Having joined the one-battery-fits-all club, Hyundai offers a lawnmower, pole saw, chainsaw, grass trimmer and hedge trimmer all running off the same 36V Li-ion Samsung battery.
This is a lightweight machine. Both Braund and Hoare find it easy to manoeuvre, cutting vertically and stretching far overhead. "It’s certainly not heavy. That’s a plus point," says Braund. "But I hate the delay in starting to cut."
We take the trimmer to one side and repeatedly engage the trigger. It’s the same every time.
There is a distinct and annoying pause between gripping the trigger and the blades starting to move. "It’s reluctant," Braund suggests.
He also has trouble with the blade protector catching in the hedge. "I think it’s because it is attached underneath the cutters. The others all have the protector on top of the blades," he observes.
But we like the price. Ideal for anyone starting out on a garden round or for a professional gardener with only a small amount of cutting each year, it will let you get on with work without breaking the bank.
The battery can be fully changed in 1.5 hours and benefits from low self-discharge, meaning that it can hold its charge while in storage. Hyundai tells us to expect upwards of 1,000 charges.
Blade: 55cm double-sided
Tooth spacing: 28mm
Maximum cutting thickness: 20mm
Weight: 4.25kg including battery
Recommended battery: Samsung 36V Li-ion
List Price: £105.07 (inc. VAT) body only; or £222.11 (inc. VAT)
Tel: Hyundai Power Equipment UK — 01646 687880
Tested This Issue
- Stihl HLA 65
- Makita EH7500W
- Stihl HLA 85
- Makita DUH551Z
- Cobra LRH40E
- Hyundai HYHT36LI
Sam Braund, grounds worker, Bridgwater College, Cannington Campus
Keith Hoare, grounds supervisor, Bridgwater College
It is time for the last clip of the year and at Cannington, the land-based studies centre of Bridgwater College in Somerset, the grounds staff are tasked with trimming the cherry laurel hedge alongside the car park of the department of animal management.
Time then to ask grounds worker Sam Braund and supervisor Keith Hoare if they would use a selection of recently introduced hedge trimmers.
As battery technology continues to improve, we have two such models from Stihl, both long-reach units, to tackle the hedge, which is more than 3m high. We also have battery tools from Hyundai and Makita, both being standard format units for regular hedge-cutting work. Another long-reach unit is the electric powered Cobra, supplied by Henton & Chattel, and we have a four-stroke petrol cutter with a massive reach from Makita.
Finally, because Braund loves engines, we have a standard format, petrol engined machine from Makita. Which ones will impress our testers?
Conditions on the day of the test were hot with bright sunshine. The hedge presented a wide range of branch diameters up to 25mm in thickness.