The powerful four-stroke engine is impressive and runs on straight gas, with no pre-mixing with oil required. Starts quickly and boasts an extra-wide cutting swath. Good choice for people with large yards who need a rugged, durable trimmer.
Expensive and heavier than most trimmers.
A versatile tool, good for most lawns. Boasts variable speeds and an auto-feed spool that ensures continuous cutting. Converts from trimmer to edger with a push of a button. Power rivals pricier professional models.
Some owners have reported problems with the auto feed.
Comes with a very powerful Lithium-ion battery. Operates at different speeds and power and features a superior dual cutting line. Great choice for those wishing to end the hassle and noise of gas models.
Some owners have noted that the guard is narrow, making eye protection a must.
Great tool for smaller suburban yards. Extremely light trimmer is powered by a Lithium-ion battery that can be swapped from other Ryobi tools. Easy conversion to edger mode and comes with an auto string advance.
Cutting swath is narrower than most.
The 56-volt Lithium-ion battery is more brawny than most and can be shared with other EGO tools. Boasts a variable speed trigger and an oversized cutting swath to get work done faster. Capable of covering large yards on one charge.
Some owners say replacement spools are hard to use.
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A rotary lawn trimmer, also known as a weed whacker or weed eater, is a great tool for keeping your lawn tidy and weed-free. Gas-powered trimmers pack a lot of power and may have a wider path than other trimmers, but the extra weight and added cost are factors to consider. Most modern trimmers are electric and have small, lightweight designs with rechargeable batteries. Some electric models can switch quickly from trimming to edging mode. Make sure that the battery duration and cutting path are right for your situation. Some trimmers are better suited to handling bramble and brush, while others are best used for detail work like edging and working around patios and other obstacles.
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