View Full Version : single sided or double sided hedge clippers?

01-10-2004, 09:11 AM
Which preference do you have in regards to a hedge clipper? Looking to add a dedicated hedge clipper to augment my extended reach hedge trimmer on my Shindaiwa 230. Thanks

01-10-2004, 10:09 AM
Double Sided allows you to trim in both directions (up / down and left / right) I find that to be more efficient that trimming in one direction only, the weight saved (single sided vs double) is minimal in my estimation and not really a deciding factor.
I demoed both ECHO HC 230 and HC 1600 and elected to purchase the 1600, have had it for four years and the only problem experienced was a clogged spark arrestor.

Bob R

Fareway Lawncare
01-10-2004, 11:15 AM
Generally I prefer single sided. The off-set handle provides better balance & precision, especially in the longer bladed units.

01-10-2004, 12:11 PM
Double w/o a doubt.

01-10-2004, 12:18 PM
Double sided are just SO much more universal. This especially shows when you are close to completion on each and every shrub, and you may be shaving a little off one of the sides (such as your left). You don't have to walk into the bed and around the shrub to get the right angle and approach of cut, and your not trying to twist around holding the saw upside down. This is not to mention that you are cuting in both directional strokes when feathering the tops of shrubs, also.

M Raggs Yard Service
01-10-2004, 01:41 PM
Newest purchase last summer, Stihl HS80, 30 in. It is double sided and I have found that the rotating 90 degree rear handle has come in quite usefull. I can go any direction and switch arms easily.

01-10-2004, 02:15 PM
Definitely double-sided.

Kelly's Landscaping
01-10-2004, 02:31 PM
Personally double is all I will use or buy but, if your a danger to your self I can see single I knew one clown that had a bad habit of resting the blade against his leg while on if he used double I think he would set a record for stitches.

Fareway Lawncare
01-10-2004, 06:30 PM
One other advantage of the single sided is the availability of a 40" bar. The longest double sided is still 30", I believe. Even with a 30" bar the offset handle of the single gives you better balance & control.

In a 24" I would stay w/double sided.

01-10-2004, 07:41 PM
i would go double any day, i couldnt imagine not being able to go up and down and back and forth not in the same motion.

01-10-2004, 09:13 PM
i have a double sided and i've have to compare not having double sided to not have zero turn. sure it works, just takes a little longer.

01-11-2004, 03:57 PM
Depends on what you are doing. Doubles primarily come in smaller sizes than single sided. I like a nice small light pair of doubles for smaller shrubs for training, or shaping. If I am doing privet or estate hedges where size becomes an issue, I like a larger pair of single sided. Each machine has it's own application. :cool:

01-11-2004, 03:59 PM
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