The Ryobi P2600 is a light but powerful trimmer. Ryobi makes an 18 Volt rechargable battery system with a variety of tools. Since just after Katrina hit in 2005, I have been using Ryobi battery operated tools for most of the work aroud the house. While a hedge trimmer is not a tool you would necessarily use to clean up hurricane damage, it does work with the same battery system as several other Ryobi tools. Being battery operated, I don't have to fight with a lot of extension cord, mix gas and oil, or use a lot of effort for starting. I have several batteries and two chargers to use with several Ryobi tools and am assured of always having power available. Because it is battery operated, it can be used in areas where power is not available, just be sure to charge all the batteries before doing work. One charge will last for about 20 minutes. I find this is about the right length of time to work and then take a break to change batteries. The batteries are snap in so it does't take long to change. I have several weeping willow trees. The P2600 is light enough I can use it over my head for an extended period of time to trim the willow strands. This makes mowing under the weeping willows a lot easier. The P2600 has a knuckle guard that is really protects your hands. I rely on Ryobi tools.