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★★★★★
Black and Decker GL720

“Beats anything I have ever owned”

Written on: 09/06/2014 by jag670 (1 review written)

After horrible experiences with petrol strimmers i decided to Buy a Bosh, it cut one square yd and failed then I noticed made in China, I replaced it with this marvelous Black and Decker, it edges an acre of lawns cuts a small sunken lawn and will even have a go at long grass although the strimmer wire does not last as long, the spools are easy to get cheap and last a long time. Ive had it three years now still going strong, I much prefer it to the petrol Styl which would never start and the… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Bad Design Fault”

Written on: 05/06/2014 by 495Christie (1 review written)

Simply read the same for Sofia 384 posting re the Black and Decker GL720 strimmer. For five years it's been a very good tool then the same faults occured i.e shredded belts! I worked out it was used 5 hours total running time each summer season i.e 25 hrs in total at a cost of £50 new. £1 for every 30 minutes used! value for money? Certainly not! I won't be buying Black and Decker anymore!… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Bad Design Fault.”

Written on: 10/05/2014 by Sofia384 (1 review written)

Have had this machine about 3 years,up until 4weeks ago it was brilliant.Then as with so many previous owners the belt broke!I took it apart,having found the HIDDEN screw,(WHY DO THAT?)to find the belt shredded to bits.The plastic belt runner also looked the worse for wear!!.The metal one was as you would expect in mint condition,you have to ask yourself why not manufacture both of these out of metal.I proceeded to order a new belt which arrived promptly and duly fitted said belt,all was fine… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Obvious Fault”

Written on: 15/04/2014 by dave2951 (7 reviews written)

I have had mine for about 3 years and then as many have described the belt broke. Replaced it at a charge of around £6. Used it once for light strimming for about five minutes and as with most other customers belt shredded yet again. Not bothering with Black and Decker ever again.It is a shame as it cuts quite well… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“rubbish”

Written on: 26/06/2013 by rbntlr (1 review written)

I have never in my life purchased such a load of rubbish and to top it all I listened to one of the retailers who said it would be quicker to buy a new one than to wait for a repair so I bought another one and the same thing has happened exactly.To all those considering buying one DONT you will only be wasting your money and you will get no sympathy from Black and Decker… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Bit feeble but OK”

Written on: 25/06/2013 by aidanb (1 review written)

I've had one for a few years, only problem was it broke a drive belt which I replaced myself. However, as a low wattage electric it's not very powerful compared to petrol strimmer and I take care not to work it too hard (see other review about teeth melting). Good for tidying up edge of patio - not good for clearing field of brambles… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Design fault. Drive teeth will melt!!!”

Written on: 16/06/2013 by albirto (1 review written)

failed twice same fault now cant get spares... Drive belt will melt and belt will strip... Not if but when!!! Used about 3 hrs in total!!!! AVOID all B&D products at all cost!!!… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“One of the disappointed CUSTOMERSSS ”

Written on: 20/11/2012 by aziqt (1 review written)

Im sooo very sad wth ths product tht it got me writing a review abt ths rubbish.. I encountered the same probs as stated above by all customers. Jst telling to the the others who's planning to buy ths s**t to frgt abt it. Product doesnt fit the so-called vry good brand. Feelng like holding a rally against b… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Motor OK. Drive mechanism to cutter very weak.”

Written on: 23/07/2012

Drive mechanism broken after limited use without abuse. Very poor design. 5 stars? Sure until it, so easily, breaks. I'm going to bin it & buy another brand. Avoid at all costs… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“RUBISH! RUBISH! RUBISH !”

Written on: 22/06/2012

BOUGHT THIS FROM B&Q JUST UNDER A YEAR AGO (ON SALE),NOW I KNOW WHY. USED ABOUT 6 TIMES THEN IT STOPPED WORKING! MOTOR RUNS BUT SPOOL NOT TURNING. TURNS OUT THE DRIVE WHEEL HAS MELTED AND SO THE BELT CAME OFF. I REALLY WISH I HAD READ THE REVIEWS ON THIS ITEM BEFORE PURCHASE AS IT SEEMS TO BE A FAULT IN DESIGN WITH THIS WHEEL AND IT HAS NOW BEEN DISCONTINUED. BUT B&Q SAY ITS NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM AND WONT EXCHANGE IT.EVEN THOUGH I HAVE THE RECIEPT. HAVE CONTACTED BLACK & DECKER BY EMAIL BUT… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 07/07/2012

A similar problem has occurred with ours, how did you get yours apart?

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★★★★★
Black and Decker GL720

“Works great!”

Written on: 07/06/2012 by bvdubs (2 reviews written)

Works great and cuts weeds, ect very well! I have had no problems at all. Good quality strimmer… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Black and Decker NEVER AGAIN on my shopping list.”

Written on: 12/04/2012 by darkh0rse (1 review written)

Had the GL720 (Type 1 / last made May 2007) and bought in 2008 or 2009 (I am not sure). As I have "other" cord cutting machines ( B & D GL690 mainly for edging AND a large Petrol Husqvarna for scrub and heavy weed infestation)the GL720 was a medium size machine to use when trying to not disturb the neighbours. The amount of use has been probably 2 hours per summer and assuming 2008 then three summers equals 6 hrs use. This year ten minutes and guess what? The cutter no longer worked but motor… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“broken belt, broken nylon pulley.rubbish product”

Written on: 11/04/2012

Had this product for 6 months then belt broke, Pulley teeth stripped. Phone all spare suppliers and and was told I had to replace the entire motor at a cost of £45.00 phone Black and Decker they will replace and upgrade parts all I have to do is pay for courier to Liverpool ;. I live in London;. COME ON BLACK AND DECKER GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER ITS A DESIGN FAULT have bought a Ryobi 1000W Electric Line Trimmer RLT1000EX fantastic strimmer only cost £65.00… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Useless”

Written on: 20/03/2012

Had 2 and both have packed in within a year, utterly useless piece of junk… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“AVOID THIS PIECE OF RUBBISH”

Written on: 08/08/2011 by chefski08 (1 review written)

Belt broke after 10 mins, replaced, Drive wheel broke, replced , Gaurd shattered, this has to be the worst b & d product I have ever bought. Cheap badly made chinese rubbish… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Rubbish - has totally undermined my faith in Black and...”

Written on: 30/07/2011

The belt broke on my first model within minutes of starting to use it. I brought it back to the shop, and they replaced it with my current unit, advising me to use it very carefully, which I have done. Now, again, six months later, the exact same problem. Like other reviewers, I wish I had read reviews before buying. I will not trust black and decker's brand again - absolute rubbish, not fit for purpose. … Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 04/08/2011

Holy concise data bmatan. Lol!

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Ugonyonyo's Comment

Written on: 01/09/2011

Yup! and the belt is half as wide as the space alowed on the two gears. Why?
The large plastic gear, now smooth on half of it's surface, can not be purchased without the motor. Why?

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Black and Decker GL720

“Avoid avoid avoid”

Written on: 24/07/2011

6 weeks past its warranty, and after probably 6 hours of cumulative use... well, you know the story: belt gone, cog burned out, no available spares. Very dissapointing given the price point of this product… Read Full Review

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Ugonyonyo's Comment

Written on: 01/09/2011

Exactly the same faults with mine. and to buy a cog one must buy the motor as well.

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Black and Decker GL720

“Belt failure”

Written on: 08/07/2011 by Clarebrand (1 review written)

Do not buy! Strimmer failed after 5mins use. Replacement machine failed after a few minutes as well. Belt problems. Totally useless not up to job it appears to be designed for and in my opinion should be removed from sale… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“Keep clear load of c**p all the previous problems have...”

Written on: 29/04/2011

Keep clear load of c**p all the previous problems have been the drive or pullys, and the one i got is the same useless total waste of money like others i wish i had read these reviews before i bought it… Read Full Review

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Black and Decker GL720

“As all the others have said, what a waste of money. I...”

Written on: 06/04/2011

As all the others have said, what a waste of money. I have one, 2 drivebelts later and the "Plastic!" drive wheel has melted. Also as someone said this wheel seems to be at an angle so the belt slips off, that's because the bearing housing at the back isn't tight enough to hold the damn thing straight. Just stripped mine down and found the rear bearing is cracked and the bearings inside are loose. I will write to B&D with my findings but doubt they give a S**T, they sold a product and got the… Read Full Review

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