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Black & Decker NST2018 Grass Hog 12-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Electric String Trimmer with 2 Batteries
- 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
I recently had a chance to demo the Black And Decker weed eater NST2018 for a few days. I was excited to try it out since I had found that it was the number one seller on Amazon.com and I was curious to see what made this trimmer so popular.
I knew that Black and Decker was a popular brand and also was aware that many customers are very loyal to the company. Plus, the weed eater was powered by the same batteries that many other B & D cordless power tools use. What other factors made this trimmer the number one choice for online buyers? Here is what I found out:
Price: Compared to other similar models of trimmers, I was impressed that it cost under $100. Before I used the Black & Decker NST2018, I did some shopping around, both online and off to see who had the best price. Not surprisingly, I found it Amazon.com for over $20 less than all other stores. And, on top of that, shipping is free.
Assembly: The model I used was already put together, but I could tell just by looking at it, there wasn’t much to it. And, a number of reviewers online mentioned how easy it was to assemble.
Ease of use: The first thing I noticed about the trimmer was how light it was (6.8 pounds). I was then impressed with the telescoping shaft and adjustable handle. These features makes it easy to adjust it to your height and holding style. I am 6′ 2″ and I’ve used several trimmers in the past that were just too short and difficult to use. I had no such problems with this unit.
I was also pleased with how easy it was to start. Simply connect the battery and press the button. No frustrating pulls and no extension cords to carry around.
Power: For normal grass that is trimmed on a regular basis, the weed eater will cut it just fine. However, it will not cut taller, tough grass and weeds. Nor should you expect it to. If you need a trimmer for that, I recommend purchasing a gas powered unit. This trimmer is intended for someone with a small to medium sized lawn that needs light trimming and edging.
Battery life: This is where most of the complaints about the weed eater were directed. The NST2018 comes with two batteries and a charger. On the model I used, the batteries lasted about 15 minutes each. For some, this will be long enough. Others, this will not be adequate. You can purchase additional batteries. It is also worth noting that the batteries take about 8 hours to charge.
Overall: The Black & Decker Weed Eater NST2018 is an excellent choice for the right situation. It is made for small to medium sized lawns that need light trimming and edging. If you have a large yard or property with overgrown weeds, this is not the trimmer for you. If you already own other B & D tools, this is a good choice since the extra batteries can come in handy. And, finally, it’s environmentally smart choice since it does not release any hazardous fumes into the environment.