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I think this is probably worth two stars - it's not totally useless, but I'm giving it only one to somewhat ...
on 1 August 2014
To be honest, I think this is probably worth two stars - it's not totally useless, but I'm giving it only one to somewhat redress the balance because I think it's ridiculously over-starred in the reviews on here.
First of all, I bought mine fourteen or fifteen months ago and the battery is already pretty much useless. If I charge it after use, it's pretty much flat the next time I come to use it; if I charge it immediately before use, it's okay to start, but rapidly weakens and is useless in not much over five minutes. If I buy a new one, at the time of writing it's about 60% of the cost of the whole thing new! If I have to shell out that much every year then this was a really bad buy.
Second, I think it's exaggeration - at the least - to call it a 'hedgecutter'. It's a 'hedgetrimmer', at best. If your hedge has got a bit overgrown and you want to cut it back, or you just decide to lower the height a bit, this is NOT going to do the job. All it's good for is regularly trimming off new growth AFTER you've got your hedge into the shape you want by other means. And, of course, that 'regularly' is not going to do the damned battery any favours ...
There's a catch-twenty-two on that regular trimming thing. If you're a rather indifferent gardener, like I am, who lets the hedges get a bit untidy, this is not going to be much good for you because, when you DO get round to using it, the work is going to be too tough for it. But if you're a keen gardener and keep on top of things, so that it will do the job asked of it, you'll probably have shelled out the extra money for good kit in the first place.
I've been thinking of buying an NMiH battery, to see if that does any better, but another part of my brain (probably the bit where I hide the commonsense) is telling me to cut my losses and lash out on a really good mains hedgecutter and a really long extension cable.
I learned years - decades - ago that it never pays to buy cheap stuff on impulse, as I did with this, but I keep making the same old mistake!