Weed Eaters

WORX Weed Eaters Reviewed

Written on October 13th, 2017

WORX is well-known for lightweight and multi-purpose tools – their trimmers offer many adjustments to make your job easier, for example a tilting head or little wheels for edger. Here we present you their assortment, with ratings, prices and reviews:
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WORX WG163 GT 3.0 Review

Written on October 13th, 2017

product image of WORX WG163 GT 3.0 20V Cordless Grass Trimmer/Edger with Command Feed, 12", 2 Batteries and Charger Included

Our rating: 4 stars Good  

Customer rating: 0 reviews

Price: $109.53*        Buy from amazon.com

* including battery and charger

The WORX WG163 is an inexpensive but solid quality cordless string trimmer – it offers a nice edger adjustment and several other interesting functions. It’s lightweight, provides a good battery time, but also a few disadvantages.

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Black+Decker LSTE525 Review

Written on April 21st, 2017

product image of BLACK+DECKER LSTE525 20V MAX Lithium Easy Feed String Trimmer/Edger

Our rating: 4 stars Good  

Customer rating: 0 reviews

Price: $99.00*        Buy from amazon.com

* including battery and charger

The Black+Decker LSTE525 is an inexpensive cordless weed eater, suitable for any smaller yard. It’s lightweight, very easy to use, quiet and offers nice functions like an edger wheel or two speeds.

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Black+Decker LST300 Review

Written on October 23rd, 2016

product image of BLACK+DECKER LST300 12-Inch Lithium Trimmer / Edger

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 1800+ reviews

Price: $79.00*        Buy from amazon.com

* including battery and charger

The Black+Decker LST300 is an inexpensive cordless weed eater, great choice for any smaller yard. It’s lightweight, very easy to use, quiet and offers a decent battery run time.

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EGO Power+ 15″ 56-Volt String Trimmer Review

Written on October 21st, 2016

product image of EGO Power+ 15 inch 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless String Trimmer

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 470+ reviews

Price: $278.99*        Buy from amazon.com

* including battery and charger

The EGO Power+ 15-Inch String Trimmer is a quality cordless weed eater, designed as an eco-friendly alternative to gas trimmers. It’s a bit pricey but offers excellent power, solid battery working time and fast recharge. Also, it’s easy to use, quiet and not too heavy.

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Gas Powered Weed Eaters Maintenance

Written on May 4th, 2016

how to maintain a gas powered string trimmerUnlike electric or cordless string trimmers, the gas powered tools require some additional maintenance and upkeep to function properly.

But don’t worry, there is only a handful of pretty easy tasks and the rewards are substantial – your trimmer would work better, last longer and will not break down.

Please bear in mind these steps are just general recommendations – for a complete and precise list check out the instruction manual of your product.

Let’s start with a quick video – you can find most of the "technical" tasks I’ll be talking about shown there so feel free to come back to it at any time and replay the actual part.

Weed Wacker Basic Maintenance and Service

At the beginning of the season

air filter and spark plugAll right, you just pulled your weed whacker out of the storage place and want to start the first trimming of a new year. What to do before?

  • Check the overall state of the unit – retighten any screws or nuts that are loose, check out for any broken parts (the protection guard for example) and take a look at the string whether it needs to be replaced.
  • Check the air filter and clean or replace if it’s dirty or damaged. A classical foam filter can be washed easily in warm soapy water.
  • Check the condition of the spark plug and replace it if needed – a bad one can cause the trimmer not to start.

Also, let the machine warm up for a few minutes, don’t start trimming immediately.

During the season

dirty trimmer headNow let’s focus on the routines done periodically through the year:

  • Clean the unit from dirt and debris frequently, particularly the intake vents near air filter.
  • Clean the air filter frequently as well, for example every 5 hours of work and even more often when working in dry and dusty environments.
  • Don’t forget to check also the tank, fuel tubes and filter occasionally (see the video above).
  • Before adding fuel to the tank, let the engine cool down to prevent fire.
  • And if you own a 4-cycle machine, check the oil level frequently and also change the oil when it becomes dirty (once a season if you don’t use it very often). You can get an idea how to do that in the following video, for exact instructions please follow your manual.
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If you plan not to use your string trimmer for more than a month, it’s also a good idea to add stabilizer to the fuel – see the next section:

stabilizerBefore winter storage

Finally, the season has ended and your trimmer goes to sleep. So how to prepare it to prevent rust or clogging the fuel system?

  • Clean the unit thoroughly of debris and dirt
  • Instead of draining the fuel, add a stabilizer to a full tank of fresh gas and run the engine for a few minutes to distribute the mix through the fuel lines and carburetor.
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  • If you own a 4-cycle machine, change the oil to help prevent rusting.
  • Store it in a clean, dry area.

DEWALT DCST920P1 Review

Written on May 3rd, 2016

product image of DEWALT DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 1100+ reviews

Price: Check here        Buy from amazon.com

The DEWALT DCST920P1 is a quality cordless weed eater with good power and excellent battery time – perfect for a regular homeowner use or some tougher weeds clearing. But due to its larger size and no edger adjustment it’s not ideal for cleanup or edging tasks.

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Weed Eaters

Written on March 8th, 2016

Weed eaters (also called string trimmers or weed wackers) are helpful tools for your garden – ideal for spots that are too tight for a lawn mower, for example around trees, shrubs or rocks or along fences and walls.

Best String Trimmers

Take a look at our most recommended machines currently for sale – for more information, check out our reviews with videos and photos!

Price:  $39.96
Electric
Customer rating: 4 stars
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Cordless
Customer rating: 4,5 stars
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Gas powered
Customer rating: 4.5 stars
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How to choose a weed eater?

Generally speaking, weed whackers are used for two main tasks:

  • weed eater uses - cleanup after mowing + edgingCleanup after mowing – around paths, fence lines or in tight spots where the lawn mower isn’t practical. Most of the time you don’t need much power for these jobs, but mobility and ease of use is the key – that’s why cordless or electric grass trimmers are the best choice. Furthermore, they are often equipped with an edger adjustment.
  • weed eater uses - heavy duty jobsCutting grass in rough areas – where the mower cannot be used at all (steep slopes, rugged terrain or high overgrown grass for example). Getting enough power is much more important here, so we are talking mainly about gas powered machines and sometimes even brush cutters (where the string is replaced by metal blade).

So we advise you to start this way – think about the most common tasks you plan using your cutter on and decide which type will the best option for you:

Electric, Corded

Cordless, Battery Powered

Gas Powered

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  • Cheap
  • Lightweight

  • Limited by cord
  • Less powerful

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  • Free movement
  • Lightweight

  • Limited by battery
  • Less powerful

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  • Powerful
  • Free movement

  • Heavier, vibrations
  • More expensive

Some more things to consider:

Size of your property and obstacles on the way

  • On a smaller garden, you can get by with a cheaper electric tool, but as the size of your lawn (and distance to power outlet) increases, you would appreciate the mobility of battery or gas trimmers.
  • Also, a cordless one would be better than electric if there are many obstacles on your garden (trees, poles, furniture etc.) – you don’t want to deal with a tangled cord every few minutes 🙂
  • Think about how much time would the landscaping take – cordless weed wackers are limited by the battery work time (usually 20-40 minutes) and spare batteries are fairly expensive. So for a large yard, a gas machine is ideal.

Prefer a certain brand?

If you already own some products of a particular manufacturer’s cordless lineup or just have a favorite brand, we have specific sections for you 😉

Black & Decker Greenworks Makita TORO

Need edger?

If you need to give your walkways a clean look and don’t want to buy a separate tool, getting a weed eater with edger adjustment is the way to go!

Best Weed Eaters for 2019 Reviewed

Written on March 8th, 2016

Choosing the best weed eater doesn’t have to be difficult – simply think about what purpose should the tool serve and take a look at our most recommended units currently for sale:

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Toro Weed Eaters Reviewed

Written on March 8th, 2016

Here we present you two Toro grass trimmers – with ratings, prices and reviews:
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