July 11, 2012
Black and Decker 24V String Trimmer = Meh
I've owned a bunch of string-trimmers over the years, too many of which were sub-standard. When a cheap string trimmer goes south, the tendency is to go out and purchase another inexpensive unit. I fell into that trap too many times ... until the one year when I had a couple of extra bucks in my pocket and I invested in a Stihl. Spring after spring, I'd haul the Stihl out of the shed and it would start without a hitch.
That orange beauty lasted for quite some time before it refused to kick over. Faced with the reality of shop time and an overgrown lawn, I got suckered into buying a Black and Decker 24V cordless electric unit.
It was great for the first ten minutes or so ...
I quickly learned that the B&D battery pack wasn't good for much more than that. After twelve minutes of furious weed whacking, the electricity had left the building, along with Elvis. Worse yet, a recharge took an entire day. Still enamored with the idea of getting the work done without gasoline and premix, I ventured out to the big box store to pick up a second battery.
The two battery strategy served me well ... for a while.Continue reading "Black and Decker 24V String Trimmer = Meh"