I have a relative who needs to be able to trim about 400 metres of tough
hedgerow once a year. At present they have a light but sturdy electric hedge
trimmer, but the cable obviously isn't long enough. The furthest bit of
hedge is 200 metres from a power socket, I can think of 4 options, in
descending order of sensibleness:
1) Buy a petrol hedge trimmer, maybe £200. With this size of job, I guess it
would be a fairly hefty one, so there would be safety issues and also and
presumably a learning period while arm muscles were built up.
2) Buy a small petrol generator (maybe less than £200), and run the electric
trimmer from this. The generator might be useful for other tasks, and we
could carry on using the nice light electric trimmer.
3) All of the hedgerow is accessible by car, so we could buy an inverter
(maybe less than £200) and run the electric trimmer from that. The inverter
might be useful for other things. Time spent setting up the wires and stuff
would not be a problem, as it would only happen once a year.
4) Work out what sort of cable would be needed to run the electric hedge
trimmer 200 metres away from the house. It would have to be hefty to reduce
voltage drop and there are probably safety issues to look into.
Should we just take the conventional option of a petrol hedgetrimmer?
- posted 12 years ago