“ Brand: Flymo - Fuel: Electric „
This is one of our most recent electrical purchases. Bought in the spring from Argos for £49.99. We cut through the cable of our old hedge trimmers mid hedge so needed a repacement fast!
We decided on these as they had a reasonably large blade - 63cm. Our last pair had a pretty small blade in comparison and I found it difficult to reach across the hedge. We also wanted a good name and as we already had a Spear & Jackson lawnmower that we were really happy with it seemed an obvious choice.
When you take these out of the box they do look a little flimsy but when you start cutting with them you can feel that they arn't and that they really are good quality. The plastic part is quite touch and looks quite stylish in a white/grey. There is a guard at the front and 2 buttons which need to be held down in order for the shears to operate.
These shears are quite light making it easy to hold for a longish period of time. They also cut very well although we will see if this continues into next year as well.
One problem I have found is that the cable isn't long enough at 10m and I always have to use the extension cable. Not too much of a problem but a pain in the neck when its at the back of the garage!
Overall I think these are a good choice if you're looking for a set of shears that arn't all singing or dancing but get the job done. At under £40 they are a really good buy and will hopefully last us a good few years of hedge cutting happiness!
Cordless hedge trimmers may seem like a great idea but the battery on my cordless trimmer never gave me long enough per charge to do the whole garden and soon stopped holding a charge at all so I decided to replace it with a corded model. I chose the Spear and Jackson 600w hedge trimmer because it is made by a company who have a long history of making quality garden tools and also because of the size of the blade. The hedge trimmer costs £39.99 from Argos and other retailers.
When choosing a hedge trimmer it is important that you choose the correct model for the type of hedge you have. I have a woody old privet hedge in the front garden so knew I would need to cut through both new growth and thick woody stems. The Spear and Jackson has a tooth gap of 20mm which is recommended for medium density growth and the fact that the blades are double instead of single and the blade is 63cm long means that it makes the job quicker to do.
To use the hedge trimmer you have to press in on a button and depress the handle at the same time, this is a good safety feature as it means you cannot turn the trimmer on by accident. I have large hands for a woman and find the handle is fairly bulky for me to hold so someone with small hands could potentially struggle to use it. Once you have started the hedge trimmer up it needs the switch on the handle held down all the time to keep it running which again is a good safety feature as if your hand slipped for any reason or you dropped the trimmer it would automatically cut out.
The 600w motor means that the hedge trimmer is fairly noisy in operation. It also has really strong vibrations which tire my arms out really quickly and I get the odd sensation that my arms are still vibrating for a while after I have used it! The 3.8kg weight is around average for a hedge trimmer of that power but the weight is concentrated in the motor end of the tool and it can feel really heavy when you are using it but the weight distribution means the trimmer is easy to switch directions.
I have found that my hedge trimmer gobbles through new growth with ease and also copes really well with older growth too. I decided to cut my hedge right back so was cutting through thick woody stems which were up to 3cm in diameter and the trimmer never once objected to cutting the thicker stems or got clogged up like my cordless one did. I did notice that constant cutting of old stems put the motor under quite a bit of strain though and I smelled a burning smell so could only use it to cut through really thick stems for a short amount of time before I had to stop and give the trimmer a rest but I can't really complain because I was cutting through stems much thicker than the recommended size of 20mm. When cutting through stems less than the recommended size the trimmer will happily keep going for ages without protesting.
In terms of build quality the Spear and Jackson hedge trimmer is built to last. The cutting blades are made of high quality metal and run really smoothly. I was really nervous about having a corded hedge trimmer but the fact that the cord is day-glo orange means it really stands out against the green of a hedge making it more visible and less likely to be cut through by accident although it is good practice to make sure the cord always trails behind you and to use an RCD adaptor just in case you do cut through the wire. The cord is 10m long which is a decent length but I still need to lengthen it using an adaptor for my medium sized garden.
I am happy with my Spear and Jackson 600w hedge trimmer as it makes cutting my woody old hedge a much easier and quicker job than it was before. It is a high quality tool which comes with a two year guarantee as standard and produces a high quality finish.
Dual action blade / Blade Length: 630mm / Tooth Gap: 20mm / Safety Guard / Dual safety switch / Max Diameter Branch Cut 20mm / Cable Length: 10m.