Electric VS. Gas Weed Eaters – Which is Better?

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The question of which type of weed eater is better, electric or gas powered, is difficult to provide a definitive answer for. The reason for this is that they both have pros and cons that are tied to the question of what you are using the weed eater (or grass trimmer) for. For a more in depth look at this question you should visit our website.

Read on to find out the pros and cons of each type, to decipher which one is best for your lawn and needs.

Electric Weed Eaters

  • Pros: The biggest positive that electric weed eaters have is that if you buy one that is high quality with a good rechargeable battery you will save money in the long run. This is because you won’t have to keep purchasing gas to power it.  With the cost of fuel constantly rising this is a benefit that will eventually offset the cost of the weed eater if you keep it long enough.  

Another pro to being electric is that they tend to cause less of a mess because you don’t have to worry about spilling fuel in your garage or on your clothes.  One other benefit of electric models is that they generally are balanced better because they tend to weigh less which will have your back thanking you.

  • Cons: As well as being a plus, a main ‘con’ that electric weed eaters have is due to the battery. While having a rechargeable battery will save you money, you will have to wait for the battery to recharge once it loses power. Combine this with how as the power begins to fade so too will the strength of the tool fade so that it won’t be as effective at removing weeds.  

This loss of power makes it rather impractical for working on properties with large acreage. Another negative in the minds of many people is that electric models are simply not built as well and therefore they break more easily. Therefore, these models are best recommended for smaller lawns.

Gas Weed Eaters

  • Pros: The biggest advantage of a gas weed eater is that it is much more powerful which makes it a very effective for working on yards where the lawn has been left to grow out of control. You don’t have to worry about how large the job is because you can quickly add more gas. This will enable you to complete large jobs much more quickly that you would with an electric model.

Another benefit of a gas model is that they are generally built to be sturdier, which makes them ideal for anyone using them in a commercial capacity.

  • Cons: The main con with a gas-powered machine is the cost. Usually these options are more expensive because owners will have to refuel them, especially if they are used regularly. This not only is expensive, but is not the most eco-friendly choice either.  

There is also the issue of weight. Gas engines are heavier on one end which makes the product balanced poorly and requires strength to operate. This can cause the person using it to develop a sore back if a shoulder strap isn’t included with the model you buy, and won’t be suitable for older people or those of small stature.

What is the Verdict?

After discussing the pros and cons, it’s clearer which type will suit you better. Gas-powered models are great for large surface areas and if they’re operated by a strong person, while electric trimmers are best for smaller people and those who just want to cut their backyard’s grass. It’s down to you which type you choose, but you could always check out some of our Greenery Guide reviews for more information on specific products.

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