I love this method of trimming branches, particularly dead branches. Using secateurs, even ratcheted ones, is still hard work when there’s a lot of trimming to do. I’m not a burly bloke, and this hand held trimmer, about the same weight as a drill, has been perfect. I can manoeuvre the blade to cut at the angle I’m after with much less damage to the trees, and much less effort on my part. Eat your heart out Edward Scissorhands.