Thursday, March 31, 2011

Top 3 Electric Weed Eaters on Amazon Comparison

Welcome back!  Today we're going to take a look at 3 of amazon's best selling electric weed eaters.  There's a lot of information to cover, so let's get started.

First in line is the Black & Decker LST1018 12- Inch 18-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless String Trimmer/Edger with Quick Charger.  

This sharp looking rechargeable gets 4.2 stars out of 5. 

Price: $104.25
Savings:  ($15.74 savings)

Black & Decker is a long trusted name in tools, so there's a lot of security in buying anything B & D.  Something I like about this is the nice handle up front.  It's nicely padded and gives you good control while trimming.

Key Product Features:

1.  weighs 6 pounds
2.  18 volts, 12 inch cutting path
3.  also acts as an edger
4.  Adjustable shaft and auxiliary handle
5.  Comes with trimmer, 1 battery, and charger
6.  2 - year warranty
7.  environmentally friendly
8.  2 cutting modes
9.  Run time 24 minutes
10.  Recharges in 1 hour.

Misc. Facts:

Unlike gas powered weed eaters, the noise is greatly reduced to protect your hearing and environment.   The fact that it's both a trimmer and an edger makes it a best value for your money.  2 cutting speeds gives you more control.  The auto feed keeps the line the perfect length
as you trim.  The shaft telescopes to your height.  Something that I can tell you from experience is a must for us short folk (I'm 5'3".)  The handle adjusts as well.  

After reviewing the various customer comments, this is what I came up with.  Everyone loves the fact that there's no cord to drag around.  They also love the fact that you don't have to tap the head on the ground to lengthen the string, since it automatically lengths the string as you go.  They like the fast recharge time.  One guy suggests trimming till the battery gets low, and while it's charging hop on the mower and mow your lawn.  When you're finished, the weed eater will be recharged and ready to go again.

Another big plus was the benefit of all electric weed eaters - no maintaining an engine like you have to do with gas powered.

Next in line we have the: Greenworks 21212 13-Inch 4 Amp Electric String Trimmer/Edger With Telescoping Handle

The Greenworks gets 4.7 out of 5 stars rating.

Price: $44.08
Savings: $5.91

Key Product Features:

1.  Auto line advancement
2.  handle rotates 180 degrees for edging
3.  Integrated cord lock prevents cord from disconnecting (This is a wonderful addition!)
4.  Telescoping shaft adjusts to accommodate your height.
5.  Shipping weight is 8 LBS, so I'm guessing the actual product weighs between 5.5 and  6 LB.
6.  Obviously from the name, it's environmentally safe.
7.  The 4 year warranty is TWICE the industry standard.
8.  No tune-ups or maintenance.
9.  Easy start.

As for customer reviews, obviously with a 4.7 rating, people love it.  The only real downside is if you're around 6'4" - no matter how long you lengthen the handle - it's still too short. Otherwise, it takes about 10 minutes to put it together. 

Lastly, we have the Black & Decker GH600 Grass Hog 14-Inch 5 amp Electric String Trimmer and Edger.

Price: $55.99

Savings:  $43.62

3.4 out of 5 stars

Key Product Features:

1.  5 amp motor 9.500 rpm
2.  Auto line feed
3.  Head rotates 180 for edging
4.  Weighs 5.2 pounds
5.  Soft, adjustable grips for easy handling
6.  2 year warranty
7.  Handle fully adjustable to users size.
8.  Easy start
9.  Cord lock prevents disconnections

As for customer reviews - you either love it or hate it.  Most people love it.  Everyone loves that it's lightweight and easy to start.  There are complaints about the string (line) and feeder problems, but the problem might be like one guy put it - "read the MANUAL!"And it's true.  Most of the time the problem you have with tools like weed eaters and stuff is because people don't bother to read the manual do what it actually says.

So there you are.  I've done up a spreadsheet so you can get a better look at the differences between the three models.  Click here to see it.

Tomorrow we'll look at the top 3 gas operated models.  

Meanwhile, have a great evening!


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