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BLACK+DECKER LST522 20V MAX Lithium 2-Speed String Trimmer/Edger, 12"
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- Part of the 20V MAX System; 1 System - Endless Tasks. Power for your Style
- Converts from trimmer to wheeled edger
- Power Drive Transmission for increased torque
- 2-speed control for more power or extended runtime
- Automatic Feed Spool (AFS) automatically feeds trimmer line - no bumping required
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|Item Dimensions||5.74 x 41.33 x 9.25 inches|
|Item Weight||5.7 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||LST522|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||2 year limited warranty|
|Shipping Weight||8.16 pounds|
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|Item Dimensions||41.33 x 9.25 x 5.74 in||42.31 x 11 x 5 in||37 x 12.7 x 6.7 in||36.38 x 8.5 x 4.88 in||11 x 48 x 12 in||7.25 x 10.31 x 42.31 in|
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The BLACK+DECKER LST522 20V MAX Lithium 12 in. 2-Speed String Trimmer/Edger is part of the 20V MAX System; 1 System - Endless Tasks. Power for your Style. This tool is designed for trimming areas of overgrowth after mowing, as well as edging along borders, sidewalks, and flower beds. It features the Power Drive Transmission which increases torque for more cutting power at the string, and the 2-speed control lets you choose between more power or extended runtime. It easily converts from trimmer to wheeled edger, and the Automatic Feed Spool (AFS) automatically feeds trimmer line when needed with no bumping required. This unit is powered by a LBXR2520 battery which provides 66% more battery capacity for longer runtime. It has a premium micro texture soft grip that provides comfort and control while using the tool, with adjustable height and handle for ideal user comfort. Cutting swath of 12 inches; Line Size - 0.065 inches; RPM - 5,500/7,200; Replacement Spool - AF-100. Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18. Includes: (1) LST522 20V MAX Cordless Trimmer/Edger, (1) LBXR2520 20V MAX Extended Runtime Lithium Battery, (1) Charger, (1) AFS Spool, (1) Guard
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I spent a LOT of time on Amazon trying to determine if I should buy a "combo" set or make individual purchases for the string trimmer, sweeper(blower) and hedge trimmer. I decided battery life was important and opted to buy this model string trimmer to get a better battery. I also bought the hedge trimmer (without battery) and the sweeper (LSW20) with a battery. It was about $10 bucks more and an extra battery and charger can't hurt, even if it's the lesser LBXR20 battery.
CONVENIENCE: Last year I bought a top-rated 14" Toro Electric string trimmer. I immediately found it was too heavy for me to use on my steep yard (I'm not a guy). Also the extension cord was limiting. I can take this little B&D anywhere in my yard and it's very lightweight. It seems like a great solution for me and I hope it performs well long-term.
Battery/ies DO come with it.
Fairly solid construction - it's got plenty of plastic pieces, but they aren't too flimsy or easily breakable.
Battery power and life are excellent. I've got a small to medium-sized yard with a fence around it, and one battery takes care of it all. Just in case it were to run out, the second battery (which comes with, if you choose that option) is on the charger.
There are two battery "modes" - power and battery life - and they do exactly what they sound like. Power mode gives you more cutting power (at the expense of battery life) and battery life gives you longer cutting time (at the expense of cutting power). I've found that the vast majority of my weekly weed whacking needs are taken care of using the battery life mode. You can quickly and easily switch between the two modes if you need a little more oomph.
Battery runs about 20-30 mins (of actual cutting) on the power saving mode, a bit less on power mode. If you find you need more run time or power, you can always upgrade to higher capacity Black+Decker universal battery (available at hardware stores, Amazon, etc).
As for the string/cut wire, there are easily-replaceable pre-loaded heads that simply click into place. From what I've read in other reviews, there are ways you can string it yourself with whatever string you like. Personally, I'll stick with the pre-wounds - I'm 3 weeks into this product and still using the first pre-loaded cartridge that came with it. Plus you can get a three-pack of replacements on Amazon here for about $9 (product number is AF-100-3ZP).
The product description doesn't say this unit has an auto-feed feature, and says it has a button on the handle that releases more string; the button sure does work, but I've found that the unit seems to be auto-feeding itself most of the time too. I've rarely had to to "tell it" to let out more line. It's been quite convenient and thus far hasn't tangled or anything.
Additionally, the unit can be extended to make it taller/shorter. You just twist the lock, shorten or lengthen as-needed, and twist the lock back into place. Very quick and simple.
There is a "safety" on the handle that you need to hold down with the side of your thumb before you can pull the trigger. It's very conveniently placed and doesn't make it hard to use.
My only minor complaint with this unit is the handle (the one mid-way down, not the one with the trigger). It functions just fine, but it's got "lock" points (to set the angle how you like it) that occasionally come loose. It has to be set to one of these three lock points and sometimes, if you've been using it awhile, it'll vibrate out of the lock and slip to the next one. Takes all of about 2 seconds to set it right again, so it's certainly not a deal breaker, just a little annoying when it happens.
I am very happy to report that the positive reviews are right! This is VERY powerful and was able to handle very thick weeds, tall overgrown grass, and also delicate grass. I was also impressed by the edging -- it went very quickly!
We already own a gas-powered trimmer, but it took all my arm strength to just hold the thing... I had no muscles left to aim it! This is so lightweight and relatively quiet. I'm thrilled that now I can trim around the garden and walkways when I need to, instead of nagging my husband.
I purchased the set with 2 batteries which I definitely recommend. They last a very decent amount of time (about 15-20 mins for me before it starts slowing down) so having 2 saves it from being a frustrating experience. I also like that the manual specifically and explicitly states that you can leave the battery on the charger with no ill effects, and encourages you to charge it frequently rather than letting it drain down. It's much more convenient.
In summary, two thumbs up!