There are basically three types of weed eaters, namely, electric powered, gas powered and battery powered weed eaters. The major difference between these types of weed eaters is their source of powers. Electric string trimmer which is also known as corded weed trimmer is powered by electricity. The cord is for plugging inside an electric outlet. The battery powered is normally powered by a rechargeable battery and thus it does not come with any cord. It is therefore called cordless weed eaters. Gasoline weed eater is powered with gas. The difference in power source brings other differences. But each type has its strong sides as well as its ugly sides. Below are the pros and cons of each option so you can choose the best weed wacker for your garden.
Electric powered weed eater
As it is mentioned above, it is powered by electricity. Here are the pros of this type of weed eater.
When compared with gas powered weed eater, it’s lighter in weight. This makes it suitable for use by people who are not able to lift heavy items and people suffering from arthritis. When compared with battery powered, its motor delivers more torque than the motor of battery powered weed eater. But it is not as light as weed eaters powered by gas. Another advantage of this type of string trimmer is that you can trim your lawn as long as you want in so far as you have electricity. The power source does not deplete as it is the case with other types of weed eaters. It does not make any noise. This is an edge it has over gas powered weed eater.
When you are working with it, the cord can constitute some distraction to you. There is even the possibility of cutting it. Besides, there is always a limit to the extent you can cover. You can only cover as long as the cord allows you. So, if your lawn is large in size, you have to look for extension electric outlet.
Battery powered weed eater
A rechargeable battery is used to power this type of weed eater. The runtime of the battery depends on the brand and model. Here are some of its strengths and downsides.
It is the lightest of all the types of weed eaters. Its lightweight gives it a flexibility and portability advantage over other types of weed eater. It also means that many people will be able to work with it. It is the best battery powered weed eater to teach a grown up child how to trim grasses. People suffering from arthritis can also cut grass with it. Besides, one will be able to work with it for a very long time without getting tired. Like electric weed eater, it does not make noise when the motor is spinning. It is eco-friendly like electric type as no foam is discharged to the atmosphere. It is very flexible and can cover the entire lawn as there are no cord to limit you.
The major cons is that the motor does not produce enough tough to tackle stubborn task. It is only suitable for light task. Secondly, the battery runtime may not be enough for you to complete the task you have for the day.
Gas powered type
It is bigger and heavier than others. Here are the pros and cons of this type.
The motor produces higher torque and thus it is capable of dealing with stubborn grass. It can be used for heavy duty cutting. It cuts faster and thus reduces your work time.
It is not environmental friendly as it releases fumes and gases to the atmosphere.
It lacks the portability of other two types as a result of its weight. It is not everybody that will be able to work with it. It causes sound pollution as it makes a louder noise when it is working. It requires more maintenance work than the other.
The above are some of the pros and cons of each types of weed trimmer.