It’s that time of year again, when the sun begins to break through the clouds, men all over the country venture out of garages to wash their cars at the weekends, and you start to hear the pleasant sound of hedge trimmers, buzzing away. I say pleasant, because to me it signifies the beginning of summer, and warm, long evenings, with the scent of barbecues wafting and the neighbours diligently mowing their lawns. Rarely these days do you see someone with clippers, bashing away at an unruly hedge, and that is simply because there are so many tools and devices that will do the job in half the time and for a very reasonable price. So with this in mind, we have selected the five best hedge trimmers on the market today. From heavy duty to price conscious, take a look:
CHEAP & CHEERFUL:
Black & Decker GT100 400 Watt Hedge Trimmer – £39.95
The GT100 400 watt is a lightweight yet powerful hedgetrimmer with dual action blades which cut branches faster and easier with less vibration. Its balanced design provides comfort for longer durations of use and includes several safety features. These include two-handed starting switch to prevent accidental starting, a safety break which will stop the unit in less than 1 second and a clear guard. Lightweight and powerful motor for quick and easy trimming. Balanced design which facilitates comfortable use for a longer duration. 400 watt powerful motor. Dual action blades which cut branches faster and easier with less vibration. Several safety features including a safety break which stops the unit in less than 1 second. Available from amazon.co.uk.
GOOD ALL ROUNDERS:
Flymo Easicut 420 Cordless Hedge Trimmer – £64.95
Flymo Easicut 420 Cordless Hedge Trimmer is a powerful cordless hedge trimmer and the quick and easy way to trim your bushes and hedges. Light Cordless Hedge Trimmer with ergonomically shaped handle with large start button for easy, safe start-up in every cutting situation. Optimised blade geometries ensure an efficient, fast, clean cut. Blade protector: Protects the user against kickback when cutting close to the ground. Protects the blades and increases their service life. Additional information and key product features: Battery voltage: 18V, Battery capacity: 1,6 Ah, Battery type: NiMh, Bar length: 420mm, Teeth opening: 16mm, Blade sheath, Two handed safety switch, Weight: 2.7kg. Available from tooled-up.com.
Bosch AHS 52 ACCU Cordless Hedge Trimmer – was £89.99 now £67.98
The Bosch AHS 52 ACCU Cordless Hedge Trimmer is lightweight and easy to use and makes cutting through medium and thick branches much easier. The AHS 52 Accu has been ergonomically designed for your comfort; it is easy–and safer–to operate with a two-trigger start system. It has quiet and vibration-free running, which means less strain on your ears and your arms. The tool weighs only 2.6kg, making it easy to handle, and it comes with a protective blade cover for safe storage. The AHS 52 Accu is powered by a 14.4V/1.5Ah NiCd battery, giving you cordless freedom and a clean cut. This hedgecutter comes complete with two batteries, which means you will get almost continuous cutting–one battery in the hedgecutter, and one on charge–with a total of 110 minutes’ running time (55 minutes each battery).The batteries are interchangeable with other 14.4V NiCd-powered Bosch garden and power tools. Available from amazon.co.uk.
Gardena Ergo Cut 48 Electric Hedge Trimmer – £112.95
This high performance electric hedge trimmer with 480mm Blade Length 550w 240v. Features: Pivoting blade is ideal for cutting the side of the hedge. Ergonomic handle is perfectly balanced, secure and less tiring in any working position. Tip protector for safe cutting near the ground. Lasercut blade for high durability and quick and efficient cutting of branches up to 27mm. Trigger is easy to use and fits perfectly in the hand. Soft grip means perfect and secure grip during work. Cable strain relief so the cable out of the way, safe and secure. Specifications: Motor 550W, Blade Length 48cm, Tooth Gap 27mm, Weight 4.0kg. Available from tooled-up.com.
Ryobi RHT36 Cordless Hedge Trimmer – £235
This Ryobi RHT36 cordless hedge trimmer runs on a 36V (2.6 Ah) li-ion battery and is perfect for cutting thin branches or tidying up messy bushes. Featuring a 55 cm laser-cut diamond-ground blade with anti-slip teeth, this RHT36 hedge trimmer by Ryobi makes clean, precise cuts. The HedgeSweep waste collection system ejects clippings during cutting. The RHT36’s two-material handle provides a firm grip, while the protective guard means you can cut close to walls and the floor. When it comes to user safety, this model offers overheating protection and a translucent blade shield for a clear view while you’re working. Available from pixmania.co.uk.