Hints & Tips
Just about into high summer, the time of year when friends are invited to visit to enjoy a tincture on the patio or the full English barbecue of charred sausages undercooked chicken.
To show off our gardens to visitors hopefully armed with a bottle or two, hedges, lawn edges and paths need to be cared for so here are ten top tools for tidying these areas.
Need a hedgetrimmer? Then this is one you must consider.
The Mountfield MHJ2424 Double-Bladed Petrol Hedgetrimmer (61cm Blade) currently on special offer, is a great machine with double reciprocating blades and long enough to be easy to handle and yet get through hedges quickly.
A 28 mm tooth spacing means it can handle tougher stems and the 24.6 cc Mountfield engine gives bags of power and is easy to start. It weighs 5.4 kg and has a twist grip handle making it easier to trim hedge sides and tops.
Cost is £139.95, £40 less than the maker’s recommended retail price. Mountfield supplies a two year warranty and we deliver it free the next working day.
Another great machine for keeping hedges trimmed is the Tanaka THT-2000 Hedgecutter with Twist Grip Handle, another on special offer.
This has a 22 cc engine designed for a long life – this hedge trimmer has a five year manufacturer’s warranty.
It weighs 4.2 kg and is a nicely balanced machine making ti less tiring to use.
The double reciprocating blades are 51 cm long and give a neat cut and the handle can be turned through 180 degrees making it suitable for more difficult shapes as well as left handers.
The maker’s recommended price is £289 but we have it for sale for £219. Delivery is free the next working day.
The tops of hedges are always a challenge. Teetering atop a ladder with an ordinary ladder is not recommended.
And this is where long reach hedgetrimmers provide a much safer solution.
The Mitox 28-LRH Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer has an overall length of 246 cm and a cutting head which articulates through 270 degrees to make odd –shaped hedge tops easy to trim.
Powered by a 25.4 cc engine it has 55 cm blades, double reciprocating for a faster job.
It weighs 7.4 kg and is easy and comfortable to use.
It costs £249 and has a two year warranty and free next working day delivery.
You can also buy a chain pruner for £79 and a brushcutter kit for £59 to extend the use of this machine.
This next one, the Einhell GH-BC brushcutter, comes complete with a complete safety kit including a helmet with free face guard with ear muffs, safety gloves, fuel mixing bottle and 126 metres of replacement line.
Power is from a 25 cc German engineered engine which starts easily and the machine has cowhorn handles, useful for when strimming larger areas.
It costs £129.95, a great reduction on the RRP. We deliver it free the next working day and there is a two year warranty.
The Oleo-Mac BC22S Ultra Lightweight Petrol Brushcutter weighs just 4.2 kg and yet there is plenty of power from its 21.7 cc engine.
Another advantage of thjis brushcutter is a very simple way of adding more strimming line – the maker’s say it takes just 20 seconds.
It comes with a harness which make it easier to use over longer periods.
There are special offers on 2-stroke oil, fuel mixing bottle, spare line and a tough steel blade. The machine itself costs £199 – £80 off the maker’s recommended price.
It has a three year warranty and free next working day delivery.
Now a machine ideal for high hedges and yet light and easy to use.
The Greenworks 24v Long Reach Cordless Hedge Trimmer (2200207-A) uses the latest battery technology for power and is quiet when running and produces no smelly fumes.
It relies on a lithium-ion battery which gives a running time of 35 minutes, is powerful enough to deal with most domestic hedges and yet weighs only 3.9 kg.
This battery does not lose its charge when not in use and is quick to re-charge.
The shaft extends to reach between 2.4 and 3.6 metres including the user’s arms.
It costs £139.95 and has a two year warranty. Delivery the next working day is free.
So here’s a machine which makes the task much easier.
The Earthquake WE43 Petrol Lawn-Edger has three wheels to make it easy to direct along border edges and has a 43 cc Viper engine and four working heights from .5 of an inch up to 3.5 in.
A heavy duty metal blade guard stops stones and debris flying in to the operator’s face.
It costs £319, is delivered free the next working day and has a two year warranty.
Patios and paths and barns and swimming pool edges all start to look a bit grubby at this time of year and can do with cleaning and this next machine is the answer.
The MD Sweep 26 Lawn & Leaf Sweeper is on special offer and is really simple to use.
Revolving brushes sweep debris into the collector at the back and with its working width of 66 cm provides an easy way for carrying out a mid summer clear-up.
It can be used on hard surfaces as well as gravel drives – there is an adjustment to alter the working height.
It is easy to push along and the collector is removed through the handles when full.
It costs £89.95 – the maker’s recommended retail price is £179.95. The warranty is two years and we deliver it free the next working day.
A stronger machine for clearing away the debris after a party is the Kawasaki KRH-300A Hand-Held Garden Leaf Blower.
With a 26.3 cc two-stroke engine it develops a massive blast of air and is a machine often the choice of the professional gardener.
It weighs 4.7 kg and will be especially valuable when winter winds blow the leaves from the trees.
It costs £279 and is delivered free the next working day. And there is an extra-long five year warranty.
The Earthquake CS6B Petrol Chipper-Shredder is an American-manufactured machine which can chip and shred garden waste to a twentieth it original size.
It can handle branches up to 5 cm in diameter and has chipping knives with a flywheel which drag the material into the body of the machine.
And this means it is ultra fast and efficient to use.
With a 6 hp Briggs & Stratton engine it is designed to be towed around the garden. And there is also an optional vacuum kit.
It costs £799, is delivered free within two to three working days and has a two year maker’s warranty.
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