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The 10 Best garden power tools

The sun is out, the grass is dry. Here’s all you need to plug in and make your garden picture-perfect for summer

Kate Hilpern
Monday 29 April 2013 19:36

1. Draper Log Splitter

This log splitter makes light work of chopping wood. Benefits include reducing the physical strain that using a traditional axe places on your back, as well as saving you hours of effort for less than £200. Be warned, it’s extremely heavy, but the wheels make it easy to move around.


2. Black & Decker Grass Trimmer GLC3630L

This cordless trimmer is twice as powerful as many of its competitors. Longer grass and rough vegetation seem to prove no challenge and it’s wonderfully easy to use, either vertically or horizontally. The result is a great finish on the lawn edge, even along fence lines.


3. Bosch Shredder AXT25D

Bosch steals the show when it comes to garden shredders. This is a great all-rounder that chops and crushes most plant materials quickly, quietly and efficiently. It rarely stalls and you can remove the feed chute and store it in the collector for compact storage.


4. Kärcher Eco Beast Pressure Washer

Pricey this may be, but it provides over 50 per cent water saving compared to a garden hose and 35 times more power, easily making it the most environmentally friendly way to effortlessly remove mould, grime, mud and dirt from patios, garden furniture, decking and vehicles.


5. Garden Care Multi-Tool

Whether you want to trim long grass, clear brambles, cut hedges or prune hard-to-reach-branches, this machine does it all. And despite the fact that it’s an all-in-one, it’s easy to get to grips with and has well-positioned, comfortable handle controls.


6. Flymo EasiCut Hedge Trimmer

It’s hard to fault this electric trimmer, which comes with an extra handle to extend your reach for taller hedges. It’s fast, leaves a neat finish and can handle larger branches. It’s relatively quiet and great value, although it is heavy.


7. Ryobi 18V One Plus Blower

This cordless, lithium-battery leaf blower has enough power to clear leaves swiftly and efficiently, but keeps them under control. It’s light, comfortable to hold and the nozzle’s length is ideal. Its only fault is that you don’t get that much blowing time before the battery runs out.


8. Mac Allister 2-in-1 Raker and Scarifier

If you’re a perfectionist when it comes to your lawn, be sure to check this raker and scarifier out. It removes matted grass moss and other dead material to encourage healthy grass growth and the powerful motor and large collection bag means it can handle heavy-duty jobs.


9. Makita Chainsaw UC3520A

Slice cleanly and quickly through logs, branches and thick stems with this electric, ergonomic and relatively quiet chainsaw. It’s one of the lightest available and the blade is automatically oiled to keep it running smoothly.


10. Stihl Sweeper KG550

If you’ve had enough of sweeping the outside of your home, this intelligent, powerful, low-dust sweeper could just be your new best friend. It easily picks up all kinds of debri, whether fine dust, wet leaves or larger items, six times faster than a standard broom.


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