Written on: 01/05/2013
I bought a Spear and Jackson petrol strimmer from Argos. I used it once and the second time it refused to start I had it in for repair and even the experts can’t get it going! I would steer clear of ANY Spear and Jackson power tools after my experience. Even the repair line were not interested so their customer care are as reliable as their tools DREADFUL! (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2011
Saw it advertised cheap I took a chance what a clanger.Tried to adjust mixture special key required Isawed the protection alum. around screws removed the H n L mixture screws and put saw cuts for screwdriver use.After that adjusted ok but now I,ve trouble with the coil gone faulty.I live in Portugal near to the sea guess who,s got a new anchor. (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2011 by AmershamO (3 reviews written)
Bought this from e-bay. It's a nice machine and worked well. But the spool cap broke (my fault - didn't re-fit it properly). Can't get spares anywhere. Therefore, DO NOT BUY! Mine has to go for re-cycling now. Bought a cordless Flymo. At least you can get the spare parts for them. (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2011
Don't buy it, there are far better ones for a few more £s. Poor starter. Very heavy, bump feed works when you're lucky, so called 'choke/air filter' fitting is fragile and crude. Joint between strimming/cutter head and the power unit is very weak and wobbly. BUT, yes, very powerful when its in a good mood! Self assembly keeps the price down but not worth the tedium if you can avoid it. (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2010 by Job Done (1 review written)
I have the S&J 33cc strimmer/brush cutter, it's excellent!
The first thing to remember with any 2 stroke is to use a good quality 2 stroke oil and be very exact when mixing fuel & oil! If just new run your machine a little rich in oil first time out then keep to the prescribed 40:1 mix. If your machine is stalling check for grass or fibre caught around & or just above the cutting head, if clear then look for dirt in the fuel tank, clean or replace the air filter,also clean or replace the... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2010
Bought it because it has "cow horns" . Can be difficult to start . but when it goes it is a cracker . Bump feed works well and the brush cutter is the best I have seen . It tackled brambles up to 25mm thick !
Price was right , but it is not up to the standard of my previous Riobi , but then joint problems made me switch to the S&J . Expandit extras will also fit the S&J . (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2010
Its really poor. On the plus side its an easy starter. Cant comment on the brush cutter as havent used it.
The strimmer is rubbish. Bump feed doesnt work (never has), and the head retaining knob jams on and cannot be removed. I now keep a jubilee clip on it as i can wack that to remove the head retaining knob. After 45 minutes of strimming the head ovverheated and melted its plastic mount. Also the drive shaft jammed on and would not disconnect until it was cold (the next day). I... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2010
The bump feed has never worked .After two season the engine slowed down and due to this the clutch would not engage to drive the head.
I sent the unit for repair but the cost would have been so high it was not worth it. I have now purchased a new Ryobi trimmer and so far no problems.
Spear and Jack did not wish to know and neither did Argos. (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2010
I got a spear & jackson petrol spjbc28 grass and brush cutter new, on ebay. I built it using the instructions. The engine is starting and going ok but not driving the cutter. (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2010
Good machine, it has coped with everything I asked it to do, it eats brambles and has even chopped down medium size shrubs ! can be difficult to start, however no problems with the spool as per other reviews (read more)
Written on: 15/10/2009
I bought the Spear and Jackson SPJBC28 brush cutter with grass trimmer spool, expecting to get the reliability of Spear and Jackson but quickly discovered this is not the case.
The bump line feed has never worked; however I have to confess that I have never found one that did efficiently on any strimmer by any manufacturer.
When running, it is an efficient machine and the brush cutter in particular is extremeley effective.
So why the low rating? Well it normally takes about 15 minutes to... (read more)
Written on: 21/09/2009
bought the Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 brush-cutter beginning of this summer, found it very awkward to handle and wished i had bought a model with one handle on it.
after that it took forever to try and start it that i usually end up doing a basil fawlty and throw it back in the shed.
i thought maybe i hadn't got the mixture right, so i carefully measured out the petrol/oil mixture and tried again, to no avail i'm back using a heavy duty electric strimmer.
i thought i couldent go wrong with... (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2009
the Spear & Jackson product was ok to use its the after care service thats at fault the bump feed is a waste of time the bump broke and i cant get a replacement from the manufacturor (read more)
Written on: 23/08/2009
My Spear & Jackson has trouble to start, line feed keps breaking, and where can i get spares for it? (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2009
bought my Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 last year. trouble starting from cold and if you try and start when its hot.....forget it. problems with the strimmer spool which has now exploded. i bought it as i thought spear and jackson was a good make but what a let down. (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2009 by keithswoolley (1 review written)
The Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 strimmer is cheap and effective (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2008 by tarkagiggs
The Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 is a good strimmer until you run out of cord. Cannot comment on Blade as I have never used it. Bought last year & never had to replace cord line until now.
Referred to both handbook & Help line, problem is that the retainer knob holding the spool in place is meant to come off when turned anticlockwise, it doesn't & now I'm fuming with anger as the so-called HELPLINE is only an answering machine. I'm still awaiting a call back. (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2008 by Dangrade (1 review written)
Having used this Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 for over a year now mainly as a brushcutter, both in the garden and for heavier tasks , it has proved to be reliable and up to the tasks asked of it. So much so I have just purchased the new S+J 30cc petrol strimmer.
I needed an new primmer button (those pesky mice) which was sourced from the spare part supplier listed in the literature supplied.
Written on: 12/05/2008 by LesGibson (1 review written)
Although this is a good strimmer, my problem is that I have lost few items for fitting the brushcutter and am having extreme difficulty sourcing parts! (read more)
Written on: 08/05/2008 by barriepeter (1 review written)
This Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 nice and cheap but as they say pays your money takes your choice? (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2008
At the price all criticism is silenced! Mine did not go round properly for some time then I picked it up one day and it worked perfectly. Who can complain at that price? The sling and balance are good. (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2007 by Kentishman (1 review written)
The Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 is basically a good little budget brushcutter / strimmer which will deal with most types of work.
The main problems are down to poor build quality and poor standard of components, as it's only badged as Spear & Jackson, but built to a budget in Taiwan. Some spares can be a problem (do not try to phone Spear & Jackson, as they know nothing about this model, as it's a special Argos one). I ended up with a complete new engine assembly under warranty, as spares... (read more)
Written on: 30/06/2007 by heatherman (1 review written)
It feels like the quality of the Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 strimmer has been compromised to get a low price. (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2007 by geoffk (12 reviews written)
It would appear that S&J have been commandeered by Argos, as I could not find anybody else who supplied the Spear & Jackson SPJBC28 trimmer. It was on offer - £10 off and £10 more than the standard line trimmer. Good value for the money, and it does the job. The included brush cutter is really something else! It's like a circular saw on a stick, so mind your toes. It levels anything it comes into contact with. (read more)
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