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Hedge Trimmer recommendations

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Bloodrayne, 21 Jun 2021.

  1. Bloodrayne

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Feb 2004

    Posts: 229

    Location: In the wetlands...

    Hi all,

    I am after a new hedge trimmer, as my current version is a bit too small to reach easily across all of the bushes/trees that I need to trim without having to relocate the ladder multiple times and lean over (it's probably not approved H&S).

    I would prefer electric, but cordless isn't a requirement - would be great to have something that can go through branches of a reasonable girth; lots seem to be 20ishmm - which seems a bit on the thin side when managing a large variety of bushes and trees.

    Happy to pay for quality.
     
  2. lookitsjonno

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Sep 2003

    Posts: 4,439

    Location: Midlands

    I have loads of Hawthorne and historically i've got through new cutters every 2 years (even good branded ones). I now hire Stihl long reach petrol cutters for £25 for a weekend. It also gets the job done in half the time.
     
  3. SeatIbiza

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Jan 2008

    Posts: 1,239

    Location: Cotswolds

    I have the Bosch 18v one and it's great. My mum has the 36v one and it's really powerful for electric. Had both years and still going strong...
     
  4. Bloodrayne

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Feb 2004

    Posts: 229

    Location: In the wetlands...

    I had Hawthorne at my old house, I do not miss it... I don't live somewhere particularly central to civilization, so rentals tend to be hard to come by. But it's worth a look rather than having something else in the garage that I used once or twice a year.

    Is that the Advanced Hedgecut? Might need something a bit longer than the 54cm it comes with I'm afraid, but will re-measure what I currently use as it's just that little bit too short when trying to get the hedge all the way to the fence without precarious balancing.
     
  5. SeatIbiza

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Jan 2008

    Posts: 1,239

    Location: Cotswolds

    Yes that's the one...at mums her hedges are 15ft tall and it's been fine for it...they're privets
     
  6. bigfoot4616

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Jan 2006

    Posts: 166

    if you have fairly thick branchs to go through don't bother with electric, i've borrowed quite a few differant ones and none of them have been that good. last year i borrowed a cheap petrol(aldi special or smilar) and the differance was massive. i don't want to spend sthil money though so i'm just about to get a mid range petrol, possibly the mountfield one
     
  7. Pho

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,224

    Location: Derbyshire

    You can get lots of refurbished Stihl / Husqvarna stuff on eBay for what it's worth. I got a Stihl HL95 for just under £300 which has been great - about half the RRP or something silly.

    I'd like to think they'd outlast some of the cheaper brands. I've a cheap Stihl MS170 chainsaw that's about 20 years old and it still starts like its new.
     
  8. Maundie

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Oct 2010

    Posts: 3,417

  9. Blackjack Davy

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Aug 2009

    Posts: 5,437

    Stihl for quality either regular or long reach if you need the... reach. Hire one if you don't want to splash out
     
  10. Bloodrayne

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Feb 2004

    Posts: 229

    Location: In the wetlands...

    Thanks all - lots to plough through; a bit worried that electric won't cut muster - I am not talking huge thick branches, but certainly a bit thicker than the standard privet. My current electric does most of them, but doesn't have the reach.

    I tend to want to avoid petrol (despite the power) for a few reasons, but I had the same approach to lawnmowers and ended up with a Honda Izy...
     
  11. lookitsjonno

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Sep 2003

    Posts: 4,439

    Location: Midlands

    I had exactly the same conundrum, which led me to the conclusion that the pros outweighed the cons with hiring. As said electric ones are mostly garbage

    No ~£500 up front outlay
    No maintenance
    If it breaks it's their problem
    No space being taken in the garage
     
  12. Bloodrayne

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Feb 2004

    Posts: 229

    Location: In the wetlands...

    Very good points, and how often do I trim hedges anyway??!

    Will see if I can find a local hire place...