Buying Weed Trimmers can be tough
Well here we are again with another year of man against weeds! All it took was a little sunshine, and a little rain. Now we just need to figure out how to get the weeds back under control. One good way is to hack them back with a good quality weed trimmer.
But with so many choices, it can be confusing. When we are looking into purchasing a string trimmer, brush cutter, or what most of us know as weed eater, we need to make sure that we are getting the right tool for the job.
Let's take a look at the different types, so you can figure out which one is best for you.
There are basically 3 types of weed trimmers:
- The 1st is a curved-shafted unit: that
is intended for lawn edging and small areas like around fence lines and trees. They are made with a flexible drive cable but are not designed to accept any other forms of cutting attachments or the cable could break. They also do not usually have a lot of power for doing the larger jobs.
- The 2nd form is the straight-shafted units: They range from a 21cc motor sizes all the way up to a 65cc. There may be some larger, but I have never seen them needed. Remember that bigger is not always better. The weight changes and the fiscal size changes as well.
These are by far the most popular of all of the styles. They will allow a person to not only edge their lawns, but they can even install metal cutting blades, and an array of cutting attachments to cut viney type plants, and also larger weeds. The reason for this is they use a steel shaft inside of the transfer tube.
It is very important to ask whether the company that you are looking at uses a steel shaft or a flexible drive cable inside the drive tube. Some companies use flex cables to cut cost and figure that these may only be used for edging.
Also the straight-shafted units have the ability to use larger motor sizes because they can handle the power and are built so much stronger. They can also accept handlebars for really heavy conditions. This gives the operator more comfort for longer periods of time and a lot more control in tougher conditions.
The 3rd style is the rolling weed machine: machines that have come onto the scene in the past several years. They have the largest of the motors, and will cut the fastest because they use the largest of the weed lines.
They are limited in their usage however, because they use a 4-stroke motor which has oil in a crankcase, and that will limit the machine from being used on steeper slopes. Also make sure that when you are looking for a unit, that you not only look at the motor size, but also the output of power that it is capable of producing.
The speed of the cutting head makes a difference in the ability of the weed line to stay straight out like a blade would. There are different sizes and shapes of weed line, and different qualities of materials that can be used.
Last, but by far not the least, PLEASE make sure you can receive service and parts after the purchase. Make sure to always wear good eye protection, and that you are clear of any by-standers. Now go out and have a great time hacking the greenery back with your new weed trimmer!