There are a few key variances between weed wackers that you must know before buying one. A good string trimmer will be one of the most important pieces of lawn equipment that you will own, so investing time to research will pay off after you begin using your trimmer.
The group of weed wackers that we are going to discuss first are gas powered. These are the most common types of weed eaters, being that most average sized property owners might have one, and probably all landscaping professionals will have a good gas powered one in their arsenal of equipment. Gas powered la weeds eaters, or string trimmers as they are also called, run on either a straight gas powered fuel engine, or a combination of gas and oil. Gas powered string trimmers are knows for their power and endurance so they are usually the best pick for homeowners with big lawns, as well as landscaping pro’s. Because of their strength gas powered string trimmers can handle some tough weeds and some heavy grassy areas where their electric counterparts, which we’ll get to in a few, might have some problems with. Another huge benefit of the gas powered family, is that they are more mobile, meaning that you can just throw a gas operated string trimmer in the back of your truck or car trunk, with a can of fuel in case you need it, and not worry about a cords length, like with the electric string trimmers, or constant battery charges like you would with a battery operated string trimmer. And lastly a gas powered string trimmer can be a versatile piece of equipment, can be used on all lawns both large and small.
Now within the gas powered weed wacker family you will see that they come in two different types. The 2-cycle weed eater and the 4-cycle weed eater. This is the difference in the type of engine, other known as a 2 stroke or a 4 stroke engine. The 2-cycle engine is the most common engine for weed eaters, and requires a mix of oil and gas for fuel. This can be a convenience or a hassle however you look at it. The 4-cycle weed eater, runs on straight gas like a lawnmower, but will need to have the oil changed instead of using a mix. 2-cycle weed eaters are generally lighter than 4-cycle ones, which can make a big difference if you are not use to doing extensive lawn care, or using heavy power equipment. Another key difference between the two is that a 4-cycle weed eater is friendlier to the environment letting out fewer emissions.