Aldi petrol hedge trimmer: any good?

Aldi have a petrol hedge trimmer next week@:
http://www.aldi-stores.co.uk/special_buys/product_121.html
What do you folks think of the spec?
My least, dead, hedge trimmer was electric -a re there any issues, using a petrol-driven trimmer? What about maintenance of the engine?
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You'll probably find it pretty heavy to use at 5.4KG, compared to an electric unit.
It doesn't quote vibration or noise figures, a good chance it has a Chinese engine on it at this price.
As far as maintenance goes. It's 2-stroke, so make sure you use mix fuel and mark a separate container if you keep unleaded in the garage/shed. Keep the blades lubricated.
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On Sun, 19 Mar 2006 12:21:10 +0000, Andy Mabbett

It's 2 stroke, and if a petroil mix, avoid.
I would prefer a generator (as low as 40) and decent electric trimmer.
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Erm........ yes, if it is 2-stroke then it will be run on mix.

Erm..... but that is going to be a Chinese 2-stroke machine, which will be run on mix as well. So what is the difference?
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yabut wot he means is that it is most likely the type where you mix the oil with the petrol your self, as opposed to injectamix systems where you put neat petrol in the petrol tank, and 2 stroke oil in the oil tank, and it mixes just the right ammounts as it needs at after tha carb, hence the carb gums up a lot less with the injectamix systems, and they tend to use less oil and thus produce less smoke.

you wont be carrying the genny in your hands to experiance all the vibes and that lot, plus you can plug the mains trimmer into household mains to run it a lot quieter if needed.
And i guess the bit about 'decent' electric trimmer, the aldi one will be a cheapo set of trimmer blades mated to a disposable chinease motor,
i guess it depends on what you have to do with it... as in cut the odd hedge 3 or 4 times a year in a small garden, or cut a few hundred yards of hedges every other week, if it's the latter then the aldi trimmer will be worn out in a few months time,
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EricP wrote:

Nothing wrong with a modern 2-stroke IF you use best synthetic oils and a low oil to fuel mix. Oiled up plugs are a thing of the past.
a 4 stroke gets to heavy for the power.

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Andy Mabbett wrote:

I simply won't buy anything except Stihl meself.
Petrol driven are generally heavier and vibrate more. At least the stihl has a rubber mounted handle.
Beware of cheap ones with insufficient power to actually chop through what they are able to get into the jaws.
Ive got a little stihl one that cost abouut 280 IIRC.
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