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Old 06-15-2013, 03:18 PM
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Hedge Trimmer opinions.

So I have mainly only mowed that last few years but am getting more customers wanting hedges trimmed. I'm thinking about getting an articulating trimmer attachment for for one of my fs130's. This will be my only hedge trimmer. My question is, should I do this or buy a handheld trimmer? The attachment would be much cheaper which is why I am leaning that way. Opinions please.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:29 PM
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I have both and the handheld is way lighter and faster plus more compact. You better be able to bench press a semi if your going to be using it for more than hour. I use my attachment for tall stuff only and still need a ladder on some. I'm shot at the end of the day and dred using it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:07 PM
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I have both and the handheld is way lighter and faster plus more compact. You better be able to bench press a semi if your going to be using it for more than hour. I use my attachment for tall stuff only and still need a ladder on some. I'm shot at the end of the day and dred using it.
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This is what I was afraid of. I just wish the handheld weren't so expensive. Thanks for the input.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:15 PM
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Ive got a redmax articulated trimmer
its kind of an in between size
gets the short stuff without having to bend over all the time
goes a little over head high for the tall stuff
ive used the short ones they are a little easier to control
and the longer ones are better if you have alot of tall stuff to trim
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:06 PM
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I have Stihl articulating Kombi unit and it is heavy, I do not use the articulating feature much, only about once a year to trim a bed of liropie. It is good extended straight to trim the sides of hedges as I do not have to bend over to do so and it is really a back saver at my age. I have a dedicated hedge trimmer (Stihl also) and it is much lighter and handier for most purposes
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:50 PM
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I have 3 Stihl trimmers I use the articulating model the 45 and 80. They all have their strong points and I've found it to be faster to have the right tools.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:13 PM
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I have the articulating attachment for my FS90, and the HS 45. I prefer to be able to stand back a bit so I can see what I'm doing and get a nice straight, even cut, and not have to breath all the fumes from the 45 since it blows the exhaust out the bottom against the hedge and hangs right in front of you face. The 45 is lighter though.
I agree with the post above, it's best to have all the bases covered if you can.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:08 PM
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I consider the hand held models very dangerous to use. When you get tired and drop your hands the blades can cut your legs.
I use two dedicated trimmers. One is short and one is long.
With those two lengths I can cut anything.
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