Best Cordless Weed Eater: A Guide To Buying Your First

If you have a sizeable garden, then you will require some assistance from basic garden machinery. And one of the most basic machines for home gardens is the "Weed Trimmer" or "Weed Eater".

Weed eaters are basically used for trimming grass and removing unwanted weeds from your garden.

The Cordless Weed Eater

A decade or so back, I used to have this heavy weed eater which ran on gasoline. It was noisy and heavy and really not that much fun to use. Sometime I would just throw it back into the shed and started working manually.

But fortunately the cordless weed eater was invented just to solve this kind of problem. Nowadays weed eaters come with a rechargeable battery. They are of course cordless and very light compared to the old gasoline ones.

The following weed eaters are the best available in the market in terms of reliability and affordability.

BLACK+DECKER LSTE525 20V MAX Lithium Easy Feed String Trimmer/Edger with 2 Batteries

With almost 1000 positive reviews, BLACK+DECKER LSTE525 is a great product for your back yard, sidewalks and flower beds. It is a lightweight weed eater as it is mostly made of plastic parts. It has 20V lithium ion battery. Overall it is a good deal for an $80 price tag.

Pros

  • 1
    Comes with 2 batteries. The battery assembling is easy with
    just a single press down.
  • 2
    It has as power live transmission which makes it easy to
    move around.
  • 3
    Two-speed control. You can switch between the two modes very
    quickly
  • 4
    Soft main handle and assist handle (Believe me this is really
    important)
  • 5
    Assist handle height can be adjusted according to your arm
    length
  • 6
    It weighs 6.3 pounds so it is pretty easy to use for longer
    periods of time

Cons

  • 1
    It has auto feed feature which itself adjusts the string, like
    becomes long or short during the use. So you better use some gears for safety
    for eyes and hands.
  • 2
    The lower handle unit gets loose during the use and that takes
    few seconds to tight up.
  • 3
    Battery takes about 8 hours to charge so unless you charge it
    overnight, you won’t be able to use it the next day.

BLACK +DECKER LST136W 40V Max Lithium String Trimmer

BLACK+DECKER LST136W is another light-weight trimmer that comes with a bigger 40V lithium ion battery. It comes with a spare battery which you will need if you have a large sized lawn. It is surprisingly quiet compared to other weed eaters I have used. 

But the major benefit of this weed eater is that its battery only takes about an hour to charge. This means you can charge and use it the same day. The price tag is a bit high at $129.

Pros

  • 1
    Adjustable head up to 90 degrees with a flip down edging guide
  • 2
    Cuts through even tough weeds
  • 3
    Easy string management
  • 4
    Cuts cleanly and doesn’t spread mess around
  • 5
    Easy replacements of parts with optional online purchasing
    facility
  • 6
    Long lasting battery and easy battery replacements

Cons

  • 1
    Wish the body was a bit longer to suit heights above 6 feet
  • 2
    You might have to use both batteries for a big sized yard

GreenWorks 21342 G-24 24V 12-Inch
Cordless String Trimmer, 2AH Battery and Charger Included

GreenWorks 21342 G-24 is a great weed smacker with 2Ah battery and charger. offers you a Hassle free low maintenance without gas mixing. With zero fumes and 12 inch cut path. Great at trimming and edging capabilities. With easy electric start and has 20% power with 50% less noise than most of the other products with 20V category. It also provides you the 25 minutes run time with a single charge. This unit has a fairly low price of $69.99.

Pros

  • 1
    Adjustable head up to 90 degrees with a flip down edging guide
  • 2
    Cuts through even tough weeds
  • 3
    Easy string management
  • 4
    Cuts cleanly and doesn’t spread mess around
  • 5
    Easy replacements of parts with optional online purchasing
    facility
  • 6
    Long lasting battery and easy battery replacements

Cons

  • 1
    Wish the body was a bit longer to suit heights above 6 feet
  • 2
    You might have to use both batteries for a big sized yard

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

Powerful through tough growths, DEWALT DCST920P1 is one of the best sellers. It has 13” cutting swath and is compact and light weight, which can be carried almost anywhere. With zero gas fumes it provides a great power without producing any fumes. With no air filters this product requires minimum maintenance. The trigger is really soft and easy to operate for longer periods of time. It also offers a 3 years’warranty, one year of free maintenance and a 90-day money back guarantee. Price tag on this power weed eater is on the higher side i.e. $199.

Pros

  • 1
    Adjustable head up to 90 degrees with a flip down edging guide
  • 2
    Cuts through even tough weeds
  • 3
    Easy string management
  • 4
    Cuts cleanly and doesn’t spread mess around
  • 5
    Easy replacements of parts with optional online purchasing
    facility
  • 6
    Long lasting battery and easy battery replacements

Cons

  • 1
    Wish the body was a bit longer to suit heights above 6 feet
  • 2
    You might have to use both batteries for a big sized yard

Earthwise CST00012 12-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Electric String Trimmer

Earthwise CST00012 provides 3 position adjustable handle and 12” cutting width which helps the string to move freely and cut the long grass. It also has the flip down edge guard that really helps to clean the sidewalks easily. Light in weight and takes less space. it comes with rotating upper handle that isn’t available in most of the trimmers.

Pros

  • 1
    Trims at fast pace
  • 2
    Light to carry around
  • 3
    Less bumping on normal grass length
  • 4
    Three positions for assistance handle
  • 5
    Great for small urban lot

Cons

  • 1
    Took very long to charge the battery, almost 24 hours at first
  • 2
    Drains fast, almost one hour.
  • 3
    The string lasted for only 2 uses, so make sure you buy additional one
  • 4
    The storage compartment isn’t big

Conclusion

I have review a range of cordless weed eaters available in the market for you. The one you choose of course depends on your requirements like lawn size and your budget. The most expensive ones come with larger batteries which means they will cut through heavy weeds easily. 

So if you have a lot of weeds then you should definitely choose the higher power weed eater. DEWALT DCST920P1 comes with the most power battery and runs at 5Ah but not surprisingly its price tag is also the highest at $199. The cheapest one on the list is GREENWORKS 21342 G-24 which comes at $69.99.

The online reviews for all of these weed eaters are good. That is why we selected them for you but their features vary a lot so choose wisely and according to your specific needs.

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