Hedge trimmer size

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Buck Hollow Lawn Care, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Buck Hollow Lawn Care

    Buck Hollow Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
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    Im looking at getting a hedge trimmer but am not able to decide on a 24" blade or 30" blade. Any thoughts?
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  2. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was wondering the same thing.
     
  3. Buck Hollow Lawn Care

    Buck Hollow Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
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    I don't do a lot of trimming now, but want to do more. Just want to get size opinions.
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  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    When you need a 30" blade it helps speed things up a bit, but when you don't need a 30" blade it is too much trouble... many times I wish I had a 14" blade on a small handy-sized machine,,, but of course that would be too small for large hedges...
     
  5. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Buck hollow,
    I use the 30" units and longer combi units. It depends on the height of the shrubbery. The tall hedges is great for the combi unit with the versatile pivoting head. The dedicated head is great for other shorter hedges. It is also about weight of the unit because, think, you will be holding these things for prolonged periods of time. The smallest gasoline units feel like anvils after a couple of hours.
    The last thing to consider is what you can afford..............I have been doing trimming for over 23 years and it is a part of our services.
     
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use a 30" kawasaki single sided trimmer, and also have a "artulacting" double sided trimmer attachment for my stihl kombi.

    A cheap pair of manual sissors trimmers s handy fror small stuff.
     
  7. Buck Hollow Lawn Care

    Buck Hollow Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
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    I have a kawasaki combo that I can get a trimmer attachment for and that will come later. For now I decided on a Kawasaki 30" double side trimmer, listed at $390 and my dealer gave it to me for $330 with a $25 rebate. The shrubs I have to do are 3 1/2' tall, 50' long and then there are a couple individual ones about 6-8' tall. Maybe I'd been better to rent a pair but it's been a decent year and my accountant says to spend a little, haha!
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  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    They will last a long time, spray the blades with wd 40 or some tyep of lubrancnte constantly.

    Be really carefully not to let the blades touch any part of your body, they will take fingers off, and will turn any part of your leg into hamburger meat before you realized what happened.

    Also watch for tv cables ac piping and or wiring.
     
  9. Buck Hollow Lawn Care

    Buck Hollow Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
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    Great tips! Thanks
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  10. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just got in from doing shrubs. My POS Ryobi expand-it hedge trimmer I've been using for the last few years decided it didn't want to start this morning so I ran by my local kawasaki dealer and picked up the KHT600A 24" hedge trimmer. Got it for $304 OTD w/ tax. I don't have any tall shrubs to trim so I didn't really think I needed to get the extended reach unit. The tallest shrubs I have to do are about 4' high maybe. It's a night and day difference between the new one and my old POS ryobi hedge trimmer which is to be expected. They cut like a hot knife through butter. Even cut through some 1/2" thick shooter stems on some overgrown yaupons without a hiccup.
     

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