High Performance 24V String Trimmer with PowerCommand
Over the last few weeks we’ve been testing the Black & Decker High Performance 24V String Trimmer with PowerCommand. The folks at Black & Decker were kind enough to send us this new cordless string trimmer to test out and report back to all of you.
Black & Decker NST1024 Features
- Voltage – 24 V
- rpm – 9000 rpm
- Cutting Path – 13 “
- Line Diameter – 0.065 “
- Weight – 8.5 lbs
- Feed System – Automatic
- PowerCommand– Switch to boost mode for extra power to tackle tough jobs – Twice the power of 18V
- Patented Gear Drive transmission cuts more grass per charge than any other competing string trimmer brand
- Trimmer and Edger in one tool
- 9000 rpm Motor and gear drive deliver up to TWICE the power of 18V trimmers
- High Performance 24V Battery and PowerCommand cut up to 2.5X more grass per charge than 18V
Black & Decker NST1024 Review
Cordless string trimmers are all the rage right now and we know why! Say goodbye to mixed gas, loud, stinky engines that are a total pain to keep running well. Just charge up your cordless string trimmer and it’s off to the races.
After using the NST1024 for the last few weeks around the yard we found it to be really useful and much more enjoyable to use than one of those noisy gas models.
The 24 volt battery delivers plenty of power to cut through common grass trimming tasks. In fact, we used it to trim around all of our walks, flower gardens, trees and the house on a single charge.
One of the nice features is the ability to easily switch from Normal mode to Boost mode. This allows you to get a longer run time in normal mode while having the ability to step up the speed for tough spots like tall wet grass. Another feature we liked was the ability to also use other 18V batteries that Black & Decker makes.
Automatic Feed System
The Black & Decker NST1024 uses an automatic feed system to automatically feed the string trimmer cutting line. This is a really nice feature as it simplifies the whole trimming process. The old days of bumping the trimmer on the ground to advance the line are gone with this automatic version. Some people may complain that it means using up the string sooner but the convenience of it automatically feeding outweigh that concern for us.
Another feature that we like is the Edging Mode. String trimmers are really great for edging flower gardens, walks and driveways. However its usually quite awkward to perform with a string trimmer unless you’re really good at holding it upside down! The Edging Mode makes the task simple and comfortable.
The cutting head of the NST1024 can be rotated 180 degrees which puts the cutting string at 90 degrees to the edging surface. It also has a handy wire “stand” that helps keep the trimmer off the ground a uniform height which prevents premature wearing of the string. This is a pretty sweet feature and a huge time saver.
The Black & Decker NST1024, 24V String Trimmer is an excellent cordless trimmer for small and medium sized yards. It has plenty of power to get the job done and offers some nice features including the edging mode.
While the NST1024 is slightly heavier than some of the competitors the difference is minimal. Frankly the difference is due to the large 24 volt battery pack which does offer additional power so it’s a decent trade off.
At just over $120 we think the Black & Decker NST1024 is a good value and useful tool. If you’re in the market for a new string trimmer be sure to give this cordless version a look.