Gas vs. electric and cordless vs. corded trimmer

If you're online shopping for a gas trimmer to make yard work easier this year, you'll have to decide between corded and cordless trimmers, and gas vs. electric ones. They all have pros and cons. Think about the size of your lawn and how much trimming you have to do. Is it mostly small grass or are there patches of thick, tall grass or weeds? Also think about whether you'll need attachments to make the trimmer a multi-tasking machine. Keep those thoughts in mind as you review the pros and cons of each.

The No. 1 pro for a gas trimmer is that you can fill it up and go. There's no buying or charging batteries. There's no cord to work around. You can cover one end of your yard to the other, even if you have several acres. Depending on the diameter and shape of the line, you can tackle trimming grass or large patches of tall grass and weeds. It can handle a large workload. You can purchase several attachments for the machine if it's gas: hedge trimmer, edger, blower (which is akin to a leaf blower) and more. One con is that a gas trimmer weighs more, so carrying it around could be cumbersome. Two other cons include that you have to buy gas and the emissions make it a little less environmentally friendly than other options.

Electric, corded trimmers

Electric and corded trimmers are one in the same. The great thing about them is you just plug them into an extension cord approved for outdoor use and start trimming. They are inexpensive and lightweight. If you just have a little trim work to do, it's a great option. For example, if you live in an apartment where the landlord takes care of the mowing, but you have a small vegetable or flower garden, you can use an electric trimmer and cut down weeds and grass in a flash. The drawback, of course, is that cords have limits, so they don't work well for people with large yards or those with limited access to electrical outlets. In addition, you have to be careful not to cut the cord with the trimmer.

Cordless trimmer

A cordless trimmer gives you the freedom to go wherever you need to with the trimmer, just as a gas trimmer does, but it's not as heavy as a gas-powered machine. It's heavier than an electric trimmer, but you don't have to worry about accidentally cutting an electrical cord. However, you do have to recharge batteries. Fortunately, you can find trimmers with quick-charging batteries on this site. And you can always purchase a spare so that you can use one while the other is charging.

All grass trimmers are good options. It just comes down to what you prefer and the size of the job you need to do based on your lawn and terrain. Let Sears help you find the perfect trimmer for your needs.

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