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Sometime over the winter/ early spring someone nicked our Flymo grass trimmer from the garden shed so,whoever it was, I'd like to thank them & hope that your line feed keeps breaking! Although I like a bargain & have no hesitation about using Value/ Basic products from the supermarket, I'm always wary of buying cheap power/ garden tools because of the safety aspect. We've always relied on Qualcast, Flymo or Black & Decker - our mower is Flymo & the hedge cutter B&D - so hubby replaced our stolen edge grass trimmer & chose the GLC2500 which was on sale earlier in the year at Costco for around £40. Having used it now since May I think this was a wise buy as it came with an extra battery (I'd advise buying a 2nd as back up). It's a smart, sturdy cordless trimmer which I can carry around the garden with no problem despite having a bad back. It has a good handle too which means you can hold it securely & safely & a straightforward on/off switch for numbskulls like me who don't know their a*** from their elbow. The beauty of it for me is the fact it's cordless so no need to worry about the family pets being caught up in a trailing wire, no need for an extension & no time wasted on undoing/ rewinding wretched leads. It is 18 volts & I've found now that the power from the battery lasts abour 30 - 40 minutes after full charging. Unfortunately it doesn't have an indicator light to tell you how much power you have left, but having got to know this tool I can happily strim & trim around our lawn edges without rushing to get it finished. Our garden isn't huge but a neighbour said he reckoned it would do about 100 yards on 1 charge. Although I don't usually read instruction manuals very carefully I think it's worth reading the one that's supplied before using - egyou need to run to 'battery exhaustion' the 1st time it is used & it tells me that 100% charges isn't achieved until 5 cycles of use to 'full discharge' have been undertaken. I'd have been back to Costco trying to return this as faulty had I not read it! We had a problem with the Flymo as the cutting line kept breaking which drove me crazy but this B&D is self-feeding & as long as you make sure the line is initially fed just inside the edge of the guard then this shouldn't be a problem. Obviously if you keep away from pebbles, stones & really tough bindweed etc you may have problems with breaking lines but used on light weeds to nettles I've had no problem. It tackles them well. It works well as a strimmer & a lawn edger which results in a neat, tidy & presentable lawn so I'd recommend this if your garden isn't too big & you're not looking for a completely professional/ immaculate finish - more a kind of 'cared-for' look. Without the risk of sounding sexist I'd also like to add that it's a good tool to be used by women as well as men. I've found some strimmers/ trimmers to be far too heavy & awkward to hold whilst manoevering but this is fine. It's also easy to put together - 2 screws & a charged battery & it's ready to go. I also like the way it isn't the noisiest kid on the block (hint to neighbours!) & it doesn't shudder & shake when in use. There may be better models on the market & I'm sure the petrol ones do a far better job but I like my cordless B&D & would recommend it. Note to burglar: thanks mate you did us a favour by stealing our Flymo - have fun with that line-breaking tool & hope it lifts up your turf!!
There are quite of lot of grass trimmers by Black & Decker and I've used a couple over the years I must say. The one we have at the moment is the 9 inch Cordless Trimmer Edger though there are loads available. It weighs about 7lb which makes this a really easy gadget to use about the garden. I use this to keep the edges of our lawn in check and also to keep the grass from growing over the pathway. I don't like to run a mower over paving because of an incident some ten years ago involving my head and a chunk of paving. So instead, I use the lawn mower to the edge of the lawn then get the trimmer out to actually cut the edges. Being cordless means you don't have to worry about splicing through the power cord with this gadget and you don't have to fiddle around with cable as you go either. It runs off a regular 12 volt battery which you can recharge. I've had no problems with the battery lasting and it's still charging up to do the whole lawn (edges) after two years. When you've finished using it, just put it on charge for the night and it'll be ready to go again the next day. It cost me £40 new and you can still buy the model I have in some stores. More recently they've bought out an 18 volt version of this though and it costs £50 from Argos. It looks as though it's the exact same model I've got but upgraded slightly to go faster. I've always been happy with Black and Decker's grass trimmers so I'm happy to recommend them to others. They're a bit more pricey than other brands but at least you know you're getting something decent when you buy from this brand.
This device is considered a must. I have seen people use it in lieu of a mower on slopes. They manicure the edges of any lawn, get rid of grass encroaching on boundaries and perform other garden miracles with it. So what is it about me and the other half that has made this the most useless garden tool we ever bought? Instead of trimming that edge I have dug up great clods of turf. Instead of getting rid of that growth near the wall I have had the cord snap countless of times. I do admit to having two left hands, but the other half is very dexterous (when he wants to be), yet his rate of success was hardly better than mine. He decided the electric models don't have the strength necessary for the job, and compounded the mistake by trading it in for a motorized version with a cord as thick as a shoelace. His efforts did not improve and I could not even hold it. We gave it to a proffessional gardener in payment for a radical on the garden. You should have seen with what artistry he used it. My advice is, before you buy, borrow one to see if you can handle it. It'll save you money and face.
Black and decker grass trimmer When I purchased this item it was considered to be a lazy mans tool by my wife. After using it for a few months it has become an essential garden tool. Quite frankly my fairly average lawns are now looking neat and have that finished look and takes a very short time to do. The item I purchased was the type run by electricity ,and I now wish I had paid the extra for a petrol machine. The great drawback with the electric one is the need to have it plugged in somewhere with a long length of lead to keep watching. At times it is more trouble handling the lead than doing the job. Another problem is to ensure the unit is kept clean at all times because the cutting line spins a a great rate of knots and any obstruction tends to break it and some times this means a break in proceedings and you need to re string it . Even taking this into account I was very pleased with my purchase.
An absolute god-send perfect for our big garden which is hedged all round is this 22" GT500 Black & Decker Hedge-trimmer. After purchasing a petrol trimmer which kept cutting out we decided to buy this large electric trimmer with a complimentary safety switch. It really does a first class cut on the hedges, both on our privet and holly, and quite happily cuts thought fairly thick branches. The trimmer is comfortable to hold, with good-sized, comfrotable handle and the dual-action blades cut down on vibration when in use and safety-wise there is a front guard and also a safety lock-off switch to prevent accidental start. The motor size is 500watt and made mincemeat of our 14ft high hedges very quickly and very neatly giving the hedges a neat, impressive and very straight cut with no straggley edges, and managing to cut thorugh the thicker parts with ease. I am extremely satisfied with this as it certainly fits the bill for our gardening needs and would recommend it - definitely good value for money.