While there may be plenty of homeowners who prefer the comfort and ease of an electric trimmer, gas trimmers still have certain benefits that the electric trimmers just can’t compete with.
In our guide, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best gas weed eater models and providing you with all of the tips and suggestions you need in order to purchase the right one.
With the help of our detailed reviews and the fact that we’ve done all of the research for you, choosing one will be much easier.
You’ll be out there whacking away at those weeds in no time!
Weed Eater – a Brand and a General Term
One thing we wanted to point out quickly before you head down to check out the trimmers is the fact that the words “weed eater” are used in two different ways.
- Weed Eater Brand. Weed Eater is actually a brand name. You’ll notice that we included one model for you in our guide (number 6). It’s not the best gas weed wacker on the list but it gets the job done.
- Weed Eater Term. Just like most of us call bandages “Band-Aids,” many of us also end up calling trimmers “weed eaters” or “weed whackers.”
This is a minor detail but one that we wanted to mention in order to avoid any confusion!
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How to Choose the Right Gas-Powered Trimmer
Not sure where to begin your search? We recommend you take the following points into consideration in order to choose the best gas weed eater for your needs.
- Straight Shaft or Curved Shaft. You’ll notice as you shop that there are both straight shaft models and those with a curved shaft. So, what’s the difference?
- Straight Shaft. Without a curve, the shaft is naturally longer and these types of trimmers offer better balance when you handle them. The slight length increase also allows you to reach under objects easier and they usually have more attachments available.
- Curved Shaft. These can be easier to maneuver than straight-shafted trimmers and are usually lighter. If you have a bad back, this is probably the best gas weed eater for you.
If this is your first time purchasing a weed whacker, then we suggest you start with a curved shaft model. If you don’t like it, sell it online and upgrade to a straight shaft!
- Engine Cycles. When it comes to the amount of power that the engine offers you, you’ll notice that gas trimmers come in either 2-cycle or 4-cycle engines.
- 2-Cycle. These run on a mixture of oil and fuel. They require a bit more prep work since you have to mix the oil and fuel yourself to the proper ratio. Although they are smaller, they are still designed to offer you quite a bit of power since they produce more horsepower at higher revolutions per minute.
These are best for the typical homeowner’s needs (edging around walkways, flowerbeds, etc.)
- 4-Cycle. Also known as “4-stroke,” these are usually “quieter” than the 2-cycle trimmers and no mixing is required before you use them. Just add the fuel to the designated fuel tank, the oil to its designated tank and then power it up.
Since these are more powerful (and heavier) than the 2-cycle trimmers, you can plow down larger, thicker patches of weeds with them.
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This trimmer from Husqvarna is pricey, but if you’re looking for a reliable machine that can handle all the weeds in front of it and is easy to start, then you’ll find that it is worth the investment.
As we mentioned earlier, the 4-cycle engines don’t require you to mix up oil and fuel prior to adding it to the trimmer. This one runs on gasoline only, so you just pour it in and start it up!
The nice thing about this trimmer is Husqvarna’s SmartStart technology that makes it easy to start even if you don’t know much about engines and trimmers.
Those of you with experience using gas trimmers will probably appreciate this one the most. If you are new to trimmers and prefer something a little smaller, then we suggest you check out number 3.
This is in the same price range but features a different motor than the Husqvarna.
Hitachi’s 2-cycle engine offers you quite a lot of power without the added weight and with the long, 60-inch shaft, you’ll be able to reach under things that a curved shaft can’t reach.
This is available in three different versions: straight shaft (this one) Curved Shaft and Split Shaft which is basically the same as a straight shaft only that you can detach it from the middle in order to store it more easily.
The anti-vibration system is nice and the string was quite easy to pull in order to start it.
Great for serious trimming needs but not for everyone. If you want a more affordable machine for smaller jobs, check out the next trimmer.
First time gas-powered trimmer users will probably opt for the Ryobi thanks to the affordability and curved shaft. It won’t burn a hole in your pocket and it’s comfortable on the back!
This runs on a 2-cycle full crank engine, features a bump-feed string head which makes loading new string much easier and the zip start carburetor means that it’s very easy to start.
The shaft length is a bit shorter than some of the other trimmers (only 49 inches), but that’s only because it is curved.
For edging your lawns and trimming around flowerbeds, we’d say this is an excellent gas powered trimmer model.