Posted: 15/02/2014 at 11:09
On your specific subject, for many older people the best hedge-trimmer is the one who turns up in a van and does it for you, especially if the hedge is of any size, and particularly if it's tall enough to need any sort of ladder. I see a lot of people standing on kitchen chairs waving hedgecutters around - and I offer up a silent prayer.
A lot of gardens don't need the hedges to be as tall as they are, and going back to basics would help in the decision-making process for many people.
Having said all that, the worst machines are the underpowered ones - they make the job twice as tiring, but with power and durability comes weight.
I'm a bit pushed for time now, but I'd be happy to add to this if you have specific questions arising from it.