Grunty Garden Gadgets (TVNZ) 3rd June 09

I’m not a big gardener but I am a big fan of power tools.  This week we had fun trying to lop  a branch with the Black & Decker Alligator tool, while Chloe did her best to handle a backpack leafblower. Watch the chaos ensue by clicking on the image below.


Black & Decker Alligator Loppers

This Black & Decker garden tool works just like a manual lopper but adds the power of a chainsaw to the mix.   It’s great for chopping through thick pieces of wood which you couldn’t cut with manual loppers.  The 550 Watt motor means plenty of power while maintaining light weight.

Recommended retail price: $229.95

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Available from: All good Mitre 10 stores.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Makita Petrol Backpack Blower

BBX7600 75.6cc

Blowers are useful at this time of year for gathering up leaves or other garden debris. The new Makita powerful 4 stroke petrol blower is suited to organisations such as councils or schools to keep large park areas clean.  Makita also gave us the smaller, less powerful 24CC model to play with.  While this is perfect for the home gardener we couldn’t resist playing with the larger machine.  It felt like a cross between James Bond’s rocket backpack and an air cannon.

Recommended retail price: $559

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Available from: Mitre 10

Rating 5 out of 5

Husqvarna Robotic Mower

The Husqvarna Automower is a virtually silent, electric powered automatic lawn mowing system.  Using guide wires which you install to mark the boundaries of your lawn, the Automower recharges itself at a charging station then goes back out and continues to cut your grass. The only drawback is that you will still have to trim the edges for yourself.

Recommended retail price: $4299 for the model shown, the 220AC which has a cutting capacity of 1800 metres.

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Available from: Husqvarna dealers nationwide (check the website for your closest dealer

Rating 4 out of 5

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.