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BLACK+DECKER 40V MAX String Trimmer / Edger, 13-Inch (LST140C)
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- High-performance 40V max Lithium ion Battery with state of charge indicator that shows remaining power
- Power drive high-torque transmission gives you cutting power at the string for clean, fast cuts
- Automatic feed Spool - afs which automatically feeds trimmer line as needed with no bumping
- Converts from trimmer to edger in seconds
- 3 Year limited Warranty
- Note: Kindly read the user guide provided below for trouble shooting tips. Included Components: (1) LST140 40V MAX* Lithium String Trimmer/Edger, (1) LBX1540, (1) 40V MAX* Charger, (1) AF-100 Spool, (1) Guard, (1) Auxiliary Handle; Power Source: Lithium Ion
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|Item Dimensions||9.00 x 40.00 x 4.00 inches||3.25 x 2.50 x 2.50 inches||9.20 x 41.30 x 5.70 inches||46.50 x 13.50 x 11.00 inches||10.00 x 40.00 x 7.00 inches|
|Item Weight||6.40 lbs||4.80 ounces||6.30 lbs||7.80 lbs||11.00 lbs|
|Power Source||Lithium Ion||Battery Powered||Not Applicable||battery-powered||battery-powered|
|Voltage||40||0 volts||20||36 volts||40|
The black+decker LST140C 40V Max lithium string trimmer features a high-performance 40V Max lithium ion battery with state of charge indicator that shows you how much power you have left at all times. The power drive high-torque transmission gives you cutting power at the string for clean, fast cuts. This trimmer offers an automatic feed Spool - afs which automatically feeds trimmer line as needed with no bumping to interrupt your work. This unit can convert from trimmer to edger in S, making this a convenient & versatile tool for your lawn care line up. Specs: 6500 rpm, 13" cutting swath, .065 in line diameter, afs-automatic feed Spool, 1.5Ah 40V battery. Includes: 1) Lst140 40V Max lithium trimmer/edger, 1) LBX1540 1.5Ah battery, 1) 40V Max charger, 1) AF-100 Spool, 1) guard, 1) auxiliary handle.
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I have about every battery powered Black & Decker lawn tool they make and most of their power tools as well. It is the only brand I purchase. I started with their 18 Volt and 36 Volt lineup and then I realized Black & Decker seemed to be standardizing on the 20 Volt tool line. So I sold my 18 Volts tools and bought heavily into their 20 Volts tools. I still own their 36 Volt blower/vacuum tool. I’m still of the 20 Volt mindset except I now own a Black & Decker 60 Volt lawn mower and there it makes sense to go to a higher voltage and amperage for more power.
• It has a half-inch larger cutting radius – not a noticeable difference.
• The dual speed or dual power switch is gone.
• The push button automatic string feed button is gone.
• The very important wheel that supports edging is gone.
• It costs $27 more than the well featured 20 Volt version.
• The battery power is the same as the 20 Volt version.
• The 40 Volt battery will not fit the 60 Volt/20 Volt fast charger.
• Battery charging time is about 4 hours after cool down.
But you say the battery voltage is double that of the 20 Volt battery. It’s marketing. That is indeed true, but that is only half the equation of power. Power is Voltage multiplied by Current (Amperage). The 40 Volt battery that came with this trimmer has only a 1.5 Ampere Hour rating. The newest 20 Volt trimmer I purchased a few days ago came with a 3.0 Amp Hour rating. They can each produce 60 Watts of power for one hour – the exact same power. My trimmer I bought in April 2014 has all the same features as the new model except for the automatic string feed button and I have a 4.0 Amp Hour battery on it. That’s 80 Watts. It runs okay with an 1.5 Amp Hour battery, too. I have over ten fully charged 20 Volt batteries.
I own all three of these Black & Decker string trimmers in the photos. So I know the pros and cons of each firsthand. After I received this 40 Volt trimmer and suddenly realized all the main features were missing, I actually purchased a new Black & Decker 20 Volt string trimmer with a 3.0 Amp Hour battery here on Amazon for $73 (verified purchase) and it arrived yesterday in time to trim and edge my yard. Saturday is lawn mowing day. The main advantage? The wheel makes edging around the driveway and street curb and along the concrete foundation of my home so much easier.
That thick steel wire is absolutely no substitute for a wheel. I detect a trend that Black & Decker is trying to obsolete the wheel. That wire gadget means you have to support the full weight of this trimmer to do edging. I have a long steep driveway and a wide street frontage. I’m 73, not that I’m weak, but I have ten screws bolted to a metal plate into 5 of the 8 vertebras in my neck. Straining makes the already severe pain much worse.
If you hold the 20 Volt battery end of the edger in your right hand and walk forward, the edger almost becomes self propelled. The rotation of the spool and the emerging plastic string hitting against the ground helps pull the edger forward. And the wheel reduces the friction enough to make it move noticeably in you favor. You can literally feel it help pull the edger forward.
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I hope Black & Decker will reinvent the wheel on the 40 Volt tools if they plan to duplicate their 20 Volt tool lineup. I believe they are making a huge mistake. I own 5 of their 40 Volt batteries and two of them are for a 40 Volt lawn mower. If you can at all afford the 60 Volt lawn mower, buy it. It’s batteries are much more powerful than these 40 Volt batteries. From my standpoint, all my tool needs, including power, are already met with the 20 Volt lineup. I own the 60 Volt lawn mower, too. It’s very good and I can mow my entire yard with one pair of batteries that both mount into the lawn mower at the same time. Not so for the 40 Volt version. The 40 Volt lawn mower can only mow slightly over half my yard and then I must wait over four hours not including an hour of cool off time to charge the batteries for the other half. Buy the 60 Volt lawn mower. Each 60 Volt battery produces 2.5 Amp hours or 150 Watts of power. No contest.
Again, I am a solid Black & Decker advocate backed up with ownership of a considerable majority of their tools. However, be sure you know what you are getting before you buy a particular product. Black & Decker has some exceptional tools in every category and I have never had any of my tools fail – except for a recent DOA 60 Volt battery that’s currently being replaced on warranty (not for my lawn mower). My 4 year old batteries still run like new. They do not show the slightest indication of losing power. However, I’m losing my power.
I don't know why B&D changed designs. I won't return, as I have the trimmer and chainsaw that share battery and it still beats using a gas trimmer for light residential weed eating.
Update: I found the 136 model, which has all the features I like on here for a reasonable price sans battery. I ordered that, will give this one to my neighbor. :)
I used it today and the battery charge lasted about 40 minutes, about the same as the grasshog. Fortunately this is my second 40 volt product so I could have switched to the other if I had the energy to do more work. But 40 minutes is enough at a time.
What I really liked was the very light weight. I am over 70, female, and not very strong. If I need to replace the battery in less than a year then I will be bummed. But for now I am very happy.
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Fairly light weight too.
For the reviews that complained it's too short, recall the shaft has a telescopic-like extension ability.
The head twists nicely for horizontal or vertical use.
I go around my house and a dozen trees every week, but only need to recharge the battery around once or twice per month.
Update,I ordered and received the 20 volt 2 speed model and packed this one into the box the 20 volt model came in and returned it for credit. So far I am very happy with the LST522 20 volt model . Just my opinion but lesson learned..more volts is not always the answer
Like most of these items much cheaper to restring your own rolls from a bulk roll.