Is your weed trimmer to heavy or jittery? Check out this teen or girl-friendly review of the lightweight FeatherLite WeedEater trimmer that’s so easy to use!
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I have a weed trimmer that I think you’ll love, that makes using it a snap… especially if you’re a woman!
Why I love this FeatherLite WeedEater weed trimmer!
- it’s lighter in weight than most
- the shake is less than a heavy duty weed trimmer
- it’s shorter so it’s easier to trim with
- it’s gas run, suitable for medium-larger scale trimming
This Weedeater Featherlite weed trimmer from Canadian Tire is a quality item I am so, SO thrilled I found after having been told they were discontinued. So if you can still find this model, don’t hesitate. Get it!
Here’s the deal…
I do all my own yard work, 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 string trimmer I can handle myself for all the grass trimming and landscape edging.
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 gas trimmers as of today.
The important advantage to this timmer is that it’s perfect for those who desire a lightweight option, yet still has the power to do the job right for a mid-sized, well kept up yard.
I had been using a FeatherLite WeedEater like this for a very long time. Previously, we owned a very big and heavy bulkier one that I couldn’t manage myself. Since I wanted to do edging, I wanted one of my own! So when I found this model, I was in LOVE. It was much lighter to hold with less shake, and with all the power of a gas trimmer, so I was sold!
But like with everything, there’s a time expiry, so I decided to replace it.
Update: If you don’t find this particular model on Amazon, find all their weed eaters HERE
When I went hunting for another, the story was they were discontinued. I wasn’t a happy camper so I bought something else. But it was hard to start and too jittery to hold. Not a good experience!
It was then returned and I bought yeter another model late in the season. Used it once (was a pretty rocky first) and put it away. Next time I needed it I couldn’t even start it and it was too late to return. What a waste of money.
So all last year I’d been trimming weeds with hand clippers or just hand-pulling, refusing to spend one more dime on yet another weed trimmer that wouldn’t work for me.
Then this model returned!
Then while randomly shopping one day, I came across a FeatherLite WeedEater weed trimmer in Canadian Tire yet again all by itself on a store shelf. No way!! I couldn’t put it in my shopping cart fast enough! And had there been two, I would have purchased another for an early replacement!
I went home, put it together in minutes (it was a VERY easy installation, just follow the manual), added the oil/ fresh gas mix, primed it (by pushing the primer bulb), and it started in a few short pulls. The lawn was edged in about 10 minutes.
This FeatherLite WeedEater weed trimmer was MADE for women or even beginner lawn mowers or teens. It is lightweight, smaller scale, makes very clean path cuts, ease of use is perfect for a woman or teen or youth mower, and is perfect for a regular sized lawn that is generally well maintained.
Here’s a little more about it and why I love it…
Update: I have since changed out to a battery run model if you don’t need the power of a gas trimmer! Read about it HERE
Oil and gas mix
This trimmer requires a mixture of oil and gas mix. A small amount of oil comes with the unit to start with so you can just get to work.
Although the weed trimmer also comes with a small amount of weed trimmer line, I recommend buying another pack before you leave the store.
How I mix and store the gas and oil
I have a special 1 gallon gas tank that is filled with straight gasoline and oil mixed. Then simply follow the instructions for the recommended oil ratio:
- pour the correct ratio of fresh fuel and oil into a 1 gallon gas tank
- shake the tank
- pour the mixed gas and oil into the weed trimmer fuel tank until full
- top up every time you use the weed trimmer
Since gas can go bad in time, I suggest to drain the weed trimmer tank before it’s put away for the summer by using all the gas up in the tank. Then mix a fresh batch of gas and oil next spring. Your yard equipment will start easier (with first pull if you maintain it well) and will stay working longer.
The only thing that makes using the FeatherLite WeedEater a little tricky is the angle of the bent shaft, or ergonomic design. If you are trimming something that needs to dip down in front of you, you will need to exaggerate your hold further forward due to the bend.
Creating a DIY shoulder strap helps
I’ve also rigged up a shoulder strap out of rope to take the weight off my arms. But on every other account, this thing is WORTH it.
The trimmer head
It has a single trimmer head so it’s easy to install and use. There’s no need to bump feed or tap the head on the ground as it’s automatic.
Lighter weight and light duty
While the unit is very lightweight to use vs. most others on the market, know it’s also a lighter duty weed trimmer.
If you commonly have areas that are well maintained, this quality trimmer is the right choice for lawn enthusiasts.
This light duty trimmer won’t last you forever. It’s around $100 bucks but even if it only lasts for one season, I’d buy it.
- women or teens to use
- smaller – medium sized well maintained yard
NOT suitable for:
- very long, unkempt grass
- very large yards
- professional use by a very experienced cutter
I honestly don’t remember anything about a fuel filter, spark plug or making other adjustments. So if you do get one, look into those missing things. Perhaps that’s why mine didn’t run as long as it could have.
Anything gas run does obviously require more upkeep than something battery powered, so it pays to look into it.
Pros vs. Cons
- super lightweight
- perfect weed trimmer for women or teens
- dimensions are smaller than most
- easy to assemble
- very easy to start
- easy to operate
- economical purchase for a small budget
- not much shake when using
- comes with line and oil mix
- no need to ‘bump’ for more line, it’s automatic
- excellent for a small to medium-sized yard
- gas run so no need for a power cord
- 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″
- not enough power for unkempt trimming
- noise level is medium
Protective equipment needed:
- You will definitely need eye protection
- should wear hearing protection
- wear long pants when operating
I don’t generally 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 offers better handling, is an inexpensive device, and is an excellent choice that will meet the needs of the average customer. And it runs like magic.
No excuses gals, you can have your OWN FeatherLite WeedEater lawn trimmer. If there had been two on that shelf, there’s a small chance I would have purchased them BOTH!
This weed trimmer is a good shopping choice if you want the convenience of a gas powered trimmer that is easy to use.
That is, if you can still find one. Scour the internet for a dealer near you.
What are your favourite tools for weeding and edging?
Other tools I recommend
Battery powered weed trimmer
Because my current lawn is well kept and only small – medium in size, I’ve found a battery run weed trimmer has been more than adequate and there’s no motor to upkeep.
This is a light duty trimmer that does work well when the battery is fully charged. However I do recommend having more than one battery on hand. I can luckily do my small yard on one charge.
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