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Similarities and Differences between Gas Powered and Electrical Weed Eaters

Trimming your lawn should be among your objectives for keeping the exterior part of your home clean. You’ll need an efficient weed eater to get this job done in the right way. You can choose between gas-powered one and an electrical one depending on your yard clean-up goals. Here’s everything you need to know about how the two machines are similar or different from each other.

What is a Weed Eater?

Also known as a string trimmer, a weed eater is a flexible yard tool for cutting grasses and weed. Most weed eaters come with a longer shaft and a cutting head. You can find models designed with a shoulder strap, which makes them a bit heavier to use.


All weed eaters (gas or electric) come with a shaft that joins the handle to the cutting head. Electric ones rely on either AC or DC power while gas-powered ones rely on fuel to operate. Electric trimmers feature an engine located at the bottom while gas trimmers have an engine located at the top. Most gas-powered weed eaters feature four-stroke engines, which rely on gasoline as fuel while the ones with two-stroke engines rely on a mixture of gasoline and oil.

To start an electric weed eater, you need to connect it to a relevant power source. The machine comes with a motor located in the cutting head for controlling how it operates. On the other hand, you’ll need to pull a ripcord start the engine of a gas-powered weed eater. It may take you several pulls before the engine of the trimmer is ready to engage.


A gas trimmer has an engine with a crankshaft connected to the accelerator or clutch. Both the accelerator and drive shaft come while paired up to extend the length of the machine. When you depress the accelerator, the rotating wheel will begin to spin. This means that the trimmer is ready to take on your toughest yard-cleanup, edging or weeding chores.

An electric trimmer has a female part of an extension cord connected to the make electrical connection lying at the top of the tool. You need to insert the male end of the extension cord to a wall power outlet and switch the trimmer on for it to run. You may need an extension cord of up to 200 feet in length when using an electric trimmer. Gas-powered weed eaters can handle both residential and industrial-sized jobs unlike electric ones that can handle basic household yard chores.

Electric trimmers that feature an extension cord run on Ac (alternating current) power while the cordless ones run on DC (direct power). You’ll need a wall power outlet to operate the trimmers that run on AC. Consequently, the DC powered ones come with a lithium-ion battery with varying amounts of voltage. You’ll still need to flip a switch for a cordless trimmer to run after attaching a battery onto it.

Summing Up

If you’re looking for a trimmer that can help you cut weed in both industrial and residential settings, get a gas-powered one. An electric trimmer can come handy when trimming weed in your residential property. Note that gas-powered ones are a bit expensive than the electric ones.