Product Type: Challenge Trimmer
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Challenge Hedge Trimmer
Member Name: totallyextreme
Challenge Hedge Trimmer
Advantages: Attacks the hedge
Disadvantages: Cord gets in the way
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.
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.
A very good product that does the job. The cord is irritating but essential i think.
Summary: Good hedge trimmer