Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 101
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by studentforlife Automatic String Feeder requires frequent intervention
Rugged, well-made, simple, easy to flip between edger and trimmer. I like using it as an edger. But automatic feeder doesn't work. In the beginning, it wouldn't release line; I kept having to disassemble, let some line out, and reassemble. I called B&D and they sent me a replacement cover. Then it started working great for a couple of months. But then it started feeding an entire spool per trimming (and I don't have a large yard). Last week my wife had to trim, and she was carrying wire cutters to get the job done when it fed too much. Now, it feeds so much line that it become tangled. It finally wrapped the line around and around under the motor and killed itself.
September 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Grassmuncher1922 Good Value, Good for B&D product
This unit replaced my old B&D dual string weed whacker. Was having significant trouble getting line to feed on old unit; followed manual instructions but feeder was cheap and worn out. This new unit feeds much better and feels very light in the hands. Cuts through grass, weeds and ankles with ease, although not all when used properly.
May 14, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Judy Works great but string doesn't feed on it's own
Overall, it is a good product, but it says the string should automatically feed, but it doesn't. We have to turn it off, unplug it, take it apart and feed the string and put it back together. Usually about two or three times to finish our yard. Manual doesn't help with this problem.
June 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RUe2 The best yet
I purchased a different battery operated trimmer, than the one above, 2 years ago. It required a new 80 dollar battery every year! For less than 80 dollars I bought a new electric Black and Decker trimmer and said goodbye to the older trimmer and battery charger and battery. What a waste all the way around! The new Black and Decker is more powerful, lightweight, need not be charged (ready/ go), trimmer string stronger and does not break, I can get all edging done in minutes, and more. One just needs to get used to the cord. I highly recommend this product.
April 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SmartToolLover Yes This GH 3000 eats line if you do not use it correctly
The Black and Decker GH 3000 Review, Purchased 12 Jun 2013
The Black and Decker GH 3000 has a 7.5 amp motor, Just powerful enough to drive the 0.80 line You cannot put larger string on the reel The Auto feed will not release properly and it could burn out the motor. The motor is designed to handle just so much So also buying a cord just for this machine is a good idea. What I use for my 150Ft is one 100 Ft 12 Gage cord with one 25 Ft 14 Gage cord one 25 Ft 16 Gage cord; Putting the heaviest cord closest to the outlet and the smaller end cord for flexibility
16 Gage can be used up to 50Ft & Extension cord at 18 Gage is just a lamp cord
Yes This GH 3000 eats line if you do not use it correctly The Auto Feed works on a ratchet system were every time you let off the power trigger it feeds out more line on every start-up. Only let off the trigger when the line brakes or your jobs finished. (DO NOT PUMP THE TRIGGER) It’s not a GAS TRIMMER
Know that on a large trim job it will go thru a 20ft reel of line easily . What I did is bought an extra Reel and Reel Cap and 300 Feet of 0.80 line and learned to wind my own line. It is also a good Idea to rinse off the whole bottom area. Then the reel cap will easily come right off and the line cutter will keep working
To other reviews If you understand how this tool works it is not a piece of junk !!! The line reel must be wound properly row by row holding the line as you roll it. I found it gets easier if you flip it around for each wound row. Then put it right in an extra reel cap for storage.
Also If the trim head is bounced around during transport or the line breaks at the line hole the reel could unravel. So just pull the reel cap off and inspect the winding and tighten them up and re-thread.
What I found is nice is to have an extra cap and reel ready to go. I need a reel and a half for my yard.
B&D NOTE : On one of the extra Reel Caps I had to do some B&D Q&A and file some burs for the Reel Cap to fit and remove easier.
Next I’m going buy a 20amp peak DC to AC inverter and with a 25Ft cord and run it off my garden tractor battery
June 26, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Texasdoc Cannibalizes line
I had had the 6 amp B&D trimmer which lasted several years, and bought this looking for more power. What a mistake. Within the first 10 feet of edging my yard, the spool was empty. Trying to get the cap off to figure that out was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life. Like another reviewer, I had to use pliers just to get the cap off. Thinking I must have done something wrong, I bought another pre-wound spool of string (expensive!) and tried again. No improvement. During the few seconds that the trimmer was working, the wheel was a royal pain. If there was an option for 0 stars, that would be my rating.
April 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dougsc B&D GH3000 autofeed works
I've been using gas trimmers for along time but am slowly going deaf so decided to try a corded. I'm EXTREMELY impressed with the GH3000. It has plenty of power even with a 100ft extension cord. I was skeptical of the auto feed feature but it worked very well and doing the entire yard I maybe used 2ft of line. Oh yeh, there is only 1 string, I'm used to two (or more) strings on the head. The entire unit jumps a tiny bit when a new piece of string feeds so you may scalp a spot or two. Did I mention I was impressed with the autofeeed? I also bought a generic shoulder strap to help carry it. (i'm old).
May 9, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by aguyfromohio2 Faulty Product, Do Not Buy
This trimmer has an automatic line feed system that simply does not work.
I used two full spools of string trimming about 100 linear feet.
In vertical edging mode, or during heavy horizontal cutting, the string feeds always.
A quick check of Black & Decker website shows many customers have this problem.
B&D are clearly aware of the problem yet they continue to ship and sell these defective trimmers.
Too bad, I've had many good Black & Decker products. They seem to have lost their way badly.
And lost me as a customer.
Buy any other trimmer instead.
June 30, 2014