on cutting width, pole height, fuel-tank capacity and engine type. We also noted engine displacement ability, which is a fair measure of the torque power and speed of each machine – in standard cubic centimeters.

Ease of Use
You can spend hundreds of dollars on a weed whacker but if it’s difficult to use, it’s likely to gather dust in your garage instead of attacking tall grass and weeds at your command. We looked first for solutions to three common problems with weed whackers: difficult starting mechanisms, complicated spool replacement and long weeds winding their way up the shaft. The best string trimmers have tool-less line replacement, easy-start springs and debris shields large enough to keep the waste confined. We also looked for anti-vibration and anti-noise features.

Accessories
The only thing better than a new power tool is a new power tool fully stocked with accessories. Common items that complement the best weed whackers are harnesses, cultivators, pole saws, edgers and blowers. Many string trimmers are also compatible with attachments such as steel blades for trimming brush. In this instance, accessories listed are those available that fit on each trimmer. If you want to purchase these extras, plan on spending additional money.

Help & Support
Weed whackers are full of tiny moving parts. This means that even the best models are bound to break down now and again. Therefore, help and support options are vital to your purchase. We looked at string trimmer service centers, phone and email support, warranties, the availability of replacement parts and online manuals and FAQs.

The difference between having an enviable, manicured lawn and one that looks sloppy could be as simple as owning the right string trimmer for the job. Furthermore, the right machine will chop quickly and evenly so you never again have to sacrifice your whole weekend working on your lawn. Find your perfect weed whacker fit and finish your outdoor chores early so you can fully enjoy the flip-flops, lemonade and bikinis that make summer great.

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Features
Dual Line Exit
Debris Shield
Trigger Control
 
Head Rotation
      
Bump Feed  
Adjustable Handle  
     
Adjustable Pole        
Accessories
Brush Blade
  
Hedge Trimmer
 
   
Edger
 
   
Harness
  
Pole Saw
 
   
Cultivator
  
  
Blower
  
   
Sweeper  
     
Design
Cutting Width (inches) 14 17 17 17 17 16 16
Engine Displacement (cubic centimeters) 29 28 25 33 21.2 21.1 25
Weight (pounds) 19 11 13 12.5 10.1 8.8 10.6
Height (inches) 53 52 73.4 51 59 54 Not provided
Line Diameter (inches) .110/.109 .095 .095 .08 .095 .095 .08
Four-cycle Engine
 
    
Curved Shaft
  
 
Ease of Use
Easy Start
 
Tool-less Line
  
 
No Oil Mixing
 
    
Anti-vibration  
  
 
Help & Support
Warranty 2-year 2-year 2-year Not available 5-year 7-year 2-year
Service Centers
Phone
 
Email
   
Online Manual