A 'Lawn' Legacy: Weed Eater inventor remembered

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:47pm

The Weed Eater is every workin' man's dream.

The Houston Chronicle reports George C. Ballas Sr., a Houston businessman, inventor of the Weed Eater, and even dance instructor -- has died at age 85.

Ballas came up with the idea while sitting in a car wash.

He wondered if the bristles getting into the nooks and crannies of his car could do the same thing in the hard-to-reach spots of his lawn.

Before the invention of the Weed Eater, "edgers" were the only game in town.

Local landscaper James Wilhite remembers what that was like.

"They were pretty noisy and pretty dangerous contraptions. They threw dirt everywhere and you pretty well had to put on a hazmat suit just to run one," Wilhite said.

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