Black & Decker NST2018 GROOM 'N' EDGE 12-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Electric String Trimmer with 2 Batteries
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- 18-volt, 12-inch cordless string trimmer/edger
- Includes two 18V NiCad batteries so you never have to stop half way through your job
- Telescoping shaft, centrifugal forces automatically advances line
- Patented gear drive transmission amplifies motor torque for increased cutting power and performance
- Includes trimmer, 2 batteries, and charger; weighs 6.8 pounds; 2-year warranty
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|Item Dimensions||7.7 x 8.5 x 41.5 inches|
|Item Weight||6.5 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||B0001Q2EMU|
|Shipping Weight||12.6 pounds|
An intuitive, easy-to-use design helped the NST2018 win its designation as a Consumers Digest Best Buy. View larger.
Edging and Trimming in One ToolThe GROOM 'N' EDGE trimmer/edger combines two tools in one to make lawn and garden care more convenient. Use the tool's edger function to add borders to your pathways and flower beds, which helps to fight weeds and define the areas in your yard. Flip the head back over to a trimming tool to clip grass around delicate plants or in tight corners, giving your grounds a clean, manicured look. The large, 12-inch cut path makes it possible to complete your yard work in less time.
Integrated Features for Performance and ComfortBlack & Decker's automatic feed spool keeps the line at a constant, perfect length for trimming, allowing you to finish your tasks without interruption. The shaft telescopes to fit your height, and an adjustable handle makes holding and operating the trimmer/edger comfortable for all users.
Extended Range of Use with Cordless, Rechargeable PowerWith its 18-volt battery, the trimmer/edger lets you tend to the most remote areas on your property without the hassle of winding extension cords or maintaining gas or oil engines. The GROOM 'N' EDGE includes two batteries--use one and keep the other in the included charger so it's ready the next time you need it. The battery is also compatible with other select cordless Black & Decker lawn tools for added convenience.
The rechargeable power greatly reduces noise and emission pollution associated with gas engines, protectecting your hearing and the environment.
The Black & Decker 18-Volt Cordless Electric GROOM 'N' EDGE trimmer/edger is covered by a two-year warranty.
What's in the Box18-Volt, 12-inch cordless trimmer/edger; 18-volt battery charger; two, 18-volt batteries (#244760-00)
|Key Feature||Two 18V NiCad batteries provide extended run time||40 percent lighter battery, smaller than traditional 18V NiCad batteries||PowerCommand system with "boost mode" for up to twice the power of 18V string trimmers||Long-lasting 36V battery with performance that rivals gas string trimmers|
|Number of Batteries||2||1||1||1|
|Cut Swath||12 inches||12 inches||13 inches||14 inches|
|Tip Speed||290 mph||290 mph||350 mph||312 mph|
|Rate of Cut |
|Area Cut |
square feet as sold
|String Diameter||0.065-inch||0.065-inch||0.065-inch||0.08-inch dual|
|Weight||6.8 pounds||6 pounds||8.8 pounds||11.9 pounds|
|Charge Time||8 hours||45 minutes||9 hours||12 hours|
|Line Feed Type||AFS||AFS||AFS||Bump|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years||2 years||3 years|
|This Product Is ENERGY STAR® Qualified|
Products that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy--plus they help us all save money while making a difference. Find out more about ENERGY STAR.
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+ No gas required.
+ No cord.
+ Little storage/maintenance required.
+ Accepts the standard 18v B&D batteries, useful if you have any of their other 18v products.
- Modest power, which declines as battery discharges.
- Battery power depletes rapidly.
- Concerns about construction quality.
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.
Years (and I do mean years) ago I used electric trimmers (with power cord). The problem is they would malfunction so I've got 2 stuck in my garage (can't seem to toss perhaps due to sentimental value). One thing I like about Amazon the ability to read customer reviews. My option once I realized I could not get the gas trimmer was to head down to my local Sears but I simply do not like their service, so after doing some more reviews, I came across this unit. This surely is my bargain for the month, and may make my BARGAIN FOR THE YEAR. It was a breeze to set-up. It comes with 2 batteries and has a very quick and nifty turn on. I will not miss pulling the cord on my gas unit (sometimes I would have to pull for several minutes)!!! My biggest concern was swiftly answered as this unit has very sufficient torque. The only thing I will have to get used to is not having 2 lines as this unit has 1 line but it does the job. It stores very nicely in my garage. My gas unit had issues as in addition to gas/oil I had to be very careful in storing. Don't let the lightness of the unit fool you. After all these years and the great improvement of technology, if you take pride in keeping your lawn in great shape or need a tool to hack out some tough weeds you will find this a good bargain.