My original Black and Decker 12V battery mower was great. I loved its performance, and it was always reliable. The mower lasted through two batteries, never giving me any trouble. But when the 28V model came out, I thought, “This is great. This mower should be twice as fast, and twice as strong.” Yet things are not always as they seem with products these days.
I took the mower home and found that the "key" was a loop of wire with two spade connectors in a molded handle. Hmm. The charger plugged in where the key did, and it used the same spade connectors. I often spent 30 seconds to a minute getting it plugged in. I usually accomplished this by pushing and wiggling at various angles while wondering if I could find the design engineer and have him come over to my house once a week to take care of this for me.
The same thing happened when I tried to plug the charger in. After a year of this pushing and pulling, wiggling and turning, one of the spades broke off and pushed up inside the handle. I took the handle apart and put a toggle switch and coaxial power connector in it. This wasn’t that difficult, since there was plenty of room. I have used the mower without any trouble since. But really... spade plugs?
This entry was submitted by Paul H. Dolton and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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