Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700)

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  • 13" cutting path
  • 4.4 amp motor
  • .065" line size
  • Automatic feed spool (AFS)
  • Groom 'N' Edge head rotates 180 degrees for edging
  • Edge guide
  • Built-in auxiliary handle
  • Cord retention system
  • Replacement spool - Ace no 7081029 or 7305030 (3 pack)
  • Replacement line - Ace no 73406 (40 ft), 7215486 (200 ft) and 7215502 (420 ft)
  • 2 year warranty


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Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700)
 
3.8

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to handle (11)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Ergonomic grip (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Straight edging (11)
    • Weeds & tall grass (11)
    • Trimming around rocks (10)
    • Hedging (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Do-it-yourself (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Value For The Money

    Because of it's high speed I have found it indispensable for trimming around trees,shrubs,fences,sidewalks and giving "haircuts" to invasive ground covers. The only complant I have or...Read complete review

    Because of it's high speed I have found it indispensable for trimming around trees,shrubs,fences,sidewalks and giving "haircuts" to invasive ground covers. The only complant I have or had, is that the trigger switch becomes inoperable after a season or two. I've purchased a number of these over the years and it's the same problem with all of them save the last one which is still holding up pretty well. This trimmer gets a lot of hard use so I'm willing to overlook this fault in lieu of the fact that it's a great tool otherwise. The AFS feature is a real plus, snapping in a new spool is so much faster and easier than struggling to refill with new "fishing line".

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't waste your money.

    I bought this trimmer last summer and used it for 2-3 months with no problems, it worked great. But as soon as it ran low on line for the first time, the...Read complete review

    I bought this trimmer last summer and used it for 2-3 months with no problems, it worked great. But as soon as it ran low on line for the first time, the problems started. I discovered it was low when it started feeding out large amounts of line and wrapping it around itself above the top of the unit that the spool clicks into. I stopped it, unwound it and made sure the motor was still working and everything seemed ok. But since then, it's been problem after problem, after problem and I think it has now burned out the motor. B&D recommends that you buy the pre-filled spools rather than replace the line, but our Ace (where I bought the trimmer) doesn't carry them (yeah, that makes sense), so I was stuck buying the line and had to wind the spool myself, which I'm sure didn't help. I looked all over online for winding/refilling instructions but I am unimpressed with B&D's customer support system. The warranty is a joke as it will cost me more to get it to & from the repair center than to just buy a new trimmer (which will NOT be a Black & Decker). I am disappointed to say the least.

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    4.0

    Good value

    By Lee

    from Ocean Shores, WA

    About Me Do-It-Yourself

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Handle
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Sticks with Heavy Grass

    Best Uses

    • Hedging
    • Straight Edging
    • Trimming Around Rocks
    • Weeds & Tall Grass

    Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

    Not the most powefful, but adequate. Good performance for the money.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A great deal on sale

    By Rebecca

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Handle
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Sticks with Heavy Grass

    Best Uses

    • Straight Edging
    • Trimming Around Rocks
    • Weeds & Tall Grass

    Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

    I purchased this on sale so it was a pretty good deal except I hadn't realized that it did not come with a cord. Not a huge deal but I couldn't use it until I picked one up.

    Over all I am pleased with my purchase. It is easy to hold and use, the line automatically replenishes by pulling on the trigger and it holds up well in thick, heavy grass. Easy to put together and would be great for any first timer or novice user. I only gave it 4 stars because I have only used it once so far, but got a pretty good feel for it. I hope it proves worthy over time.

     
    4.0

    B&D Electric Trimmer

    By Mel

    from San Luis Obispo, CA

    About Me Do-It-Yourself

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Handle
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Straight Edging
      • Trimming Around Rocks
      • Weeds & Tall Grass

      Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

      As a first time user, I am very happy with this trimmer. It is lightweight, easy to use and clean.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this trimmer.

      By Sherlie

      from Humble, Tx.

      About Me Do-It-Yourself

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Handle
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Straight Edging
        • Trimming Around Rocks
        • Weeds & Tall Grass

        Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

        I am a 75 year old woman. I bought two other expensive trimmers I could not use because the spools were to big for me to remove to change. They broke all the time and I could not edge with them. I have had this Black and Decker more than a month and do my yard once a week. It is easy to reload, light weight, edges perfect,does not use a lot of line and the line has never once broken and I had some tall weeds this year and lots of them. This is the only one I will ever use and I am thinking about getting another one now in case they quit making this model.

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Value For The Money

        By Hughtron

        from Dixon

        About Me Do-It-Yourself

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Change Spool
        • Easy to Handle
        • Ergonomic Grip
        • High Speed
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cutting Back Groundcover
          • Hedging
          • Straight Edging
          • Trimming Around Rocks
          • Weeds & Tall Grass

          Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

          Because of it's high speed I have found it indispensable for trimming around trees,shrubs,fences,sidewalks and giving "haircuts" to invasive ground covers. The only complant I have or had, is that the trigger switch becomes inoperable after a season or two. I've purchased a number of these over the years and it's the same problem with all of them save the last one which is still holding up pretty well. This trimmer gets a lot of hard use so I'm willing to overlook this fault in lieu of the fact that it's a great tool otherwise. The AFS feature is a real plus, snapping in a new spool is so much faster and easier than struggling to refill with new "fishing line".

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          hit or miss

          By andrew

          from rockland, ma

          About Me Handyman

          Pros

          • Easy to Handle
          • Ergonomic Grip
          • Inexpensive
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Difficult to Start
          • Internal wiring loose

          Best Uses

          • Hedging
          • Straight Edging
          • Trimming Around Rocks
          • Weeds & Tall Grass

          Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

          I say hit or miss because I read a number of reviews stating how well it worked, and others who said it worked poorly. When I first started it up it worked great, cuts extremely well and was a lot more powerful than I expected. Until it stopped working. It wouldn't kick on, but every time you hit the on switch, it would move a little. I disassembled the handle, adjusted some of the wiring and put it back together. Now it works fine every time, haven't had any issues since then.

          For the price it's understandable but not acceptable that there should be issues. You shouldn't have to adjust wiring inside the product for it to work reliably.

          *NOTE: The wiring was poorly secured, there was no risk of shock, it just was loose inside the handle which caused the on switch to come loose and therefore wouldn't kick on.*

          That being said, The trimmer does cut tall and heavy wet grass extremely well. Didn't notice any loss of power when used with two extension cords.

          (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Don't waste your money.

          By Disappointed in Idaho

          from Hayden, ID

          About Me Do-It-Yourself

          Pros

          • Easy to Handle
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Difficult to refill
          • Uses Lots of Line

          Best Uses

          • Straight Edging
          • Trimming Around Rocks
          • Weeds & Tall Grass

          Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

          I bought this trimmer last summer and used it for 2-3 months with no problems, it worked great. But as soon as it ran low on line for the first time, the problems started. I discovered it was low when it started feeding out large amounts of line and wrapping it around itself above the top of the unit that the spool clicks into. I stopped it, unwound it and made sure the motor was still working and everything seemed ok. But since then, it's been problem after problem, after problem and I think it has now burned out the motor. B&D recommends that you buy the pre-filled spools rather than replace the line, but our Ace (where I bought the trimmer) doesn't carry them (yeah, that makes sense), so I was stuck buying the line and had to wind the spool myself, which I'm sure didn't help. I looked all over online for winding/refilling instructions but I am unimpressed with B&D's customer support system. The warranty is a joke as it will cost me more to get it to & from the repair center than to just buy a new trimmer (which will NOT be a Black & Decker). I am disappointed to say the least.

          (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Broke within the first 10 minutes

          By Florida

          from FL

          About Me Do-It-Yourself

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Handle does not adjust
          • Switch was faulty

          Best Uses

            Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

            I had to return it after using it for only 10 minutes.

            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            VERY POWERFUL & LIGHTWEIGHT TRIMMER

            By Vlincoln

            from Jordan, MN

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • AUTO LINE FEED is GREAT
            • Changing Line is SIMPLE
            • Easy to Handle
            • Ergonomic Grip
            • Half price of a gas one
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Hardly ANY cons

            Best Uses

            • ANY GENERAL TRIMMING
            • Straight Edging
            • Trimming Around Rocks
            • Weeds & Tall Grass

            Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

            I have used gas trimmers for years, and they
            always have clogged carburetors in the spring
            because of left over gas in the tank from a
            year ago. Electrics do not have this problem,
            and usually run for years with little maintenance.
            It was a power and portability issue with electrics,
            and this trimmer has the power issue solved. It will
            trim as well as the gas ones. Portability with a 100'
            extension cord is not a big issue.

            (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Long Term Review

            By jeeplife

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Handyman

            Pros

            • Easy to Handle
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Uses Lots of Line

            Best Uses

            • Straight Edging
            • Weeds & Tall Grass

            Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

            I bought the ST7000 as a replacement for a 2 cycle gas I had for 8 years. I have owned my Black and Decker for nearly 2 years and the first year was great, then the spool stopped auto feeding and so if I was edging I constantly would have stop and manually pull the line. The cap occasionally flys off and then the spool and line gets wrapped around the shaft. Today I lost the spring and cap, and although this has a 2 year warranty, no receipt I went out and got a Troy-Bilt. On the ST7000 I paid slightly less than retail and feel it gets a 3-1/2 stars; average.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What a great product !!!

            By Susanne Greer

            from St.Louis, Mo.

            About Me Do-It-Yourself

            Pros

            • Easy to Handle
            • Ergonomic Grip
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Straight Edging
              • Trimming Around Rocks
              • Weeds & Tall Grass

              Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

              This weed trimmer is so easy to use, fast, and the yard looks beautiful. Our old trimmer was so heavy and hard to use. Thank you Black & Decker!

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent product & great value!

              By Susie Sow & Sew

              from Oakland, CA

              About Me Do-It-Yourself

              Pros

              • Easy to Handle
              • Ergonomic Grip
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Straight Edging
                • Trimming Around Rocks
                • Weeds & Tall Grass

                Comments about Black & Decker® AFS® Electric Trimmer (ST7700):

                I'm very impressed with the power of this unit and how well the feed works, and at[$], it's a bargain! It easily chopped down thick weeds and worked great as an edger too (easily cutting through ivy). I had a Toro before and the spool constantly jammed, making yard clean up a real pain. I highly recommend this ST7700 Black & Decker -- it's a great performer and worth every penny.

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