Now’s the time to tackle the rough stuff – here are ten top tools for trimming the undergrowth

Most gardeners are searching the internet at the moment to learn the rudiments of doing a rain dance.

But lawns are still growing albeit slowly and need regular light trimming to encourage growth when the heavens decide to open.

And banks of weeds brambles never seem to stop growing.

Now is an ideal time to trim these back to improve the appearance of the garden before weekend barbecues and to give you a hand here we’ve listed ten top machines including top brushcutters, an ingenious little wheeled trimmer and a scythe bar mower.

Cobras Cordless Grass Trimmer
Light and easy: Cobra Cordless Grass Trimmer

With no trailing cable to worry about, the Cobra GT30-24V Cordless Grass-Trimmer is ideal for smaller patches of straggling grass and relies on a Samsung lithium-ion battery for its power.

It has a running time of 30 minutes and the battery re-charged in two hours.

It weighs just 2.4kg and has two power settings and will trim down a 30cm width of grass.

It has a loop handle so you can reach restricted patches and has a pivoting head so you can switch between trimming lawn edges and strimming at the pres of a button.

The cutter head also pivots through 90 degrees.

The machine costs £69.99 including the charger, and we deliver it free the next working day with a two-year warranty.

Next is another light and easy to use strimmer which uses the latest battery technology.

Redback cordless grass trimmer
Easy to use: Redback Cordless grass trimmer

The Redback E312D Cordless Grass-Trimmer (Tool Only) has a cutting head which pivots and an aluminium shaft which is adjustable to suit the height of the user.

It is also a very well balanced machine making it less tiring to use and has a bump feed head – just bump it on the ground a fresh line spools out automatically.

It is also designed with a shrub protector to save you cutting off flower heads from plants growing close to lawn edges.

The battery and charger need to be bought separately but once purchased they are compatible with all other machines in the Redback range, some of which we helped to develop.

The strimming tool, which is new for this year and exclusive to MowDirect costs just £69, £30 off the recommended price and is delivered free the next working day with a two-year warranty.

EGO Grass Trimmer
Professional power: EGO Cordless Grass Trimmer

The EGO BC1500E Power+ Cordless Grass-Trimmer (Tool Only) is a similar machine but produces the power needed by professional gardeners.

It has a 56V motor developed by EGO and has longer run times and shorter charging times and has a choice of batteries.

It has a cutting width from the head of 38cm and has a twin cutting lines and uses 2.4mm line so it can cut through thicker undergrowth.

‘Chopper’ style handlebars mean it can be uses in a sweeping motion so you can clear larger areas.

It has a long aluminium shaft and a bump-feed head to feed out more line when needed.

It costs £199, £20 less than the recommended price and has a five-year warranty and free delivery the next working day.

The next one has a free safety kit included in the price.

Now a machine which has proved to be very popular over the years and is from a German engineering company with an impressive range of garden machinery.

The Einhell GH-BC Petrol Brushcutter + Free Kit (Special Limited Offer) has a 25cc 2-stroke engine designed to give easy starting.


Einhell brush cutter
German engineering: Einhell GH-BC brushcuter

It can be used with either a 43cm nylon line strimming head or a metal blade with three teeth to clear away stubborn undergrowth.

It comes with a shoulder harness so you can use it for longer periods and has a large fuel tank.

As a special offer you also receive a free safety kit of a helmet with face guard and ear defenders, work gloves, fuel mixing bottle and 130 metres of spare line together worth over £60.

The machine costs £149.95, £50 off the recommended price. We deliver it free the next working day and there is a two-year warranty.

One recent customer said ‘You should have seen the grin on my husband’s face. He loves this new toy. We haven’t used the strimmer part, as we needed it for brush and it certainly does the job.’

Other reviews are here.

This petrol-powered brushcutter is a bit different.

Mitox 435 brushcutter
Four-stroke: Mitox 435L brushcutter

As the name implies the Mitox 435L Four-Stroke Brushcutter has an engine which as it is four-stroke engine uses less fuel, is quieter and produces fewer emissions.

It weighs only 7kg and has a shoulder harness included, making it comfortable to use – and it weighs only 7kg.

There is both a strimming head and a tough blade for thicker areas like brambles.

Delivered free the next working day and with a two-year warranty, it costs £179, a whole £100 off the recommended price.

Another from Einhell, this one designed with very low vibration levels.

The Einhell GE-BC 33 AS Low-Vibration Brushcutter also has a free safety kit and is half the price of any other low vibration brushcutter on the market.

It has a double-bearing crankshaft with triple shock absorbers and has a 32.6cc engine for bags of power, again with Einhell’s special easy-to-start features.

Chopper-style handlebars mean it can cover lots of ground when used in a sweeping motion with the shoulder harness.

It has a metal blade with three teeth for the rough stuff and a strimming head for lighter work and lawn edges.

Einhell GE-BC 43 brushcutter
Low vibes: Einhell GE-BC 43 low vibration brushcutter

The split shaft means it is easy to store in the boot of the car and as it’s made from aluminium, the weight is kept down as well.

The free kit includes a protective helmet with ear defenders and face mask, work gloves, fuel mixing bottle and spare line and the package costs £199.95, £150 less than the recommended price.

There is a two-year warranty and free next working day delivery. One customer said ‘This brushcutter was one of the better ones I could find, and with the special deal was amazing value.’

Other reviews are here.

Now, a really power and versatile strimmer from a Japanese company.

The Tanaka TBC-2390 Line-Trimmer has a 24cc engine which delivers real power and yet is light and easy to use.

It has a rigid drive shaft mounted on ball bearings to give it a long working life and it has a harness and loop handle so you can work comfortably in tight spaces. The cost is £239. £90 below the RRP.

Tanaka line trimmer
Versatile: Tanaka TBC 2390 line trimmer

But buy buying a hedgetrimmer attachments and a pole pruner you can turn this machine into a very valuable garden workhorse.

The hedgetrimmer attachment has 55cm double side blades and costs just £169 if purchased at the same time and the strimmer.

The pole pruner costs just an extra £139.

Reviews of the strimmer are here.The best strimmer I have owned,’ said one.

Now another versatile machine.

The Mitox 28 SK Kawasaki Brushcutter with Hedgetrimmer Attachment is a really powerful machine with a 26.3cc engine from a company whose equipment is often the first choice for the professionals.

It has electronic ignition and a large fuel tank and has vibration damping on both the loop and the rear handle so you can work longer with less risk of tiring.

There is a 25.5cm nylon strimming head with a bump feed for the lighter stuff and a cutting blade with three teeth for rough weeds like banks of nettles and bramble.

It has split shaft for easier storage and transportation and a hedgetrimmer is also available to extend the machine’s use.

The price is £299, £30 off the recommended price and it has a three-year warranty for domestic use and it comes with FREE two-stroke oil.

If you have really large areas of weeds and undergrowth to clear this machine will do the trick.

MD Tondu wheeled trimmer
Star machine: MTD Tondu wheeled trimmer

The MD Tondu Wheeled Trimmer Mower is light and simple to use and is a great time-saver and can also get into parts of the garden which can otherwise to  be difficult to control.

It has a 160cc engine driving thick nylon strimming line rotating on the front of a snub nose at the front.

This means you can get under low branches and garden seats and work close to the edges of walls.

You can also cut down grass on roadside verges and the banks of ditches very easily and quickly.

It is a solid little machine and is equally at home is small woods and spinneys and can be pushed over rough ground with ease.

The working width is 56cm and the cutting height is adjustable from 35mm to 70mm.

One recent purchaser commented ‘I needed to clear half an acre of neglected garden and this worked a treat.’

I was nervous about buying a machine so much cheaper than its competitors, but reassured by the very good reviews. I needn’t have worried, it is a good solid machine that works perfectly,’ another said.

Other reviews are here.

It costs £299, £100 off the recommended price and we deliver it free the next working day with a two-year warranty.

And finally, many of you may remember the old scythe-bar mowers, heavy and lethal and liable to run away with you.

This is the modern and much safer version but equally effective at clearing really thick neglected areas of undergrowth.

From a leading German manufacturer, the Al-Ko BM 870-III Scythe-Bar Mower is a self-propelled machine with a 125cc Briggs & Stratton engine made to tackle large areas of undergrowth.

Al-Ko BM 875iii scythe mower
Scrub clearance: Al-Ko BM 875iii scythe mower

It has a grass deflector to as it has been designed to be easy to control over uneven ground.

This is another versatile machine as you can even buy a snow plough attachment.

It costs £799, £80 less than the recommended price and it has a two-year warranty.

We deliver it free within two to three working days.

Clearing undergrowth and strimming lawn edges is one of the less rewarding aspects of gardening but still needs doing as these wilder patches often let down the overall look of a garden.

Other strimmers and brushcutters can be found here and please give us a ring on 03454 588905 if you want any advice before buying.

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