Black + Decker ST5530-GB Grass Strimmer UK Review 

By  Enda

Black & Decker ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer UK Review

You will almost always find a Black and Decker model as a best seller for most gardening tools. That is simply because they make their products of good quality and at affordable prices. This ST5530 model is no exception to that rule.

It is by a good distance one of the best selling strimmers in the UK market. The affordable price of around £60, coupled with a 92% buyer satisfaction rating, quite rightly has this one right at the pick of the bunch.

I have used this one myself when working on my parent's garden. It works really well and helps get the grass cutting done quickly.

This one is very good at general grass cutting in those hard to reach areas. It also has a nice little wheel edger, and the fact that it works really well, is a big advantage.

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BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer
Black & Decker ST5530 strimmer

Main Review of the BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB


This one is an electrical corded grass trimmer. You plug it into the mains and it is good to go. That power then drives a large 550 watt motor to deliver cutting speed to the head of the trimmer. This motor is then connected to a high gear torque system, which can deliver a cutting speed of 7,500 rpm.

Cutting Capacity

This one has a very wide 38 cm cutting swathe. That is around 15 inches. That is larger than most trimmers and simply means that you can get the job done faster.

The ST5530 as an Edger

I always like it when a trimmer easily converts to an edger for doing the lawns. This one does that by simply rotating the head. It has what the manufacturer calls auto-select technology. All that really means is when the head is turned, the motor head adjusts to suit and edging speed rather than a trimming speed. A small but very helpful feature.

Optional Conversion

This is compatible with the Black & Decker CM100 mower deck. If you decide to go down that road, then this trimmer can also be used as your mower. It is a strong indication of just how powerful this motor and cutter really are.

How Buyers Rate the BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB

Buyer Satisfaction
  • Overall online buyers gave this grass trimmer a buyer satisfaction rating of 92%
  • 76% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star review
  • Only 2% of all buyers gave this trimmer a bad review

What Buyers Say about the BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB

What Buyers Liked

  • This tool is really good for getting nice neat edges around your lawn
  • This B& D model also works really well for trimming grass around pots, along the sides of fences, boards, kerbs and sides of garages and sheds.
  • Buyers really liked the way the strimmer automatically fed the line down - that was way better than having to bump it on the ground, or have to manually pull line from the spool.

What Buyers Didn't Like

  • Some found the cord a little shorter than they would have liked and had to use an extension lead

BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Specification

Key Specification Details

  • Compared to many other models, this one only weighs 2.5 Kg, and helps avoid arm fatigue.
  • Uses an automatic feed system which works really well and save hours of frustration
  • The wheeled edge guide is great for getting neat straight lines around your borders and flower beds
  • Has a 6 metre cord length
  • Works well on long grass, weeds, dock leaves, etc
  • Quick and easy to adjust the head from strimming to edging
  • 550 watts of power in the motor
  • 38 mm cutting swathe
  • Has a telescopic shaft - that means it can be adjusted to suit a range of different people's heights (just in case you can talk someone else into doing your garden)
  • It also has a second handle that can be adjusted. It is worth taking a little time with this, and trying different positions. If you get the balance just right, it gives you a lot of well balanced control.

Our Verdict on the BLACK+DECKER ST5530-GB Corded Grass Strimmer

Product Summary

One of the best sellers in the UK market. This strimmer has been bought by thousands of home owners, and has maintained a consistently excellent rating.

If you are fed up to the back teeth of lines snapping, manually having to fix that, then this one solves that problem forever.

If these are not the right corded clippers for you, then click here to see our top rated list. This one however does come out close to the top of all the grass trimmers on the UK market. It is lightweight so easy to move around a pleasure to use.

The automatic line feed works great, and the edging wheel is very useful if you like your lawn edges neat. It also has a 2-year guarantee.

If this is not the model for you, then check out our full list of grass trimmers

Black and Decker Brand

Over the past century, Black & Decker has become a household name, famous for high quality and innovative products. Making the job easier has always been at the forefront of Black & Decker’s mission. They are a US based company that originated in Baltimore. They make a whole range of tools, gardening tools, and home equipment.

Generally speaking they are considered to be at the more affordable end of the power tool brands. Their motto is to try and simplify the world of DIY and create tools and products that make the task quicker and easier to perform. They have been around for many years, just over 100 in fact, and they have been responsible for many "firsts" to market.


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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