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on 20 November 2013
I have never owned a garden vac before so cannot compare this with any other I have actually used. First of all I started my considerations in my local B & Q Depot which is where I think most will initially go if considering purchasing such an item due to the range of products stocked. I wanted an electric powered vac as I considered the petrol option a bit 'over the top' given that it will be used in earnest for a couple of weeks each year and the size of my garden allows for cable usage. Once in there I was a little shocked. Four options were available, Bosch, Ryobi, Black and Decker and B & Q own brand. Firstly all seemed heavy and cumbersome (when compared to the QGarden) and all bar the own brand were at least £25 more. The own brand was a similar price but it was enormous.
Anyway having read previous reviews I took the plunge and ordered one of these, after-all for £35 it was worth the risk. The vac arrived very quickly and first impressions were how small it was but the plastics it is made of seemed of a lesser quality compared to those previously seen. Assembly was reasonably straightforward although a little force was required to line up the screw holes. Once done though it's a sturdy piece of kit.
In use the QGarden really came into it's own. It really is simple to use with enough suction to pick up even wet leaves stuck to paving slabs but not so much as to suck up 1/4" pea gravel that surrounds my paving. What would have taken me over an hour to complete was done in ten minutes. The blower function, via a switch on the side (which some of the more expensive machines omit), is equally as good allowing me to blow leaves from borders onto the lawn before sucking up. The mulching is excellent even 1/4" twigs are gobbled up. This mulching makes disposal space much less of an issue. The bag, on paper, has less capacity than other vacs but it still holds a vast amount. Having used this with the bag full I'm glad it holds no more as this is heavy enough so the others would be a real struggle unless you're a candidate for Britain's Strongest. A couple of times the exit chute has become blocked but it is relatively simple to unclip the bag at the entry point without removing it completely via the two outer clips to clear it.
The only downside is, as others have noted, that the cable is very short at 6 metres. However as I always use an extension I have actually shortened the cable to about 30cm's. Doing this keeps the plug off any damp ground and makes emptying the bag much simpler as the cable no longer gets tangled during the process.
This machine may not have the finished looks (due to those cheaper looking plastics) and quality markings/logos emblazoned on it but that's not what it's about. If you want a garden vac that does exactly what it says on the box at a very reasonable price then look no further. Just remember to shorten the cable as it will make using it much simpler.