gas weed eater

Kansas City, MO

For those who have a lawn near their home. As I wrote earlier, I recently bought a house, and now together with the kids, we are trying to clean it up. We bought everything we need in the garage, as well as a watering wand for the lawn, and now I have the task of choosing a gas weed eater. My choice settled on this device Poulan Pro PR28SD 17 in. Trimmer here, I like the price and quality. It's a pity all the stores are closed and I have to order online.

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Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

I quit the small gas engine yard tools a few years ago. The new battery tools are wonderful - starts every time, no gas or oil, no pull string - just charge the battery and GO. If you get two tools, get the same brand so you can have a spare battery. I had Ryobi for a few years (40 Volts) but found it too weak for some tasks. I moved up to EGO 56 Volt system - trimmer that is really too powerful for lawns but great for tough areas and weeds, edger for the driveway and sidewalks - takes about five minutes or less, blower which is quite powerful for a small lawn, chainsaw - will do a modest job but not for big trees, pole saw, hedger, and when our gas mower quit a couple of years ago, we replaced it with a battery operated mower - goes about 3 times before needing a charge (we have a small front lawn though).

Chillicothe, OH

Battery tools are much better today than they were years ago, but if you need long run time gas can't be beat.

If you choose gas, make sure to NOT use the gasoline sold at gas stations for cars unless they have a pump with ethanol-free gasoline. We have one about 12 miles from us and I buy 5 gallons every year or two, but if you don't have a E0 (no ethanol) pump at a local gas station, marinas have the E0 fuel.

E0 (or pure gasoline) will not eat the plastic fuel lines that are on outdoor power equipment. If you use E10 (the standard stuff we put in our cars), expect to replace the fuel lines every few years as they disintegrate. You can buy better fuel lines, but there's more to the story.

The ethanol they add to fuel for cars draws water into the system and will mess with your carburetor. Yes, you can buy additives like Sta-Bil that are supposed to help prevent that but since I've switched to E0 gasoline in my outdoor power equipment, my equipment starts every new season a year later. With the regular gasoline, I was having to do carburetor rebuilds or replacements every year or two.

The price is higher, but considering the time you'd invest or money to pay someone to clean or repair the carburetor, the extra dollar or so per gallon is certainly worth it.

If you haven't bought a trimmer yet, if you are considering cordless electric ones, get one that will deal with your weed situation. For me, the Ryobi refurbished one that's one of their smallest ones works well. It's 18V and I have plenty of Ryobi One 18V system batteries since I have other equipment that uses the same battery system. They make heavier duty cordless trimmers to take on heavier weed whacking. Mine would not be suitable on a country lot with thousands of feet to trim, and it doesn't do well with thicker weeds. It uses something like .065" line, while the commercial gas trimmer I sold to get rid of because I wasn't using it was using .095 line, which would tear up thick weeds quickly and even had a metal blade attachment. It also cost a lot more, even as a refurbished product. The small Ryobi was on sale with a battery for under $30. I already had a few chargers, so I didn't need one, but it might have come with one (I don't remember).

If you plan to add other electric cordless tools to your stash of tools, pick a "system" and stay with it so you can swap batteries and have spares handy, already charged. In the case of my Ryobi cordless tools, I bought a convenient 6-battery charging station that can be set up vertically or horizontally and it will charge one at a time in sequence as needed, then maintain the charge if the voltage drops. I have 8 or 9 batteries, so I occasionally charge one that hasn't been on the charger for a while.

One other thing, don't be taken in by aftermarket batteries on eBay. Most of those I bought didn't last long, one even died after one use. I would buy a used genuine brand battery before a new Chinese one that won't work in a short while.

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