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Review of The Best BLACK+DECKER MTC220 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower

Updated on June 19, 2017
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My rating to BLACK+DECKER MTC220 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower

4 stars for BLACK+DECKER MTC220 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger

BLACK+DECKER has been designing innovating power tools, outdoor yard care equipment, automotive and lighting products, home cleaning products, accessories, home improvement products and hardware, since 1910.

The company is offering you innovative BLACK+DECKER 3-in-1 mower/edger and trimmer provides you three types of landscaping utility in a compact single tool.

Special thanks to its compact design, this an ideal string trimmer, mower, and edger for homes garden or lawn with small yards of up to 1000 square meter, as well as yards with difficult-to-reach areas or small inclines. It is a great option for houses with less storage space.

Is It Available In Two Version?

Yes, BLACK+DECKER 3-in-1 is available in two versions. This model MTE912 is a corded version, whereas MTC220 gives cordless freedom. So that you can choose the right option for your yard.

BLACK+DECKER MTC220

I am having cordless MTC220 20V Lithium Ion. It comes with two 20-volt MAX lithium-ion batteries for extended run time. It is 3 tools in 1, which you can easily convert from trimmer to mower to edger. It's AFC (automatic feed system) gives continuous work without stopping. I liked its power drive transmission, it prevents bogging down. You can easily adjustable pivoting handle and deck & trimmer height.

BLACK+DECKER MTE912

MTE912 6.5-Amp Electric this a corded version. It worked on a 6.5-Amp motor which can give maximum performance with a better result. I used to utilize corded mower but it is limited within the reach of wire. To cover more area you need to have an extension power cord, which you do not need in cordless MTC220. Garden tools which are electric but corded are a pain trying to keep from getting tangled in the cord or accidentally cutting it and you are tethered to your house outlets.

My Personal Experience with BLACK+DECKER MTC220 3-in-1

I bought this BLACK+DECKER MTC220 3-in-1 for my backyard when my electric mower broke last year. I don't like gas power mowers so I was thinking of buying another electric mower. I saw this 3-in-1 trimmer, edger and mower on Amazon so I thought to give a try.

When I received it I was really disappointed to see this tiny machine. I was wondering how is this tiny machine going to trim my yard? When I used this for the first time I was really pleased to see the final result. Grass of my yard was pretty high but still, it cut from the base and start weed and edge trimming and then snap it back in and continue mowing. If you are cutting thicker stuff you can move it back and forth like vacuuming or remove the trimmer to cut it down. It is so light in weight that I can easily lift it with one hand. It is so simple and easy to utilize that I barely sweat while mowing my yard.

Generally, I utilize about once a week and during spring I utilize twice a week. My experience with weed trimming is if you keep them clean by rinsing them off after your use them they last a long. After a deep clean I store my tools in my garage and not outside which is really increasing the life of my machine. It is been a year that I have been using it and it's working like a new one.

When it's in the string trimmer mode, the ability to shorten the shaft and adjust the handle takes the strain off my back and arms. My mother got so tired of her old heavy trimmer, then one day she borrowed mine and she loved this compact mower so much that she asked me to order one for her.

When I utilize my compact mower my neighbors are all checking it out while they are either driving by or pushing their dirty smelly gas guzzling heavy mowers and I am like using one hand to use it and one hand to wave, Hey girl, I got this on Amazon! And no you cannot borrow it, get your own!

Below are my thoughts on each feature of this 3-in-1 Compact Mower:

  • Mower

This was my primary concern. I only had to mow my yard, which was having brand new grass, but it was grown too long. I would say the mower did tremendously well on my yard. It completely changed a look of my yard within an hour.

  • Trimmer

Changing from mower to trimmer is super easy and quick. It is one of the best things about this 3-in-1 combo. The trimmer action itself is superb. I have no complaints about it.

  • Edger

It is same for the edger. It converts simply and easily from trimmer

to edger and vice versa, and it cuts like a dream.

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Is This 3-In-1 Mower Very Noisy?

It's quiet enough that I had my phone in my pocket and could hear all the alerts from emails and texts while using it. During Summer I get up early to mow before it gets hot outside and it is not at all disturbing to my neighbors.

Is This Compact Mower Durable And Sturdy?

Do not underestimate it because of its small size and light weight. It is heavy duty plastic so you don't have to worry about rust. It's so light that I've been throwing it around on the difficult terrain and it just bounces off the rocks without a scratch. Even I was worried initially about its durability but now I am not.

How Is Battery Performance Of This Cordless Mower?

Mower comes with 20-volt MAX lithium-ion two batteries with each lasting about 30 minutes running time. The mower stops when you take your fingers off the trigger so the 50 minutes is actual cutting time. This hasn't been a problem so far for me. I usually get 40 minutes or more from 1 battery for light trimming and any thick stuff will get a little less time but it comes with 2 batteries so it is possible to trim for a one and half hour. You can buy extra Lithium batteries that you charge as soon as other two are exhausted.

Can I Utilise Same Batteries For Other Black And Decker Tools?

Yes, you can use these same batteries for other Black and Decker battery operated tools if needed.

Do I Need To Buy String Trimmer Spool Very Often?

Not Very often. Generally, you can use it for one month. You should always have three or four extra spools on hand. I was able to mow my lawn and still had trimmer line left, but since you can't measure how much is being used as you're cutting and trimming. You definitely want to be prepared in the event it runs out. I always keep five packs in extra which can get me through the rest of the summer.

Would This Be Good For Steep Hills?

Yes, it is. The mower is fairly light so you can use it easily on Steep Hills. It is a mowing frame with wheels that holds a nylon line weed cutter, which makes maneuvering even more simple and easy.

Is It Easy For Ladies To Use This Mower?

Yes, it is very easy for ladies to utilize this Mower. For her, it is like vacuuming my lawn.

Is Initial Setup Difficult And Time-Consuming?

Set up out of the box took me around 4 minutes, took me longer to locate my screw driver than it did to screw the one screw that attaches the guard to the trimmer and that was it. I was mowing within 5 minutes of pulling this out of the box.

Pros and Cons of BLACK+DECKER MTC220 3-in-1

Pros
Cons
No gas fumes.
The wheels have to be manually adjusted to compensate for grass length.
Light weight and easy to use.
Always have at least one battery charging so you can switch out if you need to.
It's very quiet.
It is not ideal for a lawn more than 200 yard.
No more blades to break on rocks.
 
Strong and effective for medium size yards.
 
Fast to switch from weed eater to mower and to edger.
 
Easy to clean. You just use water from a garden hose and it's clean.
 
Stores easily in small space.
 
No frustrating cord to pull on to get it started.
 
No speed adjustment, it is nice to have speed control on the trigger.
 
Batteries can also be used with other Black and Decker cordless tools.
 
Easy to turn on and off.
 
Low Maintenance and Low cost.
 

In this box

  • MTC220 3-N-1 trimmer/edger and mower
  • Detachable mower deck (MTD100)
  • Spool of trimmer string (1 No.)
  • 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Batteries LBXR2020 (2 Nos.)
  • Auxiliary handle (1 No.)
  • Guard (1 No.)
  • Operating instructions

Technical Details and Features

 
 
Charge time at 100%
4 hrs
Charge time at 60%
2.5 hrs
Cutting heights
1.6 - 2.4 in
Cutting path
12 in
Height adjustment
Yes
Mulching capability
No
Amps
N/a amps
Power source
Battery
System
20v max
Weight
9.9 lbs
 
 

Is This 3-In-1 Compact Mower Worth To Buy?

The price is low. I have one tool to do three jobs. I was stressing about potentially wasting my money on this unique tool but I figured that it was worth the risk if it was possible to solve the many challenges of maintaining this difficult piece of land. So far I am glad I have purchased it and I would recommend it to anybody.

© 2017 Ashish Dadgaa

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