Updated 3 Oct 2017

Black & Decker

Strimmer STC1820

Snapshot: The Black & Decker Strimmer STC1820 battery line trimmer has 1 cutting line and weighs 2.5kg. But how effective and easy to use is it?

Strimmer STC1820
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$219

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Test results

Overall score
69
Cutting & trimming
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK vertical cutting.
  • OK horizontal cutting.
  • Good run time of 32 minutes.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Good line feed.
  • Easy to re-spool.
  • Extremely easy to start.
  • Very lightweight.

But

  • Just OK long-grass cutting.
  • Slightly unbalanced.
  • No edging guide.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).

Performance is based on horizontal and vertical trimming and long-grass cutting.

Ease of use is assessed on handle comfort, shaft length, weight, balance, cutting visibility, controls, vibration, starting, line-feed effectiveness and ease of re-spooling.

Price is from a September 2017 survey.

Our recommendation
We recommend petrol trimmers scoring above 85% overall. While the performance and ease-of-use of the best petrol trimmers in our tests has hovered at or above this level for a few years, battery-electric models continue to improve year on year.

We raised the bar for the performance of battery-powered trimmers to 80% after a batch of 7 cordless models returned impressive performance in our 2017 test.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$219

Specifications

Depth range (cm)
n/a
Motor location
Bottom
Shaft type
Straight
Motor type
Battery
Noise (dBA)
76
Weight (kg)
2.5
Depth positions
n/a
Telescopic handle
×
Length (cm)
120
Cutting diameter (cm)
28
Line-feed method
Automatic
Run time (mins)
32
Charge time (mins)
Not stated
Voltage (V)
18
Battery size tested (Ah)
2.0

More Info

Battery cost ($)
$90 (2.0Ah)
Availability
-
Notes
This model superseeded by STC1820-XE, now have automatic line feed option via a button.

Features

Cutting lines
1
Clutch
n/a
Edging guide
×
Shoulder harness
No

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