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Top 6 best garden multi tools – Petrol and electric models with reviews

Last updated on May 6th, 2022

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With so many things to cut, trim and prune in the garden, most gardeners find themselves needing to purchase all sorts of tools to effectively maintain their gardens, me included.

While it’s true that you can get specific garden tools designed for specific purposes, for instance, a cordless strimmer for the lawn and a hedge trimmer for the hedges, a pole saw for pruning and maintaining trees, you’ll normally end up spending a lot of money on each tool. For example, for a decent petrol strimmer, brush cutter, then add a long reach hedge trimmer and pruning saw and you’re easily looking at £400-£500 for a budget-friendly setup and into the £1000’s for professional equipment.

Comparing all the tools you don't need to buy separately if you invest in a garden multi tool
An example of just some of the tools the garden multi tool does replace – left is the BU-KO garden multi tool, on the right just some of the individual tools it can replace

This is where an all-in-one solution – the garden multi-tool comes in. The idea is that you don’t need to purchase every piece of garden maintenance tool individually but rather get them in one, much more cost-efficient product as you only have to technically buy one base engine which is where a lot of the cost is involved when buying garden tools. Below is a quick overview of what I think are two of the best models worth considering.

BEST PICK

Bu-Ko Garden Multi Tool With Powerful 52cc petrol engine - strimmer, brush cutter, hedge trimmer and pole chainsaw in one
BU-KO 52cc Long Reach Petrol Multi Functional Garden Tool
This BU-KO model may seem like just another 5-in-1 multi-tool comprising a hedge trimmer, strimmer, brush cutter, pruner chainsaw and an extension pole but when it comes to reliability, performance and price it really is hard to beat and after testing it myself around the nursery i've been really impressed. It lets you reach those difficult to reach areas up to 3.4m which is impressive. The various attachments and blades will allow you to complete the most garden jobs with just one tool but the build quality of every tool is also much better than some alternatives. The multi tool uses a heavy-duty 3HP engine that produces 2.2Kw at 7500rpm so its had plenty of power. It also comes with PPE, harness and tool kit for user safety which is a nice touch as many people may not already have these essential much-needed accessories. There’s no doubt that you’ll get maximum value for investing in this garden multi tool which is why I use this model myself too.

RUNNER-UP

Hyundai HYMT5200 52cc Multi Tool
Don't get me wrong, I like the BU-KO multi tool but if you want something maybe slighter better with a longer warranty of 3 years rather than just 12 months, then this almost identical model by Hyundai is well worth considering. Where this excels is that its easier to slide in the extentions poles and attachments, they just click in much better and are much easier to alighn up and slot together. This 5-in-1 multi tool includes all the same tools, a strimmer, brush cutter, hedge trimmer, and pruning saw and extension pole which allows you to perform all types of garden maintenance. Of course, everything is made possible by its powerful Hyundai IC52-J 52cc 2-stroke EURO 5 petrol engine that delivers 1.45 kW of power which is slightly less than the BU-KO model but the maximum speed is 9,200rpm is faster than than that on the BU-KO model depending on the attachment being used. The supplied double shoulder harness strap will help evenly distribute the load over your shoulders and it has a quick-release coupling for easy removal of the machine without taking off the harness. Overall, this is an excellent piece of kit and it comes with a 3-year warranty too which for me is one of the reasons I would prefer this over the BU-KO model if you have a slightly larger budget. I also prefer the way the attachments slide together if i'm getting picky too.
BEST PICK
BU-KO 52cc Long Reach Petrol Multi Functional Garden Tool Including: Strimmer, Hedge Trimmer, Pruner Chainsaw with 2.4mm Thick Trimmer Line & 3x 1m Extension Poles
RUNNER-UP
Hyundai 52cc Petrol Multi Tool, Heavy Duty 5 in 1, Garden Multi Tool, 3 Year Warranty
CORDLESS PICK
Bosch AMW10 Electric Motor Unit 1000w 240v Multi Tool System
AOSOME Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool - Hedge Trimmer, Brush Cutter, Chainsaw Pruner, Grass Trimmer & Extension Pole - 2 Stroke Petrol Engine 52CC/2.2KW/3HP
Title
BU-KO Long Reach Multi Tool
Hyundai HYMT5200X 52cc Petrol Garden Multi Function Tool
Bosch AMW10 Electric Multi Tool
AOSOME Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool
Power
2-Stroke 52cc engine
2-Stroke 52cc engine
100W (Electric)
2-Stroke 52cc engine
Included tools
Brush Cutter, Long Reach Chainsaw Pruner, Line Strimmer, Hedge Trimmer, and Extension Pole (100cm)
Hedge, Chainsaw, brushcutter, Grass Trimmer and Extension Shaft
Sold separately, only choose the tools you need
Brush Cutter, Long Reach Chainsaw Pruner, Grass autofeed strimmer, Hedge Trimmer, and Extension Pole (100cm)
Warranty
12 months
3 years
2 years - extended to 3 years when you register online
12 months
BEST PICK
BU-KO 52cc Long Reach Petrol Multi Functional Garden Tool Including: Strimmer, Hedge Trimmer, Pruner Chainsaw with 2.4mm Thick Trimmer Line & 3x 1m Extension Poles
Title
BU-KO Long Reach Multi Tool
Power
2-Stroke 52cc engine
Included tools
Brush Cutter, Long Reach Chainsaw Pruner, Line Strimmer, Hedge Trimmer, and Extension Pole (100cm)
Warranty
12 months
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RUNNER-UP
Hyundai 52cc Petrol Multi Tool, Heavy Duty 5 in 1, Garden Multi Tool, 3 Year Warranty
Title
Hyundai HYMT5200X 52cc Petrol Garden Multi Function Tool
Power
2-Stroke 52cc engine
Included tools
Hedge, Chainsaw, brushcutter, Grass Trimmer and Extension Shaft
Warranty
3 years
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CORDLESS PICK
Bosch AMW10 Electric Motor Unit 1000w 240v Multi Tool System
Title
Bosch AMW10 Electric Multi Tool
Power
100W (Electric)
Included tools
Sold separately, only choose the tools you need
Warranty
2 years - extended to 3 years when you register online
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AOSOME Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool - Hedge Trimmer, Brush Cutter, Chainsaw Pruner, Grass Trimmer & Extension Pole - 2 Stroke Petrol Engine 52CC/2.2KW/3HP
Title
AOSOME Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool
Power
2-Stroke 52cc engine
Included tools
Brush Cutter, Long Reach Chainsaw Pruner, Grass autofeed strimmer, Hedge Trimmer, and Extension Pole (100cm)
Warranty
12 months
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For me, I have plenty of tools as I review products for a living, trying them out for months and even years but for someone like my dad who has a small holding with lots of lawns to maintain, paddocks and a small wood, the garden multi tool has been an amazing tool to have, takes up less storage space and has saved him a small fortune.

Petrol and Cordless Multi Tool comparison
Comparing petrol and electric models

These tools come as either petrol which I honestly prefer for multi tools or electric powered models which also have there pros and cons. Petrol models typically provide immense power, making them incredibly efficient at trimming, strimming, pruning and sawing but they are somewhat heavy when used at their full reach. Corded electric models restrict your movement, and even with the convenience of a Li-Ion batteries on cordless models, they are still somehow limited because batteries run out of power and need recharging, with petrol you just top the petrol up and you’re good to go again.

Using the BU-KO Multi tool with the extension bar and hedge trimmer to trim very tall hedges at the top of nursery
Just about to start pruning a large hedge at the top of the nursery with a garden multi tool using the extension and hedge trimmer attachment

In this review, I have pulled together some of the best garden multi-tools in the UK after going through countless customer reviews and buying the best models to compare how they perform in the real world. From the likes of Hyundai, Bosch and BU-KO, I believe you will find your perfect garden multi-tool in my guide.

One of the best garden multi tool for personal use
Using one of the garden multi tools to test the brush cutter attach on some of the more thick growth

Best Cordless Pick

EGO Power Plus MHSC2002E Cordless Multi Tool

The EGO Power Plus MHSC2002E model is a fantastic multi-kit because it has a good running time thanks to the large capacity 56c 5Ah battery (which is included) along with the super-fast charger. It comes with all the attachments needed including a lawn edger that most other models don’t include.

It’s relatively easy to handle this model because the attachments fit right into the power unit and lock into place easily. You will find it easy to maintain compared to petrol models. Finally, it also includes a 3-year warranty for professional use so it’s easy to see why this is a popular selection with many professionals. It really is a very impressive multi-tool and this is probably the future of garden tools.


The best garden multi tools that we have included in our review

  1. BU-KO 52cc Long Reach Petrol Multi Functional Garden Tool – BEST PICK
  2. Hyundai HYMT5200 52cc Multi Tool – RUNNER-UP
  3. EGO Power Plus MHSC2002E Cordless Multi Tool – BEST CORDLESS PICK
  4. AOSOME Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool
  5. Bosch AMW10 Electric Motor Unit 1000w 240v Multi Tool System – BEST ELECTRIC PICK
  6. ParkerBrand 52cc Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Multi Tool

I have also reviewed some of the best long reach pole chainsaws including both petrol and cordless models here


The Best Garden Multi Tool

1. BU-KO 52cc Long Reach Petrol Multi Tool

BEST PICK

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BU-KO Multi Tool with hedge trimmer, chainsaw and strimmer
The BU-KO Multi Tool I have been using for sometime now

The BU-KO 52cc Garden Multi Tool has got to be one of the best garden multi tools currently available, the only model I thought was maybe slighter better but only because of the way the poles and attachments connect together is the Hyundai model I review next, other than this I would say the Hyundai model is identical but at the time I write this, more expensive.

The pin system to attach the attachments
The spring pin is used to hold the attachment in place and then the black screw knob also secures the attachment

I will get straight to the point, sliding the attachments together can be a little awkward until you get the knack of it. Basically, there is a little pin that you pull out and you slide the attachment in and then the pin clicks back in through a hole to secure it. You then tighten the large black knob and it’s ready to use.

Have the machine upright and them slide the attachment into place
Its easier to attach the attachments if you have the machine upright as shown here

The trick is to have the main unit positioned upright and then slide the attachment into place. If you do this, it slots together fine and is easy enough to align everything up. On the Hyundai model, this process is just a little easier, it’s not a big deal but worth noting.

BU-KO Hedge trimmer attachment is good quality
hedge trimmer attachment

So what do I like about the BU-KO 52cc Garden Multi Tool? Firstly, the build quality seems excellent, actually much better than I thought it would be, only because I didn’t recognise BU-KO as being a brand I had heard about or used previously so I took a little bit of a gamble trying this model but I’m glad I did which is obviously why you reading about it now.

Using the BU-KO 52cc Long Reach Petrol Multi Functional Garden Tool to cut Leylandii hedge
Just about to start trimming a hedge on the nursery

So in terms of specifications, it’s powered by a 52cc 2-stroke petrol engine that provides immense power for each tool, enabling jobs such as cutting thick branches with the chainsaw attachment which I have to say is amazing, more on this below. The extra power also means that it easily trimming hedging with the hedge trimmer as shown above. What I will say is that it gives you a good workout, especially when using the hedge trimmer at full height, the pruning saw is not as bad as its lighter. It’s much easier and manageable when used with the one extension pole than at full height.

The 52cc 2-stroke engine the BU-KO garden multi tool uses is very easy to start, just don't forget to mix the oil and petrol together properly
The 52cc 2-stroke petrol engine that has proved reliable and easy to start

The engine is easy to start, never had issues there, a few pumps on the primer bulb, slide the switch on the handle to on, open the choke and pull the cord a couple of times and it always fires up and runs smoothly. Everything is easy to access for maintenance, easy enough to add more 2 stroke mix etc. Something I will say, like most petrol tools, especially 2-stroke engines, it’s loud so make sure you wear ear protection as it does include some so make use of them if you don’t already have some.

Hedge trimmer head can be rotated to cut the tops of hedges

So the hedge trimmer attachment is one of the main attachments I have been using as it’s great for the taller hedges we have in the nursery. You can reach a good height with it but one of the features I really like is that the head also rotates 90 degrees to trim the top of hedges as shown above. As already mentioned, at its full extension, it can be top-heavy so I find it best to trim without the extension first, have a clear up and then use the extension and finish off and then clear up again, it just breaks it up a little and makes using it less tiring.

Close up of the trimmer attach

The second most used tool I usually find myself using is the strimmer attachment which I’m using in the picture below to cut the overgrown area down ready for rotavating. The picture above is a close up, the trimmer line is actually quite thick, combine this with the powerful engine and it does a great job at clearing even thick brush. It uses a bump and feed type system to automatically feed the line which I really like. The trimmer head (the black part) simply screws onto a thick screw thread and is very easy to attach.

Testing strimmer attachment of the BU-KO 52cc Long Reach Petrol Multi Functional Garden Tool
Using the trimmer attachment to clear some overgrown weeds before we rotavate the area for roses.

So another good attachment is the brush cutter blades which are great for cutting thicker brushes such as brambles and thick undergrowth. It actually comes with two types of blades but personally, I only use the 40 tooth blade as shown below.

The two brush cutter blades that come with the BU-KO multi tool
The two included brush cutter blades

So again, just like the strimmer line, it’s easy to switch between the two, all I do is remove the strimmer line head which you can do with your hand. Then slide the brush cutter blade over the screw thread, slide the washer over the top and then secure with a large bolt and it’s ready to use. It even has a tool kit with everything you need, simple enough.

Using the chainsaw attachment on the BU-KO Garden Multi  Tool

Finally, it comes with the pruner chainsaw, probably the most fun attachment to use but be careful, it’s still a chainsaw. So in terms of reach, the extension pole gives you the maximum reach of around 3.4 metres. The long reach chainsaw has plenty of power too and I have found it great for trimming thicker branches.

The pole saw attachment

A couple of tips, make sure the chain is attached correctly and the chain has good tension, it should pull away from the bar slightly but be tight. Don’t forget to add chainsaw oil as this keep the chain lubricated.

Putting oil in the oil tank on the chainsaw attachment
Filling the tank on the chainsaw with chainsaw oil, made a bit of a mess!

Another essential component of this tool is the safety kit, which includes glasses, ear defenders, gloves and a shoulder harness. This is an incredibly versatile garden multi-tool with everything you need for garden maintenance all year round.

Attaching harness to multi tool to make it more stable when using it
The included hardness helps support the weight of the tools

Pros

  • 5-in-1 multi-tool including a strimmer, hedge trimmer, pruner chainsaw, brush cutter and extension pole.
  • Equipped with a heavy-duty 52cc – 2 stroke petrol engine that delivers an unmatched performance and starts easily.
  • Supplied with PPE, harness and tool kit for extra value for money and more importantly, keeping the user safe.
  • Excellent customer service, we noticed some reviews on Amazon where customers mentioned small niggles but the customer service team at BU-KO resolved them quickly.
  • Covered by a 12-month warranty.

Cons

  • Like all petrol multi tools, it can be quite heavy, particularly when used with an extension pole and hedge trimmer.

Our recommendation

There are many garden multi-tools on the market but there are very few built to such as high a standard as this model for the price. It really is an amazing bit of equipment and it has so far proved very reliable.

My best pick the BU-KO Multi Tool

The only thing is that some people may find this multi-tool quite heavy to hold when the extension pole is attached with the hedge trimmer, I can’t imagine my wife would use it for long at full reach anyway. Just bear in mind that it can be heavy and for some people, might be too heavy. For me though its fine and probably for most people it will be fine.

All in all, the BU-KO 52cc Multi Functional Garden Tool is a fantastic multi-tool with an extremely powerful engine that is very easy to start and has five attachments – there’s very little it can’t do!

After much debate, I decided that this model was impressive and provided such value for money that it should be awarded my ‘BEST PICK’ award. Overall if you’re looking for an affordable for fairly decent garden multi tool, this is well worth considering.


2. Hyundai 52cc Petrol Garden Multi Tool

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Hyundai 52cc Long Reach 5-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool with 430mm Grass Trimmer, 425mm Hedge Trimmer, 10' Chainsaw, Brushcutter with 3 Year Warranty

The Hyundai 52cc Petrol Garden Multi-Tool is another versatile and complete multi-tool currently on the market and our top pick for professional gardeners, it truly is a brilliant machine from a trusted well-known brand. Many people consider it the best 5-in-1 garden multi-tool because it comes with the all-important attachments for gardening needs and more importantly, is able to cope with more intensive use.

Hyundai 52cc Long Reach 5-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool with 430mm Grass Trimmer, 425mm Hedge Trimmer, 10' Chainsaw, Brushcutter with 3 Year Warranty

These include a quality hedge trimmer, brush cutter, chainsaw, nylon strimmer and extension shaft for reaching higher places. These attachments are all easy to exchange by simply pushing, twisting and locking into place, making for quick rotation between jobs and probably the easiest to change out of all the multi tools in this review.

Hyundai 52cc Long Reach 5-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool with 430mm Grass Trimmer, 425mm Hedge Trimmer, 10' Chainsaw, Brushcutter with 3 Year Warranty

But that’s not all, the box also contains the following accessories: double over-shoulder harness, nylon string cutting head, spare nylon string, 3-tooth metal blade, 8-tooth metal blade, cutting guard, fuel mixing jug, tool kit, visor, gloves and ear defenders. In short, it comes with everything you’ll ever need to keep your lawn in top-notch condition.

Hyundai 52cc Long Reach 5-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool with 430mm Grass Trimmer, 425mm Hedge Trimmer, 10' Chainsaw, Brushcutter with 3 Year Warranty

This multi-tool is powered by a 2-stroke, 52cc high torque petrol engine that is easy to start as well as very low on emissions. This machine also has a compact and lightweight design for easy manoeuvrability. Even the supplied shoulder harness is fully adjustable to provide the proper balance for the user. Hyundai offers a 3-year warranty on this multi-tool, once again making a statement as a trustworthy brand and offering excellent value for money and giving peace of mind.

Pros

  • A great model for professional gardeners who are looking for a reliable multi cutter.
  • Powered by a 52cc 2-stroke petrol engine with soft pull easy recoil start.
  • Supplied with a hedge trimmer, grass trimmer, brush cutter, chainsaw and extension shaft.
  • Compact, modular and lightweight for comfortable use.
  • Quick attachment changes – push, twist and lock into place.
  • Comes with an adjustable shoulder harness to help take some of the weight.
  • Includes a 3-year warranty for full peace of mind.

Cons

  • The instruction manual isn’t helpful, however, if you have a little common sense its fairly easy to use and start. If you already have petrol tools you shouldn’t have any issues.

Our recommendation

This is an amazingly powerful, heavy-duty machine that will allow you to fully maintain your garden requirements with one multifunctional tool. You get five attachments with it and they are easy to switch between.

If you are looking for an easy to start model with a longer warranty, the Hyundai Multi-Function Tool is well worth considering, we also like that it comes with two brush cutter blades because all the other models only have one brush cutter blade included. There are a couple of downsides but you can easily get around them.

Overall, it’s a good model from a trusted brand that is known for producing affordable but reliable machines. I think it’s well worth considering for anyone looking for a multi tool, not forgetting the 3-year warranty it comes with for an added peace of mind.


3. AOSOME 52CC Professional Petrol Multi-Function Garden Tool

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AOSOME Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool - Hedge Trimmer, Brush Cutter, Chainsaw Pruner, Grass Trimmer & Extension Pole - 2 Stroke Petrol Engine 52CC/2.2KW/3HP

This is an incredibly durable Multi-Function Tool that is powered using a powerful 52cc engine that produces a very impressive 7500 rpm. It works well on those tougher heavy-duty maintenance jobs. Very well made, it really is an excellent piece of kit.

Value for money is definitely a consideration when getting this multi-function garden tool. With this garden multi-tool, you could work on your entire garden or farm, from trimming overgrown bushes with the brush cutter to sorting out grassy edges with the strimmer, to tidying your hedges with the hedge trimmer and taking on the stronger, thicker branches using the chainsaw attachment.

There’s an extension pole that reaches up to 3.44m (11ft) when attached to the hedge trimmer and 3.27m (10.7ft) long when working with the pruning saw.

The hedge trimmer consists of a tough steel double-sided blade that is 45 cm along with the included extension pole. On the other hand, the long reach chainsaw or pruning saw features a chainsaw blade of 30cm (12 inches), chain lubrication (auto adjustable oiler) and a chain adjustment. The strimmer has a length of approximately 1.86m and features a 3T metal blade.

It also comes complete with a spark plug, safety goggles, protective gloves and ear defenders, padded shoulder strap, funnel, fuel mixing bottle, toolkit and 1 user manual.

With its unmatched versatility, the 5 in 1 package is definitely an asset for effective garden work that effectively covers the entire garden.

Pros

  • A 5 in 1 Garden Tool that includes strimming, brush cutting, hedge trimmer, pruning chainsaw and extension pole for reaching those harder to reach places.
  • Includes safety goggles, ear defenders and gloves.
  • CE and EMC approved for safety and peace of mind that you are using a safe tool.
  • Powerful 52cc petrol engine.
  • The maximum power output of 2.2 kW running at a very impressive 7500 rpm.
  • Large fuel tank capacity of 1200ml to ensure more trimming and less filling.

Cons

  • Assemble can be a little complicated at first until yet got the hang of it.

Our recommendation

The Aosome Garden Multi Tool comes with a free safety kit that includes gloves, ear defenders and goggles, these make it comfortable to use for longer periods of time. This machine needs substantial strength when operating because it has a lot of power. It’s the perfect machine for large gardening areas and landscapers alike.

Overall, an amazing piece of kit that offers excellent value for money, especially when you consider what is included.


4. EGO Power Plus MHSC2002E Cordless Multi-Tool Kit

BEST CORDLESS PICK

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EGO-Power-Plus-MHSC2002E-Cordless-Multi-Tool-Kit

The EGO Power Plus MHSC2002E Cordless Multi-Tool Kit consists of a hedge trimmer (51cm) for keeping the hedges maintained, a line strimmer (38cm) for skimming back long grass and weeds, a brush cutter blade for tackling tough brush, a 10” pole saw attachment and a lawn edger for shaping the edges of lawns. No more using half-moon hand tools to manually shape your lawn.

These attachments are easily interchangeable depending on the task at hand. All these attachments are powered by a powerful brushless motor that is reliable and operates quietly. The motor is powered by an included 56V 5Ah lithium-ion battery to operate two variable speeds to match the toughness of what is being cut.

Unlike some models on the market that sell chargers separately, this multi-tool kit is supplied with a powerful large capacity 5Ah battery rather than one of the lower capacity ones most manufacturers supply to keep the costs down. The battery takes a short time to charge, therefore allowing you to get back to work quickly but if you want to use the tool professionally it is going to be well worth getting a spare battery so that one stays charging whilst the other battery is at work.

This cordless model is convenient in that it operates silently, if you use petrol models you will wonder why you never switched to one of these sooner, they really are that good. If the garden has spent months being unattended and there is a bit of work to be done, the last thing you need is an uncomfortable machine to use. Luckily, this one comes with a loop handle that is adjustable to match the requirements of different users, this is yet another feature most other models do not have. The handle is also padded to provide good grip and cushioning for the hand, which all helps make using it a more enjoyable experience.

The total weight of the whole mechanism will vary depending on the weight of the attachment because the weight of the power unit remains 2.7kgs. For example, the hedge trimmer attachment is heavier than the line trimmer attachment. The good news is that there is a harness to help you balance the weight of the entire tool, especially for those who are working for longer periods.

Furthermore, it has a 5-year domestic warranty and a 3-year commercial warranty. EGO is a trusted brand and with such a generous warranty you can trust that you are getting your money’s worth.

Pros

  • Cordless garden multi tool with the power of a petrol model but without the fumes and noise.
  • Ideal for both the professional gardeners and home gardeners who appreciate quality.
  • Comes with five attachments to tend to different activities in the garden.
  • Takes a short time for the battery to recharge thanks to the included fast charger.
  • It runs fairly silently, especially compared to petrol alternatives.
  • Powered by a powerful 56V 5Ah Lithium-Ion battery that is supplied together with a charger.
  • Possesses a motor that operates quietly to minimise disturbance.
  • Features a harness for balancing the assembled tool.
  • Covered by a 5-year domestic warranty and a 3-year commercial warranty.

Cons

  • The entire tool might be too heavy to use depending on which attachment is being used. However, it is probably no heavier than using a petrol alternative.

Our recommendation

Whilst it doesn’t come cheap, the EGO Power Plus MHSC2002E Cordless Multi-Tool Kit is worth every penny and is simply in a different league. No other cordless model even comes close in terms of performance and quality. It is assembled from quality materials and therefore durability is guaranteed. We love the fact that all the attachments presented are of quality and they work as promised.

A bit of muscle is needed to manoeuvre the whole tool when the hedge trimmer head is attached and fully expended, however, wearing the harness helps to balance the weight out. Basically, this model would be perfect for those with medium to large-sized gardens that need tending to or for professionals who want to switch to cordless garden tools and if you do, you are probably ahead of most other gardeners. The long warranty is not so bad either!


5. Bosch AMW10 Electric 1000w 240v Multi-Tool System

Attachments are sold separately so you can buy only what you need

BEST ELECTRIC PICK

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Bosch AMW10 Electric 1000w 240v Multi-Tool System

The Bosch AMW10 is not really a multi-tool per se, but just a motor unit. You will need to buy individual attachments and heads separately. The only thing that’s supplied with this unit is a pole pruner. Unlike many multi-tools herein, this one must be plugged into mains electricity, which is quite limiting if you don’t have an extension cord to enable you to cut things some metres away from your house. On the good side, the 1000W electric motor is powerful enough to get most jobs done and runs quieter than most petrol motors and requires next to no maintenance.

This tool has an ergonomic design including an adjustable handle plus shoulder strap for well balanced and comfortable use. You’ll also find it easy to carry and manoeuvre, and it looks sturdy and durable. The tool uses a chain of teeth rotating at 12mps, making it easy to work when cutting medium to thick twigs or branches. Actually, the motor unit can be equipped with a lawn trimmer or a hedge trimmer, in addition to the included tree pruner. When all these three devices are combined, there’s virtually no gardening job that the Bosch AMW 10 cannot tackle. There’s even a hook for neat, space-saving storage.

Pros

  • 1kW electric motor delivers an impressive cutting performance no matter the task.
  • Quick attachment changing with no tools required.
  • Comes with an adjustable handle and shoulder strap for well-balanced, comfortable use.
  • Has a hook for easy and neat storage. 
  • Corded-electric power source ensures an unlimited power supply. 

Cons

  • Some users find it heavy and that extended use can be a real challenge, however, this is a common problem with most long reach trimmers, multi tool or not.
  • Internal components like trigger linkages are made of plastic, leaving it susceptible to wear and tear so only suitable for domestic use.

Our recommendation

This Bosch AMW10 is one tool that most people love and dislike equally. The positives include a high-performance electric motor, ergonomic design, effortless changing of attachments, easy use and next to no maintenance such as oil changes, filters to clean and spark plugs. The supplied tree pruner comes in handy for reaching high branches. The fact that you need to purchase any sort of attachment(s) you need sounds like a drawback to some, and the motor unit itself isn’t that cheap. All in all, this one is a good electric multi-tool as long as you are willing to go the extra mile.


6. ParkerBrand 52cc Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Multi Tool

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ParkerBrand 52cc Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Multi Tool

The ParkerBrand 52cc Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool is another powerful garden multi-tool that is ideal for heavy-duty garden maintenance. It is powered by a 2-stroke air-cooled 52cc petrol engine that will make short work of even the toughest grass, weeds and branches. Better still, the engine is easy to start and maintain. This is probably the best budget model we have reviewed.

This multi-tool combines a grass strimmer, brush cutter, hedge cutter, chainsaw and extension pole in one convenient package. The brush cutter is suitable for cutting heavy growth like brambles and nettles, whilst the chainsaw is perfect for trimming low hanging branches from trees or even high ones with the reach of the 105cm extension pole.

ParkerBrand thought of user comfort when they designed this model as it is compact and lightweight. Ideal for anyone looking to maintain their garden effectively, this multi-tool comes with extras such as a tool kit box, harness and fuel mixing bottle which is a brilliant extra to ensure you get the right mix of petrol and oil when mixing the fuel. If you are concerned about the machine weighing too much and tiring you out, then the harness with a belt and shoulder strap should ease your load. On the other hand, the fuel mixing bottle allows for safe, hassle-free engine refuelling. On top of all this good stuff, the product comes with a 2-year warranty, which is great for a budget model because they usually only have a 1-year warranty.

Pros

  • Powerful and reliable 52cc 2-stroke engine.
  • Supplied with grass trimmer, brush cutter, hedge cutter, chainsaw and extension pole.
  • Includes tool kit, harness and fuel mixing bottle.
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Cons

  • This multi-tool is a bit on the heavier side and not designed for professional use.

Our recommendation

The ParkerBrand 52cc Multi Function 5 in 1 Garden Tool gives you plenty of options for maintaining your garden because it includes a range of attachments such as grass strimmer, chainsaw and hedge trimmer. Along with these, it comes with an extension pole to further increase your reach.

It is a strong machine with a robust 52cc 2-stroke petrol engine to ensure tasks are easily accomplished. The model also includes accessories such as a harness and a fuel measuring bottle for convenient use. It may be a little heavy but the supplied harness will come in handy to reduce the weight load on your arms.

All in all, this is a practical and reliable multi-tool for all domestic gardening needs and at a very affordable price.


Garden Multi Tool Buyer’s Guide

Below we go other some of the benefits of garden multi tools as well as what to look for when choosing the right model for you.

Why invest in a garden multi tool?

To look at why these tools have become so popular, we would have to look at what the benefits are. Below we go over just some of the reasons we think it’s well worth investing in a garden multifunction tool, also known as a garden multi tool.

Storage Space

With the simple fact that there are different attachments and a single engine, you save so much space. Imagine your plastic shed with just one power tool that covers all of the bases. If you are a professional gardener you also have much less equipment to load on and off your van, saving you invaluable time so you can spend more time working and less time loading tools on and off your van.

One of the most versatile gardening tools

You have the ability to trim your hedges, trim lawn edges, trim trees and many more. The fact that one tool can do so many jobs will make it one of the most versatile tools you own.

Only service one engine, saving you money and time

Most garden multi-tools are powered by petrol engines but you can get cordless electric models, however, these are not as popular as the more powerful petrol models, the problem is that electric models can sometimes lack the power needed and running time is limited. The big advantage is that multi tools run on one engine. This means that you save money that you could have used fuelling and maintaining different garden tools and their individual motors, you only have to service one motor instead of four for example.


What to consider when choosing a garden multi tool

When getting a multi-tool kit for your garden, there are a few things to keep in mind. Below are a few helpful tips to help you choose the model that is right for you, starting with choosing between a petrol model and an electric one. We will give you a big tip here because we actually struggled to find any electric models we think are worth considering. We did use to recommend the Bosch Cordless multi Tool, however, we have since decided it is may not be as good as we once thought. It is pretty expensive once you have purchased all the attachments because they didn’t come with them as standard and you need to buy them separately.

Petrol vs Electric (we would recommend a petrol model every time)

Depending on your preference and budget, you can choose between an electric and petrol model, with the latter being the most popular choice. We won’t go into too much detail because we are big fans of petrol-powered models because they have mountains of power and offer the best value for money. Electric models can be very expensive and limited by the run time. Petrol models can be refuelled and back up and running in minutes, as many times as you need. Electric models need recharging and this is not always possible as often takes at least 90 minutes.

Consider the weight of the tool

The weight that a person can handle varies according to factors such as body weight and height, amongst other things. When selecting a multi-tool for your gardening needs, choose one that is not too heavy because it might exhaust you quickly. There are tools made of lighter materials such as aluminium that make portability an advantage. Weigh up your options, literally. Petrol based engine tools are heavier but offer more robust power. Generally, the more expensive petrol models are lighter, hence the higher price as they are made from lighter materials.

How much reach do they offer?

According to the amount of coverage you are dealing with, you might require a longer extension pole. Especially in areas where there is an overgrowth, and with tree pruning the length of the trimmers should really be considered. If you are working in a regular garden you will need something of normal height.  Most garden multi-tools have enough reach for the average garden hedge so if you have a particularly tall hedge, it might be worth considering whether you can get an extra pole extension.

Build quality and general robustness

The materials used to construct the tools ideally need to be of the highest quality. Why? It will save you a lot of maintenance costs and the tools will last many years. The quality and finish of the product are also essential.

Does it include extra accessories such as safety equipment?

The inclusion of protective gear like gloves and face protection masks are an added plus in avoiding cuts and grazes and are strongly recommended, if not essential. Prevention is, after all, is better than cure.

How much do you want to budget?

Following a budget is a very financially aware decision. Your spending power might also affect the kind of features you are able to access. We found that going for a cheaper model does not mean you get inferior products. We found that you could get a good garden multi-tool for around £150.

How long is the warranty for?

Ratings and reviews have become the new scoring board when it comes to businesses. Before purchasing any product, take your time and look through the reviews of those who have experience with the product. Amazon is a great place to check reviews. There are popular brands that are trusted and these brands offer their customers warranties and guarantees. For petrol models most come with 12 months warranty but some brands, such as Hyundai, offer a 3 year warranty.


Final Conclusion

Hopefully, you can now purchase the best garden multi-tool with confidence, and the tool reviews have given some extra insight when it comes to making your decision. We brought together an outstanding range of models and we are sure one of them suits your needs. They also come at various budgets and we reckon you can find one that fits into your budget too.

Just a reminder, our top pick is BU-KO 52cc Long Reach Petrol Multi Functional Garden Tool. This versatile, heavy-duty machine is easy to start and allows easy changing between attachments. Coming in second is the Hyundai 52cc Multi Tool which has similar attachments as the BU-KO model.


Other reviews you may find useful:

Best long reach hedge trimmer for taller hedges

Best petrol long reach hedge trimmers for better mobility

Best garden strimmers – cordless, petrol and electric models

Gtech cordless hedge trimmer review


Last update on 2022-03-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Welcome to my site, my name is John and I have been lucky enough to work in horticultural nurseries for over 15 years in the UK. As the founder and editor as well as researcher, I have a City & Guilds Horticultural Qualifications which I proudly display on our About us page. I now work full time on this website where I review the very best gardening products and tools and write reliable gardening guides. Behind this site is an actual real person who has worked and has experience with the types of products we review as well as years of knowledge on the topics we cover from actual experience. You can reach out to me at john@pyracantha.co.uk

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