A complete dud
Advertised as a hedge trimmer, but the cutting blade is easily damaged. So much so it will not cut anything thicker than 12mm new growth. NZ dealer says an damage is abuse. Won't honour 2 year warranty on a machine one month old. Do not buy.
Purchased in January 2019 at Gardening Aids Wairau, Auckland. for A$199.00.
Well thought out battery trimmer
I have owned this for a little over 9 months now. Used it many times and recharged the battery just as many.
The unit is a well thought out design. A little heavy due to the battery, but not overly cumbersome if you use the shoulder strap. More power than is needed for a well kept garden and lawn. I have roughly 250 sq.m of garden area with all of it needing edge work done when mowed. The battery does not fail. It has a good half charge left. If you let the battery settle and temperature stabilize, it shows 3/4 left.
A lot quieter than a...petrol version, great having a straight shaft but not as quiet as some. Mainly due to the straight shaft gearing. Others that have the electric motor at the head are quieter, but I find them a little off balance for my use. Plus they are direct drive to line. Which means you have less torque if you decide to change head for a blade or some other cutter. The unit is a little expensive given what else is in the market. But I don't have any maintenance to worry about (apart from lubrication of the shaft) and I don't have to store flammable materials. For me, this is a wonderful tool and will be expanding the collection to include the blower and hedge cutter.
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