Yardworks Cordless Grass Trimmer/Edger
Yards need weeding, trimming and edging even if you replace the grass with another ground cover. My husband bought a Yardworks cordless grass trimmer/edger just before we sold our previous house so I had the opportunity to test it on a larger rural lot. The beauty of this edger is it is battery powered. Using battery powered yard maintenance equipment makes a lot of sense when moving towards living off the grid. These devices can be charged using solar power and and inverter. Even if we never get entirely off the grid which is less of a possibility now that we are living in town, we can still set up solar panels to recharge our lawn maintenance equipment as well as my husband's battery powered tools. The removable battery sits just below the handle for easy removal to the charger.
This trimmer can easily be turned into an edger by adjusting the handle knob. I have to say that I am quite impressed with the performance! There are no extension cords to worry about damaging and no gasoline fumes to have to deal with. Unlike the gas powered trimmer, the battery powered one starts up with only a press of the button. There is no fussing with the spool of cutter line either as all you do is pop it into place then it is automatic from there. The battery lasts about 20 minutes which was more than sufficient to trim our larger rural property.
I've used it twice in our new urban location without a problem. As you can see we have a bricked drive so I even used it on edging mode to rid the cracks of weeds. The first time, the trimmer was used here it lasted over the twenty minutes and that's with a bit more trimming than normal given I was cleaning up the driveway. The nice thing about this battery powered trimmer/edger is I know it reduces our carbon footprint. It is an environmentally conscious product that doesn't contribute to air pollution and it is quieter than electric and gas powered trimmers so reduces noise pollution. That's always a good thing!