Gas powered weed Wacker
When it comes to pure power, nothing can really compare to a gas powered weed eater. Most lawn care professionals prefer gas powered for their jobs due to the sheer power and performance that you get.
The downside to gas power is that you need to mess with gas and oils to keep them running. This also means they aren’t as user friendly as a battery, or electric weed eater. However, gas powered weed eaters have a long way when it comes to low emissions and don’t leave as big a carbon foot print as they used to.
Despite their need to refuel and pollution, gas powered eaters have numerous advantages. People with large yards, or thick weeds will need to use gas as it will be the only kind to get the job done.
- Engine Performance: Gas power has a bigger engine which equates more power and faster cut times. For those who need to go from job to job and get it all done in a day, gas powered is the ideal choice. There’s no need to stop and wait for a battery to charge. You just fill it with gas and start cutting again.
- Results Oriented: Nothing can compare to the performance of gas. Smaller powered battery string trimmers will often lack the power to cut through tough weeds. Gas powered will almost always be strong enough to do any job.
- Pricing: Gas powered string trimmers have come down in price over the years. With the power you get and performance that comes with them, the prices are comparable to many battery, and electric trimmers. If you thought a gas powered weed eater was out of your reach due to price, have a look and you’ll be surprised at how low priced they are.
Of course, it is unreasonable to assume that a gas powered trimmer can price-match what an electric trimmer is going for on the market. The former will be slightly more expensive because they are bigger, heavier, stronger, and generally more powerful. However, when you see what gas powered trimmers and edger’s can achieve compared to corded or even cordless devices, the value for what you get is much higher.
As with any product, gas power does have its disadvantages.
Unlike an electric trimmer where you push a button to start gas power uses a pull string that needs to be manually started. This can sometimes prove tricky.
Gas trimmers are louder than their battery cousins. The motor is comparable to motorcycle engine when it comes to noise. Ear protection should be used whenever operating a gas trimmer.
Pricier Than Electric
While still competitive in price, they will on average, cost more than smaller electric weed eaters.
Not as User Friendly
Gas trimmers will be heavier and require a bit more physical strength to use. You don’t need to exercise just to handle one, but be aware that they can be more difficult to use.
Added costs come with the purchase of gas to power these trimmers. You will need to refuel after the tank is empty if you want to continue working.
Obviously, since they use gas, they do omit exhaust fumes and emissions.
Despite their minor flaws, gas still beats the competition when it comes to power and performance. And they are still a very popular choice among weed eaters.
Best of the Best
If you are interested in looking more into gas powered weed eaters, or want to know which ones are best. Here is a list of the 3 best gas powered string trimmers.
WeedEater 967184401 W25CFK Curved Shaft Gas Trimmer, 25cc
Lawn & Patio (Husqvarna/Poulan/Weed Eater)
Black & Decker LCC420 String Trimmer and Sweeper Lithium Ion Combo Kit, 20-volt
Lawn & Patio (Black & Decker Outdoor)
Remington RM2510 Rustler 25cc 2-Cycle 17-Inch Curved Shaft Gas Trimmer with QuickStart Technology
Lawn & Patio (MTD Southwest)