For dealing larger hedges, and crucially wider branches, this hedge trimmer from Black and Decker is the ideal solution. Better still it’s been designed to be as comfortable as possible to ensure that you get the job done without getting worn out or agitated, so much so that hopefully cutting the hedge will be less of a chore and more of a pleasure.
With a beastly 600 Watt motor this trimmer will cope easily with larger branches, it has to be able to after all, the 2.5cm cutting tooth distance allows you to cut some fairly substantial branches as you go about your pruning tasks, so the last thing you want is a motor that isn’t up to the job.
Another big tick in the box here is, as mentioned above, the comfortable handles. The padded handle for the rear hand reduces the effects of vibration, and the front ‘bale’ type handle complete with protective hand guard means that this is as comfortable for left handers as it is right handers, no discrimination here folks.
Despite being powerful and being designed to cut large swathes of leaves and branches at a time thanks to substantial 60cm long blade, this trimmer still manages to remain lightweight at a mere 3kg in weight. So even if your garden is surrounded by a thick perimeter of laurel hedging, your arms won’t be aching by the time you’ve finished.
In terms of safety, the GT6060 has all bases covered. Like many good garden tools, both hands are required to push two switches to get this trimmer running, and as well as being comfortable whether you’re a left or right hander, these controls are positioned in an unbiased position as well.
- Powerful 600 Watt motor allows you to cut through branches as though they were butter
- Lightweight design, yet designed for large areas of hedging
- Ergonomic hand grips with safety conscious controls regardless of who uses it
- Blade is angled upwards slightly to suit user holding position and improve cutting performance
- Cover for blade could be of a higher quality, it looks as though it could break, so you’ll need to be careful when putting this thing away for storage. Having said that it’s good that it has one, so kudos to B&D for that.
- Warm exhaust air blows out of the back of the trimmer directly in your direction which isn’t terribly pleasant. It would be better if the air was directed downwards.
There’s very little not to like about this hedge trimmer, for our money it’s one of the best corded electric hedge trimmers on the market. Arguably the weak link is, as is always the case with electrical products, that the cable isn’t long enough. Let’s face it this could be used in a very large garden, and yet the 8 metre cable restricts this if you don’t have an extension lead. There again, if you really see this as an issue then you might be better off plumbing for a petrol hedge trimmer instead.