Narrowing Down Your Weed Eater Choices

Every spring you go through the small battle, fighting a never ending war against unsightly weeds. Every time you think that you have pulled the last one from underneath a bush, several more appear along your fence line. Instead of breaking your back pulling stubborn weeds for most of the year, consider all of the benefits of using a weed eater. Whether you have a large or small yard, there is a weed eater that is perfect for you. Commonly referred to as “string trimmers”, a weed eater can make it easy to keep your yard well maintained and weed free.

Different Styles of Weed Eaters

There are a few things to consider before you rush out and purchase a string trimmer, and one of the most important aspects is the style. Weed eaters are available in several styles, each one designed for a specific problem. While all string trimmers can remove wide swaths of weeds and overgrowth, some work best in certain areas. Once you know how large and where the area is that the weeds are concentrated in, you will be able to narrow down your number of choices.

Curved shaft string trimmers

Curved shaft string trimmers

A weed eater with a slightly angled shaft is perfect for smaller areas. It is designed to edge easily along fence lines, driveways, and around trees. While the curved handle makes it easy to maneuver the weed eater around corners, it should be noted that you cannot add different cutting attachments to this type, nor does it have the power for use on large areas. These are usually the least expensive weed eaters available for sale.

Straight shaft string trimmers

Straight shaft string trimmers

These are the most common types of string trimmers, and you can find weed eaters with straight shafts in a wide range of different sizes and prices. Smaller, lightweight 21cc string trimmers are ideal for use at home, while powerful 65cc weed eaters can tackle everything from tough, woody vines to large farmland and industrial areas. It should be mentioned that the larger the engine is in the weed eater, the harder it will be to maneuver. One other advantage to using a straight handle string trimmer are the handles conveniently placed so you can use the lawn tool comfortably for longer periods of time. The handles also make the string trimmer easy to control, which is important when you are cutting tough undergrowth on uneven terrain.

Wheeled or Rolling Weed Eaters

Wheeled or Rolling Weed Eaters

This type of weed eater is intended for commercial use, or for maintaining several acres. While these large weed eaters are extremely fast and powerful, the expensive price tag generally makes this type of string trimmer impractical for everyday yard maintenance. One of the advantages to a large rolling string trimmer is that you can adjust the different sizes of the cutting line to fit each area.

Once you know what type of weed eater will work best for you, all that is left is for you to choose the best model. The best string trimmer will make yard work quick and easy, along with saving you from painful back aches.

Wade Hallesson

Wade Hallesson

As a twenty year owner of a landscaping company there are very few lawn and garden tools Wade hasn't dealt with. He has tackled large shrubbery with brush whackers, and smaller yards with a 4 amp string trimmer. With plenty of knowledge and experience we can't wait to read all of the helpful tips he has promised to include in his articles.
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As a twenty year owner of a landscaping company there are very few lawn and garden tools Wade hasn't dealt with. He has tackled large shrubbery with brush whackers, and smaller yards with a 4 amp string trimmer. With plenty of knowledge and experience we can't wait to read all of the helpful tips he has promised to include in his articles.

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