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Automatic versus Manual Weed Trimmers

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

For the average homeowner, the weed trimmer is one of the most vital parts of a landscaping arsenal. But the type of weed trimmer you choose will dictate your pruning strategy. Carefully consider the following comparison before choosing.

The debate between automatic versus manual exists with just about every lawn maintenance tool. While the contemporary green thumbs extol the abilities of automatic machinery, traditionalists prefer the action of a manual tool any day of the week. With respect to weed trimmers, the choice between powered and non-powered units affects a great deal more than the finished product.
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Manual Weed Trimmers

  • Eco-friendly Operation. Perhaps the most attractive feature of the manual weed trimmer is the fact that it operates without noise or smoke.
  • More Elbow Grease. If you’re looking for a good workout, a manual weed trimmer will require much more effort than its automatic counterpart.

Automatic Weed Trimmers

  • Cordless. The most current automatic weed trimmers are powered by either gas or rechargeable battery, eliminating the need for a cumbersome cord.
  • High Powered. Due to the oscillating action of the automatic weed trimmer, you'll be able to rid your lawn of many more weeds in much less time.
  • Costly. If your automatic weed trimmer requires gasoline to run, you might get discouraged at having to fill it up every time you want to prune.

The decision to use an automatic or manual weed trimmer comes down to personal preference and comfort level. Give both a try and see which one fits you best. 

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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