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Sadly, a necessary purchase
on July 5, 2012
I recently bought the B&D combo set with a string trimmer and leaf blower. Both of these devices perform as expected or better (the blower was a very pleasant surprise), except in one category--battery life. The combo set came with two batteries and one charger. At the very least, there should have been two chargers. My workflow includes trimming, then mowing, then blowing leaves and stuff off the walk and driveway. Trimming takes up about 1.5 batteries, so after trimming, I have a dead one and a half dead one, but I can charge only one at a time. The dead one requires six hours before being usable, and the half dead needs considerable time too. The half-charged battery almost makes it for me when using the blower, but with no room for extra trimming or extra blowing.
Therefore, I had to spend another $78 for a second charger and a third battery--digital highway robbery! Yes, the battery and charger work fine--just like those that came with the trimmer/blower set. Now the setup is usable under all conditions. HOWEVER, this extra $78 purchase should not have been necessary. The batteries should be BIGGER, and the trimmer/blower set should include a two-battery charger. I'd have gladly spent more for the greater capacity and reduced hassle.
4 stars for the product, 2 stars for the price, 1 star because it was necessary. Average (rounding up) 3 stars.