Pick power tools that make life in the gar­den eas­ier

Pilbara News - - Property - Sab­rina Hahn

Hedge trim­mers

The most im­por­tant thing is to choose a hedge trim­mer that is not too heavy to hold and is well bal­anced.

The next fac­tor is the size of the branches that you will use it on.

Will you need to cut through thick branches or just trim new leaf growth? If there is sig­nif­i­cant cut­ting in­volved, you will need a more pow­er­ful model.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, mod­els with larger tooth gaps are more suit­able for heavy-duty hedg­ing.

One of the key func­tions to look for is a hedge trim­mer with a wrap­around front han­dle with mul­ti­ple switches that make it easy to change from cut­ting hor­i­zon­tally to ver­ti­cally.

Ver­ti­cal edg­ing is eas­ier if the trim­mer has a ro­tat­ing head.

Be­ing a dan­ger­ous weapon, also look for a hand guard that helps pre­vent de­bris be­ing thrown back to­wards the user. My picks: Shindaiwa DH2200ST hedge trim­mer — this is one of the light­est and most er­gonom­i­cally de­signed petrol-driven trim­mers with low dis­place­ment and weight.

Stihl HSA 66 cord­less hedge trim­mer — a quiet trim­mer with an op­ti­mised cut­ter bar and long bat­tery life. Great for those that need a lighter-weight ma­chine.

Lawn mow­ers

You ei­ther love or hate mow­ing lawn. Most peo­ple think of it as a chore but I find it re­lax­ing and love the smell of freshly cut lawn.

A good mower suited to your needs will make mow­ing a plea­sure rather then a chore.

These days there are man­ual, elec­tric and petrol mow­ers to choose from, each with ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages.

Choos­ing the right one de­pends on your level of phys­i­cal fit­ness and the size of the lawn, rather than the cost.

Al­ways mea­sure the width of your ac­cess way be­fore pur­chas­ing a mower; I have seen many a new build that has not al­lowed ad­e­quate space to get a mower or a wheel­bar­row down the back of the block. My picks: Victa 675EXi Se­ries — power with­out the weight. This model even has mag wheels that are big­ger, to make mow­ing eas­ier. It also has a Briggs and Strat­ton en­gine with a quad blade cut­ting sys­tem, a mulching disc, and ReadyS­tart tech­nol­ogy.

Mas­port 675EXi — has all of the above fea­tures with the ReadyS­tart tech­nol­ogy and a heavy-duty alu­minium non-rust chas­sis.

All prod­ucts men­tioned are read­ily avail­able from re­tail­ers such as Bun­nings, Home Hard­ware and Mitre 10.

Gar­den­ing ex­pert Sab­rina Hahn knows what’s what when it comes to tools.

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