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Best Weed Wacker For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Weed Wacker at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
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GreenWorks 21212 4 Amp 13" CordedBlack and Decker ST7700 13-Inch 4.4 ampToro Co 51480 14-Inch ElectricWORX WG118 15-Inch Wheeled ElectricEarthwise CST00012 18-Volt 12-Inch Cordless
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Cheap ($34)
Cheap ($56)
Cheap ($66)
Average ($76)
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Features Needed
At Least 9" Cutting Path
- 13"
- 13"
- 14"
- 15"
- 12"
Cord Retention
Electric Or Battery
- Electric
- Electric
- Electric
- Electric
- Battery
Fewer Than 10 Pounds
- 7 lbs
- 4.5 lbs
- 7.5 lbs
- 6.4 lbs
- 8 lbs
Features Not Needed
Auto-Line Feed
- Semi-auto
Rotating Handle
- 180 degrees
- 180 degrees
- 90 degrees
- 180 degrees
Telescoping Handle
- 2 year
- 2 year
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

A string trimmer, weed eater, or weed whacker as it’s more frequently called, is a tool everyone that has a lawn should own. They’re used to trim hedges, or around the edge of your yard, to keep walkways and your yard free of weeds and looking good.  

Unfortunately, like a lot of home and garden tools, they can get pretty expensive. Thankfully, there are some really decent models sold that don’t require a huge budget to purchase. If you don’t have a lot of money, here is what you should keep in mind when looking to buy a string trimmer. 

Electric or Battery Operated  

If you’re on a budget, the weed whacker you purchase needs to be either electric, meaning it’s operated via an extension cord, or ran by a battery. Gas powered weed eaters are just way too expensive to get if you don’t have a lot of money. Plus, unless you have a literal gigantic yard, you’re never going to really need all the extra power that comes with a gas-powered trimmer. Battery and electric models have more than enough power to tackle any trimming jobs you may have. 

Cutting Path  

The cutting path, or diameter, is how large of an area the trimmer cuts when in use. I like to have at least nine inches of path, because it ensures that I’m able to cut pretty much anything I come across. So, whichever weed eater you ultimately decide to purchase should have at least a nine-inch path as well. 

Cord Retention  

This only applies if the trimmer you decide to get is electric and requires a cord. There needs to be a cord retention system, meaning there should be some sort of lock that keeps your extension cord plugged into your tool that makes sure it doesn’t accidentally come unplugged. It’s a lot safer to use as such. 

Low Weight  

A low weight is important because you’re holding your trimmer at arm’s length pretty much the entire time you use it. For that reason, I like trimmer that are ten pounds or fewer. 

Here are some things that you may want out of a trimmer, but aren’t a necessity. 

Rotating Handle  

Some weed eaters feature rotating handles. This is done so that the head can turn on its side and your trimmer can be used as an edger. I don’t think this is crucial because you could always just turn the trimmer on the side if you wanted to do that. It’s what I have done my whole life while trimming my grandmother’s yard. 

Telescoping Handle   

A handle that adjusts is good to have because not everyone is the same height. If you are really tall and buy a trimmer with a short little handle, your back might hurt a bit more during use, which is the benefit of telescoping handles. They're not an absolute must have though. 

Auto-Line Feed  

Most weed eaters come with a feature that automatically feeds line through as you’re trimming so you don’t have to worry about running out. However, some still require you to bump the head of the trimmer against the ground to feed the line. Auto-feeders are useful, but not necessary.     


Like usual, warranties are good because they give you a bit of peace of mind with your purchase. But they’re not really a must have type thing. 

Don’t worry too much about the voltage or amp rating when it comes to electric and battery-powered trimmers. They all are fairly similar. As I stated above, unless you have a gigantic yard, every trimmer on this list will have more than enough power to do anything you need. 

GreenWorks, Black & Decker (in terms of some of the lower end models) and Worx all make great budget trimmers. Husqvarna, Poulan Pro and Ryobi should all be avoided. They’re too expensive. 

With a bit of knowledge, a budget weed eater is very possible! Just keep the above-mentioned features in mind and you'll be okay. 

Features You Need
At Least 9" Cutting Path, Cord Retention, Electric Or Battery, Fewer Than 10 Pounds
Features You Don't Need
Auto-Line Feed, Rotating Handle, Telescoping Handle, Warranty
What You Should Pay
Between $29.98 - $75.78
Top Of The Line Price
Over $200.00