24" or 30" hedge trimmer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grass disaster, Feb 20, 2005.

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what length would best sute(sp)me?

Poll closed Apr 11, 2005.
  1. 24"

    18 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. 30"

    9 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    seriously looking to buy a hedge trimmer. it will be used for smaller bushes mostly. which one would best suite me.

    looking to possibly tap into the residential hedge trimming business. possibly get some lawn business out of the deal
     
  2. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    I have a 24" trimmer and I believe any longer than that would be cumbersome on small shrubs and bushes.
     
  3. JKOOPERS

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,259

    24" is just fine perfect for small bushes . what brand are you looking at? (redmax) :blush:
     
  4. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,583

    no the stihl.
    i have a dealer that is about 3 block away. not really any redmax dealers around
     
  5. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    We have both 26 and 30 inch trimmers. Of all the brands we have owned we like the 26 in Tanakas the best, good power,blade speed and and very light and comfortable. Second best is Shindiawa 30 inch. Its heavier but it will cut anything. Little Wonder.Echo.Stihl are all least user friendly in my opion.
     
  6. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    We have a Stihl HS 80 with the 30in bar. It does good for medium to large bushes but it would be nice to also have a 24in bar for the smaller stuff. I voted for the 24 because I think that is the best size for your application. The Stihls are great machines but they are a little heavy. The amount of power they have is awesome and I really dont mind the weight. Make sure you get the HS 80 because the HS 45 are not commercial grade.
     
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Posts: 4,900

    I said the 30". If you ever get to the point of needing a longer bar and a little more power you will aready have it, Plus a 30" bar will do all that a 24" will although it might be a little cumbersome but a 24" can't do all that a 30" can.

    Mac
     
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,411

    I couldn't let you be by your self Mac I picked the 30 as well. I think the need for a smaller pair is not as big either but if you do feel you need a smaller pair then 12-18 inches would fit nearly anywhere. Any time I ever had trouble fitting a 30-inch set the 24s did not fit either. Personally to really do it right I think you will want to expand get a mid size pair meaning a set with a 2 or 3 foot shaft then the blades. And a real extension set at least 8 feet from the back to the tip preferably with an articulating head. As big as that sounds I have found myself standing on the top part of a 12 foot ladder reaching as far as I could and still not finding the middle of a hedge. Buy them one at a time as you find you need them.

    The smaller trimmers are around 200-350 dollars which is really not a whole lot of money
     
  9. Jeff@SGLC.ca

    Jeff@SGLC.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 576

    ...kinda a follow up. What do most ppl prefer....single or double sided on the blades and why?
     
  10. Jeff@SGLC.ca

    Jeff@SGLC.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 576


    Nevermind...I did a search.
     

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