Best Weed Whackers

Best Weed Whackers of 2016

 Are you lost in the world of weed whackers, wondering which ones could possibly be the best weed whackers of 2016? We’re here to walk you through what you should consider first and foremost when selecting one of these lawn care assistants.
Brand & Model Power Warranty Key Features Ratings Preview & Purchase
Makita XRU07Z
(Tool Only)
Electric
18V (x2); 5.0Ah
3 years (Tool)
1 year (Battery)
String trimmer, High torque, Speed control (+2 speed options), (@ low speed) 1 hour battery life, 0 emissions, 36V total power, ~13in cutting swath, Brushless motor 4.8 out of 5

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GreenWorks GST80320
(Tool Only)
Electric
80V; 2Ah
Manufacturer's warranty may be requested String trimmer, 30-min charge, Button start, 0 emissions, Vibration control, Bump feed, Brushless motor, ~45-min run time 4.7 out of 5

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BLACK+DECKER LST136W Electric
40V
2 years String trimmer (+edger), PowerCommand, PowerDrive Transmission, Auto feed spool, 13in cutting swath, Charger & battery included 4.5 out of 5

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BLACK+DECKER LSTE523 Electric
20V; 3.0Ah
2 years (Limited) String trimmer (+edger), PowerCommand, PowerDrive, EasyFeed, PowerBoost, PowerCut, Speed Control, High torque 4.6 out of 5

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EGO Power+ ST1502 Electric
56V; 2.5Ah
5 years (Tool - Limited)
3 years (Battery & Charger - Limited)
String trimmer, Brushless motor, 0 emissions, High-efficiency, Dual-feed line, Speed trigger, Aluminum shaft, Weather-resistant 4.5 out of 5

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OREGON ST275-A6 Electric
40V; 4.0Ah
3 years (Tool)
2 years (Battery)
2 years (Commercial use)
String trimmer (+edger), <10 lbs, Bump feed, Quick load, Armored exterior, Speed trigger, Vibration control, 0 emissions, Good run time (long battery life) 4.5 out of 5

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Hitachi CG22EAP2SLD Gas
2-cycle; 21cc
7 years (Personal use)
2 years (Commercial use)
1 year (Rental purposes)
String trimmer (+edger, brush-cutter, pole-saw), S-start, <11 lbs, Fuel tank protection, Vibration control, Semi-automatic, Heavy-duty 4.4 out of 5

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Tanaka TCG24EBSP Gas
2-cycle; 23.9cc
Lifetime (Driver shaft)
7 years (Personal use)
2 years (Commercial use)
String trimmer (+accessory capabilities), Aluminum housing, Spindle lock, Vibration control, Padded handles, <11 lbs, 4-bearing gear box 4.3 out of 5

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Toro 51487 Electric
24V; 2.0Ah
2 years (Full) String trimmer (+edger), Auto-feed, Power-saving mode, Wall mount hook, Quiet, Soft grip, Extended shaft, <11 lbs 4.3 out of 5

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Husqvarna 128LD Gas
28cc
Manufacturer's warranty may be requested String trimmer (+multi-purpose), Semi-auto, <12 lbs, 17in cutting swath, Straight shaft 4.1 out of 5

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Weed eaters, string trimmers, weed whackers, they’re all pretty much the same thing. If you’re considering purchasing one for the first time and aren’t really sure what they’re even for, their names really give it away.
Most common to most of us are string trimmers. There are other types, such as chain and blade-head trimmers.

 

If using blades, chains, or mowers simply isn’t cutting it, try a heavy-duty trimmer with interchangeable heads! In doing so, you’ll be able to trim bushes, hedges, sidewalks, and sometimes certain wood. These options will usually cost a little more, but if you have a lot of work to do for a long time, you might want to check into them!

 

Weed whackers will be priceless to you once you see the power certain kinds have over the perimeter of personal and commercial-sized gardens, houses, storage buildings, or any other difficult-to-mow areas!

 

Not just any blade trimmers will be able to cut wood, just as not all string trimmers will be able to get through all types of weeds or plant life. Reading the material quite a bit before purchasing any product is highly recommended.

 

If you want, you can skip down and learn about our recommended weed whackers, ranging in price, power source, and features. Otherwise, keep reading directly below to learn a bit more about weed whackers (in general) and how to figure out exactly what you need in one!

 

Some of the Most Important Things to Consider

Before you take anyone’s advice and buy whatever you’ve been suggested, take a look at your own wants, needs, and financial situation (or budget).

  • How much would you ideally spend on a weed-eating machine?
    • If you’re not determined to spend one certain amount, how flexible on price are you willing to be?
  • Do you need a weed whacker for use in your own yard, field, or garden (or someone else’s, too)?
    • Is landscaping your career or just what you do sometimes when you take care of your yard?
  • How often do you plan on using the tool?
    • Do you need this for stubborn weeds and grass that grow back constantly (in very inconvenient places)? Or do you just need to tackle tall weeds occasionally, because you have a reliable lawnmower?
    • Do you just plan on using this a few times, if certain areas get really bad? (If so, you’d probably be fine with a cheaper model!)
      • If you plan on using a model for many years to come, you may consider spending a little extra money on a well-known, durable brand.
  • What is the plant-life like that you wish to cut?
  • Are you wanting an eco-friendly (electric) weed whacker or a heavy-duty, powerful one (gas)?
    • Do you have to be mindful of noise pollution?
      • Will you need a 2-cycle or 4-stroke machine?
      • How many volts do you need an electric trimmer’s battery to have?
  • Does the machine you’re interested in come with any accessories or helpful features?
  • Does it require monofilament nylon string, blades, etc.?
  • Does the weedeater have any warranties? (Parts, repairs, motors, whole replacement, refund, etc).
    • If not, are you okay with that?
    • If so, be sure to check the limitations! Many machines will be void of warranty if you fiddle around with them yourself, so be certain to read the fine print.
  • How much weight can you handle for extended periods of time? This may not seem important at first, especially if you’ve never used a weedeater before, but after a while, arms tire. The more your machine weighs and the less you’re used to lifting weights, so to speak,  the quicker your arms will become weak.
    • How will you have to start your machine? 
      • Can you handle a manual starter or do you need an easier, button start option?
  • Do you have the appropriate attire to weed eat in? 
    • Do you have
      • protective eyewear
      • protective hand gear
      • debris, cold, heat, or water-resistant clothing
      • a mask (these are wonderful for allergy sufferers!)
      • hearing protection?
  • What’s the machine’s cutting swath?
    • The cutting swath is pretty much just the measurement of how many inches of grass or weeds the weedeater can trim in one cycle or rotation.
  • Is it an automatic feed or bump feed machine?
    • Most bump feed weedeaters can be bumped on a surface in order to trigger the machine to pull cutting line from the spool. Just be careful. It’s not called a slam-feed!
    • Automatic feed weed whackers are pretty self-explanatory. They feed themselves when they detect that their lines are a bit below standard preference. Resist all temptation to ever bump-feed one of these!

The list could definitely be longer, but you’ll be happy to know that some of these points will be discussed throughout this post, so you’ll learn all the basics! After you know the basics, you’ll feel a lot more confident when you do make your purchase (even if you don’t buy one that we suggest)!

If you already know what you need to know, feel free to move ahead!

When Choosing Between Gas or Electic-Powered Weed Whackers:

  • Consider the differences in sound between the two main types. Weed whackers powered by gas will be noisier than their battery-powered opponents! It’s also pretty common for 2-cycle machines to be louder than others.
    • Do you have to abide by strict community or neighborhood regulations?
  • Learn the recommended mixing ratios for oil and gas if you choose a 2-cycle trimmer. Don’t sweat that if you stick with a 4-cycle weed whacker, though. (Each will go in its own department in that case).
  • It’s important to learn the fueling or charging requirements before and after the first use.
    • It could vary, depending on brand, make, or model so becoming familiar with the manufacturer’s material will benefit you greatly!
    • If you want to get really serious, you could even try calculating the cost of both methods based on your needs and potential usage. (Figure how much the price of current gas is and how much gas the weed whacker is known to use; or how much electricity one uses, how long it lasts on a charge, and how many times you’d charge it every time you use it, for example).
  • How much power does it (the one(s) you’re interested in) pack or lack?
    • Do RPMs (revolutions per minute) or HP (horsepower) matter to you? If they didn’t before, they should now, especially if you have a big job(s) to do!

2-Cycle Trimmers

What truly sets 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines apart is how many piston strokes they require for one, complete power cycle. (The numbers give away how many movements each engine makes per cycle). The engine type can greatly influence the way you must hold the trimmer during use. 2-strokes move up and down, 4-strokes move ’round and ’round! Combustion and compression strokes happen at the same time in 2-cycle engines, and so do the intake and exhaust systems.

As mentioned before, you’ll need to learn how to properly mix the gas and oil for these trimmers. That means reading the oh-so-dreaded manual! Make it fun! (Many standard ones will need a 40-to-1 ratio; 1 gallon of gas to ~3 oz of oil — but this isn’t a guarantee, be safe. Some may even require a 50-to-1 ratio).

The most common reason for this is because you’re sacrificing engine size but not power. This is also why 2-strokes aren’t as eco-friendly as 4-strokes, though neither are perfect. 2-cycle trimmers can handle hard jobs easier than a 4-stroke can.

4-Cycle Trimmers

The stroke system in 4-cycle trimmers is different from a 2-stroke because, instead of each important stroke happening simultaneously or only in two movements, 4-cycle engines move in 4 individual movements!

Because there are so many individual movements and parts, the chances of a mishap are usually greater in 4-stroke engines than 2-cycles. (Imagine four dancers in a tiny coat closet instead of two).

Looking into engines with longer connecting rods (compared to its piston strokes) helps decrease the amount of stress put on the machine. (This usually allows us to use the weed eater for a lot longer, too)!

If you want to beat any possible, upcoming pollution & emission laws (which could already be in effect in your area), you would be wise in choosing a 4-stroke trimmer or a low-emission, 2-cycle weedeater!

Believe it or not, it’s still pretty standard for many companies to produce 2-stroke string trimmers, despite their lack of environmental friendliness.

Electric Weedeaters

Still uncertain of what benefits an electric trimmer might have? Maybe a little lost on how it would work?

The key features to examine in electric options include:

  • battery power
  • charging rates
  • battery life
  • whether or not the weed whacker is wireless
  • productivity
  • weight, same as with gas trimmers
  • noise levels
  • string feed options (auto or bump)

Do take note that a wireless weedeater will require more breaks (batteries don’t typically last over an hour at high power settings), which could affect your productivity levels. (This could prove especially true if you don’t have a very powerful electric trimmer).

Some brands will offer accessory bundles and even spare batteries, but more likely than not, you’ll need to have one or two extra batteries on standby if you need to do a lot of work (quickly).

Top 10 Consumer’s Choice Best Weed Whackers of 2016

Our choices are based on power, practicality, ratings and satisfaction, and prices.

To keep things fair, we’ve thrown a nice mixture of machines into this list.

We took a long, hard look at both battery & gas-powered weed whackers so that you could consider the benefits and drawbacks of both!

Makita XRU07Z

  • You won’t spend money on gas.
    • It’s, therefore, quieter than gas models, too.
  • It doesn’t weigh a ton.
    • These units usually weigh less than 10 pounds, batteries and all!
  • It packs some pretty good power.
    • The low-speed option runs at 5k RPMs. If you crank it up to high-speed, you’ll get a lot done with around 6.5k RPMs.
  • The brushless motor helps the engine run cooler than many models do.
  • Speed Control ensures your machine won’t overwork itself in overwhelming areas.
  • The batteries are not included with this specific model. They’re not ridiculously priced, though.
  • These models make it easy to feel accomplished, being able to cover 13.75 inches at once.
  • Don’t worry about getting covered in the grass or weeds you trim, the string spins away from you.
  • Bump-feed trimmer.
  • If you weren’t pleased with Makita’s past models’ ability to resist water or dust, this one’s definitely better at it!
  • Features anti-overheating controls.
  • LED gauge to make determining battery life easier.
  • Don’t fret getting caught in overgrowth or needing to pause, there’s a reverse rotation system & brake for that!
  • Requires 0.08-inch spools.
  • 3-year warranty on the tool.

GreenWorks GST80320

  • This is a cordless, electric trimmer, but it can accept some gas-powered attachments.
  • It’s pretty powerful, with 80V (which is about as powerful as a powerful 2-cycle machine).
  • If you let the battery charge as long as it should, you can get about 15 minutes less than an hour out of this bad boy.
  • This is the tool only. You will need to have a separate battery and charger.
  • This is a bump feed weed whacker. Feel free to lightly bump its head!
  • It has a cutting swath between 14 & 16 inches.
    • This’ll need 0.08-inch line spools.
  • It weighs less than fifteen pounds!
  • Easy, button start feature makes weed eating a breeze.
  • Once you have the recommended battery and charger for this tool, enjoy a mere 30-minute recharge. (Just long enough for a personal refueling)!
  • Features a brushless motor system.
  • Though powerful, this isn’t a noisy beast!
    • When we say powerful, we mean it can handle commercial use. Just check the warranty limitations!

BLACK+DECKER LST136W

  • The battery retains up to 40V of energy, but under pressure, it standardly uses around 36V.
    • Did we mention the charger and battery are included? Expect to wait about 1 or 2 hours for a full charge, unfortunately.
      • This long recharging time is not ideal for commercial users.
    • Also included is your first spool of 0.065-inch line and a guard.
  • Don’t fret with gas or cords, since this is a powerful, electric weedeater.
    • That means you and your neighbors won’t cough the whole time you’re weed eating!
  • This machine is backed by Power Command, making it tougher than many, without gas. (Can we tell you that enough? No gas)!
    • Set between max power or max runtime.
      • Max power runs at ~8.5k RPMs.
      • Max runtime runs around 6.5k RPMs.
    • PowerDrive Transmission (brings you high torque).
  • Don’t bump this baby, it’s got an automatic feeding system.
  • The LST136W can be converted to an edger quite easily.
  • This weighs less than ten pounds, once the batteries are loaded up.
  • The cutting swath is ~13 inches.
  • If you have extra batteries lying around, you can use them interchangeably with a few attachments. (Such as a blower).
  • There’s a limited, 3-year warranty for this weedeater.

BLACK+DECKER LSTE523

  • The LSTE523 is cordless and fine with me! (Sometime’s it’s hard to avoid rhyming!)
  • The battery is about 20V, but performs around 18V.
    • Fortunately, it’s part of the PowerCommand community!
      • Push a button to feed it more string.
      • PowerBoost or max runtime are your two main speed controls.
  • Since this weedeater isn’t the most powerful on the market, it is nice and inexpensive!
    • This string trimmer weighs less than seven pounds!
  • When you purchase this from Amazon, you will receive:
    • the tool
    • the battery
    • the charger
    • one guard
    • and one spool of 0.065-inch line.
  • You can convert it to an edger, but you need the appropriate accessories.

EGO Power+ ST1502

  • The Ego Power+ ST1502 is really popular this year so far!
  • The deal on this is pretty hard to beat; on average, it’s less than $50 more expensive than the bare-tool alternative.
  • This one is not attachment-friendly.
    • It’s meant to be used strictly as a string trimmer.
    • You’ll need a 0.095-inch line for it.
  • It’s electric, with its battery and charger included in the package.
    • Expect to wait about an hour for a super low battery to charge back up.
  • Fully assembled, the ST1502 weighs less than 12 pounds.
  • Cut around a 15-inch area quite easily.
  • The motor is another, fine, brushless one. You won’t have to worry as much about your tool overheating!
  • It’s built to be able to withstand some not-so-great weather conditions.
  • The tool itself comes with a five-year warranty, while the battery and charger come with a three-year warranty.
  • Say goodbye to absurd noise levels with this weed whacker.

OREGON ST275-A6

  • The Oregon ST275-A6 is a complete kit string trimmer & edger.
    • Just flip the guide down for it to be used as an edger.
    • The tool40V battery, and charger are all included in this awesome bundle.
      • While it is a 40V battery, expect about 37V of consistent power.
      • You’ll have to wait about an hour to an hour and a half for it to charge completely.
  • This is a bump feed trimmer.
    • You will need line 0.08-inches in diameter.
  • In easy-to-manage grass expect about 6.2k RPMs out of this beast.
  • This is a lightweight trimmer, weighing less than 10 pounds after battery installation.
  • Retain your peace-of-mind with a three-year tool warranty & a two-year battery warranty.
    • If you decide to use this weedeater commercially, you’ll be covered for about two years on both. (So long as you don’t void your warranty).
  • Most gas-powered weed whackers are 4x noisier than this electric model.
  • Features a Swift Load head.
  • The body features crack & breakage resistance.
  • Control speed by power or runtime.

Hitachi CG22EAP2SLD

  • This is a gas-powered weedeater.
    • It has a 2-cycle engine with a split shaft.
    • It’s pretty powerful, promising ~21cc.
    • Though gas-powered, it is praised for its abilities without extreme amounts of emissions.
  • The bundle includes the trimmer, safety glasses, a shoulder strap, a box wrench, and a bar wrench.
    • This model is accessory-friendly and can be used as a pole saw, mini-cultivator, and hedge trimmer. (Interchangeable accessories not included).
  • It weighs less than eleven pounds, which is pretty impressive for a gas-powered weed whacker.
  • Don’t fumble around trying to start it; be thankful it comes equipped with S-Start technology instead!
  • The fuel tank is covered with a protective shield, to ensure minimal damage from use over time.
  • You’ll need to feed this machine 0.095-inch line to make it happy.
  • If you use this for your own yard work, you’re covered by a seven-year warranty.
    • If you use it commercially, you’re covered for two years.
    • If you use it for rental purposes, it’s covered for a year. (This isn’t even an option in many weed eater warranties, so it’s worth pointing out).

Tanaka TCG24EBSP

  • The Tanaka TCG24EBSP is powered by gas.
    • Almost 24cc makes this a pretty powerful tool! (It’s hard to get more power than that without being willing to spend $500 or more).
    • It has a two-cycle engine.
    • The steel shaft is lined so you don’t have to shake and vibrate all over the place when you use this powerful weed whacker.
    • S-Start technology makes starting this a lot easier than it could’ve been.
  • It is a string trimmer, requiring 0.095-inch lines.
  • It typically weighs less than eleven pounds, so isn’t difficult for most people to use over extended periods of time.
  • It’s attachment-compatible, with a built-in spindle lock, so you don’t need tools to change heads!
  • The handles are padded, for added comfort & less strain.
  • Tap the trimmer’s head on the ground for easy line feed.
    • It’s semi-automatic.
  • The fuel tank is nicely shielded.
  • As with the Hitachi model mentioned above, this Tanaka comes with awesome warranty features.
    • 7-year, personal use.
    • 2-year, commercial use.
    • 1-year, rental use.

Toro 51487

  • The Toro 51487 is a cordless, battery-powered weed whacker.
    • The battery & charger are included with this specific model.
    • The Toro boasts 24V of power and consistently delivers about 22V (under normal circumstances).
    • The battery life could be lower than expected. This is where your calculations come in handy — at least they include the charger.
    • Remember, this is a fairly cheap model, we can’t necessarily expect it to outperform its pricier competitors.
  • Feed your line with the press of a button. (Automatic feeding system).
  • Unlike many of the other models we’ve discussed (which are usually dual-line), this is a single-line trimmer, requiring 0.065-inch lines.
    • You can easily buy 3-packs of replacement spools!
  • Turn the trimmer into an edger with a simple button push.
  • Toro offers a full, yet limited, two-year warranty on this product.
  • This shouldn’t weigh more than ~10 pounds, and even has an assist handle!
  • You can easily mount this machine on a shed or shop wall to store it without losing much space.
  • You can use the power-save mode for a lengthier runtime.

Husqvarna 128LD

  • The Husqvarna 128LD is another gas-powered string trimmer.
    • How much power? About 28cc! That’s pretty far up there, compared to some of our other options!
    • It’s a straight shaft machine, too.
  • What’s the cutting swath, you ask? ~17-inches.
    • The trimmer line needs to be 0.095-inches in diameter.
    • Bump the head to feed more line into it.
  • Want to be able to use attachments? No worries, you totally can.
  • Features S-Start technology.
  • It’s light or midweight… around 12 pounds or less in size. This could be the limit that is too difficult for some users, though.
  • You may request the manufacturer’s warranty from Amazon upon purchasing this item and also read it beforehand.

Making a Final Decision

Done looking over all of the best weed whackers of 2016, finally?! It’s a lot to take in, but now you should know everything you need to in order to make your first purchase! If you’re still a little uncertain, we’ll tell you our favorite gas & electric, personal picks and commercial choices (and why we choose them).

The Hitachi CG22EAP2SLD is Our Favorite Gas-Powered Pick!

Why? Because of its price, first and foremost. Since it’s a split shaft with many optional features, it’s the perfect price. Since it’s gas, it isn’t missing a battery, either.

After considering the price of this Hitachi weed whacker, we love its attempt to be more environmentally friendly than some of its competitors. It can be hard to find a good, gas trimmer that doesn’t make you (and the environment) choke without sacrificing its power!

Last, but certainly not least, we love the coverage Hitachi offers you on this purchase. 7 years of personal coverage is hard to argue, plus the 2-year commercial & 1-year rental perks!

It’s less than $500, on average, so don’t be afraid to purchase this guy. The manufacturers seem to be certain that you’ll want to keep it for years to come!

If you want one with a little more power, backed by the same Hitachi brand, consider the Tanaka TCG24EBSP.

The Makita XRU07Z is Our Favorite Battery-Powered Bare Tool!

Why? It doesn’t create emissions, fumes, or any of that other gross, non-environmentally-friendly stuff! While it isn’t our cheapest choice, it has a lot of unbeatable features.

The Constant Speed Control is a great feature, to prolong battery life. The RPMs this weed whacker goes through are pretty impressive, as well. (Up to 6.5k).

Since it features a brushless motor, it stays cooler than some models. When you’re not using it on its highest power setting, you can get about an hour’s worth of work out of this weedeater! How awesome is that?! (Many trimmers only work for half an hour or less before needing to be charged).

Though it doesn’t come with the battery or charger, like some of our other options, purchasing the twin battery pack and charger will guarantee that you get the most bang for your buck!

Good luck in making a final decision, happy shopping, and thank you for learning what the best weed whackers of 2016 were with us!

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