Spear & Jackson 8120RS/09 Razorsharp Telescopic Hedge Shears
About this deal
Hand pruners are good for small and precise cuts, lopper-style shears are great for slightly larger branches, and hedge shears are perfect for… small tree branches. The excellent Flip-Lok extension system makes the handles easy to extend to the exact length you want, then simply retract them when you’re finished for easy storage! Being prone to clumsiness, the blade covers, trigger locks and ergonomic rubberised handle were massively appreciated.
What we do care about, however, is our shears’ ability to whip our hedges into shape and these do so with ease.They tackled everything from shrubs to hedges (we also used them to tidy up the edges of our lawn) with ease, and are also particularly suitable for topiary. Added extras include a durable carry case, and it comes with two blades – one for trimming grass and one for trimming shrubs. Think of these as the supercars of the shearing world – lean, mean shearing machines, which bring to mind a surgical instrument.
These might not be the prettiest shears but when we’re knee-deep in a privet bush, we don’t really care. They’re also packed with features worth their weight in gold, including a wire-cutting notch, a sap groove and a rotating handle to reduce the risk of wrist and hand strain. These shears probably aren’t the ideal tools for the toughest of hedges, but they quickly whipped our out-of-control privet hedge into shape and made light work of the stray branches on our various shrubs, too.Our (very small) garden shed is constantly overflowing with tools, garden furniture and various other items, so compact tools get an immediate bonus point. We’d have loved to see a larger area of rubber on the handles, but this minor issue doesn’t detract from the brilliance of these shears. For those taller hedges, most gardeners resort to a step ladder but the telescopic feature on these hedge shears give you that little extra edge to.