I’ve just realised that we’ve spent the past few weekends revelling in the extended period of dry, warm and, (mostly) sunny weather and I haven’t recorded any of our labours. Rather than trying to remember everything we’ve done I’m going to cheat by going through all the cards and seed packets to see what we’ve sown/planted so far this year – it’s quite an impressive list! Continue reading A Planting Extravaganza
The lovely people at Gtech recently sent us a cordless strimmer to review, and typically, it’s rained ever since. Thankfully we had a break this past weekend so finally got to road-test it, let’s just say it had it’s work cut out – here’s how S got on with it.
Assembling the strimmer out of the box was very easy – there were only a couple of pieces which clicked together easily, and which didn’t even require instructions. My first impression was how light it was. The battery had been charging before this point and even after pushing that into place at the head of the handle it made no difference to the weight and feel of it. The cutting blades were also amazingly easy to fit – no cartridges needing plastic wire threaded through here – instead, just a small plastic blade which you pop into the head.
So, with that, I was very keen to try it out. I was wanting to level out a small patch of lawn, which had got very long and thick (20+ centimetres in bits). Starting it up was easy, with the safety switches not requiring you to change your grip on the handle at all. It performed very well, there was plenty of power and, because it is so light, was very easy to precisely cut through to the right length.
While using it the blade pinged off a couple of times (and had to search for it in the long grass), but that was due to getting too close to a rock on the border. However, there is no worry at all about the blade getting broken and jammed in the rotating head – it just can’t happen. I got through a couple of blades, although did not do too much experimenting with how much life you can get from one use. The plastic did not have a particular cutting edge as such – and could be inserted either side up – but did get a little rough and flattened round the edges, possibly from hitting the stones and rocks. But, again, it was easy to pop another one in and so much better than some which use plastic wire.
The plastic did not have a particular cutting edge as such – and could be inserted either side up – but did get a little rough and flattened round the edges, possibly from hitting the stones and rocks. But, again, it was easy to pop another one in and so much better than some which use plastic wire.
I used it for about 45 minutes in total until the battery was used up, but that was plenty of time to do several passes over the surface, cutting down to the right level, and through some pretty thick and long grass. I didn’t try out the option to rotate the head for edging. That wasn’t quite so straightforward to push the sides in to allow the rotation.
In conclusion, I’ll be using this each time, since it is so light, easy to use and handle and makes doing the chore much more appealing!