The QUIET gardening revolution

Sometimes you know that the world is out working in the garden just by the sounds and smells of engines. In the old days - meaning a long time ago - gardening must have been a fairly quiet activity: grass mown by sheep, and subsequently by mechanical mowers; hedges trimmed with shears and secateurs; trees felled with axes and saws; brambles cut with bill hooks and slashers.

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But just like so much of our lives, the engine came along and disrupted all of that. Luckily, after this short, noisy and polluting blip,  gardening can return to being relatively quiet. Batteries are putting pay to petrol engines across the spectrum. Our phones and toothbrushes run on batteries. Our car keys and pacemakers run on batteries. And now our cars and vans run on batteries. We've all got used to cordless drills and screwdrivers, and we are getting used to 'robot' lawnmowers which mow, dock and recharge all on their own.

Despite being a great invention, there are situations where 'robot' lawnmowers can't quite cut the mustard - or the grass. In order to function, they need to cut almost constantly, and they cannot collect grass (which can lead to moss) and cannot make 'stripes'. They also get stuck from time to time and cannot maintain complex grassy paths or disconnected grassy spaces. So, although they have their merits, there is still a need for mowers controlled by humans... and some humans actually enjoy mowing the grass. In particular, some of us like to have areas with different grass lengths in our gardens: some areas where we allow the clower to blossom, some areas that we keep closely cropped, some areas where we want bulb foliage to die back, and so on.

Mowers are probably the garden tool that we use most regularly, but blowers, strimmers and hedge trimmers are the loudest and the most polluting, as they use two stroke mixture which includes oil in the mix. Leaf blowers are a particular menace, and are increasingly being banned in cities around the world for the noise pollution they cause, as well as the disproportionate amount of fumes produced: more hydrocarbons are produced using a leaf blower than driving a truck at speed for the same period of time.

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Technology has brought many improvements, and gardeners should embrace them. Batteries mean that we can now mow and blow in relative silence. We don't need to inhale lungfulls of fumes along with the scent of freshly-mown grass and autumn leaves. Battery operated garden tools are perfectly equipped to cope with the demands put on them by the average-sized urban or suburban Irish garden. They are easier to store, quieter, lighter, safer, more efficient and ultimately cheaper. Most brands have an interchangeable battery, so once you have a tool with a battery and cahrger, you have the same battery and charger for all of of your tools. Take the 'Ego' range of cordless garden tools: the battery provides power equivalent to a fairly substantial engine, but the battery can go between mower, strimmer, chainsaw, blower and hedge trimmer. Thus, the tools are lighter, and the main power source doesn't need to be replicated over and over in each tool. A lawnmower can run for 35-45 minutes, a blower or hedge trimmer for over 2 hours (all depending on battery size and usage).

So, if you are a petrol-head, cordless garden tools are not for you. But, if you don't particularly enjoy the struggles to get things started, spilling petrol all over your hands, and coming in from the garden reeking of fumes and with buzzing ears, then cordless is the way to go. We have display models in our shops in Dunboyne, Co Meath, and Dundrum, Co Dublin.

Advantages of cordless garden tools over petrol tools:

  • Quieter: the main sound produced is not from the motor, but from the spinning blades etc
  • Safer and cleaner: you don't need to store petrol and oil in your shed
  • Cheaper: once you have purchased a battery and a charger, there's no need to buy petrol and oil. To recharge a battery costs only a few cents. Service costs are deduced as their is no oil filter, starter cord, fuel pump etc.
  • Nicer to use: lighter, with less vibration, no smell, less noise, no trouble starting.
  • Better for the environment as the power is efficiently generated elsewhere, oftern from renewable sources.
  • More practical: you only need one battery and charger, even if you have a variety of tools.

Browse our range of cordless / Ego cordless garden tools.