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Question: Hand held tools

Hi guys, we're some engineering students, hoping to get some advice from you all.

We're being sponsored by a gardening tools manufacturer to make a new, hand held electric gardening tool as part of our degree.

The issue is that none of us garden at all, so we're doing some research into what sort of tools people would be interested in using.

As you're all budding gardeners, we thought you'd be the best place to start.

If you've got any ideas about what sort of hand held electric tool would make your life easier, or something that really annoys you with your gardening, we'd love to hear from you!




  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,183

    Apart from my drill and scrwdrver for attaching new bird feerder hooks or hanging baskets or fixing trellis, the only electric hand held tool I use in the garden is a hedge trimmer but it's rather large and unwieldy so I'd quite like one that is smaller, very sharp and can be used without straining my shoulders.  

    I reckon one with a smaller blade and weight would be brilliant for trimming my dwarf conifers, box hedge and any topiary I may attempt in the future.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • B3B3 Posts: 25,298

    Why not join a volunteer gardening project for a while so that you can get some hands on experience? See what would make it easier for you.

    If you've never tried gardening, it's a bit like a vegetarian  creating the perfect meat pie!

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    ...and some would welcome some help with them!

  • Sound advice from many of my fellow gardeners on the forum - to which I would add the suggestion that you chat with the guys who manage the grounds around your college buildings etc - they will surely be using power tools on a regular basis, and may well give you some 'down to earth' responses to your query.........?????

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,935

    There aren't many electric tools that I can think of that aren't hand-held. So you mean hand tools i.e. small rather than large tools?

    If you really mean anything which is controlled by the hand then my electric lawnmower could be more subtle in its choice of cuts.


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  • B3B3 Posts: 25,298

    What about an electric riddler with adjustable holes for sifting bits of wood etc  from compost.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Secateurs - they'd need to be able to cut 30mm diameter branches cleanly.

  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452

    How about something like an electric carving knife that could be used to cut the turf away that grows over the edge of paving stones set into the lawn?  It's really difficult to do with a standard edging tool. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,298

    I use a cheese knife

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Any reaction from the OP?

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