As you will be know until very recently the garden at Scotney was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Now that we are open for seven days a week we are faced with the challenge of carrying on our normal work whilst being open to visitors. However, the last thing we want to do is spoil your visit with noisy machinery. So with this in mind we have been looking at some different technology. After reading a a very positive review in our trade paper Horticulture Week of a new Husqvarna battery powered grass trimmer we requested a demonstration. Gary from Husqvarna UK arrived this morning with this for us to try out:
I was personally quite sceptical about how effective a battery powered machine would be over our faithful petrol machines. After today's demonstration I am totally convinced that this is the right tool for our needs. Firstly the machine is extremely quiet, to the point where wearing ear defenders become optional. Its very light and comfortable to use for long periods. This light weight also helps to keep vibration levels to a minimum reducing the overall fatigue experienced by the operator. The battery is powerful and will charge in under 30 mins and will provide at least the same amount of time in use. Theoretically with two batteries you can keep on going all day. The battery sits where a petrol engine would normally be found and helps to balance the machine:
As you can see the battery is a manageable size and simply slots in and out of the machine:
Controls are simple and clear. You switch the machine on with the button (rather than the traditional kung fu fight with the starter cord) and then you have a choice of two speed settings and you can even change the direction of the cutter head. These options allow you to strim very gently to avoid damaging trees and shrubs as well as directing your grass debris to avoid paths etc:
So, after using this machine for most of the day, I am won over. Its hard to find a negative, its quiet, light, low on vibration, has no emissions and costs approximately 1p to charge a battery. We are looking forward to continuing our demo this week and hope to procure some machines of our own very soon. If you see us using this machine this week and you would like to have a closer look let us know (from a safe distance) and we'll run through it with you. The strimmer was so quiet that some of our flightiest friends even came over for a closer look:
Unfortunately for them though, Husqvarna don't do strimmer harnesses in their size...