Generally I like my gardening to be a calm activity.
To maintain this calmness, any garden power tools have to earn their keep. For instance, I used a battery operated strimmer when I had an allotment, & it was a boon, quick & efficient, easy to use & did the job more quickly than hand tools ever could. I was left with more time to spend looking after vegetables, which after all is the whole point of an allotment.
A couple of months ago I was sent a garden power tool to trial, so I was interested to see if it could earn a place in my garden shed.
Let me introduce you to Stanley Petrol 4-in-1 Multi Tool STR4INI
It has 4 attachments, a hedge-cutter, a long-reach chainsaw, brush-cutter & strimmer, interchangeable on the one arm, & comes with another section to add on & make it longer if you need to reach higher up.
The chainsaw is a neat little thing, good for lopping off lower branches, or ones that are too hefty for loppers, & the longer stem means you don’t need a ladder, a much better & safer option. I’m an averagely, strong woman & the shorter length is fine, slicing through stems easily & more quickly than a saw, but the long length is too heavy for me.
The strimmer has a good automatic line feed & the petrol tank allows you to cover a good sized area.
Nettles & overgrown areas at the allotment would be good candidates for the strimmer & brushwood attachments. I used the nettles to make an organic feed for the allotment.
The hedge cutter, can usefully move through 180 degrees, it was efficient at cutting through an overgrown area of front garden which I’ve been taming since we moved here 2 years ago.
The angle of the cutter made it difficult to use on a low box hedge, but it’s perfect for average hedge sizes & taller. Petrol hedge-cutters are ideal for long lengths of boundary hedges, where hand tools would take a long time & you’d be hard pushed to get an even finish.
The brush cutter was trailed in a small area, & worked efficiently & is definitely a time saver if you have overgrown areas of weeds.
Assembling all the equipment for it’s first use was challenging, given the limited information in the leaflet. Obviously this only needs doing once, after that it’s all quite straightforward.
The upshot of using these is that they’ve earned a place in my shed. They won’t have to be used too often, but when they do they’ll save time & do a safe, efficient job, & won’t take up to much room.
Finally, I’m sure you know this, but think about safety gear when using garden power tools. Keep yourself safe & treat them with respect.
Disclosure, this was gifted to me by Stanley.
all photos: Jill Anderson.