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BLACK+DECKER LST136W 40V MAX Lithium String Trimmer
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- The PowerDrive Transmission delivers more power from the motor to the cutting string so you can get the job done faster
- 40V MAX* lithium battery for long runtime
- PowerCommand dial to choose between MAX power and MAX runtime
- The Automatic Feed Spool ensures continuous work without bumping
- Easily converts from trimmer to edger with a quick turn of the shaft
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Packed with POWERDRIVE Transmission and a 40V MAX* lithium ion battery, this power string trimmer has the muscle to tackle tough weeds and overgrowth. An Automatic Feed Spool AFS ensures continuous work without bumping.
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-Dewalt is a beast of a trimmer. It is able to power through thick blackberry vines and densely-packed, tall, reedy grasses.
-B&D doesn't have the power to easily mow down heavy thick brush but works very well for lawn grasses and moderate weeds.
-Dewalt is difficult to control due to its length and enormous battery pack. You really need a lot of arm and core body strength to be able to use this tool in a controlled manner.
-B&D is lightweight, well-balanced and easy to use for anybody.
-Dewalt is so big and tough to control that you won't have much accuracy with your trimming. It's made to destroy everything in sight.
-B&D allows you to make much more precise cuts which is good if you are working around small trees, vegetable bushes, or flowers.
-Dewalt 6 amp battery is HUGE and heavy but totally worth it if you need the extra runtime (>1hr) at high power.
-B&D battery is about a third the size of the Dewalt and only lasts about 10-15 minutes on high power level. On low to medium level, the B&D will last about an hour with intermittent use. Low-medium is strong enough for standard trimming tasks like lawn grasses and small weeds.
-Dewalt violently sprays particles everywhere because of its power and its tiny guard. Expect to get your legs blasted with vegetable matter. I routinely get stuff sprayed into my face. You will want to wear tough, long pants and safety glasses at a minimum.
-The B&D sprays stuff too but you don't need to get armored up to use it.
-B&D has a big edge here because pre-wound spools are available. This means easy replacement and no concerns about knotted or crossed lines.
-Dewalt string can be a pain to deal with. I have been trimming with the Dewalt weekly and lately almost every session requires me to deal with a string issue of some kind. You must replace the string yourself which is cumbersome and takes practice. The string is stiff and not that malleable which means is difficult to wind it neatly without crossed lines or knots.
-Get the Dewalt if you live in the country or need to power through thick brush regularly.
-Get the B&D if you just need to do general-purpose trimming tasks on a suburban or city lot.
I was a little dubious at first, but decided to give it a shot. The verdict? I like this one better than my old gas one in every way, and I won't be going back.
40 volts is a lot of juice for an edger. It cuts through weeds and edges along my driveway and walkways without any hesitation. And the battery lasts quite a while. I leave it on the maximum setting 100% of the time, and I can trim around all the trees and natural areas in the yard, and then edge around the back patio, the driveway and the walkways, and still have over 50% battery when I'm done.
It is lighter weight and lower maintenance than my old gas edger. You don't have to worry about running to the gas station to refill the gas can. You don't have to put oil in it. You don't have to worry about a spark plug. You don't have to adjust a choke. You don't have to troubleshoot when it won't start. And, the automatic line feeder works surprisingly well.
All you have to do is charge the battery (I throw it on the charger right before I start mowing and it's ready by the time I'm ready to edge), throw it in, and pull the trigger. It's really that simple, and it has the power to do everything my old gas one did. Why would I ever go back?
This 40v lithium battery works wonders and I can do my entire yard on one charge. It also recharges the battery in < an hour if you need to do more. The edging feature is nice although i've only used it a couple of times in the 5 weeks i've been using the strimmer (you can press a button to rotate the head 90 degrees and flip down the edging guide).
The auto feed spool seems to work great and I bought a 2-pack of extra line when I ordered this to be sure I was set for all summer. If you really have a larger yard, I think on a moderate speed setting you should get 45 minutes to 1 hour of trimming so you may want a 2nd battery if you have a lot of trimming to do. I recommend spraying down the trimmer with a hose after each use to keep it clean and the grass from clogging up the guard.
The other big plus of this battery powered model is it is a good bit lighter than any gas trimmers that i've used in the past. Did I mention you just squeeze the trigger and it runs every time? No yanking a cord and hoping you can get it to work.
A note on height: i'm 6' 6" tall and it works well for me, I wish it was slightly longer but if I just switch from left handed to right handed trimming I don't have any issues doing the whole yard and having to stoop much.