Product Type: Black & Decker Trimmer
Newest Review: ... no problem despite having a bad back. It has a good handle too which means you can hold it securely & safely & a straightforward... more
thanks Mr/Mrs burglar!
Black & Decker Grass Trimmer
Member Name: freud
Black & Decker Grass Trimmer
Advantages: cordless, not too heavy, does a good job
Disadvantages: none for me
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!!
Summary: recommended for small/medium lawns
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