You can pull out the handheld shears and knee pads and spend the next three hours redefining “tedium”. Or you can grab the weed wacker and finish up in about 15 minutes while saving your knees in the process.
If you don’t have one yet here are the best electric weed backers on the market today. When combined with the powerful 5 amp motor and dual-line string cutter it’s going to slice through grass and weeds like a hot knife through butter.
It transitions from trimmer to edger in seconds, the shaft quickly and easily adjusts to accommodate your height and the well-considered handle positions won’t make you suffer for your work. It’s also light, quiet, doesn’t produce noxious fumes' Ala gas powered hedge trimmers and the edger wheel action is smooth and dependable.
When you take all that and toss in the ultra-competitive price and 2-year warranty you get our hands down Best Choice. The 14-inch dual line cutting area allows you to zip right along.
The DCST920P1 Brushless Trimmer by Dealt features a variable speed motor that lets you ratchet things back to save battery. The dual string cutting diameter of 13 inches is one of the largest you’ll find on a battery powered weed wacker and the bump feed is reliable and easy to use.
When fully engaged the motor lets you make short work of stubborn weeds although don’t look for it to pop up and handle your edges for you. The motor is remarkably quiet, especially on low power, which is something your neighbors are sure to appreciate and the lithium-ion battery takes only a few hours to fully recharge.
That biggest reason is the push button string feeder. For now, it’s enough to take this reliable, well-built trimmer and give it a prominent position on our best electric weed wacker list.
The option to optimize runtime is a nice feature on a cordless trimmer. The push button feed is going to find a lot of fans.
The Work WG163 GT is a lightweight, reliable, robust trimmer/edger that dares to provide you with two lithium-ion batteries, so you can always have an extra on hand in case you need it. The shaft is fully adjustable for height, the head for angle and the handles to ensure you always have a safe comfortable grip.
It transforms from a trimmer to edger in seconds with a set of rollers that should be the envy of most of its contemporaries. The 12-inch diameter cutting area lets you move along without delay, and it also features push button string feeding Ala the B+D LSTE523.
Although lightweight it has a nice robust feel to it lacking in many other weed eaters. The flip up edging option is a nifty touch and works surprisingly well.
Don’t expect to clear heavy undergrowth with this grass trimmer. If you have large property chances are you’re going to find a lot of electric trimmers to be somewhat limiting.
First and foremost because either the cord won’t go where you need to go or the battery will die before you finish the job. The 25cc gas engine and the 16-inch cutting head provides all the power you need to zip right along.
It also lets you wade into the heavier brush that you couldn’t touch with an electric trimmer. The string is a bit thicker too and is fed out via a reliable bump feed system.
The Green works 24V Cordless String Trimmer is a well-built, convenient, affordable piece of backyard kit that shows up for work every time and provides a 12-inch cutting diameter with its single line auto feed head. The edger is easy to engage, and effective (although it’s not going to win any awards for smoothest roller) and the battery provides reasonably long life.
For more gardening tools check out our guide on best manual weeders. An affordable reasonably powerful option for small to mid-sized yards.
The pivoting head is a nice feature but takes some time to master. The Akita XRU02 is a powerful, reliable, quiet, cordless string weed eater that adjusts to any user, is well-balanced, lightweight and features a dependable bump feed system.
Its 7,800 rpm motor is faster than many competitors and the adjustable 5 position head lets you take maximum advantage of that speed and power. If we have a quibble here it’s that the cutting diameter is a modest 10 inches which are going to slow you down a bit if you have a big yard.
Other than that there’s a lot to like, including the lightweight, the efficient edger, the responsive bump feed along with the low battery indicator light. Be sure to also check out our list of the best garden shovel for more great items like this.
Even though most of their manufacturing has shifted overseas B+D still do an admirable job (for the most part) overseeing quality control. It features automatic string feed that works more or less than intended (though it can be a bit overeager), a powerful 5 amp electric motor, an integrated edge guide and weighs a scant 5.3 pounds.
The dual handle setup is comfortable and sensible, the edge guide allows you to get a nice clean cut and the telescoping shaft is easy to use and stays where you put it. Our handy guide to the best cordless lawn mowers features more great products like this.
The 40 volt lithium-ion battery won’t let you down in the middle of a job. The Work WG119 Electric String Trimmer features a tilting head, a powerful 5.5 amp motor and one of the widest cutting areas (15 inches) of any consumer grade trimmer/edger.
The shaft easily extends for taller folks, the dual line cutter makes quick work of whatever is in its path and at 6.5 pounds it’s not going to wear you out. You can tilt the head to accommodate slopes, the auto feeder doesn’t get carried away and the handle setup is one of the most ergonomically pleasing we tested.
Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best riding lawn mowers. It can be powered either by NICAP or lithium-ion batteries (neither one of which is included) and it features a dependable if a little overanxious, auto line feeder.
It’s hungry and aggressive and switches easily between trimmer and upright edger. The brushless electric motor will provide years of reliable service.
And the lowest sips power from the battery while allowing a very high degree of control and precision, particularly when the trimmer is turned vertically like an edger. The low speed and precise rotation not only conserve battery life, we found it preserves the string.
Push its switch and the head briefly rotates opposite its normal position to clear grass and weeds that are wound around it. The XRU15 is quiet, well-balanced, and runs as free from vibration as any power tool we’ve ever used–due largely to a well-balanced, solid steel driveshaft and a specially designed high-torque motor with an external rotor that has a surprisingly high power-to-weight ratio.
EGO calls this functionality Power load: You feed a precut length of string through the head and press the rewind button at the end of the shaft. The trimmer cuts well and is a shade less aggressive than the similar Green works GT161 below, but it’s still more than enough for residential purposes.
In the thickest of the thicket, we did see a slight lack of power with this Milwaukee compared to the gas trimmers. Anybody who has used a gas-engine trimmer can pick it up, purge the carburetor, choke the machine, and start it with a couple of pulls.
The trimmer’s handles are comfortable and the machine is well-balanced, enabling long trimming sessions. It may start, in which case you press the throttle lever and the choke dial automatically moves to the run position.
Well, this Ry obi weighs only 10.2 pounds (yes, that’s with the battery and a head full of line), but it cuts and edges like a champ. What’s more, you can use Ry obi 18-volt power tool batteries in it, making it a worthy addition to the brand’s ecosystem.
We’re racking up the hours with Oregon’s 120-volt outdoor power equipment and quickly finding that when the company says its machines are commercial-duty, that’s not marketing hyperbole. That means carrying the trimmer’s battery in a backpack, which is blessedly well-designed and comfortable.
The good news is that the big power source, coupled to a highly efficient motor by a solid drive shaft, provides the trimmer with impressive torque for cutting tall weeds, edging, and trimming. The trimmer’s trigger response is excellent, and it runs without vibration, making it one of the smoothest we’ve ever used.
The trimmer bump feeds reliably, and a speed adjustment wheel abreast of the trigger is large and easy to turn. Set the wheel to reduce motor rpm, conserve battery life, and make the machine even quieter.
Our advice is to reserve this machine for rural properties, maintaining fence lines, keeping brush at bay at the pasture’s edge, and the like. We’d also recommend that you either stick with the steel brush-cutting blade or throw out the line that the string head comes with and replace it with a higher-quality one.
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This occurs, for example, in a yard with rough border areas that need regular attention to keep weeds and briers from encroaching on the lawn, or when you clear riding trails and paths. We also trim along driveways and walks, then tip the trimmer vertically to cut a shallow notch parallel to the paved edge.
For more expensive products and particularly those machines that are clearly built to be contractor-duty, we see how effective the trimmers are on heavy weeds, briers, and tall non-turf grass, such as Timothy and Oxtail. We evaluate balance, handle comfort, and, in the case of gas engine machines, look for a tank that’s easy to refill and that the fuel level is visible at a glance.
We like to see good access to the air cleaner and a spark plug that isn’t a fuss to remove. The deflector should be sturdy, but not with so many reinforcing ribs that it’s constantly trapping grass, especially wet clippings.