The Black & Decker 17″ Blade Hedge Trimmer is Perfect for Women (and Men)
I love my backyard and I enjoy the results of my labor in my backyard, but not all jobs are easy. I stand just barely over 5 ft and trimming our hedges and bushes can be challenging for me each spring. Actually, it was challenging for me, but that all changed a few years ago when my parents gave me a Black & Decker 17″ Hedge Trimmer.
We had a larger 24″ hedge trimmer, also Black & Decker, that I loved, but it was really too large for me to handle easily. Still, each year I fought the shorter bushes with it. My husband always trimmed what I couldn’t reach on his days off from work. I just couldn’t see spending more money on a smaller hedge trimmer just for me. Honestly, until my dad suggested it, I hadn’t really even considered it. I just used what we had and life went on.
Much to my surprise, my parents gave me the smaller Black & Decker 17″ Hedge Trimmer for my birthday that year. It might seem like an unusual birthday gift for a female, but it is truly among the best ever gifts that I have been given. This hedge trimmer has become one of my best gardening friends! It is lightweight enough that I can lift it over my head and hold it there to trim bushes that are taller than me. Plus, the blade is short enough that it is not unwieldy. This is a huge improvement! I can work a lot longer and a lot faster in our backyard now than ever before.
Let me show you my hedge trimmer!
The Black & Decker 17″ Hedge Trimmer (TRO17)
My particular hedge trimmer has been replaced with a new model in the stores, but it is still available online. I am sure the newer version is just as fabulous, and possibly improved but I can’t imagine how.
- Weight Under 5 lbs
- 17″ Blade
- Easy to Handle
- Rust Resistant
- Durable Steel
- Cuts Through Soft Branches up to 3/4″ Thick
- 2.8 Amp motor
- Electric Power Tool
There are a few things I would like to add. The handle over the power switch makes it really easily to hold in place with my right hand while I work the power trigger with my left hand. (See photo above)
The juniper bush you see me trimming above has very soft branches. This 17″ blade will easily cut though 1¼” thick soft branches which makes this job almost effortless.
The Juniper Bushes in My Yard Have to be Trimmed Annually – This is 1 Years Growth
The Newer Version of the Black & Decker 17″ Hedge Trimmer (TR117)
Black & Decker TR117 3.2-Amp Hedge Trimmer, 17-InchIn fairness, I cannot tell you how the newer model compares with my original hedge trimmer from experience. I can only compare the specs. My Black & Decker Hedge Trimmer is a real trooper! It hasn’t needed to be replaced and I use it often. Since the TRO17 model is harder to find, I am also providing the link to the TR117 model which is the updated version.
There appears to be a bit of a redesign to the handle, plus it has a 3.2-amp motor.
Also, while studying the pictures, I can see that the blade has also been redesigned. This model appears to alternate shorter & longer cutting blades. I note that the manufacturers information states that this blade is dual action.
My Recommendation of the Black & Decker 17″ Hedge Trimmer
Since I have several years of personal experience with the model TRO17, I know I can tell you this hedge trimmer is exceptional! It has truthfully changed my life. I don’t get as tired and my arms don’t ache now after I trim the junipers shown in this article. Because they take at least an hour each to trim (there are 3 in our yard), I spend half of a day each year working just on them. Having the right size hedge trimmer for my stature certainly makes a world of difference. I can only imagine that a stronger individual would find this hedge trimmer completely effortless to use.
A Few Gardening Accessories Needed When Using a Hedge Trimmer
Protect Your Eyes, Hands & Arms
Leather Gardening Gloves by Fir Tree. Premium Goatskin Gloves With Cowhide Suede Gauntlet SleevesColeman Cable 02309 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord, 3-Prong Grounded, Orange, 100-FeetHQRP Orange Lenses UV Protection Safety Glasses for Yard work, Lawn mowing, Gardening, etc
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