Black & Decker MTE912 3-in-1 Gardening Tool Review
The Black & Decker MTE912 is a versatile tool which can be used as a lawn mower, string trimmer and an edger. This makes it perfect for people who simply don’t want to invest or don’t have space for many different gardening tools. The MTE912 is best suited for small gardens with its cutting swath of 12 inches.
- 3-in-1 – Trimmer, edger and mower.
- 12” cutting swath.
- 5 amp electric motor.
- Constant speed transmission.
- Auto feed system (AFS) for the cord.
- 2 years warranty.
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Black & Decker MTE912 review
When I first heard about the new Black & Decker MTE912, I was quite intrigued. I really liked the idea, a gardening tool that can cover most of your needs. Cause this Black & Decker MTE912 can be used as a regular string trimmer, an edger and as a lawn mower. I will go into detail how this worked for me below.
The Black & Decker MTE912 comes almost fully assembled. It only took me a couple of minutes to attach the guard around the string with a few screws and push the auxiliary handle into place. The assembly couldn’t be simpler.
This gardening tool is basically a string trimmer with some extra features which makes it very versatile. The string used with this tool is the regular 0.065” (model number AF-100) which is widely sold in stores and online.
The string is single fed which makes it so much easier to replace the full spool with the empty one. Also, to me a single fed system seems to use less string than a double fed after a many years of experience.
The Automatic Feed System, AFS, ensures that the string is at an appropriate length without bumping the trimmer or having to stop to adjust the length. I find the AFS feature to be very convenient and it works great.
Electric motor and transmission
The electric motor seems fairly powerful with its 6.5 Amps. Black & Decker has fitted this model with a gear-driven transmission which will maintain a constant speed even during the tougher patches.
I found this to be true, the tool managed to keep the speed constant most of the time. Of course, the tougher patches with really long and thick grass and weeds it got a bit bogged down.
The multi tool
This tool can be used as a trimmer, an edger and as a lawn mower. I will first look at the trimmer function since it is basically a normal string trimmer.
The Black & Decker MTE912 is a great string trimmer. It has a powerful electric motor, but is still lightweight and easy to use. I love the AFS (Automatic Feed System) which I mentioned above. The wheel which is fitted above the string makes it very easy to cut along a wall or patio edge.
You can adjust the height of the handle to fit your height, from 33” to 43”. The handle position can also be easily changed so you can use it comfortable as an edger as well.
I found the edger function to be good. Simply roll the wheel along your edge of your lawn. This will let you have greater control and you won’t accidently drive the string into the ground.
Unfortunately, I am not as pleased with the lawn mower function. The swath of only 12 inches is very small when it comes to lawn mowers. Due to the small cutting width, I would say, this gardening tool is best suited for small yards.
The plastic lawn mower deck can be easily attached to the string trimmer and detached with the quick release foot pedal. The cutting height can be adjusted in two positions with a spring loaded mechanism which lowers or raises all four wheels. The lowest cutting height is 1.6” while the highest is 2.4”.
The deck is made of plastic and feels a bit flimsy. The cutting deck gets full of grass and it is not smooth enough. By applying non-stick spray will help a bit.
- Automatic string feeder.
- Small footprint.
- Great trimmer and edger.
- Poor mowing capability.