Weed Eaters and Lawn Mowers

Keeping up a lawn can be a time-consuming task. Fortunately, there are a variety of motorized devices designed to make the job easier, depending on the application. The weed eater, also known as the string trimmer, is a smaller and cheaper alternative to the lawn mower, and is mostly used to complement the work that the lawn mower does on the larger areas of a lawn.


Weed Eater Reach

Lawn mowers are used mainly to trim the grass in large areas of lawn before you can then trim outlying areas with a weed eater. Weed eaters are also useful for trimming areas in the lawn that are unreachable by the mower, such as ridges or divets. Weed eaters often have long reaches that can help you access remote locations of the yard.


Property Damage

Lawn mowers and weed eaters can unintentionally cause damage to a property if care isn’t taken. Due to their bulkiness, lawn mowers can bump into physical structures and cause damage to both the machine and the structure. Weed eaters cut so well that you can sometimes unintentionally cut through various plants or unseen cords.


Weed eaters work great for cutting down small amounts of grass. However, cutting an entire large lawn with a weed eater would require a large amount of stamina as you carry the weed eater with you. Some lawn mowers allow property owners to ride on the lawn mower. This lowers the physical exertion needed to keep up the lawn. When using the weed eater, property owners do not have this option. Some lawn mowers are push mowers, but they rest on wheels and often have a motor that pushes the mower a little bit so that the owner does not have to use as much physical exertion to move the lawn mower forward.



Both lawn mowers and string trimmers can be very loud. However, property owners can purchase string trimmers that have reduced vibration. These string trimmers cost a lot more though. Still, string trimmers usually cost less money than lawn mowers.

Fuel Efficiency

String trimmers are smaller than lawn mowers and tend to use less fuel to operate. This not only saves money on expenses, but also reduces the number of emissions that pollute the air.


Grass Clippings

Lawn mowers sometimes suck grass clippings into a bag so that the owner can more easily dispose of the grass clippings. Weed eaters do not have this feature, so property owners need to manually clean up the grass clippings and bag them instead of letting the lawn mower do that. Some lawn mowers come with features that can cut the grass up so that the gardener can use the grass clippings as compost. Weed eaters do not cut the grass clippings up enough to make effective compost.