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New Tools for the Green Season

Outdoor power equipment July 15, 2009 Matt Weber


It’s that time again … Time to nurse the yard and garden back to a healthy shade of green, eliminate pesky weeds and revive your home’s outdoor curb appeal. Some homeowners find gardening and lawn care to be a rewarding hobby, and others consider it a necessary evil. Either way, we can all agree that working smarter, rather than harder, is the right approach to take any time of the year. To that end we have rounded up a few cutting-edge lawn and garden tools that should help make this year’s green season as efficient and enjoyable as possible. 


Check out innovative tool technologies, from riding mowers with power steering to propane-powered string trimmers. 

Craftsman Propane String Trimmer

For the “green” minded gardener, the new propane-powered string trimmers from Craftsman run quietly and powerfully, with Twist ‘n Go fueling for an average run time of two hours on a standard 16.4-ounce propane canister. Just pop in the canister, spin it in place and you’re ready to weed. Utilizing environmentally friendly engine technology from LEHR, Inc., there’s no need to mix fuel or store smelly gasoline. Although battery-powered string trimmers offer freedom from a cord without a gas model’s fumes and tune-ups, most battery models lack the power and runtime for anything more than light-duty trimming. Craftsman’s new propane trimmers offer the best of both world’s—plenty of weed-whacking muscle in a low-maintenance, cordless, environmentally friendly package.


Available in a curved-shaft and straight-shaft style, the EHT staff tested the straight-shaft and found that the 25cc, 4-cycle engine has all the power and bite of a gas model. And, because propane burns 50 times cleaner than gasoline, it won’t gum up carburetors for extended engine life. The new propane model is also easy to start because it requires no choking or priming.


Additionally, the new propane trimmers feature the exclusive Craftsman hassle-free fixed line head for quick and easy line changes, which eliminates hassling with string spools that fail to feed or come “unspooled.” Plus, each propane trimmer is equipped with a convertible shaft that can be fitted with several attachments, including a lawn edger, brush cutter, mini chainsaw, blower and more. Find more Craftsman tools at


Lawn Stryper

Ever wonder how they create those patterns in the grass at major league ballparks and golf courses? The Lawn Stryper Lawn Striping System creates the same type of patterns for the homeowner. The Lawn Stryper is designed to easily attach to residential walk-behind, self-propelled and push-type lawnmowers so lawn enthusiasts can pattern their lawn like the professionals. The Lawn Stryper attachment properly bends grass after it has been cut. This “bend” results in light reflecting differently off the blades of grass, which produces the patterning effect. Use it to create straight patterns, wave patterns, circle patterns even checkerboard patterns. In fact, each Lawn Stryper comes with a full-color patterning guide, which offers grass tips, patterns and more.

Available in three different colors to match the colors of most lawnmowers, the Lawn Stryper is easy to attach, easy to use, easy to maintain, and it works with existing bagging systems. Made, assembled and packaged in the USA, the Lawn Stryper Lawn Striping System is a great way to achieve that perfect, patterned lawn. For more detailed information on lawn patterning techniques, or for more information on the product, you can download the Lawn Stryper’s user manual as a PDF at, where you’ll find a “How-to Guide on Patterning.”