Best Commercial Weed Eaters of 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a commercial string trimmerChoosing a weed eater for household use is difficult as there are a lot of such models on the market and a lot of things to consider so as to make the right choice. It is a lot more difficult when you are buying one for commercial use as you will need to find one that can handle the enormous task that lies ahead. The lack of sufficient information on commercial grade weed eaters is another thing that makes choosing the right tool for your heavy-duty weed clearing assignments very difficult.

To help you in this regard, we have developed this article that focuses on commercial weed eaters. We have compiled a list of some of the things that you have to consider when choosing a commercial weed eater as well as highlighting a few commercial weed eaters reviews of some of the top models that you can get if you want to get the job done effectively and in a short period of time.

Our 5 Favorite Models (Comparison)

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
Husqvarna 967055801
Husqvarna 967055801
(Top Pick)

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17 lbs4.9/5
Greenworks PRO ST80L210
Greenworks PRO ST80L210

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10 lbs4.7/5
BLACK + DECKER LST136W
BLACK+DECKER LST136W
(Best for the Money)

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8 lbs4.6/5
Hitachi CG23ECPSL
Hitachi CG23ECPSL

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10 lbs4.4/5
Troy Bilt TB6042 XP
Troy Bilt TB6042 XP

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16 lbs4.3/5

5 Best Commercial Weed Eaters – Reviews 2019

1. Husqvarna 324L Weed Eater – Top Pick

Husqvarna 967055801

Our top pick for commercial weed eaters is the monstrous Husqvarna 967055801. With a 4-stroke engine that runs purely on gas, the Husqvarna 967055801 is able to generate all the power that you need to clear weeds and grass on a large scale.

Gas powered weed trimmers are the best you can get if you have a lot of weeds to clear as they can handle a lot of knocks and still get the job done and the Husqvarna 967055801 is the best that you can get in this regard.

Starting this weed eater is not a challenge as it uses an improved starter for this purpose. You will, therefore, get this trimmer started in the shortest time possible and get your job done immediately.

The only negative thing that we noticed with this trimmer was its weight. It was a bit heavy to push around and this could make it difficult to clear the weeds with ease.

Pros
  • Easy to get the engine started.
  • A powerful engine.
  • It requires very little maintenance.
  • Durable and long-lasting.
Cons
  • Heavy and bulky.

2. Greenworks PRO ST80L210 Commercial Weed Eater

Greenworks PRO ST80L210

Here is another great tool that is ideal for heavy duty weed trimming. With a powerful brushless motor that is powered by an 80V 2.0A battery, the Greenworks PRO ST80L210 generates enough power to trim all the unwanted weeds on your expansive lawn. Charging the battery for use takes a mere 30 minutes and you will be able to get 45 minutes of interrupted use when using the trimmer.

It also comes in a split shaft design that makes it easy to store the unit when it is not being used. Smooth operation and minimal noise when going about your operations is one of the things that people look at when buying commercial weed cutters and the Greenworks PRO ST80L210 is the smoothest and quietest of them all.

With all these impressive features you may wonder why the Greenworks PRO ST80L210 is not our top pick but the fact that it uses a battery source for power was the main reason why that is the case.

Pros
  • Smooth operation and minimal noise.
  • Lightweight design and easy storage
  • The lack of power cords makes operating it very easy.
  • Cuts through weeds very fast
Cons
  • It does not generate enough power.
  • Not ideal for heavy-duty use.
  • Short people cannot use it with ease.

3. BLACK + DECKER LST136W Weed Wacker – Best for the Money

BLACK + DECKER LST136W

Our budget pick for commercial weed eaters is the BLACK + DECKER LST136W that impressed us with its reliability while at the same time keeping its price in the low range. Its PowerDrive transmission motor delivers enough power that will allow you to cut through grass and weeds effectively and in the shortest time possible.

Its 40V lithium-ion battery will provide you with consistent performance for a considerable amount of time and this will ensure you get a lot of cutting done. Its shaft is straight and telescopic in nature and this will ensure that you get good coverage.

One of the issues that we found with this string trimmer was that the battery did not pack enough power to clear large lawns and this could be challenging if you have a huge task ahead. This was the factor that kept the BLACK + DECKER LST136W out of our top 2 as we believe that ability to clear large spaces was important in our ranking.

Pros
  • Cordless design for easy operation
  • Lightweight design
  • Continuous work with its automatic spool feature
Cons
  • Does not deliver enough power
  • Reliance on the battery can be a problem.
  • Not ideal for heavy-duty use.

4. Hitachi CG23ECPSL Weed Eater

Hitachi CG23ECPSL

A long-lasting and durable build is one of the factors that make a weed eater, especially, a commercial grade one, great and the Hitachi CG23ECPSL has nothing to show in this regard. The parts fail shortly after purchase and getting a replacement or refund for your purchase are things that the manufacturers are not enthusiastic about.

Getting the engine to start is also a challenge and this could see you lose valuable time when it comes to getting a head start on your weed clearing duties. The Hitachi CG23ECPSL, however, makes up for its flaws by being by featuring an anti-vibration system that makes the trimmer easy to use. It also runs on gas which is ideal for large clearing jobs.

All these, however, fail to cover for the company’s poor service and reluctance to respond to customers’ queries and this is why it is not among our top picks for commercial weed eaters.

Pros
  • Anti-vibration feature reduces fatigue
  • Ideal for large clearing projects
Cons
  • Difficult to start
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Breaks down easily
  • Poor customer service

5. Troy Bilt TB6042 XP Commercial Weedeater

Troy Bilt TB6042 XP

Our least favorite pick for commercial weed eaters is the Troy Bilt TB6042 XP and the reasons for this are many. First of all, the Troy Bilt TB6042 XP doesn’t generate enough power to clear weeds in a large area and this was a big let off. It is also very noisy and this makes operating it for a long period of time very challenging. You would have to get ear plugs to be able to use it with ease and we found this quite unnecessary considering that there are other models on the market that are quiet.

The engine was also not that stable and it would turn off when you are in the middle of your clearing activities and this could be quite frustrating if it happens several times.

It uses a SpringAssist Technology for a simple start-up but we felt that this is not enough for it to be considered among the greats.

Pros
  • Easy to start
Cons
  • Loud and noisy
  • Unreliable engine
  • Does not generate enough power for heavy-duty use
  • Faulty parts

Buyer’s Guide

When choosing the models mentioned above, we did not just head to the market and pick the fanciest weed eaters that were on display. Doing so would have resulted in us picking models that are physically attractive but not up to the task of clearing weeds on a large scale and this would have been a great injustice to the readers who really on this blog to help them pick the right tools.

We had a plan that entailed careful analyzing the features of the different weed eaters that were available so as to be able to identify the models that are ideal for heavy-duty use. Some of the things that we considered in this regard include;

The type of fuel used

String trimmers are powered by gas, electricity or a battery. Those that run on electricity will have a cord that connects to a power outlet. They may be able to generate enough power as they are directly connected to the source but your reach and how far you can clear weeds is determined by the length of the power cord.

Most cords are short and this will limit the area that you can clear. This, therefore, makes electric weed eaters not ideal for large-scale weed clearing.

Battery-powered trimmers have their energy stored in a battery cell that you will have to charge to ensure you have enough power to clear the weeds in your compound. If you have a large field to clear, you will need a battery with a large capacity so as to generate all the power that you need.

A large battery, on the other hand, adds to the weight of the machine and this could bring about issues with portability. Battery-powered trimmers, therefore, fail to achieve the right balance between the power that they can generate and its weight, especially when it comes to clearing large fields, and this makes them our second pick for commercial weed trimmers just edging out electric trimmers by a few points.

Gas-powered trimmers are the best that you can opt for if you have a large field to clear as they can generate all the power that you may need. They may be a little bit noisy and not that environmentally-friendly as some of them can get too smoky, but if you have tough and stubborn weeds to clear and you need the job done efficiently and in the shortest time possible, gas-powered trimmers are the way to go.

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The weight of the trimmer

This is another thing that you must consider when buying a wood trimmer for large-scale use. You will obviously spend a lot of time to clear your large field and this way, you should get a weed eater that is not weighty if you are to get the job with minimal effort and without getting tired.

The weight of the trimmer will be determined by the components that it contains and as such, you should avoid trimmers with a lot of parts on them so as to keeps the weight that you have to push around as low as possible.

The starting options

Most weed eaters use a starting line for getting the trimmer started. You will have to pull the starting line several times and this is not only time-consuming, it is tiring as well. Sometimes the weed eater won’t start at all even with consistent pulling and that is why other starting options such as the sequential start or S-Start are preferred in this regard.

With a sequential start, you will have to follow a few steps to get the engine to start such as priming and setting the choke. There are a few more steps after this and your weed eater will spring to life with minimal effort. A sequential start is much gentler than the starting line and if you have to pick between these two options, we would advise that you get the machine with a sequential start.

The type of engine

This consideration only applies to gas-powered engines. A gas-powered weed eater can either have a 2 strove (2 cycles) or a 4 stroke (4 cycles) engine. 2 stroke engines are the best as they are able to generate a lot of revolutions and subsequently a lot of power. With more power, you can clear large fields and do so in the shortest time possible.

2 stroke engines, however, are not without their flaws. Users have to pre-mix oil and gas in the correct ratio for the engine to work properly. When the oil is not enough in the mixture, the engine is likely to overheat and this can have serious consequences. Too much oil, on the other hand, will cause the engine to smoke and this will interfere with its performance as well as polluting the environment.

4 stroke engines, on the other hand, may not produce as much power as 2 stroke engines but they operate more smoothly and with minimal hassle. Oil is added to a crankcase and this eliminates the need for pre-mixing it with the gas prior to using it.

4 stroke engines also feature an automatic shut off feature that will switch the engine off when the level of oil becomes very low. This protects the engine as it will ensure that it doesn’t run without enough oil and this increases its durability. It also eliminates the hassle of checking the level of oil every now and then.

They are also more quiet than 2 stroke engines and produce minimal smoke and this makes them the environmentally friendly option of the two.

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Shaft options

The shaft of the weed eater is another thing that you have to consider when buying a trimmer for the overgrown weeds on your compound. There are two options when it comes to the shaft of a weed eater which are a straight shaft and a curved one.

Some people prefer curved shafts over straight ones claiming that they are comfortable and have a nice feel especially if you will be trimming weeds for a long period of time. They are also lighter than straight shafts and this makes them less tiring when used to clear expansive fields.

Straight shafts, however, are more flexible and precise and they will help you clear weeds effectively. They may not be comfortable than their curved counterparts but they will help you get under bushes and other objects for a thorough job.

The cutting path

You should also consider the cutting path of your weed eater if you want a tool that will help you clear grass on your lawn effectively and in the shortest time possible. Most trimmers have a small cutting path and this makes them less effective when clearing large fields. With a small cutting path, you can only clear a small field at any given time and as such, you will spend a lot of time if you have a large field to clear.

For commercial grade weed clearing purposes you should, therefore, get a string trimmer with a large cutting path that will allow you to clear a lot of grass at a go. The preferred length is 17 inches and above as such a length will help you get the job done a lot quicker and proceed to other important things.

Conclusion

From our extensive market research, the Husqvarna 967055801 emerged as the best weed eater that you can get if you have commercial grade weed clearing duties to accomplish. The Greenworks PRO ST80L210 was our second pick with its smooth operation and minimal noise some of its positive attributes. The BLACK + DECKER LST136W was our budget pick with the Hitachi CG23ECPSL and Troy Bilt TB6042 XP our least favorite models.

Choosing a good commercial weed eater is very difficult as most of the models on the market are not made for heavy-duty use and as such, you may end up with a trimmer that doesn’t meet your large-scale clearing needs. In this article, we highlight the reviews of commercial weed eaters as well as some of the things that you must consider when choosing a trimmer so as to help you make an informed purchase decision.

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