Can I still buy a Newcastle Drainer?

A: Suited to digging deep narrow trenches and for planting work, the Newcastle Drainer is offered by several manufacturers.

Bulldog offers Standard and Powerlite versions. The latter will cost £40-£50 + VAT and has a Powerlite fibreglass shaft with insulating properties. Where cables are a concern, look for tools certified to 1,000V.

- Sally Drury has been reporting on product developments and testing kit for 28 years. The advice given in this helpline is independent.

- Email your questions to sally.drury@haymarket.com


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