Alko Hedge Trimmer: A Buying Guide
As the last of the summer days draw in and Autumn beckons, a lot of homeowners will be looking to give the hedges around their garden one last trim, as many become dormant over the winter months. Whether you are buying your first Alko hedge trimmer or replacing an old model, there are a few things to consider to ensure you buy the right machinery that best suits your needs. Below you will find a general buying guide that can be applied to any brand.
Things To Consider Before You Buy:
Below are some questions to ask yourself before making the investment on a new machine:
- Firstly, how high are the hedges that you need to tackle? You may need a long reach hedge trimmer to complete the job.
- How thick are the branches? This is a particularly important question, to make sure that the teeth of the hedge trimmer can cut through the branches easily and safely. You may need a model that comes with a pruner attachment to enable you to cut through heavier duty sections.
- What’s the size of the workload? You may need to consider the weight of the machine and the length of time that it will take to complete the job. For example a battery model will be lighter than a petrol but may not run for the length of time you need.
- Do you have protective clothing? As with using any handheld tool, it is advisable to wear protective clothing such as gloves and eye protection.
- How much maintenance will be needed? Hedge Trimmer blades should be kept sharp and cleaned after every use to avoid a build up of tree sap on the blades. As with all garden machinery it is advisable to service every year, to keep the machine in good working order. You can find more information about our servicing here.
Types of Hedge Trimmer:
Once you have considered the above, the last thing to decide is; what type of hedge trimmer do you require? There’s petrol, battery and electric. All have their pros and cons, depending on the type of job at hand which we have listed out below:
Petrol Hedge Trimmer:
Pros: Good for large workloads, more powerful and can be used anywhere.
Cons: Tend to be noisier & require more maintenance in terms of petrol/oil etc
Battery Hedge Trimmer:
Pros: Lightweight, quieter & kinder to the environment
Cons: Constricted operating time dependent on the battery running time
Electric Hedge Trimmer:
Pros: Tend to be cheaper, cleaner & easy to use.
Cons: The cord can limit the working distance from where the trimmer is plugged in. Extension leads may be required which can alter the voltage of the machine.
You can find both battery and petrol versions of the Alko Hedge Trimmer in our showroom near Maldon in Essex, where we also sell Mitox and Cobra models, (for more info click here).
Important note: It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to intentionally damage an active nest, so make sure there are no nesting birds in the hedges when you are ready to cut.