black and decker cordless string trimmer
Photo: Jennifer Levy
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Electric Trimmers: Battery-Powered

Cordless trimmers can handle grass and weeds in a small yard, and they're easy to toss in the trunk when it's your turn to tidy Grandma's patio. The rechargeable 12-volt battery means no hassling with extension cords or gas-oil mixtures, and purchasing a spare battery pack will alleviate the disadvantage of the short run time.

Similar to shown: Black & Decker cordless string trimmer; about $150; blackanddecker.com
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