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Black & Decker LST136 String Trimmer Review

Black & Decker LST136 String Trimmer Review

There’s a lot of things to take into consideration when you finally split up with your dead beat husband, one of them I overlooked was purchasing a weed wacker.

“Stanley” as we’ll call my ex was always good about doing the mundane tasks that needed to be done around the house like trimming the lawn, fixing one single broken door handle, and most importantly sitting in his recliner drinking Old Style. After moving out and renting my own place I was made aware by a rude neighbor that I should probably purchase a weed trimmer, the only thing is I had no clue what one was or how they were supposed to work.

The sales guy at the lawn & garden store who is probably a much better husband than my ex recommended that I go with a battery powered weed trimmer instead of an gas one.

There were a number of reasons why he thought I should use a cordless unit mostly because they were lighter, my yard is kind of small, and I wouldn’t know where to start in mixing gas and oil.

On to my overall review.


Something the sales guy really sold me on was the fact that the Black and Decker LST136 was really light. To his credit he was right. I’m probably using the wrong form or position to weed whack my lawn but I can trim for 30 minutes without feeling sore.

I think the unit weighs around 9 pounds, about as much as a case of Old Style that I’d have to pick up for my ex every single day.

It’s a decent workout toiling around my lawn and I feel like I’m getting in good shape, ready to get back in the dating game.

Ease of Use

Being an independent woman now I need to figure out how to start operating heavy equipment. While I’ll move on to skid loaders and 18-wheelers eventually my first endeavor would be with a string trimmer.

My Black and Decker LST136 first off started very easy. I was told this was one of the main advantages of using a cordless trimmer compared to repeated tugging on a cord to get a gas weed wacker started up. There is no choke button and all I basically need to do is flip a switch.

Another thing I like is an adjustable power knob that increases how hard my trimmer cuts down the weeds.

Since my newfound hot dating life keeps me out late on Friday nights, I don’t always wake up on Saturdays or even Sundays and therefore don’t get my trimming done.

When I finally get to the longer weeds I can adjust the speed of the trimmer and so far it has easily cut through some pretty thick stuff.

A cool feature that I knew nothing of until the neighbor guy showed it to me was the fact that my B&D LST136 has a rotatable head that can be used as an edger to clean up my sidewalk. When I switch the device back to a trimmer, all I have to do is tap the head on the ground and the string stuff comes out something I’m told is an automatic feed spool. Cool.


I won’t comment on the battery life of some of my other household items (cough, cough) but one thing I was told to worry about is how long my trimmer would actually operate.

To my surprise the battery lasted through at least two trimmings without ever slowing down.

I don’t use the weed wacker on full power very often but I bet if I did the battery would use up faster. I guess the battery is lithium (?) so that’s what makes it last longer, it also makes me wish my ex Six Second Stan was lithium.

When I finally did have to recharge my battery it took about an hour but from research I see that’s actually a pretty quick turnaround.

Other Points on the Black and Decker LST136

In browsing through other string trimmers I did notice some of the other ones on the market cost as little as $20 or $30. My time with Stan taught me that I should never settle so I decided to spend extra and splurge the $160 for a quality weed wacker.

I haven’t changed the trim line yet but my neighbor said it’ll be easier because of the single string line.

The neighbor also said that my battery will work with other Black & Decker products such as leaf blowers so maybe that will be my investment in the fall.

Overall I’m very happy with my new string trimmer, which is more than I can say about other parts of my life.

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