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Not a Stihl....but for the price I like what I get out of this bad boy!
on July 4, 2014
***UPDATE June 2017***
(1) Still running strong after all most 3 years of cutting through St. Augustine grass here in Texas.
(2) I've had to re-string her 2x now. Not the easiest you'll ever do, but the 0.065 line from Lowe's works ok. Youtube has a few videos showing you how to do it, if you can't figure it out yourself. Key is you have to wind it really tight and line it up perfectly...or else it will jam. Lots of people probably buy the 12-buck 3-pack replacement spools, but I haven't needed to yet...and it will save you quite a bit of money if you can do it yourself.
(3) I received the blower counterpart to this for Xmas a couple years ago, along with a 40v battery. Battery life was an issue before if I wanted to do all my yard, but a 36v + a 40v gives me enough juice to whack my whole property and then blow out the driveways and sidewalks.
(4) Battery life still seems good. Dont' really detect much functional difference between the 36v and 40v batteries.
(5) Good news is you can buy the blower/whacker as a combo for even less than what I paid for mine.
(6) Using my dad's gas whacker with double 0.095 inch lines did make me realize how power you sacrifice for running this. It's an adjustment, no doubt about it.
(7) The trade-offs from a gas whacker for (a) quiet, (b) virtually zero maintenance, and (c) no gas smell makes up for it. I'm halfway through my 3rd full summer with this bad boy, and the only maintenance has been adding new string.
Bumping up from 4-stars to 5....because this really has been a great product!
I've used my LST136 (w/ 36v battery) for about a full season now. Here's my thoughts so far....
*Significantly more power than the 18vNicad & 20v Lithium tools of a generation ago (as to be expected). If you were underwhelmed by the underpowered older stuff, join the club! But no so with this. I hear things are even a bit better when the 40v 'upgrade'....but I can't say for sure.
*The single-stringed trimmer is sufficient for household duties.
*The rotating shaft is EXTREMELY easy to use. Takes only couple seconds to rotate back and forth.
*Significantly lighter weight than any gas trimmer I've used.
*Charges reasonably fast
*Battery test button seems pretty accurate.
*No problems with the automatic trim adjuster.
*Set battery and go -- no worries about gas smell, mixing gas, tuning the carburetor, etc.
*Takes longer to edge same yard. A single-string (.65) trim works...but it doesn't cut through stuff nearly as fast as your .95 trim on an Echo, Stihl, or Hitachi. I suspect it probably takes me on average 33% longer w/ the 36v cordless than with the gas trimmers.
*Battery life good, not great. My house is about 2000 sq/ft with about a 6000 sq/ft yard. Not huge by any means, and yet I can't do the entire yard on one charge. The way I get around that problem (w/ one battery) is that I typically alternate front/back trim each week. But even with that adjustment, I figure it still uses about 80-90% of the battery on Levels 2/3.
*Battery will get hot if you use it constantly on. And then if you try to charge it after running it hard, expect the charger to allow a 'cool down' period before it can charge.
*Tim 'the Toolman' Taylor would NOT be impressed!!
If you like yard with a sharp "edged" look around the borders, this might not be the trimmer for you -- it will take quite a bit of extra time (and extra battery life) to get that kind of look. But for the 'Average Weekend Joe' like me, I find it suits my current lifestyle pretty well. I did maintenance/landscaping for 4 years while in grad school, so I know my way around power tools. And there are days where I do miss having an Echo or Stihl in my back pocket when I need to plow through my edges quickly. But for what I need it to do, it get's the job done. And I figure most of the extra time it takes to use the B&D is time I'd be spending making trips to get gas, general maintenance and tuning the carburetor, and the like.
I plan to add the cordless blower and trimmer in the future, which was the main reason I bought this to begin with.