You are always going to have problems relaying on hired helped for trimming you lawn. It will either be that they are asking for too much money, or they will not be doing a good enough job of it, or they will not be available when you need them to be. So the best solution is to set a couple of hours every 2 weeks or so and just take care of this easy, relaxing job yourself. Of course you will need a weed wacker, and the good news is that there are plenty of models to choose from. In fact there are different types of weed wackers, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The 3 basic types are gas powered weed wackers, electrical corded ones and battery operated ones. What follows is a list of the top 4 best corded weed wackers, after which you will find our top 2 choices in the gas powered category, and finally you can find the battery operated ones. Right after the list you will find the in depth reviews we have created for each product and you will notice we start every category with by highlighting the pros and cons of that particular choice.
Best Electrical Corded Weed Wacker
1. Black & Decker ST7700 13-Inch 4.4 amp
There is a very simple reason why you would opt for a corded weed wacker: price. They are the least expensive weed wackers on the market, and that is why they are the best choice you could make if you have a small enough garden. These are definitely intended for the private sector, so do not even thing about buying one if you have a small gardening business of some sort. Of all the options we could find in this category, we believe your best choice would be the Black & Decker ST7700 13-Inch 4.4 amp. First of all, you want a high quality product that you can be sure will last for however long you are going to have a home with a lawn. The Black & Decker ST7700 13-Inch 4.4 amp uses a 13 inch string, which is not that big, so that is yet another reason why you should only get this if you have a small garden that does not take too long to trim. At 4.4 amps the Black & Decker ST7700 is powerful enough to go through any type of lawn with ease, but you may have to go over some areas, particularly if you are also trimming the undersides of bushes.
2. GreenWorks 21212 4Amp 13-Inch Corded String Trimmer
There actually is an even cheaper alternative to the Black & Decker we have already talked about; it is the GreenWorks 21212 4Amp 13-Inch Corded String Trimmer. Again you have a relatively short string at 13 inches and an average sized motor at 4 Amps. However, the fact that this is a corded solution also means that you should only be buying this if you have a relatively small yard. The obvious question is how big is a small yard, and the obvious answer is to ask yourself how big of a power cable are you willing to drag behind, and, at times, dance around, while trimming the lawn. In terms of quality of manufacture we were very happy with the GreenWorks trimmer, so we are confident that you will not have any problems with it for as long as you feel like having a properly groomed lawn.
3. Black & Decker GH900 14-Inch String Trimmer and Edger
So far we have only been looking at the more affordable corded solution, because, as we have stated in the beginning of this article, price is the main reason why you would choose this type of weed wacker. However, while still keeping the price relatively low, you can also get a very powerful weed wacker precisely because it is plugged in so the power source is virtually unending. In this case your best choice would be the Black & Decker GH900 14-Inch String Trimmer and Edger. It has a 6.5 Amp motor that can only be rivaled by gas powered weed wackers we are going to feature next. It also has a bigger, 14 inch string, so you can go over the same ground much faster. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is that you are still restricted by the length of power cord you are able to drag behind you.
4. Toro 51480 Corded 14-Inch Electric Trimmer/Edger
Although they are not as well known in the broad power tools department as Black & Decker, Toro is a very well respected brand in the lawn trimming and edging category. That is why there Toro 51480 is actually an even more expensive choice than the Black & Decker GH900. The Toro uses a leaner 5 Amps motor, which is just enough to allow it to plow with its 14 inch string through anything your lawn could throw at it. When it comes to corded solutions though, we would still go with the Black & Decker ST7700 that we started this list with.
Best Gas Weed Wacker
5. Remington RM2510 Rustler
Besides a form of nostalgia, the reason why most people would choose a gas powered weed wacker, is because of its incredible power and range. A gas powered lawn trimmer is not restricted by any length of cord or the necessity to be plugged in, and, because all you need to do is to keep adding fuel, it has an even greater autonomy than a battery powered one. The gas powered weed wacker’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: its motor is both noisier and smellier than that of an electric weed wacker. However, our first choice, the Remington RM2510 Rustler has one of the most silent motors we have had the chance to test, and has a more complete fuel burning system, which means it does not smell as bad as most of the other weed wackers on the market.
6. Husqvarna 952711952 128CD Curved Shaft String Trimmer
Although we believe the Remington to be your best choice in the gas powered category, we could not move on without mentioning the Husqvarna 952711952 128CD Curved Shaft String Trimmer. When it comes to gas power tools, Husqvarna are the absolute best, so we can confidently say that this is the best gas powered solution you could find. However, its high price point means you must be absolutely sure that you need the best, in the sense that you have actual miles of lawn to trim, before you go ahead and spend so much money for it.
Best Battery Powered Weed Wacker
7. Black & Decker LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer
By now you are probably starting to see the main pros and cons of a battery powered weed wacker, just from the obvious needs that the other 2 types of lawn trimmers have left unfilled. Battery powered weed wackers are great because they give you a very large working autonomy, they are lighter and cleaner than gas powered ones, but they are also less powerful than either of those 2 solutions. The Black & Decker LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer is the most powerful one you could find, with a massive 40 Volt battery. The trimmer can be set from either using the battery on its maximum capacity, or to conserve energy and just keep going. In either case it is safe to say that you will get tired before the battery will run dry.
8. Black & Decker NST1118 10-Inch Cordless Trimmer
The obvious disadvantage with the Black & Decker LST136W is its high price point, which is why our second choice for the best battery powered weed wacker is the Black & Decker NST1118. It has a small 18 Volt battery, but that is still more than enough for several hours of working. The place where you can actually sense the difference in power is in the 10 inch cutting cord that this trimmer uses. Still, the smaller battery also means a greatly reduced weight, so we would recommend this weed wacker for anyone with a medium sized garden, who likes to take her time and just make everything look nice and clean.
9. DeWalt DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer
In the interest of keeping things fair, we decided to also feature other brands, and the DeWalt DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer was one of the best offers to catch our attention. With a 20 Volt battery, you will certainly run out of power before it does, and it is also strong enough to manage a 13 inch cutting wire. The motor uses the Brushless technology which means it is a lot more efficient and quieter than anything else you could find, which also explains the relatively high price tag.
10. Makita XRU02Z 18V LXT String Trimmer
Finally we had to feature one of the top power tools brands, Makita, and their Makita XRU02Z 18V LXT String Trimmer. This is a bare tool only offer, which means you will have to buy the battery separately, but it takes an 18 Volt battery. Despite that fact the price is also quite high, but those of us who are true Makita fans will know exactly where that money is going: reliability and flawless, effortless performance. Still, if you are not planning to be trimming lawns every day for the next 20 years, there is no need to buy such an expensive tool.