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Maintaining your yard might be your favorite summer activity or your most dreaded chore, but having the right tools will help make it easier and more fulfilling. The perfect weed eater, or trimmer, will give the edges of your yard a polished, clean appearance you may not be able to get with a lawn mower. Only you know which is the best string trimmer for your needs, but here are some things you should consider:

1. Corded, Gas, Battery?

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A corded electric string trimmer might be just what you need if your yard is small and you have an available outlet. You don’t have to store gas or keep a battery charged. The cord can become a hazard if you’re not cautious, especially if it is accidentally cut through by the trimmer. On a larger property, the number of extension cords necessary would be unsafe and unwieldy.

Gas powered trimmers are more portable than standard electric weed eaters and don’t require a cord. They can be your best option if you have a lot of land and need to be able to work all day without having to recharge a battery. Power is the name of the game with gas trimmers, and if you deal with tough overgrowth the extra horsepower could be beneficial. You’ll need to ensure you have gas on hand, and carry it with you on larger properties.Gas powered trimmers are also known for being quite loud.

Battery powered trimmers are the updated electric trimmer. As long as you keep the battery charged, you can use it anytime, with no worries about having gas. There’s no need to hassle with extension cords, or worry about cutting them. Some of the most popular trimmers on the market are battery powered.

2. Handle:

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For this, you may want to go to the MegaMart hardware store and try a few. If you are particularly tall or a little “height-challenged”, look for a weed whacker with a telescoping handle. Yard work will be easier if you’re not stooped over or holding the trimmer at an odd angle because the length doesn’t suit you. Once you know what you like, you can look online for a larger selection. You will also find both straight and curved handles, mostly a matter of preference. Some prefer a curved handle for a more even cut without any bending, others prefer a straight handle for precision.

3. Weight:

Unless you’re a weightlifter or have other special training, you’re probably interested in a lightweight trimmer. If a trimmer is overly light, you’ll have less control and risk breaking the trimmer. Added features can be nice, but judge whether the function is worth the extra weight. The right tools can help you avoid exhaustion and injury. A trimmer weighing between seven and ten pounds is a good starting point.

4. String Feed:

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Just as the string is chewing down the weeds, the weeds take a toll on the string in your trimmer and you’ll have to replace it somehow. A trimmer with an automatic feed needs very little from you because a separate motor feeds the string while you work. A “bump” feed trimmer requires that you bump the weed whacker on the ground as necessary to lengthen the string. The bump style takes some thought on your part, but the extra motor in the automatic type means an extra part that needs maintenance if it breaks.

5. Noise:

Any lawn implement with a motor is going to make some amount of noise. Gas motors are generally louder than electric, so if you live near neighbors or love your ears, this may be a consideration. Sound level is extra important if you deal with noise ordinances or have a schedule requiring you do some yard work in the early evenings when neighbors are picnicking or enjoying their yards.

It is important to maintain your yard, whether for your enjoyment, your property value, or because the homeowner’s association says you have to. A string trimmer doesn’t have to be expensive, and might be just what you need to create a beautiful lawn you enjoy all year long.

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