The trimmers feature dual reciprocating blades to give faster cutting rates and more manicured finish. The blades are made from high-carbon tool steel and on double-edged models the tooth combs are staggered to enhance performance. The angled teeth on the steel gears give the machine plenty of oomph. The testers find the 2422 has enough cutting power to handle branches up to 13mm.
If, as a user of electric trimmers in the past, you have been troubled with disconnections from the extension cable, then you will appreciate the little gripper at the end of the handle. It’s designed to hold a loop of the extension. It’s a simple idea but very useful.
On the 2422 the front handle is loop-shaped and incorporates three switch locations. Being single sided, the 3012 has a pistol-grip front handle — but it can be rotated to three positions for comfort. Dual-handle switching stops blades in less than 0.5 seconds if either of the switches is released.
Maintenance looks straightforward. Two screws allow the cover to be removed for access to the brushes. Little Wonder remain good machines, but we reckon they had better watch out for the competition. Although the Viking weighs more, it was deemed to produce a better finish on the hedges at Somerleyton.
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