Cheap grass trimmer, I needed one, got a crappy one, then bought one.

Canada
July 6, 2012 4:38pm CST
I guess sometimes you really get what you pay for. And when you get something for free, it's not always a good thing. I'd picked up a grass trimmer last week, found out it was electric, then bought an extension cord for it. I tried it out that night, after fussing with the string, only to find that it wasn't working properly. It turns out that there was a problem with the power cord, which was fixed, but the trigger sticks and that's not a good thing. So, the fliers came in last night and I got to looking at trimmers. I had decided on getting one at Canadian Tire, but wound up not going there. Instead, I got to looking around at Walmart. I picked up a battery powered trimmer, looked at the shelf price and said to myself, "if it's that price, I'll take it." But it was more expensive, so I passed on it. I picked up a trimmer that had special cutting blades instead of string and thought that would be a better bet. If 2 blades are equal to one spool of string, then it was worth it. The price was $25, well worth it. I got home to find that the other trimmer had been sort of fixed, but still thought that buying a new one was better, the old one could die at any time, so best not to be left in a lurch with nothing to use. Now I'm looking forward to getting the grass trimmed once and for all.
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6 responses
@petersum (4526)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I thought grass trimmers were about six feet tall and called dad!
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• Canada
8 Jul 12
Unfortunately I don't have one of them. I have to do it on my own.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
6 Jul 12
We just tried to buy a used air conditioner for our camper. We paid $100 for it. It wouldn't cool the camper, so had to buy a new one. It was $600. We should have just bought new in the first place, but was trying to save money. It cost us more in the long run.
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• Canada
6 Jul 12
Doesn't it suck when that happens? Sometimes used isn't always better, but sometimes you do get lucky.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I have a Weed Eater trimmer, electric. I can't start the gas-powered ones, even though they are the best. Mine has always worked great, for the power it has. (The gas-powered ones have the most power.) My son is now living here again and he doesn't like my electric trimmer because he wants to be able to cut thicker weeds. So, he went out and bought a gas-powered one and does it all for me so I don't have to worry about it any more.
@Hatley (159302)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Jul 12
hi kris yes sometimes with electric equipment its best to buy the better quality so it works when you want it too.Yes cutting blades in stead of string sounds like it would be more effective.so now you are off to get the grass trimmed and things looking pretty again.
• Canada
8 Jul 12
I used both today to compare them and what a difference. With the string trimmer, I had to keep pulling string out because the weeds were too strong for it. At one point I lost the string completely. I couldn't get the housing open, so I just used the one with the blades. That one is much better, not having to worry about string, but at one point, the weeds were so hard to get through, one of the blades popped right off and into the grass. Despite that, it works well. I did break one of the blades, but I was going through thistles, so it's understandable. But the cheap new trimmer was definitely worth it.
@GardenGerty (90967)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Jul 12
I should go look for a trimmer like that as it has been forever since I have had a decent one. It does not hurt to have a spare though. I can identify with wanting to get a good job done on the yard.
• Canada
8 Jul 12
It's a good thing that I did buy it as for some reason I can't get the housing open on the other one to get at the string. The new one seems to be just as good, although one of the blades has already broken. But at least I don't have to keep pulling the string out like with the other one.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
7 Jul 12
Yes it is always better not to be left with nothing and you need to get your lawn done in a hurry.