You gas weed eater is almost indispensable especially for tough jobs and hard to reach places in and around your garden. Most gas-powered trimmers are available as straight or curved shaft models.

To determine which one is the best weed eater for you, you’ll first need to consider exactly what you want out of your weed eater and how much you can afford to spend.

Curved Shaft Features

The Pros

Curved shaft weed eaters are great for arched drivelines that cause less torque. The curved shaft is shorter and easier to use; you also get better balance and control.

  1. The curved trimmer reaches weeds closer to borders and other areas that are hard to reach. It is more lightweight and easy to transport and store.
  1. If you have a reasonably small garden or lawn, the curved trimmer is ideal for small to medium size landscapes. The shorter reach allows you to cut with a pendulum-like
  1. It has an attractive design and fits well with petite body frames for added comfort, and ease of use. It is fast and accurate.
  1. The curved trimmer cuts around driveways, trees, fences, paths and garden beds. It’s very easy to trim as you move around. In addition, the curved weed eater is durable and great for smaller landscape projects, and it’s reasonably priced.

The Cons

  1. When using the curved trimmer, it’s sometimes difficult to maintain a level head.
  1. The curve sometimes makes it hard to reach under decking and bushes.
  1. You’ll need to use a nylon trimmer line, and it’s often difficult to switch to a sturdier nylon blade head

The trimmers that allow you to swap are usually less powerful, since they tend to lose torque through the curve.

Straight Shaft Features

Straight shaft weed eaters are usually more powerful and versatile than curved trimmers because the shaft is longer. The length of the shaft gives wider reach and can help ease the strain associated with operating heavy-duty equipment.

The Pros

  1. They tend to lend more flexibility when tackling varying yard jobs. Although they have similar 2 or 4 cycle engines and handles, they are generally stronger than curved shaft trimmers.
  1. The level drive line of straight trimers helps maintain consistent power and gives you more control over the torque. The nylon string is compatible with alternative
  1. When using the straight shaft trimmer, you can get precise cuts along rockscapes, edges, borders and other hard to reach garden areas.
  1. The machine is of sturdy, heavy duty quality with more than one head option. Straight shaft models usually have interchangeable heads to accommodate a wider variety of landscape jobs while still maintaining power.

For more precise trimming, turn the weed eater sideways as you cut. It is great for clearing weeds under decks, and low-lying bushes and shrubs.

They give consistent, well-maintained landscapes. The machine’s components keep in very good working order with consistent service and maintenance.

The Cons

  1. They are a bit more expensive but highly durable.
  1. They tend to vibrate more than the curved shaft models.
  1. They are heavier to store and transport.
  1. They tend to stir up debris as you trim.