Can two similar hedge trimmers feel and behave so differently? Prangley finds the smaller EH5570 (550W) to be "quite an excitable little fellow" and, although she thinks it is slightly noisy for an electric machine, she likes this one.
She tries the larger EH6580 (700W). It features the same handle configuration but at 65cm it has the longer blade. "It’s not as willing as the other one," she notes immediately.
"It seems to make you go slower. It is slightly quieter but I don’t see any benefit from it apart from a couple of inches."
Handy agrees. "I was really surprised by the 5570. I am sure it has quicker blades than the 6580."
Both testers love the handles on these electrics. "They are so much better than on the Makita 7500 petrol models. The shape gives more options instead of twisting it and you can’t get your glove caught in the trigger," says Handy.
The cable from the trimmer is bright orange, a good colour from a safety aspect, and a cord hook is supplied for fitting to a belt. Each model comes with a 10m lead.
Blade length 55cm/65cm
Max branch diameter 21mm/21mm
List price £141 + VAT/£208 + VAT
Tel Makita UK — 01908 211678
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The Review Panel
Matt Handy, senior gardener, Cannington Walled Gardens, Somerset
Claire Prangley, gardener, Cannington Walled Gardens, Somerset
Cannington Walled Gardens are looking superb. Lying within the grounds of a medieval priory, there is tremendous atmosphere at this site, complemented by classic and contemporary features such as the "hot" herbaceous border, blue garden, subtropical walk and Victorian-style fernery. There is also a botanical glasshouse.
The gardens have a long history, but what we see on the ground today has been developed since 2004 and was officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 2009.
In the gardens, both separating and linking the various spaces, yew hedges are now ready for a trim. What will be best for these young hedges? We ask the gardening team to test out some of the newest hedge trimmers available on the UK market, including battery, electric and petrol-powered models. Conditions on the day of the test were hot and sunny.