Weed Wacker? - Knowledgebase Question

Boston Harbor, WA (Zone 7B)
Question by bobbrett
June 11, 2005
I need to purchase a weed whacker and need advise on which one to buy and more importantly, technique.

I have barrowed my father?s gas powered weed whacker but met nothing but frustration. The fish line kept breaking off and it was nearly impossible to reload. I ended up gouging tree bark, deck lumber and fencing.

I am leaning towards purchasing an electric weed whacker that requires an electric cord, since my yard is medium small one and I can reach everywhere I need to reach with an extension cord I already own.

Can anyone offer me some advice?

Thank you,

Bob Brett
Olympia, WA

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2005


It sounds as though the gas powered weed whacker was a bit too powerful for your needs. If the line is breaking, it's because you're getting too close to the growth you want to cut back. You should just touch the weeds and grasses you want to cut down with the very tip of the line and slowly work your way forward. If you try to take too big a bite, the line will snag and break. It will also break if you continually hit something hard - like a fence post or tree trunk.

If you have a small yard and have access to electricity through outside outlets, I think an electric weed eater will do the job. There are also models that allow you to charge a battery prior to use so you can work without hauling extension cords all around.

As for technique, practice makes perfect. Target only herbacious growth, work slowly from the edge to the center if you're doing a large clump, and stay a safe distance from woody perennials and tree trunks.

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