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I was getting rather tired of constantly buying new secateurs (as being a gardener I go through quite a few pairs). I first read a review in the Gardening section of The Telegraph and thought that I would treat myself! I searched around and finally managed to find a good deal on ebay for a brand new pair. They took a while to get used to as they are bulkier and heavier than regular pairs of secateurs. Having said this though they only weigh 0.6kg. Once the technique is mastered they are great fun and excellent to use. I find that I keep my finger on the 'trigger' the whole time keeping them constantly running, but with care. They take around five hours to fully charge which should last for 40 minutes. This does sound quite short, but mine certainly appear to last longer than that! They are able to cut branches of up to 14mm thick. It uses a plug in charger instead of a battery pack which is very useful and whilst charging they cannot be used which is a great safety feature. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves gardening, or like myself, is a gardener as they certainly make cutting bushes and branches a lot easier. They would make an ideal present for any green fingered person. My elderly mother is able to use them with ease and said that once she had worked out how to use them, it made pruning much easier (and she hasn't yet returned them!) I can really not think of any disadvantages, except that you might get a bit carried away and end up cutting down half your garden! They come in the distinctive green and red of all Bosch gardening tools. They make a constant noise when in use, but it is not very loud, but after a while is a bit irritating to others. I have not actually seen them in any garden centres locally, including a large Homebase, so I would recommend that you buy them online from Amazon or ebay.