Today, power tools are available to take most of the sweat out of this and many other tasks. Qualcast's new Hedge Master 380 does just that. It creates a favourable impression for reasons that include good balance, an efficient cutting action and the fact that the manufacturer equips its 40ft of cable with a plug.
Qualcast's determination to reduce vibration - a major cause of fatigue - explains the presence of a belt drive instead of a gearbox. The specification includes 'double-action' blades whose movements also reduce vibrations. It does, however, lack a scabbard to protect the blades.
Listed at pounds 49.99 and powered by electricity, the 380 has a 15in cutting length. It is the basic machine in a four-model range whose top price is pounds 79.99.
Atco-Qualcast Ltd, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1EY (0449 771449).