Hello and many thanks for taking the time to visit our McGregor Hedge Trimmer review which will cover both the McGregor Corded Hedge Trimmer and also the McGregor Cordless Hedge Trimmer so at least you have more than just once choice when it comes to making any final buying decision. For the purpose of this review though, we will focus on the McGregor 45cm corded hedge trimmer that provides 400W of power and briefly compare the Cordless version plus the larger McGregor Corded 60cm hedge trimmer and a comparison table is outlined further below on this page to add further clarity.
Our McGregor Hedge Trimmer review will let you know all the main features that it has to offer the general public along with the main pros and cons that we came across that you need to know before you end up buying this hedge trimmer. For your added benefit, we have also included some frequently asked questions about these McGregor Hedge trimmers that hopefully can answer some of the queries that you may possibly have about them.
McGregor Hedge Trimmer Review Content:
- Section 1: Brief Overview & FAQ’s
- Section 2: McGregor 45cm Hedge Trimmer Review – Features / Pros / Cons
- Section 3: Alternative McGregor Hedge Trimmers (Cordless and Larger Corded)
- Section 4: Conclusion & Feedback Opportunity
Section 1: Brief Overview & FAQ’s
|Brand / Model:||McGregor Hedge Trimmer 400W|
|Power:||400-Watt Hedge Trimmer|
|Warranty:||2 years duration|
|Price Level:||£30 to £40 @ Argos UK – Check Todays Updated Price Here|
FAQ’s for the McGregor Hedge Trimmers:
Q. What size branches or bushes can the 45cm hedge trimmer cut through?
A. The 45cm hedge trimmer from McGregor can cut through bushes/branches with a max thickness of 1.6cm
Q. Do they include a blade cover when not in use?
A. Yes, these hedge trimmers come with blade covers when not in use
Q. How long are the cords for the corded McGregor Hedge trimmers?
A. The length of the cords is only 8m long so you may need extension cords also
Q. Which is the lightest one to work with?
A. The lightest hedge trimmer from McGregor is the corded 45cm MEH4045 which weighs less than 2.5kg
Q. Does the cordless model include both the battery and battery charger unit?
A. Yes, the cordless includes both the charger and the battery
Q. How long does it take to recharge the batteries for the cordless model?
A. It can take up to 5 hours to fully recharge the batteries for the cordless model.
Q. How long will the battery operate and cut for with the cordless?
A. The runtime on the battery for the cordless will operate for on average 30 minutes
Q. What is the largest hedge trimmer from McGregor?
A. The largest hedge trimmer from McGregor is the 60cm long blade model MEH6060
Read also while you are here: Our Spear & Jackson Hedge trimmer review -Check it out here
Section 2: McGregor 45cm Hedge Trimmer Review – Features / Pros / Cons
McGregor 45cm 400W Corded Hedge Trimmer
Main Features Available:
Lowest Priced Option
Ideal for bargain hunters
Power cable is 8m long
Blade length is 45cm long
Power level of 400W
Blade tooth gap is 16mm
Electrical blade brake
For small/medium hedges only
Dual action blades/Quick stop brake
Soft grip rear handles
Hanging hook for storage
Hand safety guard included
Price Guide: Less than £40 @ Argos
Pros for the McGregor 45cm 400W Corded Hedge Trimmer (8)
- If you want a cheap low priced reliable hedge trimmer for basic small type jobs, then you don’t have to look much further than this as the price level tends to be one of the lowest we have seen anywhere else and tends to be available for less than £40 which is a bargain for what you are getting.
- You can get an additional replacement care protection for 3 years extra which only costs less than £10 for extra peace of mind and security.
- This is a seriously lightweight piece of equipment at less than 3kg so you can certainly work a lot longer with a lower chance of hand and arm fatigue setting in.
- Unlike many other branded hedge trimmers, these actually comes with a Blade cover when not in use which adds further protection especially around younger members of the family if they are around.
- In terms of safety, you get a robust electrical blade brake, a blade tip protector and a solid hand safety guard as standard which provides peace of mind when you are cutting and trimming.
- The handle is quite nice to hold with the soft rubber grip which again reduces the level of hand fatigue that can set in and provides more comfort allowing you to hedge trim for longer.
- If you have limited space, this hedge trimmer comes with a hanging hook so it will take up a lot less space in your shed if storage spaces are very tight.
- Overall it gives a nice clean and precise cut, it provides a moderate level of power for smaller duty jobs and it is backed with a trusted 2-year warranty which they stand over hassle free.
Cons for the McGregor 45cm 400W Corded Hedge Trimmer (6)
- The range of hedge trimmers under this brand is lower than other brands – there is no longer pole hedge trimmers or petrol operated hedge trimmers to choose from so you are limited in terms of different options available.
- Even though there is an excellent warranty of 2 years, it is still a shorter warranty period offered when compared to Spear & Jackson who offer 3 years warranty.
- The length of the cable is only 8m long which is 2m shorter than Spear & Jackson hedge trimmers and you most likely will need to invest in additional extension cords which will be an added expense.
- The tooth gap is quite small at 16mm so this would be max thickness of branches or bushes that it can cut through. At times, it works better when it needs to cut through thinner bushes than this such as 1.2cm in thickness
- There is always the added risk of having cords lying around so extra precautions are needed to ensure you don’t cut through the cord – best to be extra careful and do the hedge cutting slower (no rushing)
- The larger models under this range don’t have a larger tooth gap for wider bushes or branches.
Further images of the McGregor 45cm 400W Corded Hedge Trimmer are outlined below
Section 3: Alternative McGregor Hedge Trimmers (Cordless and Corded)
If you are not fully decided or convinced about the McGregor 45cm 400W hedge trimmer at this point, then feel free to check out 2 further options from McGregor that are worth a closer look which include both a cordless and a larger corded option.
1, McGregor 45cm 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Main Features Available:
Cord free Cordless alternative
No cables or cords to worry about
18V powered battery rechargeable
Twin dual action blades / Electric brake
Blade cover / Soft grip / 16mm tooth gap
Blade tip protector / Hand safety guard
5 hours recharging / 30 min runtime
Weight less than 2.5kg / 2-year warranty
Price Guide: £35 - £50 @Argos
2, McGregor 60cm 600w Corded Hedge Trimmer
Main Features Available:
Most powerful & larger alternative
Much better for thicker denser hedges
Longer blade of 60cm / Soft grip handle
Same length cable of 8m in length
Dual safety switch / Blade tip protector
Blade cover when not in use
Tooth gap 16mm also / Hand guard
Weighs less than 5kg / 2-year warranty
Price Guide: £45 - £60 @Argos
A short comparison table for all 3 McGregor Hedge trimmers in this review are outlined below to add further clarity if needed…
|Feature:||McGregor 45cm||McGregor 45cm||McGregor 60cm|
|Tooth Gap:||Max 16mm thick||Max 16mm thick||Max 16mm thick|
|Cable:||8m long||N/A||8m long|
|Recharge Time:||N/A||5 hours||N/A|
|Battery Runtime:||N/A||30 mins||N/A|
|Warranty:||2 years long||2 years long||2 years long|
Section 4: Conclusion & Feedback Opportunity
While the 45cm Hedge trimmer from McGregor is certainly not the most powerful around, it certainly can tackle those thinner bushes and hedges with no hassle whatsoever. It is so light as less than 2.5kg that you hardly experience any arm or hand fatigue at all and it is a complete pleasure to work it. It does get stuck with the thicker branches or bushes beyond 1.6m in thickness so the trick really is to use it more frequently and keep the thickness of the hedges as thin as you possibly can.
On a personal point of view though, we would most likely choose the 60mm length hedge trimmer from McGregor instead as it provides a lot more power, a much longer blade and the price difference between them is not all that bad to be fair. The only thing that we don’t like is the fact that it will also struggle with taller hedges as they don’t have a longer pole type hedge trimmer version to tackle them, but for smaller low-lying hedges, it can certainly trim them down no problem whatsoever and give you a nice clean finish to your hedges that you can expect. Overall excellent value for the money you have to pay and again you have the added protection of a 2-year warranty.
Have you ever tried or used a McGregor Hedge Trimmer yourself in the recent past? Which was your favourite and did it cut the hedges as expected or did you experience any problems that we should all know about?
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