Tools for women – My new weed trimmer edger.

A great yard tool for women - my newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
As many of you know, I am a sole owner household, so what gets done around these parts (or lack thereof) is done by me.

One rather big hurdle for me personally lately is yard upkeep. Is it just me or is yard work better geared for the younger crowd?! 

Perhaps it’s finally realizing I’m not in my 20s any longer. I don’t really know what it is, but one thing I do know, I had thrown my weed trimmer to the curb until this one came along.

I was using the Weedeater Featherlite for years. I still in fact have it! But when my one cutting cord wonder died, I bought another. Only… now they make them with two cutting cords.

Let me just say, the two stringer is sitting brand new on my workbench used only once. I can’t start it, and can’t stand fussing with the more technical cord stringing. Done! I’m totally over it.

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So I resigned to just do without a weed trimmer and pull the grass by hand.

I did this over the course of several weeks, and felt really enlightened I no longer had to fight that silly machine, when I spotted my neighbour through the weeds and proudly chortled, “I am so weed eater free! Yep! Happy to be pulling by hand these days…”

“Oh, I LOVE my weed trimmer!” stated Janette.

What? When did this happen? I remember them having a big heavy lug that made you shake like a jack hammer after the fact.

“What are you even talking about? You hate weed trimming!”

“Not since I got my battery operated one!”

A great yard tool for women - my newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
“It’s soooo light! It doesn’t need any pulling to start, just flick a switch. And the battery lasts for my entire yard and then some. AND… my hands don’t shake afterwards at all! Hang on a minute and I’ll show it to you…”

I lifted it up and it felt like a feather. And perhaps even.. dare I say it… toy-ish?

“May I try it?”

“Sure!”

A great yard tool for women - my newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
Well I’ll be. Back to the one cutting cord thing once again. I was nearly sold at that point.

So I proceeded to crack that little whip on my entire yard in minutes. With a half used battery. My goodness… it was so light, it was like I just walked around with a broom in my hands.

And get this… no grass even landed back on my legs. Don’t you hate it when you turn into a walking grass creature after the fact?

Ecstatic, I then put that thing on my shopping list pronto and finally picked one up not long ago.

So… let me show you MY new toy! : )

A great yard tool for women - my newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
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Mine is a Black + Decker 20V Lithium Cordless 10″ String Trimmer / Edger, LST201. 

It does not have the wheel, but there are some that do.

It only came with one battery which lasts a long time. I nearly purchased a 2nd, however they are as much as the trimmer. No point! Just get another trimmer if you want another battery. (so silly isn’t it?)

This is a light duty edger, perfect for a typically kept up regular sized suburban type yard. It would not be tough enough for say…acreage needing to hack down blackberries.
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Easy to assemble

Oh I don’t love assembling stuff. But I made myself drag out the directions so I could figure out how to snap the protection cover on, then screw it in. VERY simple. When you read directions…

The (single) cutting cord was already installed, so I purchased an extra.

Twisting the head to become a trimmer, part of My newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
Turning it into an edger

This is my fav feature!

I like to trim along cut turf edges and sidewalks, however I always had to hold my old weed eater upside down in order to do edging. 

For this unit, the handle loosens, allowing you to spin the head so the cutting part swings backwards.

Twisting the head to become a grass edger, part of My newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
It turns into the perfect edger!

And it was so nice not to have to play a lawn version of Twister for a change in order to do it!

Twisting the head to become a grass edger, part of My newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
Lovely clean cuts along the sidewalks here I come!

Twisting the head to become a grass edger, part of My newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
Here’s a shot of the cutting head flipped for edging after I used it.

Janette’s had a wheel so you could roll the head while edging. I found when I used hers, I didn’t use the wheel.

So when I purchased mine without the wheel (by mistake), I didn’t worry about it.

But it is a neat feature to watch out for.

So anyway, I told one lie in this post.

I said I was thrilled to not have to use an automatic weed trimmer.

Twisting the head to become a grass edger, part of My newest weed trimmer which is a Black + Decker 20V String Trimmer / Edger LST201. And why I love it! funkyjunkinteriors.net
But what I really meant was a GAS run one. Because I am VERY thrilled to run this battery operated variety! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! 

Light duty tools, you are now officially welcome in my home anytime, as long as you do your tasks well.

And without killing me in the process…

Which will come in mighty handy after edging my flowerbeds like a pro!


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  1. Hey, as another woman who does manly things – carpentry, mostly, I can vouch for “the right tool for the job” mantra.

    When strength isn’t on your side, having and mastering the proper tools is a must. I cannot sand a piece of wood for two hours, but my sander does the job just as well in minutes. Next on my shopping list is a battery powered screwdriver. I can drive in screws and have a few good screwdrivers, but when the number swells to double digits, I am sure electric power will spare my puny little arms.

    It was a revelation when I finally learned to drive a nail properly. How to hold the hammer so the weight of the head does the work and hold the nail with a pair of pliers so I don’t ease up on the force for fear of smashing my fingers. Life changing.

  2. I have one too! Love it! Since I do all of our yard maintenance-including having my own tractor-I am the decision maker for the yard tools. I agree that the majority of yard tools are way too awkward and heavy for female use-so I take a long time to figure out which product I prefer. Always done the “manly” things both professionally and personally.

  3. Hi Donna — amazing what a difference the right tools make, isn’t it. When I saw your new toy, I thought I had the same one in the garage. But alas, I must have an earlier model. However, when it’s time for a new one, I will be looking for the twist-and-edge feature. Enjoy — your new edges look awesome.

  4. I moved from Southern California to a small town in Missouri and have a yard for the first time. Somehow I was fortunate enough to buy the same trimmer you have. But, I can’t find the directions and didn’t know how to turn it into an edger, so – thank you.
    I agree this is a great product.

  5. Now if they could only make a light weight battery drill! The Craftsman I have is so HEAVY due to the big lithium battery on it – and maybe in pink too 🙂

    • Oh they do Sharon! Look for Makita. They have some tiny batteries for mini drills that are still quite powerful! I regret not listening to a friend when I picked up my last two Bosch. Love them, but they are a little too heavy for my liking. I’ll get a small one and blog about it… yeah… research… that’s a good reason to buy, right?!

  6. I’m a 78 yr old widow of 10 years and still mowing an acre with my rider, but have a Ryobi battery operated weed wacker, chain saw and blower that use the same battery. Next purchase is another drill cuz my back up drill died. It’s almost as cheap to buy another tool as to buy a battery. I love reading your blog.

    • Hi Mary, see the wire gadget that is attached to the cutting head? Janette’s wore a wheel there instead so you could roll the head while edging. There are several different variations of this trimmer on the market, so I suggest to just look at the pictures on the box carefully to compare features you may wish to have.

  7. I have a black & decker weed trimmer too. I bought a black & decker leaf blower at the same time — the batteries are interchangable and so I have two batteries!

  8. I can identify with you so VERY MUCH.

    I actually wrote a submission to a contest sponsored by Stihl. In my submission, I murdered my former weed-trimmer and talked about getting rid of the “body”. It went something like, “I hate you! Die, dammit,” I screamed as I bashed his head on the ground as hard as I could. His head actually cracked. Wow. I let him go, and he didn’t move. Decker was dead. (Yes, I know, too much violence and no, Stihl was not impressed.)

    Sorry, my two former weed trimmers were Deckers, but they were not battery operated. Oh, how I hated them.

    My female boss once told me she pulled the cord on her gas-operated trimmer 99 times until it FINALLY started. She said she wasn’t going to let it win.

    Anyway, I own an electric Stihl, but have seen the battery operated weed trimmers and have been seriously thinking of buying one. I hate pulling around the cord. You may have just pushed me in the right direction. Thank you!

  9. Wait Whaaaaat, you get a battery operated weed trimmer? I need one. I’ve got one of those electrical ones with this silly little plug that keeps on pulling out when I yank it too hard, which I do every 5 minutes because the darn cord seems to get stuck around everything. UGH, I hate that thing.