Written on: 25/10/2013
I've got the long reach hedge trimmer with extension pole, chainsaw attachment and two spare batteries. The chainsaw just bounces off things without cutting them and the hedge trimmer is top heavy on full extension and difficult to handle, although it works reasonably well with a shorter length. After one season's use both batteries only work for about three minutes and to replace them would cost more than was originally paid for the equipment, if the supplier had any in stock, which they... (read more)
Written on: 08/10/2013
I took delevery from a magazine article and put the unit together in 3 easy steps. Excitedly I commenced trimming my 12 foot high hedge and then after 30 minutes the machine just died on me. I tried the fuse to no avail. A total waste of £80. Don't bother with cheap chinese rubbish, stick to Black & Decker. The machine took 8 weeks to arrive after purchase and when I tried to contact the sellers/manufacturers all I got was an automated message telling me I was 19th in the queue. At this I... (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2013
y wife persuaded my son to buy me a fairly full set of Eckman small garden tools (18v Li-Ion lopper/chainsaw, strimmer, hedge trimmer kit, with an extension pole)as a birthday present two years ago. I did not ask for it, and when I saw it I thought it all looked rather cheap and nasty (except it wasn't all that cheap...). I was right. None of it has been used much, but both batteries have now died and the extension pole has gone open-circuit and is therefore also useless. Even when it... (read more)
Written on: 23/05/2013
Huge mistake, advertised good but doesn't do anything well. It struggles cutting through new privet, but the worst is the weight which is all at the top of the device, hence when cutting the end of the blade is dipping downwards and making a groove in what you are trying to cut. Unless you have got the strength of an Ox then don't buy it. There is also a lot of vibration into your arm which is worse because you are holding at shoulder height. Used it once and that was enough to be... (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2012
Bought this to avoid using ladders to trim hedges varying in height from 6feet to 8 feet. The problem with this hedge trimmer is that the electric motor is located at the end of the trimmer, some 3 feet from the switch on the handle at its shortest and 6 feet from this handle when extended. The result is that the hedge trimmer is very heavy to handle and can easily lead to overbalancing. An additional problem has been the locking mechanism on the extendable handle, this has broken and there... (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2012
Bought from tackle my 8ft hedge but tried it out after delivery on a fairly routine privet about 5ft high. The machine failed to cut even this modest growth. It doest cut but tears the privet wether due to a useless cutting edge or too narrow a diameter. Machine is useless so dont even think about it. The good news is that the company I bought it from give me a full refund. (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2012 by Paddie
Bought this product 16 months ago but have only recently began to use it If it has been used 5 times that is the most it has been used. and it is completely kn worn out. some part fell out of the engine part and now the drive shaft doesn't work Would have expected it to have done more (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2012
OMG - Do not buy this product. I waited 5 weeks for it to come back in stock. I used it twice last year and seemed a bit clumsey, hard to start and heavy but I persevered as I was determined to get the value for the money. The harness connecting eye snapped on 2nd use. This year - the petrol pipe disintegrated in the petrol tank, the exhaust manifold wobbled lose - after tightening and adding lock washers it still came lose and has now melted the plastic shroud around the engine. On... (read more)
Written on: 27/06/2012 by Ianmillar777
Leng of pole approx 6ft plus 18 inches for trimmer head. Excellent reach. Trimmer is light but with such a long pole could be tiresome if a lot of trimming required. I used it on a tall Red Robin tree and found it easy to use. Quality appears good although I have only used it for a short time. Adjustment of lenght requres an allen key so you need to plan beforehand as you cannot flick from one lenght to another very quickly but did not find this a serious disadvantage (read more)
Written on: 13/08/2011 by peteshaw59 (1 review written)
This product is total rubbish and do not get suckered into buying it. Mine was delivered without the petrol supply pipes being connected and never had been, so how had it been tested. The carburettor shook loose and almost fell off on its third use. The product can not be used in any position other than keeping the motor upright otherwise it will stop. Petrol leaks from the tank making it dangerous. The stop button has failed and the only way to stop the m/c is to either run out of petrol or... (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2011
I bought the Eckman extendable hedge trimmer and lopper kit and all I can say is this is GARBAGE.
DO NOT GET SUCKED INTO THIS CHEAP RUBBISH!!!!!!
Read some reviews about these things and pay a bit more. I wish I did, feel like i've thrown money away. Now I need to start saving all over again.
'You pay cheap, you pay twice'.................... (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2011
I saw this advertised in Country Smallholding and was taken in by the advertisement. I wish I had found these reviews before I purchased my petrol powered hedge cutter with all its associated parts. At £239 for all the bits it is not cheap but it is flimsy and has difficulty cutting a privet hedge. The unit ran out of fuel after cutting about a metre of hedging. What I did not realise was that the petrol tank leaked when you moved the unit anywhere beyond horizontal. Once attached to... (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2011
WILL I EVER LEARN TO READ REVIEWS BEFORE I BUY??!! Bought my extendable hedge trimmer from T_2 on eBay to reach the leylandii hedge where my crappy rechargeable trimmers can't reach. I'm female, but very strong and fit and I can't lift or control it once the extension pole is attached.
Also, because of the circles on the end of the teeth, the width of twig that fits into the mouth for cutting is tiny. It will easily cut branches 5mm wide, but the second you reach something (even soft... (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2011
this cutter is very dangerous , after using it one summer to trim hedge it burnt a hole in the t shirt i was wearing, following year [now we know about burning]started it up and petrol was leaking out. it had burnt a hole in petrol tank, i was extremely lucky to not have been blown up and killed, beleive me i was shocked to say the least. have tried to contact them with no joy, so i have now sent e mail to WATCHDOG if everyone drops them an e mail maybe we all will get some satisfaction, the... (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2011
The hedge trimmer was bought as a Christmas present for me 13 months latter and used no more than 10 times smoke poured out of the motor housing. I contacted the company but they said it was out of warranty so we cant help you. I have sent a letter to the MD and am still awaiting a reply. So if you want a product which lasts 13 months then fails and the company tell you to "take it to a repairer" this is just the thing for you!!!! (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2010 by oliver42 (2 reviews written)
I bought the Eckman extendable hedge trimmer and lopper kit from Technologyinthehome and am regretting the purchase. The equipment is about what you'd expect for the money but in my case, I've been waiting over five weeks for a spare part. The plastic cover holding the chain in place shattered on second use. The helpline were very helpful and said they'd dispatch a replacement but five weeks, numerous calls and email, I'm still waiting. The call centre staff will say the part will be... (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2010
This hedge cutter is a load of rubbish.My partner thought it looked the best thing since sliced bread but very soon changed his mind when he tried it this afternoon.
I contacted the firm to send it back but we were too late (you have 14 days to decide, but the hedge didnt want cutting until today)they were completely umhelpful and said they couldnt have it back.
I think the whole thing is a complete con and we have ended up with nearly one hundred pounds down the drain.I was even told if we... (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2010
it is too heavy and poorly designed with all the weight on the top of the product impossible to hold and use for any length of time.technical dept not very helpful their solution was try and sell it on to someone else had someone much younger and fitter than us try and they still found it difficult to use and uncomfortable to handle. the video we watched before purchasing the product was misleading (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2010
Ordered and received the Eckman Add-It-2 from T2Direct.
I accept that the device will not be fantastic as it is not expensive (vizaviz Stihl) but I did expect reasonable performance. The weakness in my experience is the power unit motor which has failed after a very short period of operation in the two units I have tried.
T2Direct were very quick to replace the first faulty unit and I now have to negotiate for replacement of a secont one.
Would not recommend. (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2009
my farther just bought one of these,but it wont work the top trigger has to be pulled so hard to make it work makeing it impossible to use,and the only way to get it to run is to pull the trigger at the far edge as tight as you can pushing it further than it is ment to,and even if it is faulty they want you to pay £10 to return it,my final conclusion is it is a heap of cheap chinese rubish and not wouldent have one if it was free (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2009
I couldn't disagree more with the two reviews already left for the Eckman hedge trimmer.
I can only assume that these chaps were unfortunate enough to receive a faulty unit (which does happen from time-to-time, no matter what you buy and where you buy it from), as what they are describing seems a million miles away from what I received and what I've been using for the past 6 months or so.
First things first; this hedge trimmer IS heavy and is probably not suitable for elderly people. But... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2009
Having just read JHFC's review, I could just write "Ditto" as I doubt I can match his eloquence in describing rubbish. But..............
I cannot even give it any good points as when the cutter (hahaha) arrived I was away and so missed the 14 day returns period.
I did expect the machine (hahaha) to be somewhat top heavy with the motor being at the top. What I wasn't prepared for though was the fact that the blades would not cut any type of vegetation. I tried the Eckman Long-Reach Electric... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2009
I bought a Eckman Long-Reach Electric Telescopic Hedge Trimmer, which is plastic, to trim hedge top, it has no power at all, will not cut. At £89.99 complete waste of money. (read more)
Written on: 18/06/2009 by JHFC (2 reviews written)
If you have found this review as a result of looking around to see if these eckman long reach hedge trimmers are any good, then you're in luck. I'm just about to save you £90.
I bought mine from www.technologyinthehome.com and read through the reviews on their site to make sure I wasn't going to end up with a white elephant. It was mentioned a number of times that this hedge trimmer is quite heavy, and I did note the specified weight, but decided that it shouldn't be a problem. That was... (read more)
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