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      09.09.2013 15:22
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      Great hedge trimmer at a bargain price

      I live in a house with a front and rear garden, up until a few weeks ago I hated having a garden, I have never been the green fingered type. I had always dug up the weeds in the back garden, because that is the area I sit in most of the time in the summer, or it is where my daughter plays. I had never really bothered about the front of the house at all, I have always been rubbish at cutting hedges and keeping them nice and trim. I was coming home from being away at my brothers for a week, when I looked down my street and I saw everyone else with their nice trimmed hedges, and there were about three hedges which stood out from the rest, two of them belonged to the pikey family over the road and the other was my overgrown monstrosity of a bush. I went inside and tried to forget about it, I put the television on, "There is no satellite signal being received", I looked outside and saw the hedge had grown through the satellite dish, that was the final straw, I had to take action. I initially thought about purchasing a set of garden shears, when I saw this hedge trimmer in my Argos catalogue, I couldn't believe how cheap it was, and electric would certainly be a lot easier than using shears and it would get it done in half the time. == The Product == This hedge trimmer is available from Argos, I haven't seen it for sale anywhere else. It has a 400w motor, which is still quite powerful. It says on the Argos page that it is suitable for small hedges because the blade is 45cm in length, I wouldn't consider my hedge to be small before I cut it and it made light work of it, although I would imagine it would struggle to cut down a tree for instance. The trimmer comes with a 6m cable attached, I found this to still be slightly short and I had to get an extension cable to be able to reach the hedge furthest away from the house, I would recommend you do this too, it is a lot safer and gives you more maneuverability. The hedge trimmer is really easy to use, it has a safety mechanism whereby, you need to hold the trimmer with two hands, and press two buttons simultaneously, there is one button behind the guard and the other button is on the handle, upon release of these buttons the trimmer ceases to work. == Price == You can purchase this from Argos for £24.99...That's right, there isn't a typing error I said £24.99. It cost me more money to buy a compost bin and that doesn't do anything other than sit there for a year. Yes folks this is a real bargain, a steal, a sale of the century at £24.99. == Verdict == Well this hedge trimmer is well worth the money and I wouldn't have any gripes about paying a little bit extra for it. I managed to trim my overgrown bush right down, I mean I'm no topiarist, but my hedge looks a 100 times better than it did. It even spurred me on to clean the front of the garden right up and now I can look down the street with pride at my nicely trimmed hedge. I am actually looking forward to my hedge growing a little more, so that I can get back out there and use it again. Overall I would give this trimmer 10/5 it ticks all the boxes and some, usually I am a bit skeptical and I do think, you get what you pay for, but this hedge trimmer has far exceeded the expectations. I have now also changed my stance on gardening, I actually enjoy it now and all because I saw my hedge looking like the Pikey families over the road.

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        20.07.2013 12:10
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        A decent machine if you haven't got much to trim

        I have a small privet hedge running down one side of my small garden. When I first moved into my house I trimmed it with garden shears and, although this was effective, it was a very tiresome job. Something needed to be done. Like most twenty-first century people, my first instinct was that the 'something' would be 'shopping'. I went to Argos and bought their Challenge Cordless Hedge Trimmer for a very reasonable thirty pounds. ---SIZE--- It's got a 41 cm long cutting blade which is plenty long enough for the size of my hedge and the teeth are set to a 10 mm blade gap. That means that branches of up to 10 mm will fit between the blade teeth and cut easily. Anything thicker than that may need a little more work or if it's much thicker then you've got the wrong tool for the job. ---POWER--- The trimmer has the huge benefit of being cordless. I remember when I was young, seeing my dad slice through the cord on his electric trimmer. It wasn't a pretty sight and I've never bought one with a cable after that. This model has a rechargeable battery pack that sits comes with a charger pack that plugs into the mains. The battery is 1300 mAh, 13 volts (whatever that means). Charging takes around four hours. When this is done the battery simply clips onto the rear of the trimmer and provides approximately half an hour of cutting time. That's plenty enough for my tiny garden but man not be enough for some. ---IN USE--- You have to hold this trimmer in two hands. That's a great safety feature. There is a handle at the back and one just behind the blade. It's very comfortable to hold in this position and each of the handles has a button. Both buttons must be pressed at the same time for the trimmer to operate so you can't really set it going by accident. Also, as soon as even one hand is taken off, the entire thing stops immediately. Safety first. There's also a guard over the handle nearest the blades that stops all the cut branches and twigs from prodding your hand. That's very useful too. It's not particularly noisy but does produce the unavoidable chatter that all hedge trimmers do so you might want to wait until your neighbours have had their breakfast before starting using it. It's comfortable and easy to use too but is a little heavy, around 2 kg. That may not seem like much but if you're not used to holding that kind of weight at arm's length, half an hour can seem a mighty long time. But it does the job of trimming hedges admirably as long as you don't want to hack anything too severe. It's not for serious gardeners, just for people who want to tidy things up. ---OVERALL--- It's cheap, relatively safe and it does what it says it will. I'm very happy with this product and have been using it for a couple of years now. Hopefully I'll get a few more years out of it yet.

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          24.02.2013 22:04
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          As long as you take special care to avoid the trimmer, you will love this trimmer!

          Our garden is fairly large as this was one of the main factors we took into considerations when moving house 4 years ago. With a large garden (generally) comes lots of hedges. With lots of hedged comes the need for a lot of hedge trimming. For this reason we obviously needed a hedge trimmer but, considering we had just moved, we really didn't have the money to get an expensive one which, we thought, may do a better job. For this reason we got this hedge trimmer from Argos at around £25 which is very reasonable - when looking around Focus, the standard price for trimmers appeared to be about £40-£50! Being so much cheaper than others trimmers we were expecting the worst when it came to actually using the trimmer though. Despite our doubts we still went ahead with the purchase and were pleasantly surprised when we came to use it. We have all sorts of hedges around the garden; some thick, some sparse; some old, some new; some tall and some small; but this hedge trimmer handles them all the same - with ease. One swoop over the hedge with the trimmer is usually enough to take off all of those stray branches and make the hedge look neat again - from time to time you may need to go over parts of it for a second time but at the end the result is near perfect - far better than you would ever expect from a £25 machine! Operating the trimmer is the same as most others. Hold on the sideways handle with one hand (Your non-dominant hand usually), and hold onto the other handle with your other. The second handle has a safety switch which controls the blades, whenever you let go of the trimmer with this hand, the trimmer will instantly cut off and the blade will come to a halt, preventing any nasty accidents which could otherwise occur. Being a safety switch where you must press two buttons simultaneously, it reduces the changes of any little hands getting to operate the machine without you being aware and putting them in a dangerous situation. The trimmer features a shield to cover the users hands from cut branches. Whenever I used a trimmer before this one, one of the things I hated was that I could end up with cuts all over my hands from branches hurtling towards them after being cut down. This is a thing of the past thanks to such a simple inclusion in this product and my hands thank the designers for this! The biggest issue with this is that it is wired. Despite the wires being very long and pretty flexible means that you are not really restricted by it, you run the risk of cutting through it. The power of the trimmer means that you can do it extremely easily, you could go through it without even realising it. This means that unless you know how to connect the two ends of wire together, you will be left with an unusable trimmer.

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          31.05.2012 14:45
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          Reliable and resilient product. Will last and is probably the best in its category of hedge trimmers

          With the recent onslaught of summer weather we've been treated to, the garden has been getting more visits from my family and I than it usually does. The brilliant weather meant that we could enjoy our garden and give it the clean-up it needed. This is where the Challenge Trimmer comes in. We bought this to deal with our hedges about two years ago and I'm pleased to report that it is still giving us the perfect result after so many uses. The Challenge Trimmer is an electric hedge trimmer which has a 54cm blade. It is not cordless and needs to be plugged in while being used. The cable is about 6 metres in length and quite sturdy. Over the past two years however we have managed to cut straight through it. Twice. So I can report that the blades are extremely sharp and well suited to trimming tough hedges and shrubs. Just make sure that the cable isn't in the way of trimming. The weight is around 2kg, so although it isn't extremely heavy you can feel it in your arms after a few hours of trimming. This trimmer I would say is much better than most. It has lasted two years while other trimmers before this one had broken easily or just haven't been good enough. It does have a safety guard and an electric handbrake and in the two years that we've had it we haven't injured ourselves, not even with a scratch. Overall, this is a product which is definitely worth it's money, will keep your garden clean and tidy and will last you quite a long while despite being used regularly. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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            27.11.2011 18:13
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            Works great and isn't too big

            This hedge trimmer cost me £35 at Argos. It was very much needed as the hedges around the front of my house were getting a little of control. When they were originally planted many years ago, they were intended to frame the garden in a maze-like well maintained looking hedge. As this would be used only once or twice a year I didn't really want to pay over the odds for this bit of kit. So when I was flicking through the Argos catalogue and seen this for only £35 right beside other models by other makers for three, four, even five times the price I couldn't turn it down. The Challenge Xtreme 500 watt Hedge Trimmer is part of a large range of products that Argos have by this maker. This is a corded model, meaning it doesn't run off battery power and needs to be plugged in to use. Like I said in a previous review, I had to use a very long extension lead as my front and back yards are very long. The cord is quite long at 10 meters, long enough for most jobs. But as my garden is so long and then add the fact that I'd have to stand on a ladder in order to trim the top of the highest bushes this 10 meter cord just wouldn't do. The main body of the unit is dark blue with a yellow ribbon - like strip going around the front. The blade is good and long, this meant the times I was on a ladder I didn't have to bend forward to reach the back branches. This is really important as straining to reach when balancing precariously on a ladder is never a good idea. The blade is long enough for this never to happen at 54cm long. There are two handles on this unit, one on top, to keep it steady and the main handle at the back. In the case that something did go wrong there is a safety cut off switch. As always with these things be extra careful with the long cord as I have seen people hanging the cord over their shoulder to try and keep it out of the way, when in reality they are just making the chance that the lead will come in contact with the blades all the more likely. The blades cut through thin branches with the greatest of ease. While thick branches take a couple of seconds. Sound wise, it's loud as you'd expect, and even louder if trying to cut through a larger, thicker branch. The protection guard at the bases of the blade works well at stopping most of the debris but some does make it's way into your hair and eyes, so goggles might be necessary. This can be purchased online at : argos.co.uk for £24.99 + shipping.

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            17.08.2011 00:58
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            Good hedge trimmer

            Intro ----- As you will know if you are a regular follower of some of my reviews, I do spend a fair proportion of my weekend out in the garden doing the odd chore for the parents. Last week, the hedge had become so overgrown it was actually contributing largely to the shade in our garden, something no one wants particularly in these summers, as they are already short enough. Thus, i broke out our hedge trimmer, and fount it to be this Challenge version, so decided quickly that a review on Dooyoo was in order, to fully consider the experience. The Challenge Trimmer ----------------------------- First of all, what does it look like? It is dark blue with some yellow accents, but lets face it, you never buy this product to look at. It is not going to take pride of place on your mantlepiece. Anyway, it is corded, which means it must be plugged in not too far away from your hedge and has a 54cm blade, which obviously is just over half a metre, which should be enough to tackle even the meatiest of hedges. It doesn't weigh a great deal, but would be uncomfortable holding it after a short while, so it isn't exactly the lightest product in the world either. In addition, it does have a safety cut out button, which i think is quite standard on these products, and should be, as, in the wrong hands, they could be fairly dangerous, and injury should never occur! Once going, it is quite noisy, you won't be popular if you start doing this at 7am on a sunday morning for example, unless you have a great deal of land to yourselves. The company states that this should be used on medium growth edges, and while i have absolutely no idea what a hedge with medium growth constitutes, it tackles ours perfectly suitably. I do not believe our hedges are much different to anyone elses, and so would be confident in recommending it to somebody to take on their own personal hedge, without any issues. The fact that it is corded can be a bit of a pain. The cord is very long, which is obviously good, but it can get in the way a bit and obviously you are always conscious of where the cord is and trying not to cut through it. However, i am not too sure how this could be avoided, so it is probably a problem with the whole range, rather than just blaming this exact model. Obviously cordless models are available, but they require charging which can be a pain and you look a bit of a fool if you are only able to attack half your hedge because your battery expired. Pricewise ----------- These are available in all good hardware shops around the £35 mark, however, i believe, as always, a better deal can be found on the net, so it is worth looking around and perhaps aiming more towards the £25 area; that would be great value. Summary ----------- A very good product that does the job. The cord is irritating but essential i think.

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            25.05.2011 20:53
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            Gets the jobs done!

            Heavy metal music blasting from my conservatory/utility room that backs onto the garden, clad in my dark gothic tshirt and shades, whipping my hair back and forth (but Metallica style, not Justin Bieber style!) .. ROARRRRRRING to ' ANYWHERE I ROAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM' ... armed with my chainsaw (ok, hedge trimmer..... but I can dream).... and quite literally, yes, anywhere I can roam with my groovy looking cordless hedge trimmer. According to hubby, I'm lethal with it and I guess the fact the fir trees are sporting a pretty dodgy fir style at the moment is testament to that. At least the privet hedge isn't looking quite as bad. **Cordless or Cord?** I definately wanted the cordless. I paid £24 for my Challenge in the sale from Amazon. Electrical equipment and the thought of getting myself tangled up in wires, falling over and chopping off something I shouldnt' have didn't appeal to me. In hindsight thought, having a cordless would have its positives! The cordless option only lasts about half an hour and due to the rechargeable battery pack being quite heavy, it's tough going on the arms for a great length of time. Then again, I seem to get everything done that I need to do within the half hour of charge, but if had a larger garden would probably go for the cord option. **Features/How to use** Before using, you will need to charge it for about 7 hours. This provides about 20-30 mins of power before it starts to cut out. I find its enough time really to get my medium privet hedge trimmed and a few zaps here and there of annoying growths. Safety switch mechanism 18V battery 20-30 mins running time 3-5 hours charge time Dual blades 41cm Length blade **What can I use the hedge trimmer for?** Ultimately - hedges of course. I only have the one and as mentioned, its a medium sized privet hedge. the challenge slices through beautifully. I've also used it on my fir trees to lop the tops off and trim them but be careful as it can be quite fun and you can get carried away! I have a sycamore tree that keeps getting strangled by the most persistant nightmare thorn bush ever so I tend to zap that every now and then and I zap the tops off over grown shrubs etc. The blade is long so its easy to chop high hedges and branches (as long as they aren't tooo thick). I tried to go through thicker branches on my sycamore and it cut out. Oops! **Be aware of** It's exhausting! Be careful if you have any neck or shoulder injuries. I have an old whiplash injury and it tends to play up if i've been out zapping! I wouldn't use this with children running around or anything! It's noisy - perhaps wear ear plugs! It vibrates so keep a firm grip! **Overall** Great for the jobs I needed it for!

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            19.04.2011 11:53
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            Hedge Trimmer from Challenge

            **Introduction** In a couple of previous reviews I have mentioned that although we have only a small garden space at home we do own a static caravan which is pitched on a rather picturesque spot with beautifully maintained grass and are surrounded by bushes and hedgerows. The site where we are has workers who cut the grass throughout Spring and Summer but only trim the trees and hedges at the end of each caravan season so there are times when the bushes next to us seem to grow out of control. In the past we trimmed back any protruding branches which became too unruly with a pair of household scissors but after noticing an adjacent caravan owner tackling their plot with a hedge trimmer we decided that we should 'keep up the Joneses' and buy our own. As ever, cost was an important factor when it came down to us choosing which Hedge Trimmer we should go for and as we already owned a Challenge strimmer which although frustrating did do the job well enough for what we needed it to do we ended up buying another product in the Challenge range: 'The Challenge Xtreme 500 watt Hedge Trimmer' which was on special offer at £14.99 reduced from £34.99. **Xtreme Trimming** Our model is the one pictured in the above illustration, a dark blue in colour with yellow accents the trimmer seemed to offer everything we wanted. It's a corded model which is fine for us, the hedges by the caravan aren't that far away from our balcony and the 10 meter supplied cable cord is more than ample for reaching the tops and sides of the bushes and weighing in at just under 3 kilograms this has enough weight to make it feel sturdy but not too cumbersome. The blade is 54cm in length and comes supplied with a sheath to protect it whilst not in use and for anyone who wants to know, the gaps between the teeth of the blade are 16mm apart. Simple in its design there are two handles on the trimmer, one to hold it steady from the back and the other on the top to aid manoeuvrability, you instinctively know how to hold it when you pick it up and its just a case of plugging the trimmer in, holding in the safety cut-out button and firing the machine up. In operation the trimmer is noisy it has to be said, I've yet to hear a Hedge trimmer in action which isn't though so this should come as no surprise anyway. When in use the blade has a dual cutting action and presenting it to the branches of the bushes it comes in contact with seems to cause it no problems in doing what it was designed to do. Challenge state that this machine is best used on 'medium density growth' and as the hedges around our caravan are made up of privet and flower bearing bushes it makes light work of trimming back any wayward branches that stick out and look untidy. Reaching the tops of the hedges is effortless, the blade is long and as I'm 6 foot tall anyway I have no problems reaching, anyone of average height should have no issues as far as I can see, my wife is shorter than me and on the odd few occasions she has used the trimmer she has been able to use it without problems so I would imagine anyone else would be the same. The only drawback I can see is the fact that the trimmer is corded and it is sometimes awkward when you get yourself tangled up in the wire, whilst 10 meters of cord length is plenty for us anyone with a large garden may find it frustrating. There are cordless models around which of course are heavier as they have to have a rechargeable battery pack fitted onto the body of the machine, this one from Challenge is relatively light weight as it is simply a motor, handles and a blade so this is an important consideration when choosing what model Hedge Trimmer to go for. Cordless models have to be charged up before use but free you up to go where you want without being attached to a wire, generally though they lack the motor power of a corded model and are prone to run down if used for an extended period of time. This one from Challenge has a 500 watt motor which is certainly powerful enough to cope with the branches and bushes we expect it to cut through, we don't have to worry about charging it before use and it is lighter then some models so you don't feel as if you've just done a session with the weights. It comes down to personal preference when choosing a piece of garden equipment of this nature but as far as I'm concerned there are very few negative points with this one from Challenge and for the limited use it has with us it has been well worth the money we paid for it. **Conclusion** The Xtreme 500w Hedge Trimmer from Challenge is available from Argos and retails for £34.99, it often features on sale with them though and you can usually pick one up for £17.99 or even £14.99 when it goes into a clearance sale. We've owned ours since last year and it saw its way through the 2010 caravan season without any problems, it has been brought out of storage and was used again only the other day and seems to be as reliable as it was last year. I'd recommend this model to anyone else, it does exactly what a hedge trimmer should do and for the price it is available for I consider it to be a bit of a bargain. As far as my rating goes I'm awarding 4 stars, only deducting one for the wire which does get in the way but really that is to be expected. As far as performance goes there's very little to criticise, it cuts through the branches of the bushes we use it on and that's we expected it to do, it is noisy but aren't all hedge trimmers? Recommended, thanks for reading my review. Please note that this may also appear on ciao under my username.

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              01.10.2010 21:47
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              overall a good tool

              We do not have a major hedge at the current house, but we do have some bushes that require maintenance. You know the ones I mean, they sit at ground level and require someone to come out every three months and remove excess foliage. You can of course use a pair of scissors or rip with the bare hands, but there is something more commanding about standing outside with a trimmer in hands, looking manly and attempting to show off to the neighbours. The beauty of this tool, aside from the price tag of fifty pounds is the simplicity. We borrowed it off a mother in law, so it did not cost us anything, but having had a go with it, I think I would probably part with the cash for this tool. Lightweight enough to carry around the garden, the trimmer comes fitted with a serated blade, which looks rather basic at first glance. When you turn it on though, the jiggly motion starts and the pulsations of the blade work to power the tool. With a built in saftey mechanism you can rest assured that the machine can be cut off quickly and easily if you need to hurridly. I liked the handle on this, surprisingly comfy to hold and grip for lengthy pruning sessions. I used both hands and one hands to work it and it worked well for me. In terms of results, it cuts through twigs and branches quickly and does foliage well to because the blades are small enough to sculpt as you work. It is less successful at massive clumps of wood as I discovered, but for hedges and bushes it is perfect. The machine is operated through a cordless system, so you can recharge the appliance over several hours and then work for nearly half an hour continuous. This is fine for smaller jobs but would get annoying for larger hedges with quite a short charged time. We will continue to use it for smaller garden bushes and keep it in the garage for general maintenance. Overall, a solid enough buy.

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              01.09.2010 18:45
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              For the same price buy a corded trimmer with far better specs

              Challenge produce a range of budget garden tools, this particular ccordless hedge trimmer is available in Argos for £34.99 but I wouldn't really recommend it as a good long term buy. I wanted a cordless hedge trimmer when I lived at my old house, I had a small privet hedge in the front and a larger mixed hedge in the back garden. I thought a cordless trimmer would be more convenient than trailing a cord around and I was also worried about cutting through the cord by accident. I was reasonably happy with my hedge trimmer at first. After the initial charge of 24 hours the battery would charge in a few hours and give half an hour or so cutting time before it started to run slowly. This was enough time to either cut my front hedge or cut half of my back hedge, having to split the job up into sections because of the time the trimmer would run on a single charge was a bit inconvenient but to be honest my arms needed a rest after half an hour cutting time anyway. The blades themselves are ok, the 41 cm length of the blade is adequate for most households but if you have a lot of hedges you will want a bigger blade to make the job easier and quicker. The 11mm gap between teeth means that the trimmer gobbled through new growth with ease but would often get stuck if I tried to cut the hedge back a lot and got into the thicker woody stems especially when the charge began to run down. You need to work out before you buy the trimmer if you simply need it to trim slightly and then it will be fine but if you need it for heavier cutting then save yourself some frustration and get a trimmer with a wider tooth size. I found the trimmer was easy to use, just switch it on and start work although when I was cutting thicker branches they would clog the blades and I would need to stop and clear the blockages every few minutes. The battery makes this trimmer much heavier than a corded trimmer and this coupled with the vibrations from the blades makes using it fairly tiring on the arms. The reason I have only given this trimmer two stars is the fact that the battery never lasted for very long. I did use the machine fairly heavily over two seasons but by the end the battery was increasingly holding less and less of a charge and I was getting less time before I needed to recharge again. The situation got so frustrating that I ended up going and buying a corded trimmer instead, for a similar price you can get a corded trimmer with a longer blade and larger tooth size which will make the job easier. I cannot recommend that you buy the Challenge cordless hedge trimmer due to the fact mine lasted for so little time before the battery gave up, I did attempt to look into buying a new battery but did not find the info on where to purchase on easily so I just gave up. I expect the new battery would have been expensive anyway and I did not want to give Challenge more money. Maybe I was just unlucky but I want a hedge trimmer to last me for a long time and not less than two years.

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                01.09.2010 15:03
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                A great trimmer which does what it is meant to

                Looking out my window I began to feel rather embarrassed about the state of my hedge. Even a neighbour had a quiet word with me about it because it was getting very bushy (almost as bushy as Moss' hair!) and starting to cover part of the walking path. I knew I needed to head down to the nearest hardware store that day and buy something to cut it with. Now, I am more of a geek with computers and gadgets than with outdoor tools. I scoured through my Argos catalogue and decided that I wanted a trimmer which was cordless, a decent price and not too heavy. After looking at various brand named trimmers which everyone knows such as Black and Decker (price tag not so great!) I decided to take a risk and go with one I hadn't heard of before, Challenge. The price tag was good at £34.99 but I did wonder whether this would be another strimmer fiasco. My parents had bought a cheap strimmer from Argos and it was completely useless. I dithered... but in the end I knew I needed something. I didn't want to pay a lot for it (got to save money for all the latest gadgets don't you know!) so I went ahead with the purchase. Got home and read the instructions, it needed a 7 hour charge first. So I charged the battery up and the next day I went to use it. Slotted the battery in easily and pressed down on the two levers, a nice loud noise echoed throughout the house! I went outside and attacked the large bushy hedge with ease. It really is easy. I have a bushy privet hedge and it cut through that easily. There were a few thicker branches which took a bit longer to get through but it cut them very well. The battery lasted around 20-30 minutes before starting to cut out. I found this fine because I managed to get the hedge cut in that time. People with larger hedges may find they want a longer lasting battery. A word of warning: if you are not particularly muscular then please be aware that your hands and arms are going to tremble and become sore for a few days after using this trimmer. Mine took around four days to recover. For the first two days I couldn't grip glasses without shaking them. So just be aware of this and the strain it will put on your hands and arms if you are not used to this. As light as the tool is, you will find it feels heavier after using it for 20 minutes! Features: Dual blades Safety switch Charging time - 3-5 hours (initial charge 7 hours) 18v 1300mAh battery Running time - 20-30 minutes Overall, it does what it is supposed to and easily. The price tag is great and I think it is going to have lasting power for the next few years at least.

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                28.08.2010 17:55
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                Ideal for my garden and a decent price too!

                I bought my Challenge Hedge Trimmer from Argos around two years ago and it is still going strong. I have large gardens with quite a lot of hedge to cut and battling through all this with a pair of garden shears certainly took some time and effort and I knew I should invest in a hedge trimmer. At the time of purchase I didn't have a lot of money available to spend on a hedge trimmer. However, I knew that I would have to buy a cordless model due to the size of my garden. Even with an extension cable it would have proved to be a struggle. Plus I thought a cordless model would prove to be easier to use with no cables getting in the way, or the risk of slicing through them! So my purchase decision came down to simply visiting Argos and buying the cheapest cordless hedge trimmer available, which was manufactured by Challenge. At £30, it was considerably cheaper than other hedge trimmers available by well known brands such as Bosch and Black & Decker and I feared that what I was about to buy would be rubbish. I really could not afford to buy a more expensive hedge trimmer however, even though I wanted to, so I crossed my fingers and hoped it would be ok. Fast forward two years and my Challenge Hedge Trimmer is still going strong and has not given me any problems at all, therefore it goes to show that sometimes you can get a decent purchase amongst cheaper brands. The hedge trimmer comes with a rechargeable battery pack and charger. Charging the battery can take a few hours to ensure it is fully charged from flat and once charged, it just slots underneath the handle very easily. The battery itself is quite heavy, which makes the handle area the heaviest part, although the actual hedge trimmer itself is quite light. When the battery is fitted I personally find the hedge trimmer is still comfortable enough to hold and use without hurting your arms. Product details :- * Blade length 42cm. * Tooth gap 14mm. * Single cutting action blade. * Hand guard. * Recommended for medium density growth. * Maximum diameter of branch cut 14mm. * Weight 3.2kg. The plastic guard protects you from the blades and placing your hands on the two handles ensures the hedge trimmer is comfortable both to hold and to use. Of course the most important thing to know is how well the hedge trimmer performs and I must admit the first time I came to use my cordless model I was really surprised. Cutting the hedge was so easy, the blades slicing through the hedge quickly and easily with no problems. I remember wishing I had bought one much sooner instead of battling with garden shears. Since then, my hedge trimmer has continued to perform just as well and cutting hedges is a breeze. It gives a clean cut, slicing through branches easily and I have used it to chop down and cut back many shrubs and bushes when attacking one of my gardens, which rapidly becomes a jungle if I don't have the time to keep on top of it. The only downside to using the cordless model is I find after around 40 minutes of usage the battery goes flat. If using on branches and heavier shubs etc it may only last around half an hour. It would be so much better if an extra battery was included so you could use one and have one on charge, but of course this would push the price up considerably. Even though I may only achieve 40 minutes usage from one charge, I still manage to cut a lot more hedge than I would in the same length of time using manual shears and it also takes a lot less effort! If any twigs etc do happen to get caught in the blades then the hedge trimmer automatically cuts out. I feel totally safe using the hedge trimmer and not worrying about cables and wires is an added bonus as well as making it easier to use. I am really happy with my purchase, the only way it could be any better would be to have an extra battery included, but if this pushed the price up considerably then it may lose its appeal to buyers on a low budget. Argos stock this cordless model which is now priced at around £39.95 which is more than I paid two years ago, but I still feel it is well worth the money. If I need to purchase another one eventually, then I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of these as I am more than happy with its price, performance and reliability. My Challenge cordless hedge trimmer has shown me that sometimes you can buy a decent product amongst the cheaper brands.

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