New power tools released for spring

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For green-fingered individuals who can't wait to get out into the garden at the first sight of spring, Black and Decker has launched a new range of garden power tools.

The firm says that its three new mowers make yard care easier and better than ever before, with two featuring rechargeable batteries for easier operations.

"Our new mowers feature a high-performance, super efficient motor and a new and improved blade design to generate better cut results and longer run time," says Joe Newland, group product manager, outdoor products for Stanley Black & Decker. "With our new cordless units, users will be able to cut up to a typical 1/3 acre home site with just one charge."

The rechargeable mowers are sized 19 inches, 18 inches and the corded mower is also 18 inches. The largest of the three models uses a removable battery, allowing multiple batteries to be used for consumers with larger areas and for the battery to be charged inside the house.

Black and Decker also launched a new 24 Volt Cordless String Trimmer and Edger, which it promises offers twice the power of an 18 volt trimmer.

Over 5 million gas-powered lawnmowers are sold in the US alone every year, despite the efforts of environmental agencies such as the EPA to discourage their purchase. Nonetheless, electric, and particularly cordless gardening tools have been gaining in popularity - Black and Decker competitor Bosch recently added a cordless hedge trimmer to its own range of Rotak electric mowers.