Time to tackle the hedges and rougher areas

Funny the way verges and hedgerows and scrubby areas keep growing in the heat but lawns merely get browned off.

When it’s baking hot it’s best to leave the lawn and not trim it – grass has an amazing way of coming back to life as soon as it gets a soaking and the temperatures fall.

This is the time to turn our attentions to hedges and verges. You can trim hedges now as the birds will have flown their nests and verges can look really scruffy as the weather hots up.

So here are ten top tools for keeping these in order.

If you have just a small hedge then this little German-engineered machine wil do the trick.

Einhell GE-PH 2555 hedgetrimmer
Rotating handle: Einhell GE-PH 2555 petrol hedgetrimmer

The Einhell GE-PH 2555-A Petrol Hedgetrimmer has a pair of reciprocating blades and to make life easier when trimming hedge tops and sides the rear handle rotates though 180 degrees.

It is light and easy to handle and has a 24.5cc engine and 55cm blades with 28mm tooth gaps. And electronic ignition makes it very easy to fire up.

It costs £129.95, £70 less than the maker’s recommended price and has a two year warranty. We deliver it free the next working day.

Hedge tops always prove a problem and here’s an easy way to tackle them without risking life and limb teetering on a high ladder.

Einhell long reach hedge trimmer
It’s the tops: Einhell GE-HC long reach hedgetrimmer

The Einhell GE-HC 18LI-T Cordless Pruner/Hedgetrimmer Kit will also prune overhanging branches making it an especially good buy.

And being powered by a lithium ion battery the overall weight is much lowered than a petrol-powered machine.

The pair of hedge trimming blades can be seven positions so you can trim at the right angle

It also has a display to show you how much charge is in the battery – a battery charger is included in the price.

It costs £169, £10 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a two year warranty.

Now a cracking machine which is light and strong and on special offer.

Tanaka hedge trimmer
Bigger tasks: Tanaka TCH33 ECP2 hedge trimmer

The Tanaka TCH22E-AP2 (50) Petrol Hedgetrimmer has a 21.1cc engine which uses little fuel and produces fewer emissions and the exhaust is to the front making it more comfortable to use

It starts very easily and has a pair of 50cm blades with a wide 30mm tooth gap so it can tackle ticker hedge growth.

The rear handle rotates through 180 degrees making it easier to cut hedge sides and tops.

It is delivered free the next working day with a five year warranty and costs £199, £90 off the maker’s recommended price.

Another cracking Japanese hedgecutter is the Echo HC-156.

This too has a five year home use warranty and the power comes from a 21.2 engine engineered to give maximum power and reduce emission and fuel use.

Access to the air filter is simple and it can be cleaned without reaching for the tool box.

It has longer 64cm blades with a 35mm tooth spacing so it can cut a large hedge more quickly.

It costs £275, over £90 less than the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day.

High hedges: Mitox 22 LRK hedgetrimmer
High hedges: Mitox 22 LRK hedgetrimmer

Now a machine built to cut the tops of tall hedges.

The Mitox 28 LRK Kawasaki Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer has a 26.3cc engine with a full crank and an electronic ignition which ensures smooth starting and running.

The blades are 55cm long and the cutting head articulates through 22 degrees so that it can tackle all manner of hedges shapes. It weighs 7.4kg.

It costs £399, has a three year warranty and is delivered free the next working day.

Now a brush cutter exclusive to us at MowDIRECT.

The Einhell GE-BC 33 AS Low-Vibration Brushcutter employs the same technology as that used on many professional machine s to keep vibrations to a minimum and make it more comfortable to use.

Einhel;l GE-BC 33 AS brushcutter
Comfortable to use: Einhell GE-BC 33 AS low vibration brushcutter

It is fitted with a double-bearing crankshaft and comes with a padded shoulder harness to make longer working more comfortable.

The cowhorn handlebars mean you can use it in a sweeping motion to cut down large areas quickly.

The engine is Einhell’s own, 32.6cc and it comes with a three –toothed metal blade and a strimming head.

The drive shaft is split so it can fit in the car boot.

The recommended price is £349.95 but we are selling it for only £169.95 with free delivery and a two year warranty.

TAnaka 240S line trimmer
For lawn edges: Tanaka TBc 240S line strimmer

One for the more demanding gardener is the Tanaka TCG-24EAS Line Trimmer with a 24cc motor and a rigid drive shaft mounted on ball bearings.

It weighs just 4.6kg and the loop handle means you can work in restricted spaces more easily.

And advantage of this machine means that it can be turned into a hedgetrimer or pruner with the relevant attachments.

You can also buy a brushcutting blade, spare line and a safety helmet with visor and ear muffs at special prices when you place your order.

It costs £239, £50 off the recommended price. It has a five year warranty and free delivery the next working day.

Now a machine often preferred by the professional gardener.

Kawasaki BK27ed brushcutter
Professionals’ choice: Kawasaki BK27ed brushcutter

The Kawasaki BK27ED Brushcutter has a 27cc engine which boast an exhaust designed to keep the noise right down.

Fitted with cowhorn handles it has a shoulder harness and also comes with a strimmer head and three-toothed cutting blade.

You also get a free safety helmet with ear muffs and visor worth £24.95 and a free litre of 2-stroke oil worth £5.95.

It costs £299, a saving of £30 on the recommended price and has a two year commercial warranty, five years for domestic use. We deliver it free the next working day.

Now a machine which has proved very popular with people who have a large garden where some areas are overgrown with tall grasses, nettles and the like.

MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer
Clear the weeds: MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer

The MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer Mower has a trimming head at the front with tough nylon line which is powered by a 160cc 4-stroke engine.

This is a tough little machine made to cope with rough areas but it can alaso be used on verges and bank sides.

It has a low front nose which can be pushed under trees and can work closed to fences and walls because of it nylon trimming head.

It has a working width of 56cm and cutting heights from 35 to 70mm.

It costs £299, £30 off the recommended price with five sets of line, a replacement set of 20 trimming lines costs £20.

And it is delivered free the next working day with a two year warranty.

And finally a beast of a machine for the roughest garden wildernesses.

Efco DR-b6 brush cutter
wilderness worker: Efco dr-b6 wheeled brush cutter

The Efco DR51-S6 Wheeled Brushcutter has a 189cc Subaru engine and can tackle really rough areas as it has affront dolly wheel and large diameter rear wheels. The cutting width is 5000 m2.

It costs £739, £180 off the recommended price and has a three year warranty. We deliver it dree with two to three working days.

For really serious machines for tackling thick undergrowth see these pages, for brush cutters go here and for hedgetrimmers, here.

And if you still can’t find the machine you’re looking for please give us a ring on 08454 588905.

 

 

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Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.