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Old 05-17-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

I am seriously tired of trying to manage a large unruly string trimmer that, while may be ideal for the barn lot, is just overkill for around my house and garage. I now have no less than TWO holes in my siding from one wrong move with this POS and I am over it. I am over the hassle of starting and storing those things. I have no issue with a 2 stroke so much, I use a chainsaw to make money, but they really dont make a light weight trimmer thats made out of magnesium like my small saws. The plastic Echo comes close but I am over gas powered trimmers.

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I want a simple battery operated weed eater that works and will last and allow me to replace batteries down the road. I would love it if someone made a unit that used Dewalt 18volt batteries, that would work really well and only make sense.

Its kinda sad they have commercial level cordless chain saws but I cant find anything like that in a weed eater.


I do see the "Core" trimmer, but good luck finding parts on a saturday afternoon at the hardware store for that thing. Or, anything at all for it in 2 years.

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Old 05-17-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

http://menards.com/main/lawn-garden/...80-c-10111.htm

Grandma has this one. My uncle bought it for over there cause he has the 18v masterforce tools.

Works really well.

heres a HD 40V ryobi trimmer http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

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Old 05-17-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

Yeah, my shindaiwa has eaten a hole in my siding as well. To be fair though, it's not because it's unwieldy, I just happened to lazily make the wrong move with it. I don't have any recommendations for a super light trimmer though, I'm just offering my empathy because I've scarred my house just like you
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:47 AM   #4
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

i've got a ryobi 18v Lithium Ion battery unti and honestly, i can't stand it. I have to use 3 batteries to get my yard done, doesn't last.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:08 AM   #5
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

I've had the same Homelite gas trimmer for the last 15-years. its very light and versatile.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

I have an 18V Ryobi lithium Ion unit and really like it. I bought an extra big battery to go with the unit, and it takes both batteries to complete my average sized yard. What I really like is that I don't have to wear ear protection or padded gloves. The 2-cycle Ryobi that I used to operate beat the crap out of me.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:39 AM   #7
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Stihl has a lithium ion line now. A little pricey, but may be what you're looking for.

Haven't used them, but I love my other Stihl stuff.

I have held them in the store...seems very well built.

http://www.stihlusa.com/lithiumion/
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #8
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Why cant you use a 2cylce?
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:03 PM   #9
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Ryobi has a 40 volt version coming out this summer. The 18v is the lowest voltage one they have I think. There is on above it, 24v I think. Read about the 40v version at toolmonger.com
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:07 PM   #10
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Ryobi has a 40 volt version coming out this summer. The 18v is the lowest voltage one they have I think. There is on above it, 24v I think. Read about the 40v version at toolmonger.com
its out i linked to it already the first post after the OP
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:14 PM   #11
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

I also have the Ryobi 18V. Got a package with a leaf blower on sale for $80 and they came with a charger and 1 lithium battery. So far, I like it.


I just checked their website and it's $99 in the stores.

http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Ou...&storeId=10051
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:21 PM   #12
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I don't understand how a cordless question can't include a gas engine option as an answer?
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:09 PM   #13
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Stihl has a lithium ion line now. A little pricey, but may be what you're looking for.

Haven't used them, but I love my other Stihl stuff.

I have held them in the store...seems very well built.

http://www.stihlusa.com/lithiumion/
That looks interesting, from what I can find online in a review is its over $500 to get the big battery and the charger with it. Ouch.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:44 PM   #14
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That looks interesting, from what I can find online in a review is its over $500 to get the big battery and the charger with it. Ouch.
Yes, but it is a true 36V, and supposedly has the power of a commercial string trimmer.

Here's a question back to the OP. What size line are you using?
If you're damaging vinyl siding (although for the life of me, I can't understand why you would have siding so low to the ground that a string trimmer hits it; isn't your foundation down there), you should go down a step in line diameter.
Maybe try .080 line instead of .095, or there's even a .060 line size.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:08 PM   #15
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

I had a B&D Grass Hog rechargeable for almost 8 years before the batteries quit taking a charge.

It worked well for lawn edging, but nothing more difficult than that.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:04 AM   #16
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

What Steevo said. I've had mine for about 8 years. I've changed out the small lead acid battery once in that time. It's ready to be replaced again.

It works great as an around the yard trimmer prior to or after mowing. Isn't a lot-clearing weed whacker (though I've used it to clear nettles) but works great as a string trimmer. It charges in it's hanger and can be tilted into a vertical or horizontal position.

I've been surprised how well it has lasted.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:03 AM   #17
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

I bought a Greenworks string trimmer and leaf blower from Amazon.

Saw their infomercial on TV, decided to give it a go. The trimmer comes with a 20V, 6AH lithium ion battery and charger.

When I bought this a year ago, I had a relatively small yard. I've since moved to a larger place with a .66 acre lot. Still not massive, but bigger than the < 1/4 acre lot I had.

It has enough battery capacity to edge, trim, and blow off the sidewalk and driveway. I thought I'd need two batteries, but definitely not needed.

I have a number of trees and landscaping that requires trimming, along with a swale in front of the house that the mower can only partially mow.









The blower was purchased separately, and doesn't include a charger or battery. Still, it was only $33.

The trimmer works very well. No, not as powerful as a 2 cycle model, but also zero delay in starting it. No filling it with gas, pulling it a dozen times, waiting for it to warm up, blah blah. Push the button, trim.

With a push of a button on the body of the trimmer, the head pivots, and becomes an edger. This works VERY well. Easy to guide if you pull it, rather than push it forward. Hard to steer otherwise. Took a few times to figure that one out.

I have a gas string trimmer with all the attachments. I rarely use it anymore.

If you have an "average" sized yard, this is a great tool. It's not a commercial product, and isn't advertised as such. The balance is pretty good since the motor is in the head, and the battery is on the handle.

Sample video of mine in use at my last house:

http://youtu.be/FMdDlZaZ8Gg


The leaf blower works okay, but not near as powerful as the gas version. I have to make a pass down/back the 2 car driveway to get it all. With a gas powered one, I can walk down the middle, and swing the blower to get both sides at once. Then again, by the time I get the gas powered one up and running, I'm already done with the electric one!

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Old 05-18-2012, 01:25 PM   #18
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Stihl - made in Germany/Austria
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:44 PM   #19
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Default Re: Best "Quality" cordless weed eater?

I think the Greenworks trimmers on Amazon are the same as the Homelite's at Home Depot, at least based on pics (different color) and user complaints.

I recently bought a corded version of the Homelite (~$25) for edge trimming ... already using a corded lawnmower, so there was no extra hassle going with the string trimmer.

Except for the Homelite being badly balanced (my other trimmer is a monster 30cc Husqvarna with a shoulder strap; maybe battery powered wouldn't be so bad with the battery as a counter-weight) and even worse when turned to edge, way too short for 6'+ people, and a crazy string advance (advances when it shuts on/off), it's a pleasure to use. It is nice pulling it out of the shed and just turning it on though ... and hopefully will even be more of a benefit next spring when I don't need to take the carb apart to get it running again.
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Thanks for the info. Bought the B&D Grass Hog today. Came with two batteries $80.

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