I hate yard work. I enjoy planting, mulching, and gardening, but the actual mowing of the grass and weed eating that goes along with it sucks. What has made it suck even harder in recent years is the under-powered electric lawn equipment I’ve tried to use in an effort to make my yard work a bit greener.
Is anyone with me?
This year I did a ton of research on battery powered electric weed eaters as I set out on my quest to find the biggest, baddest, most powerful electric weed eater on the planet…and one that gets reviews to back up its claims.
What makes this Black & Decker 36-Volt weed eater so wonderful?
For starters it’s 36-volts! The next most powerful cordless electric weed eater is 24-volt…and doesn’t even compare.
The problem I’ve had with cordless electric weed eaters in the past is twofold:
- They’re grossly under-powered
- They lose their charge very quickly
When I first saw that Black & Decker claimed that the 36-volt weed eating beast is not only comparable to, but outperforms many of its gas powered brethren, I was quite skeptical.
Why do home owners love gas powered weed eaters?
Until I tried the heavy-duty 36-volt weed eater from Black & Decker, I was convinced that no electric string trimmer could give me the things I missed about my old gas powered weed eater. I doubt that those things on my list differ little from any other home owner’s.
- Power. Plain and simple.
- Variable speed (the trimmer head spins faster the harder you squeeze the trigger, and vice versa)
- The ability to get the job done in one go-around
- Convenience of starting the job when you want to without having to wait for a battery to charge
The first two items on the list are no doubt the most important things people want from weed eaters…and that is exactly what gas powered versions give you.
I bought one…
…and did NOT return it. And no, this isn’t one of those posts where I review a product that a company was kind enough to send me. I actually put up my own money for this thing, and I’m so glad I did.
This Black & Decker 36-volt cordless electric weed eater gave me everything from the above list except the last item, obviously. Sure you have to charge the battery, but just pop it on the charger the night before you’re going to tackle your yard work and you’re good to go by morning.
The trimmer is DEFINITELY powerful. Seriously, you will NOT be disappointed if you get one. The variable speed trigger feels and responds just like that of a gas powered weed eater.
Here are the official specs:
- 36-volt, 14-inch cordless string trimmer/edger–ideal for heavy-duty weed clearing and cutting
- Long-lasting 36V battery with performance that rivals gas string trimmers
- 14-inch cut path for more area per charge than any other cordless trimmer
- Patented gear drive transmission amplifies motor torque for increased cutting power and performance
- Includes trimmer, 1 battery, and charger; weighs 11.9 pounds; 2-year warranty
- ENERGY STAR qualified
Some reviews say that the trimmer died after 15-20 minutes, but as other reviewers have mentioned, that is most likely due to the fact that they are almost certainly using the unit at full speed the entire time. Do that with a gas powered weed eater and it will scream through a tank of gas as well. I have been consistently getting around 40 minutes worth of trimming done all spring…and I only stop because I’m finished, not because I ran out of battery.
The only down side
This trimmer may be lighter than most of its gas powered cousins, but it feels like it weighs 40 pounds. I think the battery pack would have been much better situated behind the trigger, not in between it and the fore grip handle. By positioning the battery pack where it is, there is no counter weight on the back of the trimmer (as there is from the small motor of a gas powered weed eater).
This makes it feel like the weed eater is “head heavy”.
It does come with a nice shoulder strap which makes handling the weed eater MUCH easier and will probably be a must for some daintier yard workers.
I bought mine from Amazon for $149, but (at the time of this writing) the price is $153…and it’s Prime eligible. So if you’re an Amazon Prime member that means you can pick one today and have it in time for weekend yard work with your free 2-day shipping.
Check out a few more pics of the 36-volt Black & Decker weed eater: