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10 Reasons You Should Switch to an Electric Weed Eater

If you're still thinking about making the switch to an electric weed eater from gas, these five reasons show the benefits of finally making the jump. With more power from cordless trimmers, there's not many scenarios where you should continue using a gas powered weed eater.

Just to clarify, all of the reasons listed here are for cordless options, not corded. In recent years, corded options are dwindling because of the capabilities of newer lithium-ion battery technologies.

1. No more mixing gas and oil improperly

Oops, that was a little too much gas. Oh well, that'll be fine.

Most of us are familiar with the times too much oil or too much gas was used in the gas trimmer. Unless you are buying pre-mixed solution, it's really hard to make sure the exact ratio is followed.

2. Electric weed eaters are stupid easy to start

I know it's the first start of the year, but twenty pulls on this string is ridiculous!

Even using the highest priced weed eaters the following year, I highly doubt they will be starting on the first string pull. Use the below guide to learn how to start an electric weed eater:

  • Insert the battery
  • Push the button

My ratio of oil to gas for my weed trimmer isn't working. Maybe it's time to switch to an electric weed eater. #electriclawn

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3. Less noise to annoy the neighbors with

"Hey Bob, how's life?" (Holding a conversation while trimming)

Compared with gas weed eaters, electric alternatives are proven to be more quiet. That means even late in the evening you can trim the yard without bothering the neighbor's dinner or movie time. In addition, no more need for earmuffs.

4. Absolute freedom from cords

[FACT] Two things people do: cut their own cord or trip on it.

Limitations suck. Period. It doesn't matter if it's a vacuum or a weed eater, running out of cable is frustrating and plain annoying. There are many other words that fit here, but these should work fine.

5. Eco-friendly: no gas, oil, or fumes to worry about 

Crap. Spilled gas again. And, there goes oil in my yard where my garden plants grow. And then I eat them.

Aside from the lovely thought of never needing gas again, not having to worry about oil or getting light-headed from the fumes seems like a good trade-off.

6. Super low maintenance

Let me grab my socket wrench so I can change this spark plug.

Let's do a quick comparison of maintenance required for both types of trimmers.

Gas-powered

  • Clean away dirt
  • Inspect for damage
  • Check and replace air filter
  • Adjust the idle speed
  • Clean or replace spark plug
  • Check and add oil
  • Change the oil

Electric

  • Clean away dirt
  • Inspect for damage
  • Follow proper battery care

Pretty clear here on the workload required. Depending on which trimmer you have, there might also be a fuel filter (for gas) to check and replace. 

7. Newer electric weed eaters do not lack power

My new cordless weed eater does just fine. It can slice through dandelions and single blades of grass effortlessly. -Said someone in the early 2000s

There were a few issues in the past with cordless weed eaters. No power, short use time, and long charge time. When the trim work was done (normally about 15 minutes or less), it took a long time to recharge the battery. Also, if anyone wanted to cut through something thick, they didn't even attempt it.

8. Storage is quick and painless

Hold on honey, I need to empty everything from the weed eater for storage.

Once done using the electric trimmer, just pull out the battery and put it in the charger. Lay the weed eater anywhere you'd like. It's that easy.

9. Lightweight: perfect for grab-n-go

Where'd that shoulder strap go?

Lighter means less strain on muscles and easier maneuvering for getting things done. I've never met someone who'd rather have a heavier piece of equipment -- speaking in weed eater terms of course.

10. Shared batteries with other electric equipment

Yep, I'm done with the chainsaw. Looks like there's still some battery left.

Many manufacturers are making universal lawn equipment that share batteries. You can remove the battery from a leaf blower and go directly to your weed eater. Even some lawn mowers can share with the trimmer.


Hopefully these reasons have shed some light on moving to an electric setup. Of course, there are other reasons to consider in your personal situation. 

Electric lawn trimmer on an oblique grass.

Best Electric Weed Eater: All Cordless Options

Cordless electric weed eaters didn’t used to be great with low battery life, long charge times, and minimal power. A lot has changed within the last decade. The following equipment on this page are the best weed eaters that have very similar features.

Since last year, I’ve become a big Greenworks fan. In my post about the new Greenworks electric mower, you can see some of the reasons why it is a great buy.

Even since last summer, there have been many other brands that I’ve noticed starting to gain traction in the electric market. Brands like Black+Decker, Toro, and even Dewalt branded electric trimmers.

Since it was a big move from a gas mower to an all-electric machine (with just batteries!) I have been thinking about getting the matching Greenworks weed eater. One of the neatest features of the Greenworks line-up is the ability to swap batteries between all of the tools.

One of the areas that Greenworks stands out (at least in the beginning) was the 40V option. Since many other cordless options were lower, 40V batteries are really the turn-around in the electric equipment industry.

In case you aren’t aware, this is really the beginning of using a battery that is consistent in power and actually provides capabilities for the outdoor work trying to be completed.

What is the Best Electric Weed Eater (or Trimmer) Right Now?

Although the marketplace is going to change, within the last couple of years to the present, many weed eater models have come out with their own set of features, so it’s hard to answer, “What’s the absolute best?”

For example, some come with a guide that folds down to help prevent cutting down plants, others will have a high or low switch to conserve battery power.

One of the biggest factors I think about is: does it do anything else? Can it also be an edger?

In previous years, power has been an issue. Trying to get the same power in a cordless weed eater that doesn’t have a physical connection to an outlet has been tough.

Now, with newer lithium-ion technology, batteries are stronger, more consistent, and provide equivalent power to a corded weed trimmer.

Without being partial to Greenworks (just because I own their mower) I thought it would be fair to list out other similar cordless electric weed eaters.

Greenworks 21302 G-MAX 40V Cordless String Trimmer

GreenWorks 21302 G-MAX 40V
GreenWorks 21302 G-MAX 40V

PROS

  • Edging Wheel
  • Up to 30-min runtime (2AH)
  • 3-position pivoting head
  • 13" Trimmer

CONS

  • Auto-feed line could be an issue
  • Over 9 lbs.

Did You Know? Greenworks offers great warranty coverage. A 4-year warranty for the equipment and a 2-year warranty for batteries.

Ryobi RY40210 Electric 40V Cordless String Trimmer Edger

Ryobi RY40210 Electric 40V String Trimmer Edger
Ryobi RY40210 Electric 40V

PROS

  • 10-13" adjustable string width
  • Up to 30-min runtime (2AH)
  • 3-position pivoting head
  • Variable Speed Trigger

CONS

  • Battery is only 1.6AH
  • Over 9 lbs.

Did You Know? Ryobi will extend your warranty to 5 years for all 40V Lithium-ion tools. 

BLACK+DECKER LST136W 40V MAX Lithium Ion String Trimmer, 13"

BLACK+DECKER LST136W 40V MAX Lithium Ion String Trimmer, 13
BLACK+DECKER LST136W 40V

PROS

  • Dial for max power or max runtime
  • Converts from trimmer to edger
  • Less than 8 lbs.
  • 60-min fast charger

CONS

Did You Know? Black+Decker offers a 3-year warranty as long as the equipment is used in a home environment (i.e. not commercial use)

DEWALT DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer

DEWALT DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer
DEWALT DCST920P1 20V

PROS

  • Brushless Motor
  • 5AH Battery
  • Hi/Lo power setting
  • No auto-feed, bump allowed
  • Instant-on

CONS

  • 20V Battery
  • Minimal guard for protection
  • High-setting consumes excess battery

Did You Know? Dewalt offers a 3-year warranty, but also includes a 1-year free service warranty for normal use or worn parts. 

WORX 32-Volt GT2.0 String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower

WORX GT2.0 32-Volt String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower
WORX GT2.0 32-Volt

PROS

  • Adjustable spacer guard to protect plants
  • Converts to a mini-mower!
  • Quick-release trigger for height adjustments

CONS

  • 12-inch cutting diameter
  • Charge-time approx. 3 hours
  • 32V Trimmer

Did You Know? You can get an extension of the Worx standard 2-year warranty by registering your product after purchase. 2+1 equals 3 year warranty.

If you have used a corded weed eater before, you know the struggle! Walking over the cord, yanking it back and forth as you walk around, and of course, being short-handed when you need it most.

Another problem arises with gas weed eaters. You have to worry about mixing the oil and gas (just right) and then filling it back up once empty.

It’s not a surprise that manufacturers are moving to more of an electric society and it makes sense. Plus, most of the equipment comes with a two or three year warranty covering regular use of the weed eater or trimmer.

I’m really big on having an #electriclawn and hope to move all the way to electric equipment for my yard. Ideally, the mower can be replaced, the trimmer, chainsaw, and other tools out there that are used each year. 

Stay tuned for another related post to electric lawn equipment!

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