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Battery powered Grass Hog

grass hog weed eater

I found this used battery powered weed eater today for 40 bucks at a yard sale.

The guy included an extra battery, which just happens to be the same size as my old Black and Decker drill, which I still have 2 good batteries for.

Stay tuned for a full review on how well this so called "Grass Hog" lives up to its name.

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It's been a while since I've used one of these (no garden anymore :-) ).

They are quite handy for trimming edges and other places your mower won't reach. But the plastic wire that does the cutting has the tendency to break when it hits something really solid. The wire comes out of a spool from which you van easily spool out a new piece if it breaks off. Some models even spool it out automatically.

But I think I'd have used a steel wire. That might scratch things, though.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sun Jun 27 04:33:03 2010
The breaking wires is my one complaint with weed eaters too. On the other hand, with all of our stumps and uneven ground, it probably will make certain edges much easier!
Comment by anna Sun Jun 27 08:16:13 2010

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