Black & Decker GT516 Review

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Black & Decker GT516

“I had the Black & Decker 560 many years until the...”

Written on: 22/04/2009

Good Points
none

Bad Points
poor quality metal used as blades, motor not man enough for the job

General Comments
I had the Black & Decker 560 many years until the blades got too blunt and was found that new blades cost almost as much as a new trimmer so bought the 516,

my hedge is 6' high and about 40' long ,

I just about managed to cut it before the trimmer gave up, soon got blunt and began jamming on even small bits of hedge, when i jammed it made a high pitched squeal and smoked!

as i bought this in the sales after the previous summer it was too long a gap to take back.

waste of money, 1 cut and straight to dump

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291866_Pleasant's Comment

Written on: 23/04/2009

I agree the "motor is not up to the job" simply because the job you are requesting it to do is far and away too much for what is designed to be a lightweight hedge "trimmer" for relatively small hedges consisting of new, green growth. To ask any electric machine to regularly operate without fault on a 6 foot by 40 foot hedge is quite frankly ridiculous, and although I generally avoid Black & Decker products due to their inherent poor quality, even I on this occasion think to are wrong to blame the tool you are using for what is a job that should be left to a petrol machine or at the very least a top quality electric hedge cutter costing far in excess of what your current machine has cost.

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Jhfc's Comment

Written on: 08/08/2010

<br/>This review sounds absolutely spot-on. I had EXACTLY the same problem with the GT510. The high-pitched squealing noise and smoke is as a result of the gears slipping due to a colossal design fault. The upper bearing for the main drive spindle is THIN PLASTIC. My GT510 lasted only two hours.
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<br/>The previous person to comment on this review obviously hasn't taken a look inside one of these hedge trimmers. It's nothing to do with misusing the hedge trimmer or expecting too much of it (unless of course being able to trim hedges is what you expect); the fact is that this thing is seriously flawed in its design.
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<br/>My previous Black & Decker hedge trimmer of a similar specification had no trouble with my hedge over nearly a decade of repeated use, so there's no reason why one shouldn't expect the same from a new replacement.
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<br/>I'll be publishing my GT510 review shortly, so hopefully people can be warned before wasting money on this kind of rubbish.
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