Product Type: Black & Decker Trimmer
Newest Review: ... absolutely minimal and it's so light! I can remember tackling my mums garden years ago with a similar looking model and after half an hou... more
Great for keeping lawns and edges tidy although the cable needs to be longer....
Black & Decker GL5028
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Black & Decker GL5028
Advantages: Light and powerful for it's size
Disadvantages: A bit loud and you will most likely need an extension cable (so can only give it 4 out of 5)
On first appearances this seems strange little beast as you'd expect a Black and Decker to be green not orange.... But colour confusion aside this thing is the business for keeping edges neat and tackling bits the mower will not go near.
It's got a 500w electric motor but it comes with a relatively short power cable (6 metres) so if you don't have one already you'll need an extension cable as this will likely fall short in any longer gardens or with anyone without an outside power socket who has to put the cable through a window!
Assembly of this little machine was absolutely minimal and it's so light! I can remember tackling my mums garden years ago with a similar looking model and after half an hour my back was broken.. No chance of that here thankfully as this is very light indeed and has a telescopic shaft making it easy to adjust to your height so no bending over...
Performance wise this Strimmer does not disappoint at all. It's got good cutting power and width for a small machine and the metal "guide" that sticks out the front makes it easy to cut round washing poles, fences and to edge the lawn without burning through piles of string through hitting solid objects. The guard is also very effective as there is minimal "kick back" of debris from cutting through weeds etc although safety gear is a must with all power tools, and if you use a left to right motion you further reduce the risk of kicking stones etc. back at yourself from the rotating cutting string.
Feeding string is also very easy. Simply release the power button, press the head of the Strimmer into the grass, release and press the power button again... This Strimmer has one of the most reliable auto-feeds I've ever used and coming from a family of bad gardeners I've burned through many a Strimmer over the years!! When the string is done the cartridge is very easy to replace and very cheap to source online - another plus for this machine as so many "cheap" Strimmers sting you after the fact when you need to pay a fortune to replace the cutting string.
On the downside it's very noisy, more so that other machines I've used, but to be fair the cutting power of this machine is astonishing for its size so that can easily be forgiven and ear defenders are best worn anyway. And back to the cable length... Way to short for this short of product, if you don't have an outside power socket your guaranteed to need to buy an extension cable.
In short a good little Strimmer but the short cable lets it down a little.
Summary: One of the best electric Strimmers i've used
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