Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment

black decker mowing Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment
Cordless power tools continue to advance in performance and it finally looks like outdoor power equipment which has long been dominated by gas is finally catching up.
Black & Decker invited us out to Tempe, AZ to check out their latest yard tools that have been upgraded to the 36V platform. They introduced a 24″ hedge trimmer, 13″ trimmer/edger, hard sweeper/vacuum and their self-propelled cordless mower.
Besides the mower the other three tools all run on the new 36V lithium-ion platform which is compact and now includes a “fuel gauge” to measure remaining battery life. The mower runs on 36V but in a different form factor.
36v battery Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment
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Black & Decker took the unique approach of demonstrating the tools at Diablo Stadium where Major League Baseball does Spring Training. The field was immaculate so we weren’t able to really test the effectiveness of some of these tools but we did get our hands on all of them and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting to test tools.
black decker trimmer 36v Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment


black decker trimmer Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment
We’ve got the 24V trimmer which we are impressed with but the new one promises even more power and runtime. They’ve replaced the turbo boost with a gauge that lets you choose between more power or higher runtime. If you’ve got light work to do the lower setting should work fine but its always great to have the power if you need it.
black decker hedger Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment
The hedge trimmer performed well as they demonstrated it cutting through 1/2″ dowels with ease. The clear guard, wrap-around grip and lightweight are key features.
black decker electric mower Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment
The mower we tested was their top of the line self-propelled model that included a bag for clippings which could easily be removed for mulching. The mower is quiet and runs straight but seems a bit on the heavy side but without a comparable gas version it is difficult to tell if its any heavier than a typical mower. The killer feature was a one-handed control to raise and lower the deck. The grass at the baseball field was gorgeous and already trimmed so we were unable to see how well it performed but we hope to test this soon.
black decker blower Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment
The last tool we saw was the hand-held sweeper/blower and vacuum. This product will be available in the fall and seems to fit a particular niche in outdoor equipment. It doesn’t have the power of a typical leaf blower but it would be perfect to clear a hard surface like a porch or patio or even a garden from small leaves and debris. A blower would be overkill for a situation like that. The unit is extremely light and any person of any age could operate it.
If you are tired of dealing with the hassle of oil and gas, you should definitely take a look at these options and consider “kicking gas”. Check out their website for more details.
Keep an eye out for our next Giveaway that will feature a couple of these tools.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Kevin

    Indeed, this is exactly our plan this Summer. We plan to finish a stone patio, paint our hallway and repaint our outdoor adirondack porch furniture. It’s not the Grand Canyon, but it will give a much more lasting sense of accomplishment. We plan on seeing some movies, and going to two new exhibits at our favorite museums, having a couple of meals out and attending two pool parties. You don’t have to leave home to enjoy your vacation!

    • http://www.charlesandhudson.com Charles & Hudson

      Staycations are definitely catching on these days!