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Old 04-27-2010, 12:27 PM
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Hedge Trimmer advice - Stihl HL 45 ?

Anyone have any advice on Stihl HL 45 Hedge Trimmer ($339 in my area)? Anyone used it or can compare it to any other? Pros? Cons?

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Old 04-27-2010, 03:00 PM
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Mark, I've not used one, but if you're going to spend that why not put $80.00 more in, going by the MSRP and get the HL 90 K?

I don't know what your sales tax is, but here it's $85.60 difference between the HL 45 & the HL 90. Another thing is the 90's cutting action will be blade against blade, similar to scissors. The 45 will be blade against anvil, it'll cut, but you wont be able to cut through what you will with the 90.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:26 PM
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Mark, I've not used one, but if you're going to spend that why not put $80.00 more in, going by the MSRP and get the HL 90 K?

I don't know what your sales tax is, but here it's $85.60 difference between the HL 45 & the HL 90. Another thing is the 90's cutting action will be blade against blade, similar to scissors. The 45 will be blade against anvil, it'll cut, but you wont be able to cut through what you will with the 90.
Excellent advice. I didn't know about the cutting action. I'll see if I can go back in there and check that one out. The dealer was swaying me to the lesser expensive HL 45 because he says it's much more light weight (maybe their profit margin is higher on that particular model???). I'd trust the opinions here more than a dealer...although I know there are many here who are loyal to a particular brand.

I appreciate all input on this.
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:13 PM
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You're welcome, good luck with the purchase!
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:00 AM
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I was thinking a electric professional considering the price is almost a third. I always have a generator on hand and like the 3lbs less. Anyone have any experience with these?
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:41 AM
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It's for commercial use. I should have said that in the beginning. Electric is not an option for me.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:20 AM
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Why do you want a heavy a$$ stihl? You must not do much hedge trimming.
I just picked up a kawi kht600d under $300. It is far better balanced and lighter.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:54 AM
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It is not an articulate trimmer. I think it is important to have articulate feature. Stihl don't have the short shaft articulate model. Shindaiwa, Husqvarna, Redmax and Kawasaki has it.
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:10 PM
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I can't believe how much prices have went up, I believe I paid $240
maybe $250 for that same unit, the 45.

So it was 8 years ago, omg whatever, no wonder Lco's out there quoting some wild prices heh...

It's a good unit, runs strong and all of that but I'd have to agree,
once we get much past $300 just as well off getting the beefier one.

As for the weight, the difference is mostly in the length of the blades,
if this becomes a concern you can always swap for a shorter blade thou
a set of blades does run well over $100...

That's the thing, the HL-45 comes standard with 18" blades (thou I have mine with the 24")
while the HS-85/90 comes with the 24", and it's what sticks out in front of you that hurts the most.

Not sure if it makes much sense getting the beefier unit with an 18" set of blades thou,
certainly I wouldn't get the 45 with the 24" right off either, but the difference is noticeable.

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Old 04-28-2010, 12:32 PM
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I agree, 18" is a little short. My Shindaiwa is 24, I still find I cannot cut in one pass and have to cut high and cut low again.
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