Hedge Trimmers

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by FryDaddy, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
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    This is just a question about any name brand hedge trimmer, stihl, husky, echo, etc. Has anyone ever took a normal 20", 22" or 24" and put a longer bar like a 30" on theres. A good example would be the echo hc150 (most know this trimmer; not really commercial use) as it comes with a 20" double side bar and order a bar off of a 30" trimmer just for longer reach. Reason I ask is cause this example trimmer you can get for less than $300 but some users would rather have the longer bar (but they cost upwards of $500).

    In other words, have you ever swapped trimmer bars out. Could the motor handle the extra length? :hammerhead: :confused:
     
  2. the archer

    the archer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    i put the blades from a hedge trimmer onto a redmax weedwacker, worked great, used it for a couple of seasons.also have put the blades from an old echo hedge trimmer onto a echo pole saw.
     
  3. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
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    were the blades you put on longer than the stock blades. was it cost effective.
     
  4. AA+ landscaping

    AA+ landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Last year got a echo shc-225s love it. I also have a hc-165 didn't use it once last year. The shc-225s is great was the reach and is great for designing of bushes.:)
     
  5. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
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    The 225s (20" blade) seems to be nice unit if you are going for a little more reach length wise, but was just wondering if anyone just ever wanted to change there blade length just to have a longer slice in one pass..

    This is just one of those questions were you are sitting around & things pop into your head & you just feel like asking if anyone ever thought about doing this or that.
     
  6. highclimber604

    highclimber604 LawnSite Member
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    STIHL ALL THE WAY. HS81T

    Professional use only!!!!
     
  7. FryDaddy

    FryDaddy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Yeah, that stihl hs81T is nice with a 30" blade, but just didn't want to deal with the price. I'll stick with a 20-24" blade.
     
  8. Steven B

    Steven B LawnSite Member
    from CA
    Posts: 99

    It'll depend on the gearbox I would amagine. Bigger bar might burn up the gearbox.
     
  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i wish i could help, but can attest tot he stihls and they are great hedge trimmers. the spring isolation of the engine and tuned exhaust make for a super smooth operation, very quiet too
     
  10. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    I been using 40" shins for the past 10 years. Greatest ht's I've ever used.
     

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