This is a very reasonably priced trimmers and it does the job of cutting bushes and hedges with no problems cutting through even 1 inch sticks. Performance This trimmers performs excellent but you must be ever so careful because my husband when using for the first time got his finger in the blade and it just butchered his finger and ended up at the hospital for stitches. Ease of Use I think that this product could be designed a little better so that there are no accidents. An electric hedge trimmers is tricky and the cord seems to get in the way when cutting so more than likely there will be a need for a new cord after the trimmers gets it. Handling The Black and Decker trimmers handles well, lightweight, but a dangerous tool for the inexperienced or clumsy person. Durability This is a very durable product that I can see lasting for a long time before needing a new blade. I used this for the first time and did a 6 hour job and was very pleased except for the hospital trip and the 2 cords I cut through. Worth the purchase but be very careful to prevent and devastating accidents.