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Love the battery-powered convenience but unit is not durable
June 10, 2010
Found the B&D Grass Hog 18v NST2018 with two batteries, refurbished for $69 on Amazon (at the time). There were some great reviews on this trimmer, so I bought it, and it turns out they were on target. I had to get on and add my voice to the choir because I loved this tool. However, I have since had some problems with the tube handle and now the batteries are starting to die.
Effectiveness: Needed something to trim heavy St. Augustine grass along my newly-installed landscape curbing. This tool did a BEAUTIFUL job trimming along curved curbing, without eroding the concrete. Great for work along walls and mailbox posts - doesn't chip up the paint or concrete. I already have a great McLane gas edger but it couldn't do this job. It was great for my sidewalk edging, but terrible for trimming a tightly-curved surface while rolling through a bumpy lawn.
Convenience: Compared to my old gas Weed Eater, it's just as mobile, but without the stink, noise, fueling mess, or pull rope to yank; starting is as easy as holding down two buttons. Doesn't stop without warning when you're nearly done with a job, like my gas trimmer used to when it ran out of gas. It's a tool I use maybe 10 min a week, ie, a perfect application for a chargeable device.
Ease of operation: Easy to figure out. Directions have lots of pictures. A brief look at the safety directions, and you're on your way. The head easily swivels from a horizontal to a vertical plane without tools by turning a simple slip collar
Handling: Comfortable handles. It's not that heavy, especially for its size. No clumsy cord to flop around or wind up and stow when you're done. Balance is perfect
Capacity: It has two batteries, so there always seems to be one charged up and ready. These batteries are strong enough to do the job, but not so big that they weigh too much. I trim a total linear distance of about 70 feet when I use this machine; thus, I don't NEED big batteries that can run for an hour at the expense of more weight
Storage: I hang mine right up on the garage wall by the little clip on the bottom. It's really a guide for vertical trimming, but what the heck -- it serves two purposes
String feed: I have used this about 5 times and have not had a string feed problem yet. This is an improvement on my Weed Eater, which used to coil back up inside after every few minutes of use. I hated that!
Final comment: Not sure if any other reviewer has mentioned this, but I've noticed that when I angle the head horizontally, I don't have to sweep up much. The head creates enough wind, that it leaves a very nice clean job behind. You can actually use this thing to sweep your sidewalks when you're done, and it will get most of it in one pass! Love that. It's like a trimmer AND an electric blower in one
Power: If you have a few acres to do, this is not be the tool for you. These batteries are not the highest capacity so they WILL noticeably taper off after the first few min of use. If you can't finish all your trimming in 20 minutes you probably need something bigger than this. And to top it off, now they are really starting to taper off and even when charged they are not too strong anymore.
I had a problem with the handle...not the control handle where the switch is, but the grab handle. Had a bunch of clippings on the guard so I shook it and the handle cracked instantly. One phone call to B&D, and a new handle came in the mail! So far, so good! However, the new handle (it was black) was a VERY bad design, that easily dented the down tube the first time you exerted any force on it. The orange handle was flared and did not cause this problem.
I still love having a battery trimmer, but this one just has been disappointing in the durability department.