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Aquatic Vegetation Groomer Gas Powered Lake & Pond Weed & Cattail Cutter


Product Description

The Aquatic Vegetation Groomer (AVG) is a gas motor powered underwater weed cutting machine that works similar to the weed wackers you use for trimming weeds in your yard.  The AVG can be used underwater because it has a “sealed” gear box which makes it ideal for cutting aquatic plants i up to 4 feet of water depth! The gear box and cutter blades are what makes this tool so unique. Unlike traditional seaweed cutters, the blades on the AVG oscillate instead of spin. This makes the machine easy to control and eliminates splash back from the water. 

We have sold hundreds of these units to individual lake property owners and lake service providers that cut, remove, and manage weeds on peoples beaches and shorelines. The Aquatic Vegetation Groomer is also compatible with our float attachment, so operators can cut and mow down aquatic vegetation, lily pads & cattails in hard to reach places. We offer many other tools designed for cutting lake & pond weeds but the AVG is the best tool for cutting cattails and other larger thick stemmed emergent aquatic vegetation.


  • Reciprocating cutting blades
  • Sealed gear box
  • Use up to 4’ water depth
  • Powerful 24 cc 2-cycle engine
  • 2-year warranty
  • Optional shoulder strap is available
  • Optional float mount available


Unlike traditional weed wackers that spin in a circular fashion, the AVG features two circular reciprocating blades that move back and forth to create the cutting action.  If the blades spin in a circular pattern, it would create a propeller effect that would push the aquatic plants away. Because the reciprocating blades move back forth you are able to cut most any aquatic plant at the lake base bottom.  In our experience, you shouldn’t need replacement blades unless the product has been abused or you dinged it against a large rock, but extra blades are available should need them.


The AVG is powered by a 24 cc 2-cycle engine that uses a standard oil gas mixture.  The powerful engine makes it our recommended product for cutting thick rooted aquatic plants like cattails, bull rush, and lily pads with ease!  Lake Weeder’s Digest has sold the AVG for over 10 years, so we are very familiar with its reliability and durability as it’s backed by the manufacturer's peace of mind 2-year warranty.


Hand Held:

The Hand held AVG is ideal for clearing thick aquatic plants in lakes and ponds up to 4 Feet of water depth. If you need to clear an area larger than 25" x 25" then it is recommended that you add the shoulder strap.  Even though the AVG only weighs 19 lbs., it is better to leverage the weight of the machine on your shoulders instead of your arms.

Float attachment for avg aquatic weed cutting machine

AVG with Float Attachment: The Float Attachment for the Aquatic Vegetation Groomer is a great option to have for many reasons. It helps you cut cattails, Lily pads, reeds and virtually every kind of aquatic weed that are located in those hard to reach areas. This floating frame mount arrives almost completely assembled so there is no down time. It is light weight and made from durable aluminum so it will not rust. The Float Attachment makes it easy to switch back and forth from hand held to float mounted cutting jobs.

  • Comes standard with a 2-piece "pistol grip" handle that is 7 ft long. (Optional handle extensions are available for a total reach of 15 ft)
  • The frame features a depth adjustment chain giving you the ability to cut weeds and cattails up to 4' deep. 

 If you would like to ADD the float option please purchase it separately by clicking HERE


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  • 5
    Look out over grown aquatic vegetation

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Oct 2014

    Could not be a better piece of equipment for the job of cutting cattails and reeds !

  • 5
    Good for cattails

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Aug 2014

    the avg works as advertised. it's a strain on the back if used for an hour or more. Moving cut cattails out of the way slows the removal process.

  • 5
    Works Perfectly

    Posted by Joe on 23rd Jun 2014

    I spent 2 days clearing out a ton of land-based grasses that had grown in an area of shallow water. The AVG works amazingly well. It is solidly built and had enough power that it did not bog down even when I dug into the bog quite a bit. I would highly recommend this product.

  • 5
    Works as described

    Posted by Unknown on 29th May 2014

    This tool works great. It is a bit heavy (I just received the strap after clearing a large section of lake cattails), so I would recommend the strap.

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