Tools for women – get a FeatherLite WeedEater

Tools for women - get a Featherlite WeedEater

First of all, this is not a sponsored post. This weed trimmer is a quality item I am so, SO thrilled I found after having been told they were discontinued. Here’s the deal…

I do all my own yardwork, except for the odd mow my son takes care of. This means one thing… my tools have to work for me. From a good lawnmower that self propels, right down to a weed trimmer I can handle myself until the yard is done.

So many tools are too heavy, bulky, and just require more muscle than I have. How many times do you wish you could do something yourself, knowing what you have is too heavy or hard to operate? Well, I’m going to change the way you think about trimming weeds as of today.

Tools for women - get a FeatherLite WeedEater

I burned out my last FeatherLite WeedEater a couple years ago. It was just time. So when I went hunting for another, the story was they were discontinued. I wasn’t a happy camper so I bought something else.

Well, it was hard to start and was too jittery to hold.  So I returned it and bought another late in the season. Used it once (was a pretty rocky first) and put it away. Next time I needed it I couldn’t start it and it was too late to return. So all last year I’d been trimming with hand clippers, refusing to spend one more dime on yet another weed trimmer that wouldn’t work for me

And then lo and behold, I came upon one of these all by itself on a store shelf. No way!! And it was all mine.

I went home, put it together in minutes (it was VERY easy), added the oil/gas, primed it (pushing the red button), and it started in a few short pulls. The lawn was edged in about 10 minutes. 

This thing was MADE for women I swear, or even beginner lawn mowers. It is lightweight, smaller scale, and is perfect for a regular sized lawn that is generally well maintained.

mixing oil and gas for a FeatherLite WeedEater

This trimmer requires an oil and gas mix. A small amount of oil comes with the unit to start with so you can just get to work. It also comes with a small amount of cutting line. I recommend buying another pack before you leave the store.

mixing oil and gas for a FeatherLite WeedEater

I have a special 1 gallon gas tank that is filled with the fresh gas and oil mix. Shake, and pour in the tank.

Tip: Gas can go bad in time so make sure it’s freshened up every so often. Your equipment will just work longer.

Tools for women - get a FeatherLite WeedEater

The only thing that makes using the FeatherLite WeedEater a little tricky is the bent shaft. If you are trimming something that needs a dip down away from you, you have to exaggerate your hold due to the bend. We’ve also rigged up a shoulder strap out of rope to take the weight off your arms. But on every other account, this thing is WORTH it.

It won’t last you forever. It’s around $100ish (bonus!) but even if it only lasted for one season, I’d buy it.

 

Pros:

super lightweight

easy to put together

easy to start

easy to operate

price efficient

not much shake when using

comes with line and oil mix

no need to ‘bump’ for more line, it’s automatic

 

Cons:

no shoulder strap

bent shaft can be tricky, but most times, doesn’t matter

may be a little short for someone taller than 5’5″

 

Gear up:

You will definitely need eye protection

should wear hearing protection

wear long pants when operating

 

I don’t really attempt to pump particular brands unless there is something I absolutely LOVE. And this is one of them. If you wish to do your own yard work in a regular sized lot, and heavy tools bog you down, this weed trimmer is most definitely for you. I purchased mine at Rona Hardware in Canada, but if you google Featherlite, you should be able to find them most anywhere. 

No excuses gals, you can have your own weed trimmer. If there had been two on that shelf, I would have purchased them BOTH!

What are your favourite tools for weeding and edging?

Disclosure: this is not a sponsored post. I adore this tool and purchased it with my own money. It’s my hope that by sharing this, that it’ll empower other women and beginner mowers to use the right tools of the trade for them.

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  1. Like you, I do almost all my own yard work. I have an 18v black and decker trimmer and love it!
    No gas or oil to mix and always starts and it’s light weight. I have bought additional batteries to use, but it has been cheaper to buy a new tool than individual batteries. Now I have a chain saw (that I’m not scared to use) and a drill.

  2. Nice! I’m going to be on the lookout for one of these. We have a big yard, but the majority the grass gets cut by the zero turn lawn mower, so it’s really just some edging that needs attention. We’re in the marketing for a new weed eater…

    • I agree 100%! This trimmer is perfect for a regularly maintained lawn. It isn’t heavy duty enough to constantly cut ‘new ground’ or crazy overgrown areas never having been trimmed before.

  3. Would love to have one of these. It would be absolutely perfect as I am 5’2″. I used to do all the trimming (love to do it) until hubby bought one too big. It lasted a whole whopping 8 hours of trimming, and of course is too late to return it.

  4. Thanks for the heads-up. One thing that caught my eye was your mention of the height. I’m a shortie, 5’2″, so it may definitely be what I’m looking for. I’ll be putting this in my “house book” I keep in my purse.

  5. This Featherlite looks similar to my weedeater. I, too, was looking for something easy and lightweight. I ended up buying a Worx GT weed eater after seeing an infomercial. It’s one of the few infomercial gadgets that really lives up to its name. Lightweight, easy to use, has a strap and I’ve had it 2 years already–still works great (fingers crossed!). :)

    • Hey Marilyn! I don’t really have a name brand to offer, however features can make or break your choice. Make sure it’s self propelled. One that mulches is very nice too so you don’t have to catch/carry the clippings. (we never bag it with the mulcher). And if you can land one that changes wheel heights on all four wheels with one lever, oh my goodness… yes! I was never happy with my $200 one and after moving up to a $400, I am in LOVE.

  6. I have an itty bitty yard: 18′ x 18′, so I just mow the whole thing every week with a weed trimmer!
    Only problem is, the one I have is a real back-breaker! Thanks so much Donna for pointing me in the right direction.
    :D

  7. My weed eater died last night. After making several failed attempts to buy another that I can actually use (I’m short)I remembered seeing this post. Today I looked for this posting again, to get the name of a weed eater! Thanks!!! Hopefully I can find on in my area. Thanks!