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How to choose a garden power tool

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Keeping your garden healthy, neat and tidy is easy with the right power tools.


This guide will help you select the best cordless power tools for common gardening tasks, including mowing, trimming and cleaning. Their cordless operation makes them safer and easier to use than corded alternatives.   


Cordless lawn mower


What: A cordless lawn mower, like the Ryobi One+ 18V 40cm HP Brushless Cordless Lawn Mower, is a battery-powered tool for mowing and maintaining your lawn. 


How it works: The cordless lawn mower uses a battery-driven motor to turn blades that cut your grass to a uniform height, leaving your lawn well-groomed. 


Perfect for: Mowing lawns of various sizes and providing an even and manicured appearance to your grass without the hassle of cords. To help choose the right model for you, resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Eric has shared How to choose a cordless lawn mower.


Cordless hedge trimmer


What: A cordless hedge trimmer, like the Makita LXT 18V Li-Ion 520mm Cordless Hedge Trimmer, is a versatile tool for maintaining hedges, shrubs and bushes. Cordless hedge trimmer.png


How it works: This trimmer uses a battery-powered motor to move sharp blades, enabling you to achieve precise cuts and keep your garden neatly trimmed.


Perfect for: Trimming hedges, shaping bushes and achieving a well-maintained garden appearance.


Cordless pole hedge trimmer


What: A cordless pole hedge trimmer, like the Makita 18V 460mm Pole Hedge Trimmer, combines the capabilities of a hedge trimmer with an extendable pole for reaching high hedges and tall shrubs.


How it works: This tool features a long-reach design with sharp blades, allowing you to trim and shape high hedges while standing safely on the ground. 


Perfect for: Pruning and shaping tall hedges, reducing the need for ladders or platforms. It simplifies the maintenance of tall garden greenery.


Cordless leaf blower


What: A cordless leaf blower, like the Ozito PXC 18V Cordless Blower Kit, is an efficient tool for clearing leaves and debris from your garden or walkways. Cordless leaf blower.png


How it works: This tool generates a powerful stream of air to blow away leaves, grass clippings and garden litter with ease. 


Perfect for: Clearing leaves from your garden, tidying up walkways, and maintaining a neat and tidy outdoor space effortlessly. To get the most from your tool, experienced horticulturalist Adam Woodhams has shared the guide How to use a leaf blower.


Cordless blower vacuum


What: A cordless blower vacuum, like the Ryobi One+ 18V Cordless Garden Vacuum and Sweeper R18XBLV20 is a versatile tool that combines blowing and vacuuming functions for efficient garden clean-up.


How it works: In blower mode, it generates a strong stream of air to blow away leaves and debris. In vacuum mode, it sucks up the collected debris into a collection bag for easy disposal. 


Perfect for: Clearing leaves, grass clippings, and debris from your garden, walkways and patios. It simplifies seasonal cleaning and keeps your outdoor space looking pristine.


Cordless grass trimmer


What: A cordless grass trimmer, like the XU1 18V Cordless Grass Trimmer Kit, is a versatile tool used for edging lawns and trimming grass in tight spaces. Cordless grass trimmer kit.png


How it works: This tool utilises a spinning nylon string or blade to cut grass and weeds in challenging areas, including along fences and around flower beds. Its lightweight design makes it easily manoeuvrable in tight spots, ensuring precise trimming.


Perfect for: Edging lawns, trimming grass along paths and ensuring your garden looks well-manicured even in hard-to-reach areas. 


Cordless lawn edger


What: A cordless lawn edger, like the Ozito PXC 18V Cordless Lawn Edger, is a specialised tool for creating clean and well-defined edges along your lawn and garden beds.


How it works: This tool features a rotating blade that cuts through turf and soil along the edges. 


Perfect for: Crafting sharp edges along garden paths, driveways and garden beds. It ensures a neat and manicured look.


Cordless chainsaw

What: A cordless chainsaw, like the Ryobi One+ 18V HP 12" (30cm) Brushless Cordless Chainsaw OCS1830BL, is a versatile tool for pruning, cutting firewood and various cutting tasks without the limitations of cords or the need to add fuel. Brushless cordless chainsaw.png


How it works: This chainsaw uses a battery-powered motor to drive a chain with sharp teeth, allowing you to cut through branches, limbs and trees effortlessly. 


Perfect for: Pruning, cutting firewood and tackling various cutting tasks.


Cordless pole pruner


What: A cordless pole pruner, Ryobi 18V ONE+ 8” (20cm) Oil-Free Pole Pruner R18PPS120, combines the cutting power of a chainsaw with an extendable pole, making it ideal for pruning high branches and tall trees.


How it works: This tool features a chainsaw head attached to a telescoping pole, allowing you to reach and trim high branches while standing safely on the ground. 


Perfect for: Trimming high branches, removing deadwood from tall trees and ensuring your garden trees remain healthy and well-maintained with ease and precision.


Cordless pruning shears


What: Cordless pruning shears, like the Ozito PXC 18V Cordless Pruner Shears, are precise cutting tools used for pruning small branches and shrubs. Pruner shears_2.png


How it works: These shears feature a sharp blade mechanism that provides clean and precise cuts, promoting healthy plant growth and allowing you to remove dead or diseased branches with ease. 


Perfect for: Pruning small branches and shaping shrubs with minimal effort.


Electric garden sprayer


What: An electric garden sprayer, like the Nylex 5L Rechargeable Battery Shoulder Sprayer, is a handy tool for spraying fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides in your garden. 


How it works: This tool uses a motorised pump to create pressure, allowing you to spray liquids evenly over your plants. It offers adjustable spray patterns for various applications.


Perfect for: Applying fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. It ensures even coverage, promoting plant health.


More advice on choosing garden tools


Our How To section contains many other guides on choosing and using different garden tools, including How to choose a garden hand tool and How to choose and use a wheelbarrow.


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