dealsblack & decker nst2118 cordless electric string…

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Well, I do need to manscape.

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My wife has one of these and the associated blower and they do quite well, Much better than I expected out of B&D

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My wife just bot one of these last month ($99.99). it works well, but only for light duty. Not like a gas-powered one. But it is MUCH lighter.

Biggest CON: You cannot change to head to another type. Like plastic blades or EZ String. What it comes with is what you get, although you can order identical replacements.

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nicad batteries? how long do they last? 15min?

And can I use it with the cord if both of the batteries are exhausted?

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First of all, these batteries sell for ~$30 each... you get TWO in this deal!

I already have this same trimmer, and it works well enough for an average yard on one charge. I'm in for one (at least) - I can always use some extra batteries!

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@lwang: Yeah, I usually get about 10-15m out of each battery. And if you get enough of these tools, you can easily collect 6 batteries, which gives ya enough for just about anything.

But no, there's no cord on this one... although I suppose you could rig up a 18v AC-to-DC converter and hardwire it directly to the contact points. And I'm sure no one would give you funny looks for doing that, even if you put half a cantaloupe on your head as you worked and constantly muttered, "I'm a hamster! I'm a hamster!"

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I was given one of these 8 years ago, it worked awesome. It would still be with us but someone broke it in half. I went and did something dumb and bought a gas one.

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Ive owned this exact one for right around 3 years now. It has been working great. The batteries only last 10-15min on a full charge, but with there being two batteries, I am able to get everything I need done. I also have a leaf blower from B&D that has two batteries so there are more if needed.

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I got this for my wife while overseas. She loves it and it does every well.

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Sure, I'm in for one. I have hedge shears for doing the edging around my one tree and 4' x 6" step. I figure this will save me a few minutes.

I bet I can even use this on my 18" tall cedar bush! Oh with all this time saved from the outdoors I can spend it on woot!!

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@angerbender: This one has 2) 18 Volt NiCad battery pack.
But
Amazon sells the 20-Volt Lithium-Ion, I should know, mine just arrived.
@videowallart:  did you get the NiCad or the Lithium-Ion?

Heads up. Amazon is having a $10 off Black and Decker prodcuts over $50.
http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/c50c00ca-5627-4dc1-aa5c-5323329887fe/10-off-a-50-black-decker-tools-order#0

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Be cautious during checkout. Not only is it difficult to apply the promo code required for this deal, if you use google checkout, the applied promo code seems to fall off.

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Anyone know if this is the same Firestorm 18V batteries used in their other power tools (drills, hedge trimmer, etc)?

If so, I may buy one just for the batteries. By the way, the battery longivity on these is not very good in my opinion. They actually make Roomba batteries look like they will recharge forever.

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@angerbender: these are nicad batteries.... NOT li-ion.

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These batteries are $40 each at Home Dep@t so I'll get 2 for $47.50
and throw out the trimmer. Unfortunatly I'm caught in a B & D battery trap with blower, drill, mini chain saw, etc. I really wish they would produce
a Lit-ion battery for these tools.

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Yeah, the batteries do last all of about 10 minutes. I need both of them to get through my lawn, and that doesn't let me do any edging. Not thrilled with mine, but got it used on CL for $25, so can't complain too much. And the batteries do interchange with a couple other cheap B&D tools I have.

Biggest con (other than battery life). Caveat - I can't tell if this is the exact one I have. Mine only lets you install 0.065" line, and it only has a single strand. Compared to my previous trimmer, which was gas powered and had two strands of the 0.080, this thing is pretty lame.

For the batteries at a bargain price, definitely recommend. For a serious landscaping tool, I'd avoid. Just my $0.02, your experience may vary.

Biggest plus is the automatic line advance - you don't need to bump the bottom to advance the line. It just comes out when you need more. Or whenever it feels like. Whatever.

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Hold the phone:
Just saw Caffine-Dudes' post and went to Amazon to fine $40. Li-ion
batteries for my tools. Not investing in those second rate Ni-cad batteries any more.
Thanks for your post Bud!

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@bgermain185: After getting to Google Checkout, add the coupon code in the box at the bottom left of the screen. The price will show the discount price @$47.50.

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@pinksloth: I don't believe the the Lit-ion are interchangable with the 18V NiCad batteries. Can someone tell me differently?

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Don't see where to enter the coupon code. Was planning to pay with PayPal but without the coupon code I am not willing to get to the end of the process as I feel a bait and switch coming on. Why don't these sites just make this easy and put the coupon code box right on the main order page. Anyone buy one of these yet and successfully use the coupon?

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Yarr, Google check-out removes the coupon code so it must be re-entered on Google's page. Screen-shot of coupon box on that page

@keefah During checkout click on edit my cart button see here: then click on "use a promo code" check box (below update cart button) and enter the code. Done.

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Any comments on the factory refurbished condition (possibly bad/worn out batteries?), or about the vminnovations itself? Anybody have any experience with refurbed cordless trimmers?

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@travisk02: these batteries are guaranteed to meet the specs of a brand new units. About VMInnovations: http://blog.vminnovations.com/about/ and inside VMI: http://blog.vminnovations.com/inside-vminnovations/

VMI feedback on eBay (99.8% positive w/ over 467,000 feedback):

http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=vminnovations

Note about website return policy: there are NO restocking fees, and if your item is defective we'll exchange it at no cost w/ a pre-paid return shipping label.

Hope it helps.

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I have one of these; bought it as a refurb from their store. I have about 2 acres and hated dragging a cord along for any of the trimming I need to do. I was VERY surprised at how well it works and how long the battery lasts.

Since then (had it nearly 2 years now), I got the matching hedge trimmer and an additional battery.

Love them both.

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I can't find where to apply the code. Ok you have to physically click on your cart button on the site then there is a checkbox to apply the code.

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I recently got a B&D cordless lawn mower. I thought I'd give this a try as well. I love not having to worry about gas or oil.

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I have this Same Trimmer and also a B&D Radio that uses the Same 18V Battery. I use them Both All the Time. The Battery Last about 15 minutes on the Weed Eater and All Day on the Radio as I take the Radio Camping and Fishing. I have 5 Batteris Now and always keep the Spares Charged up, but What the Heck, Might as well pick this up and Have two More Batteries and another Trimmer for My Rental Property... Anyone Know How Long the WOOT25 Code will work for? Expiration Dat??? Thanks Wooters

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@markmc27: I have an older generation of this and mine broke in half recently (the battery on the head makes it top heavy and it can break if it falls over on a hard surface too many times. I used one of the various plastic epoxies to put it together and it's just fine now (the epoxy is stronger than the plastic it's made of).

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Bought this same trimmer last month for almost double this price. It works well except it does not seem to have an auto line feeder. It also came with two batteries (the same batteries that my B&D drill uses). Now I have four that can be used any given time, cuts back on the old gas/oil mixtures.

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@bainbridgejim: What is the model number of of the drill?
Others would like to know too!

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Just to add to post above: You have to click on "Edit cart" right away instead of "Checkout" in order to get the place to put the promo code. I got all the way to the final "Complete your order" button and had to cancel and start over.

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@bgermain185: You have to re-apply the coupon at the google checkout screen.

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My order just went through.

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I bought one last year. It came with one battery and I bought two more. It took three to do my yard and I liked the way it worked, the line fed nicely and had no problems. Last year the batteries lasted about ten minutes a piece. This year they don't last but two or three minutes. The unit itself works well, but I don't want to spend $100 a year to run it. The gas ones are too hard to start for me, so I bought a corded electric one that hopefully will last a few years.