***This Giveaway is now closed and no longer taking entries. Thanks to all who commented. The results will be announced Thursday, June 23, 2010***
Sometimes we have weeds. Weeds that need a whack.
I tried explaining to the weeds that we have a blog and threatened them with being outted on said blog…but that didn’t seem to convince them to leave us alone. I guess that only works with family.
Anyhoo. Jeremy already owns a weedwacker…a wonderful beaut that tackles the weeds that sprout around our stone wall, along our neighbors fence and that cover the entire back yard. So when the fine folks at Black n’ Decker offered us one of their new shmancy electric weedwackers, I wasn’t really jumping at the chance to acquire a new yard tool. Call me crazy but enough is enough. But then my boyfriend looked at me with those blue eyes. And he flexed his calf muscles (you know what that does to me – let’s just say that’s how Will came to be). And he may or may not have bit his lower lip before leaning in for a soft one (that may have been the post pregnancy hormones but a girl can imagine it actually happened.) And then he suggested that we just do a giveaway. Hot & generous. Mostly hot.
Anyway, I told the Black n’ Decker peeps that we would be happy to just do a giveaway. But they decided they wanted our opinion on how this puppy works….AND….(I love ands)….AND they would provide an additional weedwacker as a giveaway! So we put it to the test. Literally. We worked this baby (as in my boyfriend did all the work as I incessantly asked questions).
First off…it is the Black and Decker 24 volt cordless string trimmer and edger. Secondly, it’s electric. Like the slide. Sorry about the cheesiness. It’s electric. And therefore it requires charging. When we tore open the package, the first thing you wanna do is charge it up. Thirdly, electric weedwackers have a reputation of being the weaklings of the weedwacker community. But this one was surprisingly powerful…and required an extra long charge at the beginning. So first charge – then get acclimated. First there are two ways to use it.
The first way is to have the head swiveled down. This is the weedwacker function. You know…for getting in those awkward spots that the mower can’t fit or under stuff like trees or playsets or around fences.
But you can also swivel the head to use the tool as an edger.
In this position, the little metal bracket comes down and acts as a guide for along sidewalks and driveways.
So right after Jeremy became fully acclimated, we decided to put it to the real test…the fence. In the past, lesser weedwackers that we borrowed were not up to this challenge. The single string would get caught in the fence or the long weeds and would require that ever-popular “BANG THE POO OUTTA THE WEEDWACKER” adjustment that you see people doing. But surprisingly it worked just fine. No tangles and no banging required.
Now I would like to draw attention to one of our favorite features : the Power Command. Honestly, I feel this should be called the Bower Power Command…because it is awesome. Basically it is a power-saver/power-booster switch. It’s like the turbo button on my hairdryer. When it’s on, it goes into super-mode…you can immediately hear and feel the power. And when it’s off, it conserves the battery. That’s like a two-for-one.
And now for the before & afters.
Nice, eh? So here’s the deal, we have a giveaway for one of these puppies…you can win one. But if you don’t win, you can score one at your local home improvement store for your hubby, your dad (Hello! FATHER’s DAY!) or yourself (it’s honestly light enough for a gal like me to handle…and I’m a total wuss!). And as a bonus, the Black n Decker folks have also provided a coupon. Go here to see the freebies you can score! Oh – and here is the coupon code for you to enter – TRIM351
Now onto the giveaway! Here are all the details on how you can win a Father’s Day Gift of your own:
PRIZE : 1 Black n Decker Cordless 24 volt String Trimmer/Edger
NUMBER OF WINNERS : One (1)
TO ENTER : Leave a comment with the phrase “Whack Me” and tell me what you would do for this prize. Would you climb Mt. Kilmanjaro? Anybody willing to trade a firstborn? How bout bodyparts…anybody wanting to barter? Let’s hear it!
PRIZE SHIPS : Within the USA
NITTY GRITTY : This giveaway ends on Wednesday, June 23rd at 8am EDT. Only one contest entry per email address. The winners will be chosen using Random.org and announced on Thursday, June 24th.