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Weed Eater

weedeater

A trip through a car wash inspired this famous lawn care product. Learn  how spinning brushes put a new spin on edging your lawn.

What they do:
Make weed eaters and other landscaping equipment

Inspiration:
George Ballas was a man who loved his 2 acres of land. But about 100 trees made it difficult for him to get his much desired, perfect manicured lawn. One day while driving through an automatic car wash, he watched the stringy, soapy brushes clean his car with no harm to the paint. It made him wonder if something similar could be used to trim safely around his trees and house.

About the business:
Ballas rigged up a popcorn can punched full of holes, threaded fishing line through the holes and attached the whole thing to an old lawn edger. The weed wacker was born. Branded the WEED EATER, homeowners and professional landscapers loved it. Sales grew like a weed, and in 1977, Ballas sold the company to Emerson Electric for $26 million.

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