This is one of our favourite models, thanks to the trusted name carried by Bosch tools, competitive pricing and the impressive performance on offer. While different people will need different features, you’ll learn below why this is such a great all rounder, and why it might be exactly what you need to keep your hedges in the garden neat and tidy.
The Bosch AHS 70-34 Review
Many of the electric hedge cutters are under powered with a short blade, this model is built with larger hedges in mind. The combination of a powerful motor and long blade give it great performance. It is at the upper end of cost for a corded electric hedge cutter as it is very high powered. This might be a good model to consider if you are looking at petrol hedge cutters but don’t want the added weight or cost.
The Bosch AHS 70-34 features offer a lot for the money, below we have more in depth look at them. For your money you are getting a powerful cutter that is able to cut some pretty large hedges.
This model has a long blade which is perfect for larger hedges. The 70cm long laser cut blade will allow you to cut through large parts of the hedge with one sweep which will significantly cut down the trimming time compared to some of the smaller models. The blade is diamond ground for great cutting performance leaving your hedge with a nice finish.
The tooth opening is 34mm, this is a really wide opening and means you will be able to cut through some thick branches using the normal function of this model. There are not a great deal of other models with a tooth opening this wide which makes it ideal for old well established hedges.
This is a great feature that is not available on all trimmers. The blade and the tooth gap is already wide but if you find an even thicker branch you can’t get through there is a sawing function that will cut through branches up to 34mm thick. That is quite a thick branch in a normal hedge.
The 700 Watt Motor
A blade of this size requires plenty of power to cut through dense hedge rows. The 700 watt motor is more then powerful enough to power this cutter. Some of the smaller electric motors can burn out when working on larger hedges.
To ensure that you have a good grip on while cutting Bosch have designed comfortable ergonomic handles. Really important when you are cutting for a long time and will make the work feel a lot easier. Your hands are situated behind a hand guard to protect you while you are cutting.
The Bosch AHS 70-34 electric hedge cutter is powered from a cord that is plugged into the mains. This is not really ideal on a larger hedge cutter as you will need an extension lead. You will also have to be very careful not to cut through the cable when you are trying to get through the bigger hedges. Often if you are moving about a lot it is easier to have another person holding the cable behind you. This is definitely a downside of this model compared to cordless alternatives.
The AHS 70-34 weighs in at 3.9 kilograms which is not particularly heavy for a hedge cutter of this size. It does weigh a bit more than some of the smaller models, this is because of the blade length and motor. If you compare this to a petrol hedge cutter it is very light.
As standard this model comes with a 2 year Bosch manufacturers warranty. You will need to register the product with Bosch online once you have bought it and then you are covered. Bosch have an extensive service and spare parts coverage in the UK giving you peace of mind.
What The Customers Say
This customer feedback for the Bosch AHS 70-34 is very good and it has earned some fantastic reviews on the various websites that stock it. Below we will look at some of the common themes in the comments.
Cuts Deep Into The Hedges
Many customers have upgraded to this model from an older electric model. Many have been very impressed at how deep into the hedge this model cuts with its long blades compared to other models.
One downside that comes through in the feedback is that this is very heavy and can take its toll on your arms after a while. This is designed to tackle larger hedges and for that you are going to need a bigger motor and longer blade.
The high torque 700 watt motor glides through old hedges according to some where other models have really struggled. Old privet hedges and chunky deciduous hedges are no problem for the AHS 70-34 at all.
In conclusion we think this is a really good hedge cutter. It is very good value for money when you look at the feature set and the cutting capacity compared to a lot of other models. It’s a good rival for some of the petrol cutters but a good bit cheaper than a lot of them.
On the down side it does have an electric cable that has to be dealt with when you are cutting. The cordless electric models are more practical but they don’t have the power of this one. If you have a lot of hedges to trim and don’t want a petrol powered cutter, then this is a good model to look at. If you are looking for an electric hedge trimmer to trim some small hedges once in a while it may be a bit too much for the job.