Weeds are a perennial problem in every garden, no matter the size. Some weeds can be very persistent, and even the most powerful chemical weed killers will not get rid of them. It’s frustrating when you spend so much time on your knees weeding, only for them to reappear in no time at all! You might be someone who does not like to use chemical weed killer solutions – they are not recommended where pets and children are in the vicinity – so what do you do instead? You buy a weed eater!
Sometimes known as a string trimmer – or strimmer – these clever machines are versatile, easy to use, and not expensive. The only problem is which one to buy, as there are many different makes, models, and types on the market. For example, do you want a gas-powered weed eater, or is an electric one more to your requirements? We suggest that you look closely at electric models and that you also look at battery-powered examples, so let’s look at the reasons why.
What is a Battery Powered Weed Eater?
A weed eater consists of a body section in which – with an electric battery model – there is a motor and battery, plus the controls. This is attached to a long shaft in which there is a part that is rotated by the motor. This turns a spool at the end of the shaft that contains very strong, usually nylon ‘string.’ When held close to the ground, the speed that the string spins at means it will cut through even the toughest weeds in your yard or garden, with very little effort other than holding the device needed on your part. You can find out more detail at https://traditionalgardening.com/best-battery-powered-weed-eater/, which features reviews of some of the best models.
So, why battery powered? There are both batteries powered – meaning cordless – and corded models, the latter requiring a power cord to be plugged into a mains outlet when in use. Let’s have a look at the advantages of using a battery model, and the few possible downsides you may have to consider.
Why We Recommend Battery Powered Weed Eaters
As with any appliance or tool that has a power cord, you are limited by the length of the cord and the distance you need to be from a power outlet. The first advantage of the battery weed eater is that it instantly overcomes this problem: you can use it anywhere you like, as long as the battery is fully charged.
Furthermore, the battery model may be easier to handle than the corded example, thanks to the cord’s ability to get in the way quite often. Batteries don’t take long to charge up, and with many brands, you will find that the battery is interchangeable between different power tools. So, if your tool collection consists mainly of power tools from one brand – many people do show brand loyalty after all – you may save money buying one from the same maker if it uses the same battery as everything else, so check in advance!
Now, the drawbacks of using a battery-powered weed eater: the obvious one is that you will need to charge the battery up – or change it for an already charged one – on a regular basis. This will probably be around 45 minutes maximum. With a corded model, you can carry on as long as you like. Also, you may find that a battery weed eater is heavier than a corded one, thanks to the weight of the battery itself. But, we do consider the advantages – the convenience and ease of use – outweigh the disadvantages in this case.
What to Look For
We suggest you start by looking for your own preferred brand, if you have one, or for name brands that you know you can rely on. Also, check the cutting diameter – you need it to be around 12” or more for maximum effect – and the RPM rating, which should be in the region of 7500rpm.
If you haven’t used a weed eater before, be prepared to be amazed, for these very effective, highly efficient machines really will make keeping weeds at by a lot easier.