Best Lightweight Weed Eaters 2019 – Reviews & Buying Guide

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a small string trimmerIt’s time to start making your garden look nice. The problem? Weeds. As homeowners, we are all well aware of the scourge that is summer weeds. They sprout up like, well, weeds, and when all that you have at your disposal to combat the problem is your own two hands, things can start to feel futile pretty fast.

Thank goodness for the lightweight weed eater! You know that you want one, but you barely even have time in your schedule to use it, let alone do the research required to pick a good one. Does that sound right?

This is where we can lend a helping hand. We have done the research and testing for you so that you don’t have to. All that is left for you to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your lightweight weed eater reviews!

Our 5 Favorite Products of 2019

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
BLACK+DECKER LST300
BLACK+DECKER LST300
(Top Pick)

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6 lbs5.0/5
Makita XRU02Z
Makita XRU02Z

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8 lbs4.7/5
BLACK+DECKER GH900
BLACK+DECKER GH900
(Best for the Money)

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7 lbs4.6/5
WORX 20-Volt WG160
WORX 20-Volt WG160

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6 lbs4.3/5
Weed Eater W25SBK
Weed Eater W25SBK

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11 lbs4.0/5

5 Best Lightweight Weed Eaters – Reviews

1. BLACK+DECKER LST300 – Top Pick

BLACK+DECKER LST300

Up first, our choice for the best lightweight weed eater on this list, the Black and Decker LST300.

One of the chief pros of this unit is the battery. The twelve-volt powering pack ensures a run time of about thirty minutes (33% longer than comparable options) and delivers enough power to maintain the needs of a standard yard.

The LST300 is also pretty versatile, featuring a tool-free conversion component that allows you to also do hedging with the trimmer.

And of course, it is also very lightweight. Weighing only seven pounds, this unit should do well to mitigate the fatigue common to long gardening sessions.

The principle con that we were able to identify with this unit is that the battery does not hold up very well against extremely thick weeds or grass. In situations of extremely thick weeds or grass, the battery may only last for ten minutes or so.

This said it will certainly be more than up for the challenges of a typical yard.

Pros
Cons
  • Battery life shorter for heavy stock

2. Makita XRU02Z – The Runner-up

Makita XRU02Z

In our runner-up slot, we have the Makita XRU02Z. Similar in price and features to the Black and Decker, this unit is another very viable option for shoppers looking for the best that they can get their hands on.

Like the last unit that we looked at, one of the first things you will notice about the Makita is its premium motor. In this case, the strength of the motor yields 7,800 rotations per minute—a rate of speed that should greatly expedite the time you spend killing weeds.

The shaft is also adjustable so that it can be used by people of various sizes, and lightweight, so that you won’t get fatigued. Last but not least, it even includes the hedger conversion component that adds versatility to the unit.

All good stuff, right? So why doesn’t the Makita top of our list? Unfortunately, there are a couple of reasons. For one thing, like the last option that we looked at, the Makita does not fair well against higher grass or weeds, with the battery dying out much quicker in those situations.

The unit is also prone to get jammed a lot, which will require tedious fiddling, and a disruption of your work to fix.
These things aside, it is a good alternative for people not enthralled by the Black and Decker.

Pros
  • 7,800 RPM
  • Adjustable Shaft
  • Ergonomic
Cons
  • Fairs poorly against higher weeds
  • Prone to jamming

3. BLACK+DECKER GH900 – Best for the Money

BLACK+DECKER GH900

In third, and in our best lightweight weed eater for the money category, we have the GH900. This is going to be a great option for anyone that loved the features and reputation of the first Black and Decker we looked at but weren’t quite so thrilled by its price tag.

The first thing that you will notice about this unit is the price, which is roughly half that of the last two options that we looked at.

However, the Black and Decker has a lot more going for it than just being affordable. This option also comes with a 6.5 amp motor that will provide sufficient power for most weed problems, and it even boasts the hedging capability that we loved in the last two units.

Indeed, the biggest problem with the GH900 is inherent to its design. This is a chorded weed eater which means you will need to stick close to a power source in order to use it.

This aside, it’s a good buy at a great price.

Pros
  • Best for the Money
  • Hedger
Cons
  • Corded

4. WORX 20-Volt WG160

WORX 20-Volt WG160

In fourth we have the Worx, a flawed though acceptable option for shoppers not thrilled with our other selections.

On the surface, this actually looks like a good buy. It trims hedges and mows, it’s lightweight, and designed to be comfortable to use. It’s even more affordable than our first and second place selections.

The problem is that it is fraught with flaws. It’s not very durable, the battery is pretty poor, and the trimmer string struggles to stay attached to the unit.

In short, there are promising attributes to this trimmer, but there are flaws it needs to work out as well.

Pros
  • Three in One
  • Ergonomic
Cons
  • Not durable
  • Poor battery life
  • Loose trimmer string

5. Weed Eater W25SBK

Weed Eater W25SBK

Last and least we have the Weed Eater. This gas powered option sounds like many of the others, but it is fraught with some significant cons that place it at the bottom of our list.

The machine is slow to start, it shuts off without warning, it isn’t very durable, and the design itself requires an awkward placement of the hands that most users will find uncomfortable.

It all sounds pretty inconvenient, right? The unit does benefit from the power of a gas motor, even with that in mind, most shoppers will want to seriously consider the other options on our list.

Pros
  • Powerful Gas Motor
Cons
  • Hard to start
  • Shuts off without warning
  • Not durable

Buyer’s Guide

Now that you know what is out there, let’s take a look at a few buying considerations.

Power Source:

As you probably noticed there are a few options for power. You will find corded, cordless, or gas powered options.

There are pros and cons to all three, but for most users, a quality battery powered option will prove powerful and very efficient.

Battery Life:

If you do go with a battery powered option, pay attention to how long it is supposed to last. Forty five minutes is probably the maximum you will find, but anything around thirty minutes should be sufficient. Conversely, shoppers will want to stay away from anything with less than twenty minutes worth of power.

Price:

You will have also noticed a range of prices. Generally speaking, you can get a premium option for around $100, and very reliable picks in the $50 range. Most typical shoppers will find their budgets in that range.

Conclusion

Well there, you have it. You have read your reviews of lightweight weed eaters and now you have a decision on your hands. Which to get?

Well, as you might recall we have a couple of recommendations. For those looking for the best of the best, you will find it in the Black and Decker LST300—our top choice on the list.

Those buying with a budget in mind are going to love the Black and Decker GH900—our best for the money selection.

Of course, whatever you choose, we just hope that our guide was helpful to you!

Also, for some reason, a lot of people come to this place looking for weed killer products such as Roundup. As of right now, we don’t offer such article. However, you could read this article on the topic from Wonderful-Wellies in the meantime.

Till next time everyone!

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About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!