Five years ago you bought cheap, gas-powered weed trimmer from a Big Box store. The trimmer was good for what it cost. It started easily up into the day it died. It was a little underpowered, but nothing horrible. Sure, you hated re-loading the spool but doesn’t everyone?
Today, you began thinking about what to buy next and your research led to confusion. Today’s post is designed to clear up some of your confusion and get you back to happily eating weeds. If you ask ten people which weed trimmer to buy, you’ll get ten different answers. My system is always to trust the brand not the Box selling the equipment.
One brand that has a good reputation for turning out good weed trimmers is Husqvarna. Their 125L weed trimmer is a good mid-priced, entry commercial/super duty home owner model. Another good choice is the Echo SRM-225. Stihl is a brand with a stellar reputation in chain saws, but how does the company fair when it comes to weed trimmers? The Echo is a very good trimmer for light use but it a less powerful trimmer. The Stihl FS55 is a bigger machine and more powerful. Personally, I lean toward Stihl as a brand, but I have read a lot of online complaints about the company’s middle of the road trimmers. Stihl’s commercial-grade, straight-shaft units, which, undoubtedly, are much more expensive, seem to get a passing grade. Still, the Echo line appears to have better average comparative acceptance from the cursory investigation I did online. If budget isn’t a constraint, than either the Stihl commercial grade or the 4-Cycle Honda weed trimmer our machines to seriously consider, but, since cost is a restraint for most homeowners looking to do a little trimming, in the final analysis, the Echo brand seems to hold an edge over Stihl.
Whether you spend a little more on Stihl or save a few bucks buying Echo, I’m fairly certain your weeds will be satisfactorily devoured by either machine for years to come.