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I was quite nervous when the Ikra Flexotrim Hedge Trimmer arrived at my door step. It was packaged inside a huge brown box and I felt as though it was going to be too big and heavy duty for me to handle. I left it sitting in the box for about a week before finally opening it. The brown box had in fact put about a foot on top of the actual size of the hedge trimmer box! When I opened the hedge trimmer box, it wasn't half as scary as I had anticipated. It's 113cm long (including the handle) and really lightweight. It looks really nice too, much less of a chainsaw like I was expecting and more like a giant meat slicer! It comes with an instruction leaflet, plug-in charger and blade cover (a good safety feature to have). The instruction leaflet seems quite long because it's written in lots of different languages but when you read through the English section, it's all very simple to understand and the trimmer is really easy to use. The hedge trimmer requires no setting up and was ready for me to use right away. The trimmer is cordless. There's no need to fill up the trimmer with petrol (which is time consuming, pricey and smelly) or drag a cable around the garden. It's so convenient to use - just pick it up and start trimming! I've noticed that the battery lasts for a long time before it needs recharging too (it comes with an adapter that you plug in to the mains). I have used the hedge trimmer LOADS and have only charged it twice, for a couple of hours, through choice. The trimmer is not as loud as I expected either, which is a relief. It's quite loud but not half as loud as some petrol trimmers and lawnmowers. There's no need to wear ear protection, although I would advise eye protection as little bits and pieces are prone to flying off - I opt for sunglasses! There is a small shield on the trimmer which I find deflects most garden debris, so no need for gloves and long sleeves. The trimmer is very efficient and cuts through everything I need it to with ease. It cuts through my hedges and bushes at super speed. The blades are very strong, I have accidentally cut through some thick branches and the trimmer just went right through them. The trimmer is effortless to use and really easy to handle. The blade is quite long which allows me to reach high up and I also find that I can reach awkward places (that normally put me in difficult positions) thanks to the useful adjustable handle, which is really quick and easy to adjust. The trimmer also has an eco-mode which I don't really use, only if I'm trimming a very small area, but I still think it's still a smart mode to have. I definitely recommend this hedge trimmer and have nothing negative to say about it. It's powerful and effective but lightweight and easy to handle. It's currently selling on Amazon for £174.62.
Ok, lets start off. Hands up who has thought yeah, lets cut that annoying, overgrown hedge this weekend. Its a lovely sunday morning, suns shining. You get the ladder set, you climb it, turn your trimmer on, 10 minutes later you cut straight through the wire. Now all you men out there, you know the constant struggle we face with wired hedge cutters. We concentrate more on avoiding the wire than cutting our hedges in a straight line. Needless to say, thats why I got myself a Ikra Flexotrim AHS-6024 especially to maintain my very quick growing hedge! So I spent a good few weeks endlessly scrolling through garden magazines, internet websites and I even went to my local garden centre for a decent opinion. I wanted a wireless one, for me this was a must. Yes you can pick up a half decent looking wired hedge trimmer for less than £50.... but I have been through a good 5 in the last few years. This one immediately stood out from the rest. At first the price put me off, like most people I could think of much more exciting things to spend £250 on, but I kept seeing it and no other cutter came close to the specs it has. So I ordered mine from amazon. When it arrived, you knew it was a quality product. The box reminded me of the boxes apple use, really high quality that you just don't want to rip apart. You spend 5 minutes delicately removing the tape. Yes I have the box in my shed! Upon opening it and taking the cutter out, my first impression was how light it was. Now for me this is absolutely brilliant, you read on their website that it is slim and lightweight, but most products say this and you kind of take it with a pinch of salt. But this really is light! Making it perfect for precision cutting, basically every hedge or shrub in my garden is now shaped into various boxes or circles, I am not arty or anything, but dam! they do look good. The battery pack has a long life span, for me I can normally get a good 2 hours out of it. I mean how long will you really be using it for in one go. From completely flat, the batteries took around 5 hours to fully charge. Which is really quite good! Another feature that would often be looked over are the blades. Now upon close inspection, they move in a motion which cuts extremely crisply, the blades are very sharp and can cut though branches a few cm's wide without any problems. They say in the booklet to not hack at massive trunks etc... but unless you are very stupid, you really aren't going to use it like a chainsaw. There is also a well moulded guard to stop cuttings flying into your face, it is positioned very well and unlike my last trimmer. I have not been pounded by a flow of twigs! What is also nice is the length of the cutter, now as earlier discussed. You can pick up a cheap wired one for under £50, often though these will have a very short cutting edge, making it a pain for thick hedges. This does not have that problem. My hedge is about 3 ft deep, and this has to be the best cutter I have had for such a deep hedge. You don't have to lean miles off the ladder to reach the annoying back bit of the hedge that the neighbour always moans at you for. To make cutting even easier, the front handle can be repositioned. Now yes this may be useful for some, but i haven't found a situation yet where i would really need to change it, but still a nice little extra. I don't often cut the hedge at midnight, but some of you keen hedge trimmers out there might enjoy it....well now you can do it without annoying the neighbours, the cutter is very quite, probably the most quite I have ever heard. There is a gentle hum, which doesn't annoy you after 5 minutes. I can even talk to people whilst cutting my hedge, not that this is a necessary requirement! The final point I want to make is the fact it has gears. You can adjust the speed at which you wish it to cut at, now here is a downside. At normal speed, the battery life is fine, and to be honest it cuts the hedge fine. If you are like me and thought, lets max out and get the job done. I would honestly re think, I think i got about 40 minutes out of it. I also found myself rushing the job, so really the extra speed doesn't gain you anything. I ended up having to charge it back up and finish cutting in the afternoon. However, what i think some people may do is purchase spare charging kits.... basically solving that problem. I am yet to find a major fault with it. I mean obviously the price will most definitely put some people off. But for those who do have numerous hedges in their garden and dread the day they have to cut them, well this does make life a lot easier. The price is decreasing, I mean I picked mine up for £250 or just over.... but I have recently seen them on amazon for even cheaper than that. If you are thinking about it, then all I can say is you wont find a better hedge cutter than this one. An all round good product!