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Upgrades in garden tools keep mature line growing

Makers are rolling out more user-friendly and attractive designs as they aim for differentiation.

China suppliers of garden tools and equipment continue to diversify their selections to attract more clients. While basic designs have a strong and stable foothold in the industry, companies are enhancing certain product features to gain an edge.

Six-in-one garden tool
This six-in-one garden tool from Zhejiang Zomax includes a detachable pruner and a hedge trimmer.

Many makers are focusing R&D efforts on improving user convenience and safety. These endeavors have yielded designs that require less effort to operate and maintain.

Ningbo Haishu Raying Import & Export Manufacture, for example, has released the model XY-3024 pruner that opens automatically after cutting. Zhejiang Zomax Garden Machinery Co. Ltd has come out with the ZM2000 petrol chain saw, which has a tool-less chain tensioning system.

Anhui Goodluck Science & Technology Co. Ltd has fitted the GL25FJ leaf blower with a transparent tank that allows users to check the fuel level quickly. In addition, the product has a comfortable grip and its pipes are easy to assemble.

Aligned with the trend for greater user-friendliness, several enterprises are also rolling out multifunction implements. For instance, Shandong Hualing Hardware & Tools Co. Ltd offers mattocks with fork and hoe ends. Another model combines the pick and hoe.

Zhejiang Zomax's ZM2600T power tool can perform the work of six different implements. The product comes with attachments that enable it to act as a pole pruner, hedge, line head and lawn trimmer, grass cutter and cultivator.

With regard to safety upgrades, Zhejiang Anqidi Garden Machinery Co. Ltd has fitted its hedge trimmers with a cover on the blade and handle to protect users from flying branches and grass. Bow saws from Tanio International Holdings Ltd have teeth protectors that keep the blade hidden when not in use and help extend its service life.

As further differentiation, companies are enhancing the visual appeal of their designs. Several do so to target the premiums or children's segment.

In line with this trend, enterprises such as Ligao Electric Tools Co. Ltd, Ningbo Haishu and Zhejiang Zomax are adopting silver, yellow, red and other bright colors. Some are embellishing releases with images of flowers, cartoon characters and other prints attractive to children.

Suppliers hope to bring in more export sales via these upgrades. Of the interviewed makers, most are expecting growth to reach at least 10 percent this year. Overall, the industry is projected to bring in $1 billion to $1.5 billion from overseas deliveries.

The EU and North America are projected to account for 60 to 70 percent of revenue. Strong demand from Asia is also anticipated.

Hand tools
Hedge cutters
Brush or grass cutters
Chain saws
Leaf blowers
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Hand tools

Hand tools are grouped into four categories depending on their main function, namely digging, cutting, striking and raking. The selection comprises rakes, forks, pruners, shears, shovels, spades and hoes.

Ranging from $1 to $3, the implements typically have metal heads. Low-end models adopt cast iron, while midrange versions use carbon steel. Upscale designs utilize stainless, manganese or
A3 steel.

For finishes, polishing and electroplating top selections, although Teflon coating is often seen in models higher up the price spectrum.

Handles come in wood, plastic and metal. PP, ABS and PVC are the common plastic options, while metal types are normally in aluminum or steel alloy. For better grip performance, TPR coating is employed.

Hedge cutters

Also referred to as hedge trimmers, these products usually have PP or ABS housings, and nylon, steel or aluminum blades.

Units that run on AC have a rated power between 350 and 600W. The input voltage is 230 or 240V at 50/60Hz, while the no-load speed is 1,500 to 10,000rpm or faster. Releases come with 250 to 460mm blades.

Cordless electric types have blades 115 to 520mm long with 8mm teeth spacing. Ranging from 3.6 to 18V, many run on 1,300mAh lithium batteries that can support one hour of operation after five hours of charging.

Gasoline-operated designs typically adopt 2-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder engines with 22.5mL displacement. Their fuel tanks can carry up to 0.6L.

Models come in ABS or aluminum alloy housings with nylon or steel blades. Their maximum cutting length and diameter are about 600 and 24mm, respectively. The fastest idle speed is approximately 3,200rpm.

Brush or grass cutters

Models in this category employ raw materials similar to those of hedge cutters.

AC-powered designs are between 400 and 1,200W, with input voltage at 230 or 240V. The no-load speed ranges from 7,600 to 12,000rpm, while the cutting width is 230 to 280mm.

Cordless electric units often employ 1,300mAh lithium batteries that can be utilized for one hour after three to five hours of charging. The input voltage is 18V, while the no-load speed is about 8,000rpm. Designs can cut in widths of up to 300mm.

Variants running on gasoline have engines with 25cc displacement and 750 to 1,000W rated power. The line and bush cutting capacity are 440 and 230mm, respectively.

Chain saws

The sector consists mainly of gasoline-operated and electric models, with the former accounting for the majority of output and exports.

Most gasoline chain saws have 2-stroke air-cooled singlecylinder engines with rated output reaching 5,000W and displacements of up to 105cc. The idle speed ranges from 2,200 to 3,000rpm.

Models typically come with nylon housings, while their guide bars and chains are in steel. Units have cutting diameters of 355 to 505mm.

Utilizing materials similar to gasoline versions, electric units run on 230 or 240V at 50/60Hz, while their rated power is between 1,600 and 2,000W. The no-load speed is from 5,000 to 8,000rpm. The cutting diameter reaches 405mm.

Leaf blowers

In blowers or blower vacs, handheld AC-powered units with rated power of 2,500W and voltage of 230V at 50Hz lead production.

Most have a no-load speed of 6,000 to 13,000rpm. The maximum air speed reaches 270kph, while the air volume is estimated at 14m3 per minute.

Designs offer a 10:1 mulching ratio. A 45L collection bag is often bundled with each tool.

Push-type designs typically incorporate blower, vacuum and shredder functions. Most have 35L collection bags.

With a rated voltage of 230V at 50Hz and power of 1,800 to 3,000W, such models reach a no-load speed of 15,000rpm. The per-minute blow wind volume is 64m3, while that of vac wind is 20m3.

In the gasoline-operated line, most units come with 2-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder engines that consume 325g/kWh. The maximum air speed is 270kph. Fitted with a 45L collection bag, the tools usually have a mulching ratio of 12:1.

Product gallery

Anhui Goodluck Science & Technology Co. Ltd

Model: GL25FJ
MOQ: 100 units
Delivery: 45 days
Description: Blower; 23.6cc engine displacement; transparent fuel tank

Brush cutter

Ligao Electric Tools Co. Ltd

Model: LTA-LG-01
MOQ: 500 units
Delivery: 40 days
Description: Brush cutter; 500mm cutting width; CE

Hand tool set

Ningbo Haishu Raying Import & Export Manufacture

Model: E-700
MOQ: 5,000 sets
Delivery: 20 days
Price: $0.84
Description: Hand tool set; 26.5x8cm shovel; 8.9x29cm rake; 45 steel heads; PP and wood handles

Hedge trimmer

Zhejiang Anqidi Garden Machinery Co. Ltd

Model: 7510F
MOQ: 1 unit
Delivery: 15 days
Price: $71
Description: Hedge trimmer; 2-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder 1E32F gasoline engine, 22.5cc displacement; 751mm-long blade; diaphragm carburetor; 2,800 to 3,200rpm no-load speed; 0.75L fuel tank capacity; 1,120x290x230mm; 5.6kg

Gasoline chain saw

Zhejiang Zomax Garden Machinery Co. Ltd

Model: ZM5810
MOQ: 3,000 units
Delivery: 20 days
Description: Gasoline chain saw; 54cc engine displacement; Oregon chain and 16in guide bar; Walbro carburetor

Note:This article was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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