|Black & Decker NST2018 GROOM 'N' EDGE 12-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Electric String Trimmer with 2 Batteries|
|Retail Price: $191.66|
|Amazon Price: $156.99|
It’s powered by one heavy duty 18-volt battery and as a bonus, one additional battery is included. It also has a wide 12” cutting path, allowing the trimmer to tackle large areas and the automatic feed spool eliminates time consuming and frustrating manual line changes. This model is covered by Black & Decker’s two year warranty.
My Experience with the Black & Decker NST2018
Electric and cordless trimmers have gotten a bad rap for years – they’re cheap, they’re not durable, they’re not powerful, they don’t last long, etc. But the reality is that both electric and cordless trimmers in particular have come a long way in recent years and the Black & Decker NST2018 proves just how true that is.
This 18-volt trimmer is almost as powerful as a comparably sized gas trimmer without any of the downsides, such as engine maintenance, fumes, smoke and difficult startup. It’s also much lighter than a comparable gas-powered trimmer, weighing in at just 6.5 lbs. which means you can work longer without any shoulder, neck or pain fatigue.
It’s true that large yard owners will probably need to opt for a gas powered or electric trimmer, but most homeowners only have a ¼ or 1/3 acre plot to maintain, and the Black & Decker NST2018, thanks to the two included batteries has more than enough juice to handle the job.
It easily cuts through all but the heaviest brush and the telescoping adjustment makes it easy to find the perfect height so that you don’t have to stoop. I also love the autofeed mechanism, which eliminates the need to “tap and go” or replace the line manually.
Best of all, since this is cordless, there is no pull starting. Just hit the switch and you’re ready to go! Oh and as a bonus, the 18-volt batteries included with this trimmer also work in some of Black & Decker’s other products, which makes it an even better value.
- Lightweight, comfortable design
- Telescoping adjustment
- Autofeed mechanism
- No fumes, smoke or engine maintenance like gas-powered trimmers
- Comes with two batteries (which are compatible with other B & D products)
- Will bog down in very heavy brush
- Assembly instructions were poorly written (assembly is straightforward, however, so this won’t be an issue for most users, even novices)
Final Thoughts on the Black & Decker NST2018
Some homeowners swear by their cordless trimmers, others hate them. As for me, I’m a big fan. I don’t have to mix up the fuel and empty it at the end of the season, and I don’t have to drag a cord around behind me while I’m working. Basically, cordless trimmers give you the best of both worlds.
If you want to help save the environment by eliminating emissions and yet still want a powerful, lightweight and easy to use trimmer, then you can’t go wrong with the Black & Decker NST2018 – it’s one of the best in its class.
Price Alert: Currently Amazon.com is offering free shipping and a 48% discount for the Black & Decker NST2018 Grass Hog Cordless Electric String Trimmer . This is a savings of $92.66 from the usual retail price. This special price may change at any time so take advantage of this offer while it lasts.