Weed Whipper

  1. Your best line of defense against grass, weeds and brush STIHL trimmers and brushcutters are made for those who truly appreciate a well-groomed landscape. If you’re like us, there’s nothing more satisfying than the sound of a whirring trimmer line and the smell of freshly cut grass.
  2. May 05, 2021 The main function of the weed eater is to clear weeds and mow grass that is not at the right height. The battery powered or electric cordless string trimmer can be used to maintain areas where the mower cannot operate. These include flower beds, garden borders, sloping grounds, embankments, hedge edges, tree edges, wall bases, etc.

Cut back unruly growth and trim landscaping edges and borders with this handy outdoor power tool.

A string trimmer, also called a weed eater, weed whacker, weedwacker, weed whip, line trimmer, brush cutter, whipper snipper (in Australia, Canada, and South Africa) or strimmer (in the UK and Ireland), is a garden tool for cutting grass, small weeds, and groundcover.It uses a whirling monofilament line instead of a blade, which protrudes from a rotating spindle at the end of a long shaft. STIHL has a wide selection of cutting and trimming attachments for lawns, fences, around trees or between shrubs.

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String trimmers are designed to facilitate the maintenance of plant growth in those out-of-the-way areas. There are many different string trimmers out there. For help finding one that delivers performance, reliability, and ease of use, keep reading below for our top tips on choosing the best string trimmer for your landscaping needs—and don’t miss our top picks!

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Shopping Considerations

To make sure you’re selecting the right tool for your yard, start by understanding the different types of string trimmers that are commonly available.

Fuel Source

String trimmers are powered either by gasoline or electricity. Which is right for you? That depends on the size of your yard and the extent of your maintenance needs.

  • Gas-powered models are powerful and of course do not need to plugged in. That gives users of a gas-powered string trimmer the ability to move freely when using the tool. Though gas-powered string trimmers typically handle long weeds and heavy brush better than their electric-powered counterparts, they can also be more expensive. They’re generally heavier than electric models as well; many weigh in at over 10 pounds.
  • Electric-powered models tend to be more lightweight and user-friendly. Corded electric string trimmers occasionally pose maneuverability problems, as the cord can get tangled or limit the tool user’s movement. That said, corded electric string trimmers are among the most budget-friendly options out there. Cordless string trimmers tend to cost a bit more but are often very easy to maneuver. The downside is that their batteries must be recharged between each use and they don’t always perform as well as corded models.


The two most common string trimmer designs are curved-shaft and straight-shaft.

  • Curved-shaft string trimmers feature a bend at the end of the shaft, near the blades, which makes them shorter in length. That shorter length (and sometimes lighter weight) makes these types of trimmers comfortable to use.
  • Straight shaft string trimmers boast greater reach for tall users and for those who need to trim far beneath shrubbery or unique landscape features. Straight-shaft models generally tend to be the heavier of the two types.

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Do you have a question about trimming weeds with a certain mechanical helper? You might need to know a few alternative search terms for your area. To help you out, Google Trends has data about search terms for the tool from the past 12 months.

Inventor’s Choice

A string trimmer has been part of the landscaper’s arsenal since George Ballas of Houston, Texas, invented the tool.

Ballas called his invention the “weed eater”, for its ability to chew up grass and weeds.

South and West States Prefer Weed Eater

Almost half of 51 regions charted in the United States use “weed eater”, with about 70 percent of searches using the term. Only four regions at the lowest end of the results show under 50 percent of searches based on “weed eater”.

Louisiana registers the highest preference, with 85 percent of searches using the name, followed by Alabama and West Virginia, at 83 and 82 percent, respectively.

The preference remains consistent for states to the south and west, such as Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, North Carolina, and South Carolina, where “weed eater” is used for about 80 percent of searches related to the tool.

The preference for “weed eater” wanes in the eastern and northern states, with Massachusetts and Vermont showing the lowest use, hovering around 40 percent.

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After “weed eater”, the next most popular name in Google searches for the string trimmer is “string trimmer”. Five states — Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey — show around one-third of the searches using that name, with Vermont at the high end, at 36 percent. Approximately 25 percent of searches from Maine, Delaware, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia used “string trimmer”.

Most other regions use the term between 13 percent and 25 percent of the time; the use sinks to 12 percent and lower for states in the south, where “weed eater” is the most prominent search term.

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By Any Other Name

“Weed trimmer” is the third most-used search term for string trimmers, with Rhode Island searches registering the highest percentage, at 26 percent; next is Minnesota, with 24 percent.

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About 17 to 19 percent searches in other states in the east used “weed trimmer”, and about 16 percent of searches from North Dakota and South Dakota used the term. States in the west used it the least, with New Mexico the lowest, at seven percent.

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“Weed whacker” is next in line, with Connecticut and District of Columbia showing eight and seven percent of searches using the name. Twelve more states use it sparingly, with California and Colorado showing two percent of searches.

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In Michigan and Minnesota, a small minority — three and one percent, respectively — use “weed whipper” when searching.