Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Weed Eater Buying Guide for Women

Yesterday, I gave you an introduction to weed eaters.  Today, we going to look at what you need to know about buying a weed eater.  There's several reasons behind this:
1.  # 1 as a mother you are super busy with a ton of physical and financial responsibilities.  You don't need to be standing in a store staring at the long row of choices, slowly slipping into a coma wondering what to buy.  This guide is going to help you buy with confidence, knowing that you've not only saved time, but money as well!

2.  If you buy at a store and ask for help, you never know for certain if he really knows what he's talking about, or if he's the Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor type who believes if you have a lawn that's only 3 feet by 3 feet you need the most powerful and expensive weed eater there is.  (Said from experience.) 

3.  You'll know exactly what to get and not waste money on something that's more than you really need.  So, as I said before, this guide will help you save time and money.
Now, on with the show.  Here are the 3 key factors you need to keep in mind when choosing a weed eater:

1. Consider the size of your lawn

This is a major, major factor  to keep in mind when buying a weed eater. The size of your lawn  determines what kind of weed eater you're going to buy.  You don't need a big expensive weed eater if you have a small lawn with very little trimming to do.  There are lots of small models that fit the need.  Personally, I think the electric models are perfect for small lawns,  but that's just me.

2. Gas powered or electric?

It's important to be familiar with the different types of weed eaters. There are two kinds weed eaters: electric and gas operated.  There are two kinds of electric weed eaters.  One uses an extension cord and the other is rechargeable. 

There are a number of advantages to using an electric weed eater:
1.  Electric-powered weed eaters are earth-friendly (they produce no emissions). 
2.  They are easy to start - plug in and go, or simply hit the switch, if rechargeable.
3.  They are perfect for small lawns that require very little trimming.
4.  They are lighter weight than the gas powered.
5.   Personally, I love the tap-n-go.  Tap-n-go extends the cutting line while you're trimming and adds new line as you go along.  It's also easy to replace the line when you run out.  You simply remove the cap and slap on a new one.  Super, super easy!  Sometimes the cap can be a little stubborn to come off, but once you do it the first time, it will be a cinch after that.

There's a catch to buying an electric weed eater, though.  If you buy one that's too small for your lawn, you will eventually burn up the motor.  Don't be like me and do that.  : )

On to gas powered weed eaters.  Gas powered weed eaters are more common.  If emissions produced by a gas powered weed eater doesn't bother you, then this is the route to go.  The advantage is you don't need to buy extension cords or if it's rechargeable - you don't have to watch your time.

There's some disadvantages to the gas powered.
1.  I think they're a pain in the neck to start.
2.  They start using a pull string, which is why number 1 exists.
3.  You have to mix the fuel and oil and make sure you have the proper mixture or it won't run right.
4.  They require more maintenance if you want to keep them running well and last.
5.  I find them to be more expensive.
6.  I think they're heavier.

3. Money matters

Obviously, your budget will be a deciding factor when buying a weed eater, or anything for that matter. So keep in mind how much you will be willing to spend.  This prevents you from overspending because of impulse buying. 

The best way to keep from overspending is to buy online.  In fact, I think it's the best way of choosing a weed eater, because it saves you a heck of a lot of time and you're more apt to get the right weed eater for your lawn.  You can compare intelligently the various choices of weed eaters, where you really can't at the store.  Stores  like provide you more information, and the biggest plus - is you get to read what other buyers think! 

Of course, there's also what you already know -  you save money shopping online, because you don't have to leave home, you can shop any time day or night, there's no pressure and you really will find the best prices and value for your money.

That's it for today!  Tomorrow, we'll take a good look at the best selling practical electric weed eaters.  We'll compare them, see what others have to say, and I'll provide a spreadsheet you can print out to help you get a really good look at the differences.

Until tomorrow, have a really great day!


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1 comment:

JustLauren said...

Great info - thank you!