The distinguishing factor between petrol and electric hedge trimmers is their fuel type. A petrol hedge trimmer is run using petrol, whereas an electric hedge trimmer is either powered by a battery (cordless) or the mains (corded).
Petrol hedge trimmers tend to be noisier than electric hedge trimmers, and you are well recommended to wear ear defenders as you use them. For a garden in a quiet neighbourhood, an electric model would be a considerate choice for your neighbours!
Petrol powered trimmers can be very heavy. They’re equipped with an internal fuel tank which is not only bulky but has the possibility of fuel spillages. Any spillage will stain any vegetation it touches, contaminating it. While petrol hedge trimmers offer straightforward movement around your garden, their maintenance requirements can make they unwieldy.
On the other hand, cordless hedge trimmers like the C-Li 20VHT are powered using batteries. This provides you with the freedom to roam around your garden without the trailing cables, just like a petrol trimmer. Quieter and lighter, and without a direct reliance on fossil fuels, the battery powered hedge trimmer is also more environmentally friendly. However, electric hedge trimmers aren’t quite as efficient for prolonged use on dense hedges.
Starting an electric hedge trimmer is simple, you don’t need a choke to start its motor – it’s merely a case of plug in and go.
Another benefit of Flymo’s cordless range is that the batteries are interchangeable (where voltages match). You can buy additional spare batteries if needed. This helps increase the run and cut time of your hedge trimmer as you can have one battery on charge when using the other.