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Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by unclescrooge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:01 am

I have a rather large hillside lot. We currently have have 5-6inches of wild grass growing on it that will turn to hay by July and become a fire hazard.

What's the best cordless weed whacker to buy? I will probably have to deal with this once a year until I put in irrigation and landscaping. And probably won't even do the whole lot. Its massive, and I live in drought prone SoCal.

Here is a link to a picture of the lot
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Post by HongKonger » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:22 am

Stihl petrol 2 stroke will be just fine.

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Post by FraggleRock » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:42 am

STIHL
https://battery.stihlusa.com/categories/trimmers/
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Post by Frisco Kid » Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:18 am

I bought the new 80 volt from Greenworks. Plenty of power and run time for the typical homeowner. Stihl as suggested by others would be a more expensive alternative hopefully with better ergonomics. I find the length of the Greenworks tool a little too short and the hand position odd while turning the tool 90 degrees for trimming an edge. It works, just could be better. Staying within the same manufacturer if you need multiple tools allows you to use a common battery.

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Post by V1RTUS » Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:25 am

I've had really good luck with the EGO 56V cordless line. I have the string trimmer, hedge trimmer, and blower all bought from Home Depot. With two batteries I can pretty much use them indefinitely as the batteries charge faster than I can go through them.
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Post by Joylush » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:20 am

I have a Makita. Uses a battery. Works like a charm.

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Post by lthenderson » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:26 am

unclescrooge wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:01 am
I have a rather large hillside lot.
Would never consider a battery operated trimmer in this situation. Battery trimmers are great for light trimming around objects but trimming large areas of tall grass is not their forte. Depending on your definition of "large hillside lot" I would consider a self propelled brush mower. We use this around the farm for seasonal mowing around the buildings and it makes quick work of it.

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Post by bloom2708 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:43 am

You will be very underwhelmed by any of the battery trimmers.

Go with a 4 cycle gas model. Your use case does not fit the profile of where a battery/re-chargeable trimmer is best for.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-4-Cyc ... /300339341
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Post by dumbbunny » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:47 am

Here in Oregon, you can rent goats to graze on your property. They will eat "anything". I'd recommend you looking for a similar option locally.
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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by unclescrooge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:03 am

dumbbunny wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:47 am
Here in Oregon, you can rent goats to graze on your property. They will eat "anything". I'd recommend you looking for a similar option locally.
I did. They only work on commercial properties of 3 acres+ and I have I rent 150 or more goats at a time.

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Post by unclescrooge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am

bloom2708 wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:43 am
You will be very underwhelmed by any of the battery trimmers.

Go with a 4 cycle gas model. Your use case does not fit the profile of where a battery/re-chargeable trimmer is best for.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-4-Cyc ... /300339341
Do these actually use gasoline? The same type we put in our cars? Would I need ear muffs?

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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by livesoft » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:10 am

One should use ear protection (and eye protection) with any string trimmer whether gas or battery powered. Seriously. I wear ear plugs.

I have used gas and battery-powered trimmers. I prefer battery powered as they are much improved in the past year. That hillside suggests some difficulty, so your footwear (maybe get shoes/boots with cleats or microspikes) will be important. Also a heavy trimmer may mean you might not use it.
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Post by SrGrumpy » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:13 am

I'm pleased you asked. I've been paying upwards of $500 annually to clear my SoCal hillside, and this year I plan to go DIY. Snakes be damned. The company I hired used Stihl.

I'm inclined to rent a Makita from Home Depot this year to see how it goes, and then buy something on Craigslist. (Yes, absolutely get the protective eyewear.)

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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by Smorgasbord » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:18 am

unclescrooge wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am
bloom2708 wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:43 am
You will be very underwhelmed by any of the battery trimmers.

Go with a 4 cycle gas model. Your use case does not fit the profile of where a battery/re-chargeable trimmer is best for.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-4-Cyc ... /300339341
Do these actually use gasoline? The same type we put in our cars? Would I need ear muffs?
I have that exact string trimmer Bloom linked to. It's a nice trimmer** and they use standard gasoline, but ear and eye protection is highly recommended when using it. I've also added the brush cutter blade attachment for more substantial growth.

That being said, if you're willing to break up the weed wacking task over a few of days / battery charges most electric trimmers should be acceptable for the task. The quality of the weed wacker (Ni-Cd vs Lithium, etc.) will determine how many different sessions need to be used to clear the hill.

**Edit: The engine is nice, I do not care for the gimmicy string loading system as it's a pain in the @#% when the string wraps around a sapling and dual strings (not in separate chambers) cinch together into a tight mess.
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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by bloom2708 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:20 am

unclescrooge wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am
bloom2708 wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:43 am
You will be very underwhelmed by any of the battery trimmers.

Go with a 4 cycle gas model. Your use case does not fit the profile of where a battery/re-chargeable trimmer is best for.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-4-Cyc ... /300339341
Do these actually use gasoline? The same type we put in our cars? Would I need ear muffs?
Yes. Regular gas. No mixing oil/gas like in a 2 cycle.

Eye protection. Yes. Ear Muffs. Probably a good idea. They are not that loud and I do not use ear muffs when I weed whack.
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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by Beach » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:40 am

I have a Stihl that is gas powered. I need it for my large property but its a bit overkill for smaller properties.

I also changed out the head and got rid of the string and use poly cutting blades. That was a smart thing, I got so frustrated dealing with string.

I also had a Black and Decker Grass Hog which was electric powered and that string head was a nightmare. Also, having to keep it plugged in was annoying.

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Post by fishmonger » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:47 am

Stihl, gas powered

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Post by Silk McCue » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:48 am

I bought this Kobalt 80v Trimmer from Lowes. Serious battery life and quick recharge. Check out the specs and reviews and see if it fits your needs. It is powerful and has amazing battery life. It can accept attachments (brush blade which I have for thicker growth) which furthers it's utility. I like not having to deal with gas and tune ups although that may be of no concern to some. I also have the 80v Blower and Chainsaw. I couldn't be happier.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-Volt ... r/50394980

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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by jonbois » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:55 am

Echo, 2 cycle gas straight shaft, best I ever bought , found the Stihl more difficult to start but a excellent choice.

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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by unclescrooge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:24 am

Joylush wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:20 am
I have a Makita. Uses a battery. Works like a charm.
Model number?

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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by unclescrooge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:46 am

livesoft wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:10 am
One should use ear protection (and eye protection) with any string trimmer whether gas or battery powered. Seriously. I wear ear plugs.

I have used gas and battery-powered trimmers. I prefer battery powered as they are much improved in the past year. That hillside suggests some difficulty, so your footwear (maybe get shoes/boots with cleats or microspikes) will be important. Also a heavy trimmer may mean you might not use it.
Thanks. Any special eye wear, or just the regular plastic glasses they sell at home depot for under $10?

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Post by unclescrooge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:49 am

SrGrumpy wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:13 am
I'm pleased you asked. I've been paying upwards of $500 annually to clear my SoCal hillside, and this year I plan to go DIY. Snakes be damned. The company I hired used Stihl.

I'm inclined to rent a Makita from Home Depot this year to see how it goes, and then buy something on Craigslist. (Yes, absolutely get the protective eyewear.)
Yes, I paid $650 last year :shock:

Of course, the weeds were 6ft tall then, so not only did they have to be cut but also bagged and dumped.

My local home depot doesn't it do rentals. But I'll also check craigslist.

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Post by fourwheelcycle » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:57 am

I use a 20 year old Stihl FS 81 two cycle trimmer with wide handles mounted on the shaft, along with their Polycut mowing head. It still starts and runs like new. It has never needed to go back to the shop since the day I bought it.

It works great on our hillside. You do have to add oil to the gas, but the oil comes in little plastic bottles in the right size to add one bottle to each gallon of regular gasoline, just like you use in your car. The FS 81 is no longer around. I think the successor is the FS 91.

Here is the Polycut head - I highly recommend it.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/trimm ... s/polycut/

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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by Y.A.Tittle » Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:50 pm

The cheapest possible so you won't feel as bad when you realize you should have bought a gas-powered unit.

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Post by livesoft » Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:54 pm

unclescrooge wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:46 am
Thanks. Any special eye wear, or just the regular plastic glasses they sell at home depot for under $10?
You will probably be fine with sunglasses.
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Post by Silk McCue » Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:54 pm

Y.A.Tittle wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:50 pm
The cheapest possible so you won't feel as bad when you realize you should have bought a gas-powered unit.
Everyone doesn't need gas powered units. If you like them use them. We aren't talking about tiny battery tools. The 80v products on the market are perfect for many applications.
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Post by TallBoy29er » Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:04 pm

I use my neighbor's. It's the best deal around. :D

Seriously though, I have a lot of tools, as do my neighbors. We loan each other stuff weekly. It's nice not to have to buy and store a tool that I really need to use monthly about 8 months out of the year (eg weed whacker).

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Post by SrGrumpy » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:33 pm

Y.A.Tittle wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:50 pm
The cheapest possible so you won't feel as bad when you realize you should have bought a gas-powered unit.
My issue - and maybe OP's - is that the hillside is very steep, with loose soil. It's a struggle to retain one's footing. A heavy, gas-powered unit may be a hindrance, possibly even dangerous. The Kobalt 80V mentioned above definitely looks enticing (thanks @Silk McCue).

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Post by unclescrooge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:43 pm

SrGrumpy wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:33 pm
Y.A.Tittle wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:50 pm
The cheapest possible so you won't feel as bad when you realize you should have bought a gas-powered unit.
My issue - and maybe OP's - is that the hillside is very steep, with loose soil. It's a struggle to retain one's footing. A heavy, gas-powered unit may be a hindrance, possibly even dangerous. The Kobalt 80V mentioned above definitely looks enticing (thanks @Silk McCue).
Not only is there loose soil, the gophers have also excavated half of it.

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Post by Joylush » Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:16 pm

unclescrooge wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:24 am
Joylush wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:20 am
I have a Makita. Uses a battery. Works like a charm.
Model number?
Makita LCRU02Z

Have had it since 2013 so there may be a newer version.

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Post by unclescrooge » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:21 pm

Thanks to everyone who contributed.

I ended up getting a cordless ryobi 40v weed whacker and a 40v blower from home depot. I got two sets of batteries, 2.6 and 3 amps.

It works great. I ran out of juice before it did.

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Post by SrGrumpy » Sun May 06, 2018 7:22 pm

I'm halfway through my hillside with the monster 80v Kobalt from Lowe's, thanks @Silk McCue!

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Post by Silk McCue » Wed May 09, 2018 9:03 am

SrGrumpy wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 7:22 pm
I'm halfway through my hillside with the monster 80v Kobalt from Lowe's, thanks @Silk McCue!
I’m so glad that you are pleased with it. It is an excellent product.

Cheers

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Post by newbie003 » Wed May 09, 2018 10:26 am

I've been happy with this one (rechargeable battery operated):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HH ... UTF8&psc=1

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Post by soccerrules » Wed May 09, 2018 11:12 am

Stihl - hands down.
I have owned several over the last 35+ years from mowing yards as a teenager to using them as a homeowner.
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Post by Cruise » Wed May 09, 2018 1:23 pm

I've been following this threat with interest and have a couple of questions for those with more knowledge and experienced than me. I haven't done my yard in years as I have outsourced maintenance to a variety of less-than-satisfactory people. Now that I am mostly retired, I'm now thinking of getting some equipment and doing it myself.

1. In the past, I've used corded whackers, and the big hassle was replacing the nylon string when it inevitably broke or locked up. Has technology improved to make this really easy now? If so, are some whackers better at this than others? (I've been leaning toward the Kobalt)?

2. What is the functional difference between a 20/40/80v system? More power to get through tough objects, or do they just retain the ability to run for a longer time?

Many thanks!

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Post by alfaspider » Wed May 09, 2018 1:24 pm

So much depends on your needs. For my small yard (~50ftx25ft), a gas trimmer would be massive overkill. Plus, the sounds of gas-powered string trimmers and leaf blowers are two of my biggest pet-peeves- they really disturb the peace of the neighborhood. That said, I recognize that the electric units probably aren't the best if you need to trim several acres.

Personally, I use a Ryobi 18v. It was cheap and has gotten the job done for 5 years without hiccup (although one of the two batteries I bought gave up on me). It would not cut through 5 inches of grass very well. Sounds like you need something more robust.

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Post by SrGrumpy » Wed May 09, 2018 1:38 pm

Cruise wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 1:23 pm
I've been following this threat with interest and have a couple of questions for those with more knowledge and experienced than me. I haven't done my yard in years as I have outsourced maintenance to a variety of less-than-satisfactory people. Now that I am mostly retired, I'm now thinking of getting some equipment and doing it myself.

1. In the past, I've used corded whackers, and the big hassle was replacing the nylon string when it inevitably broke or locked up. Has technology improved to make this really easy now? If so, are some whackers better at this than others? (I've been leaning toward the Kobalt)?

2. What is the functional difference between a 20/40/80v system? More power to get through tough objects, or do they just retain the ability to run for a longer time?

Many thanks!
Kobalt 80V owner here - I have spent a few hours doing steep hillside in recent days and am aching like hell. Anyway, in answer to your questions:

1) The Kobalt came with string installed, presumably Kobalt brand. It lasted for maybe 2 hours but that's probably because I was doing everything wrong in terms of holding the machine, and therefore constantly bumping the reload button on the bottom of the machine. I bought the top-rated DeWalt 0.80 on Amazon Prime, and it was super easy to install (there is a Youtube video) - no need to dismantle anything - just thread 15 feet through the eye and turn the reload button clockwise. It lasted the rest of the job, though I don't know how much is left in the spool.

1b) Moral: buy the string at the same time (and the $5 eyewear). Or maybe beforehand online, if you want DeWalt as it does not seem to be in stock at Lowe's/Home Depot.

2) I have the 80V, so can't give you a scientific comparison, except to say that I felt like Rambo mowing down hostiles in Vietnam.

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Post by jadedfalcons » Wed May 09, 2018 1:53 pm

Stihl FSA90R if battery powered. You'll love it.

If you go gas, you can get an FS91R with a $30 mail in rebate right now. Pop off the Autocut 25-2 head that comes on it and put on a Polycut 20-3 head and go to town on that hill!

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Post by jadedfalcons » Wed May 09, 2018 2:02 pm

Cruise wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 1:23 pm
I've been following this threat with interest and have a couple of questions for those with more knowledge and experienced than me. I haven't done my yard in years as I have outsourced maintenance to a variety of less-than-satisfactory people. Now that I am mostly retired, I'm now thinking of getting some equipment and doing it myself.

1. In the past, I've used corded whackers, and the big hassle was replacing the nylon string when it inevitably broke or locked up. Has technology improved to make this really easy now? If so, are some whackers better at this than others? (I've been leaning toward the Kobalt)?

2. What is the functional difference between a 20/40/80v system? More power to get through tough objects, or do they just retain the ability to run for a longer time?

Many thanks!

Cruise,

first off, as far as reloading heads goes, if you're looking at Stihl, you can either get an Easyspool head wherein you slide one piece of line through the head, get it equal lengths on both sides of the head, then crank it to spool it in. Fast, easy, and toolless. They also have Durocut heads that use a couple of 8" pieces of line that poke into holes on either side of the head, and when they get short, you yank 'em out and slide in new ones. Fast, easy, and toolless.

Second, ignore the volts of a unit. You need to be looking at amp hours. The big box stores play on lack of knowledge here, but the reality is I have 36v Stihl batteries that can vastly outperform some of the 80v batteries at Lowe's. The other advantage of the lower volt batteries is they tend to be a fair bit lighter to boot.

Third, as far as battery technology goes, you need to know that they'll last. Some of these batteries are junking out after a year of use. My Stihl batteries, after six years of usage, are showing minimal signs of degradation, and bear in mind that I use a battery powered mower, so I put them through a lot more cycles than the typical user.

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Post by barnaclebob » Wed May 09, 2018 2:33 pm

No way would I consider any battery powered unit for that big of a hill. You need a two handle brush cutter.

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Post by davebo » Wed May 09, 2018 3:42 pm

I have a Stihl, works great.

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Post by N1CKV » Wed May 09, 2018 3:45 pm

Silk McCue wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:48 am
I bought this Kobalt 80v Trimmer from Lowes. Serious battery life and quick recharge.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-Volt ... r/50394980
I have the same one, I love it and I am generally against battery powered lawn equipment.
I have met a lot of people that claim to love money, but they also seem to be the same people that are in the biggest hurry to get rid of it.

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Post by cashmoney » Wed May 09, 2018 6:26 pm

unclescrooge wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:01 am
I have a rather large hillside lot. We currently have have 5-6inches of wild grass growing on it that will turn to hay by July and become a fire hazard.

What's the best cordless weed whacker to buy? I will probably have to deal with this once a year until I put in irrigation and landscaping. And probably won't even do the whole lot. Its massive, and I live in drought prone SoCal.

Here is a link to a picture of the lot
http://i.imgur.com/Dt8sNxO.jpg


I bought a 32v Worx weed wacker /blower combo with 2 batteries 2 years ago at the Worx Ebay Outlet store for 140.00 and have been very happy.

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Post by longleaf » Wed May 09, 2018 6:34 pm

barnaclebob wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 2:33 pm
No way would I consider any battery powered unit for that big of a hill. You need a two handle brush cutter.
Agree. Also, Stihl is very reliable.

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Post by Cruise » Thu May 10, 2018 2:13 am

I thank all who have addressed my questions about the string trimmer and voltage issues! Very helpful!

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Post by snackdog » Thu May 10, 2018 4:22 am

Have you considered non-power tools for the job? Would spare the neighbors the noise and get you a lot more exercise.

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Post by wfrobinette » Fri May 11, 2018 8:35 am

Smorgasbord wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:18 am
unclescrooge wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:05 am
bloom2708 wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:43 am
You will be very underwhelmed by any of the battery trimmers.

Go with a 4 cycle gas model. Your use case does not fit the profile of where a battery/re-chargeable trimmer is best for.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-4-Cyc ... /300339341
Do these actually use gasoline? The same type we put in our cars? Would I need ear muffs?
I have that exact string trimmer Bloom linked to. It's a nice trimmer** and they use standard gasoline, but ear and eye protection is highly recommended when using it. I've also added the brush cutter blade attachment for more substantial growth.

That being said, if you're willing to break up the weed wacking task over a few of days / battery charges most electric trimmers should be acceptable for the task. The quality of the weed wacker (Ni-Cd vs Lithium, etc.) will determine how many different sessions need to be used to clear the hill.

**Edit: The engine is nice, I do not care for the gimmicy string loading system as it's a pain in the @#% when the string wraps around a sapling and dual strings (not in separate chambers) cinch together into a tight mess.
I would disagree on the battery powered for this task even if broken into multiple sessions.

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Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

Post by Soon2BXProgrammer » Fri May 11, 2018 8:45 am

i have lots of milwaukee tools/batteries.. so i have a milwaukee coardless weedwhacker... it works well for what it is.. nice and easy to use it as an improvised edger. whack the weeds in concrete, etc...

i would recommend against any cordless for that big monstrosity.

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