“ Brand: Qualacast „
Last weekend I went home to visit my parents and as I walked through the gate I noticed that the front hedge was looking a bit worse for wear. I was quite surprised as my mum's really house proud but she said that as she's been suffering from aches and pains she couldn't really face attacking it. So the next day, being the helpful daughter that I am ;), I decided that I'd give the hedge a bit of a trim.
Years ago when I was much younger my Dad used to cut the hedge with a pair of large garden shears. This was quite strenuous work and it took a while to trim it down to size. My dad also doesn't have the greatest attention to detail so the hedge would often be unevenly cut and didn't look too great! So around 5 years ago we decided to invest in a hedge trimmer. As we had a mower from Qualcast with which we had no complaints we decided to go for a hedge trimmer from the same brand, costing around £45. Although this is an older model which is not available in shops it may be available online on amazon or ebay.
The trimmer is green in colour with a bright orange cable, which handily stands out against the green leaves when it is being used. The cable is 12m long, making it long enough to run to the nearest socket in the house. Alternatively there's no reason this can't be used with an extension lead. At one end of the trimmer there is a large handle for you to grip with your left (or right, if you're left handed!) hand and a bright orange push button, the size of my palm, above this. To get the blades moving I pushed the orange button and the trimmer came to life but wasn't nearly as noisy as I expected. The blades are 37cm long, are shaped like teeth that move back and forth to cut. As powerful as it is, it is extremely light and doesn't vibrate excessively when used. The orange button must be pressed at all times to keep the blades moving.
I set to work on trimming the hedge and was surprised to notice how effortlessly this glided through the leaves and branches. It's easy to use at all angles, which is great for bits that need to be cut vertically. Some more thicker branches may need revisiting or going over more slowly. Within 10 minutes the hedge had been tamed down to size. It was easy to ensure that all the branches were evenly cut as the blades are flat and act as a guide. This left me with the less enjoyable task of clearing the leaves up, which took significantly longer than the trimming!
It is important to keep an eye on where the cable is at all times when using the trimmer, something that is not difficult with the bright orange colour. However there has been an occasion where my dad managed to slice right through the cable(!) but thankfully he was ok. Apparently this is quite common as the owner of our local electrical shop said and he was able to put in a new cable for us. Once this stops working though I think we'll invest in a cordless trimmer just to be extra safe!
We bought a house that was in a mess in 2007,a real nightmare! The garden was so overgrown I expected to see WW2 crashed fighter planes buried in the undergrowth,a real jungle.The old lady who owned the property had obviously not touched the garden in years and years,at the front a huge conifer bigger than the house threatened its foundations.It has conifer hedges all around at the back that are about 5ft wide and 10ft high.
Described by the estate agent as nothing a chainsaw could put right,the garden was once upon a time lovely,but now trees and bushes were growing into each other fighting for light,the summer house in the corner was huge,good enough to use as a small workshop.I had to clear loads and loads of rubbish and at times wondered if it would ever end?
Rooting around in the summer house I uncovered some useful garden tools and to my suprise there was a Qualcast Hedgemaster 370 hedge trimmer minus a plug,soon fitted one and away we go! I guess it was 4 or 5 years old and doubt if it had seen much action in this garden,so looked quite new.
The big conifer out front needed removal and I called in a professional gardner to do the job,also persuaded him to remove some of the bushes around the back of the property to let some light in so we could see what we bought.Well worth the £200 I paid him,he even cleared all the mess up and took it away,a great deal.
I decided armed with my new toy,the Hedgemaster 370,I would tackle the hedges around the back.I had never used one before,our last houses had fences or stone walls and my parents house had privit hedge we used to cut by hand every few weeks!
It always makes me a bit nervous operating machinery that could do you serious harm so cautiously I lifted it up and tried it out.
Its a lightweight easy to handle affair with a built in plastic guard moulded as part of the body to protect your left hand (I am right handed but left handed people could use this no problem).You hold it with your right hand at the back and press down the long black "on" button/lever thats part of the grip of the handle but it will not work unless you are pressing down the safety,a large "T" shaped lever you press down on the right hand grip nearer to the front just behind the protective guard.
Its noisey as you would expect,the 2 foot or so long blades shaped like teeth move back and forth to cut.Just glides around without any effort,much easier than using old fashioned shears!It can handle quite thick pieces of branch,half inch or so without effort,remember its a trimmer and not a chainsaw.Never force it to do anything,you may slip,if it requires effort then leave that bit and saw it later.I use it with a safety RCD plug,just in case I accidently cut the electric cable! You have to take care but the cable is bright orange and stands out well against the green of the hedge.
I have used my "Free" Qualcast Hedgemaster 370 for three years now and my hedges have started to recover well after years of neglect.A neat trim 3 or 4 times a year is all they have needed and with this tool the job is easy,done in a few hours or so from start to finish.By hand it would take all day long and never look as neat,straight edges are much easier to achieve! I rate this 10/10,the blades seem fine to me and will last years,I would buy one tomorrow if this one packs up.
Hope this review was useful and please take the time to rate it for me,much appreciated.I have other reviews on DooYoo and on the Chiao website,thanks for looking!
I've been 99% happy with my Qualcast Hedge Trimmer. I'm pleased to see the latest hedge trimmers have a fixed safety guard which make me 100% happy. My property (approx 200ft x 50ft) is surrounded with mature conifers trees, all of them approx 10ft high or above. I take good care of my trees, they are trimmed three times a year - I can tell you, its quite a task. I use to trim these trees using a hand trimmer!! Then I bought my Qualcast Hedgemaster and it's worked so hard, never letting me down, it's easy to handle, durable and very reliable, a very important point is the fact the teeth are further apart than most trimmers, coping with thicker growth. After years of work I wanted to buy new blades, but I felt the cost was too much, the motor might be next! I've decided to purchase a new trimmer, I did buy one (in the sales), but it wasn't a Qualcast, I thought I'd got a bargain - wrong! I found it couldn't cope with my mature trees. Luckily my daughter and her husband wanted a trimmer, they only have a small hedge so they were able to make use of it. The Qualcast is the one I will be buying, take note - the teeth are wider and appear stronger than most hedge trimmers available, which is what you need for conifers, they grow so quickly and can become pretty thick, the Qualcast copes brilliantly.