Which Saves the Most Money: Gas or Electric Garden Tools?

Which type of tool is the best bargain long-term? The immediate answer might seem to be electric, but there are several points to consider first.

For example, let’s look at weed eaters, also known as string trimmers. Gas-powered trimmers are convenient because you can move freely without concern for the limits of a power cord. But they are heavier and noisier. They also require fuel and oil plus maintenance like oil and filter changes. Those costs add up over time.


On the other hand, electric weed whackers, whether corded or battery-powered, are much quieter than gas models. They don’t produce noxious fumes or require expensive maintenance. They also tend to weigh less. Also, the cost of electricity is a lot lower than the price of gas.

Battery-operated string trimmers allow you to roam as freely as you can with a gas weed eater. But there is a hidden cost for that freedom. Eventually, you’ll have to replace the battery even though that shouldn’t be necessary for three to five years.

After pondering these facts, you might decide that a corded electric trimmer is the least expensive option. And you’d be correct if it weren’t for one more detail.

That last detail will make or break your budget. It’s your motivation to do the work with the tool you choose. If you purchase a weed eater or a lawn mower so that you can do your own yard work, then you need one that you enjoy using.

When you shop for garden tools, get the one that you will actually use. Even if that means you spend a little more up front or down the road. In the end the right tool will save you money because you will do the work and stay on top of it.