If you’re looking to spruce up your garden for spring, you’re probably on the hunt for effective, and affordable, garden tools.
That’s where Lidl comes in. Its new Lidl Parkside 2 in 1 Hedge Trimmer and Pole Pruner PHSHE 900 B2 combines two tools in one, with a long-reach hedge-trimmer attachment for tall hedges and a pruning saw for those hard-to-reach branches.
Retailing at just £69.99, it’s got all the signs of a bargain buy. It will be in stores from 19 March 2020.
We’ve tried it out to make sure it’s worth the desperate dash to your nearest Lidl, before stock runs out. See a round-up of our first impressions of this multi-tool by reading our first look Lidl Parkside 2 in 1 Hedge Trimmer and Pole Pruner review.
Should you buy a multi-tool?
There isn’t a vast variety of multi tools available, although we’ve tested a few, including the Mountfield MM48Li Cordless Pole Pruner and Hedge Trimmer and the Mitox 26MT-SP.
There are benefits to buying a multi-tool:
- Cost It’s a cheaper way to buy two tools at once, instead of shelling out for them separately.
- Space If shed space comes at a premium, you’ll find a multi-tool much easier to store, thanks the foldable heads and only having one pole.
- Accessories Your added extras, such as the shoulder strap, wrench and, if it’s cordless, the battery, can be swapped between both appliances.
However, you’ll need to bear in mind the weight of the tool and how easy it is to switch between attachments.
Plus there’s no guarantee that either tool will be good at its main tasks – cutting your hedges and pruning your branches quickly, effectively and neatly. For the true top performers, see our round-up of the best hedge trimmers and the best chainsaws we’ve discovered through our tough tests.
Using your garden tools safely
Before you get trimming and chopping, you’ll need to prepare, particularly if you’re using these tools for the first time.
Whether you’re using the hedge trimmer or pole-pruning attachment, we recommend that you don a safety helmet with a visor and wear ear defenders, to protect yourself from flying debris and the noise.
The pole pruner needs extra care. Wearing chainsaw trousers and steel-toed boots will help defend your legs from a nasty cut if you drop the saw, and you can also attend a chainsaw safety course to brief you on the best way to use your new tool.
To find out more, go to our dedicated guide on chainsaw safety.