New gardening tools?

What manual gardening tools would be useful if it was battery powered? 
I'm doing some research for a project. What are people's opinions?
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  • I can't think of anything that would work any better if it was battery powered.  Trowels, shovels, forks, secateurs.... all have to be controlled to work properly.  Anything else that can be powered already is, I think.
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  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,050
    What about battery powered secateurs for those with a hand disability?
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 4,339
    Doing research or getting others to do the thinking for you? Perhaps an introduction and further explaination would be more polite :/
  • Doing research or getting others to do the thinking for you? Perhaps an introduction and further explaination would be more polite :/
    Sorry for coming across as rude. I'm new to forum. Some introduction:
    I'm an engineering student doing a project about garden and lawn tools and as I am not much of a gardening enthusiast myself, I thought getting some people perspective might be useful. My task is to design and do tests on the tools. So this is I guess a kind of market research. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 23,676
    The wheel doesn't need re-inventing, ditto most gardening tools. They've been pretty much the same for decades / centuries even: because they work just fine. 
    I think battery secateurs for those with weak wrists sounds ok in theory , but wouldn't the weight of a battery pack be a hinderance?
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  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 2,857
    I’m currently working my way through hard pruning a very long, tough, overgrown pyracantha hedge with tree loppers, so I wish battery powered ones existed. The manual force required is playing havoc with my arm and shoulder muscles, plus my increasingly arthritic hands, so progress is quite slow. I have an excellent Ego battery pole saw but it’s too long for precision cutting of the hedge. 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 1,574
    edited October 2018
    Hollow-tine lawn aerating is hard work with one of these.
    There are machines available (eg this one), but they are big, heavy and expensive.
    A cheap, lightweight alternative that doesn't take up much storage space and doesn't need a lot of force to use would be nice, but I'm guessing if it were feasible, it would already have been done?
  • JennyJ said:
    A cheap, lightweight alternative that doesn't take up much storage space and doesn't need a lot of force to use would be nice, but I'm guessing if it were feasible, it would already have been done?

    That was my thought too.   Gardening has been going on for so long that what can be adapted to electricity and bought for a reasonable price must already have been.

    The powered secateurs might be worth consideration.  Hedge trimmers are good but hard to use with precision.
    I wish I was a glow worm
    A glow worm's never glum
    Cos how can you be grumpy
    When the sun shines out your bum!
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,388
    Slugs slicer.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 1,191
    Electric scissors? 
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