The Black & Decker LST136 is my first battery operated strimmer and I am impressed. I previously had a plug in one which was quiet but lacked power and of course had the cord to drag around. I upgraded to a gas powered model a few years ago, which gave me power and no cord, but came with the cost of being hard starting, loud, smelly, and a lot of arm numbing vibration. The LST136 is the best of both models, without the drawbacks. And all I could say was “Wow!” when I used it. Mind you my yard had not been touched up until this last week and it went through everything I ask it to with not a hitch on the lowest setting.