hedge trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dothelawn, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. dothelawn

    dothelawn LawnSite Member
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    Good morning. I am looking for some input on hedge trimmers.

    I'm considering a Stihl HS80 or a Husky 225H60. Both have similar features, like a 24" blade and swivel rear handle, and both run about $350.

    Any feelings on these units, or others that I maybe haven't thought about?

    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have the Stihl trimmers. They are really nice and have great power. As with anything with the Stihl name on it, it is a very quality piece.
     
  3. We have the stihl its tough and goes a good job .Had it since 97 not one breakdown.
    The only negative is it is heavy it will get ya tired after a long day.Its like trimming hedges with a chainsaw .
    That price seems a good price to we give that much back in 97
     
  4. LLMSERVICE

    LLMSERVICE LawnSite Member
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    I have the Husquvarna you speak of and really enjoy it.

    The rear swivel handle is a great option as is the double blade.

    My only two complaints - and they are minor- is that it can take a few cranks to cold start (its been like that since new) and I would prefer a longer blade

    However, its been a good moneymaker for me.

    I have some stihl products and you're in good hands with either brand if they are comparably priced..
     
  5. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    FWIW,
    Take a look at this older post on Hedge trimmers. To be exact look at my pcitures on the Echo 2400 mid-shaft edge trimmer. Pictures are worth a thousand words. The 2400 is the same price as the other machines you are looking at. However, by the pictures anyone that uses a hedge trimmer on a regular basis, and even those that do not. can see by the pictures a shaft trimmer can do 10 times the job of what you are looking at. Also, the motor is behind you so you don't get exhaust in your face, Also, it is balanced completely different so you don't stress your forearm muscles. Also, it has a much longer reach so you don't stress your back muscles. Also, it allows you do low shrub without having to bend down or over.
    Plain and simple, regardless whether or not you by the Echo brand, a "mid-shaft" machine is so much better than a "chainsaw" style of trimmer it is unthinkable to consider the other alternative. Here is the post website:
    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread....page=20&highlight=Hedge trimmers&pagenumber=2
    Pete
     
  6. Ray&Christine

    Ray&Christine LawnSite Member
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    I have a Stihl HS 80, it is heavy as said before but will quickly cut through almost anything. I have a problem with mine when it gets hot outside, it stalls and is hard to start unless it sits to cools down for about 10 minutes, in cool weather it works fine. I was talking to another member of Lawnsite he has the exact same problem. I guess it could be possible that only the Canadian models have this problem, since I have not heard anyone else complain about this before.

    Ray
     
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have Stihl HS85 hedge trimmer, and like it. It has been trouble-free over three seasons. It took a long time to learn to use for greatest productivity. My previous trimmer was a B & D electric, so it was a huge step.

    They are heavy and I had to learn to manage my time with them. I'm not a brute, but am old, and try to work more wisely than with strength. The rotating handle is a must for any gas-powered trimmer. They make the work easier and allow better control of the machine.

    Late this Summer I bought an attachment for my Stihl FS85 string trimmer. It is a 24" double reciprocating trimmer that replaces the trimmer head. This was a huge time saver for shearing Canadian hemlock trees, 9-12 ft. I've struggled with ladders and scaffolding on yew trees, and other large shrubs that I know I can trim much more quickly next season. After a couple of jobs, the $129 investment paid for itself in time. And, the quality of result was much improved.
     
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,916

    I have Stihl HS85 hedge trimmer, and like it. It has been trouble-free over three seasons. It took a long time to learn to use for greatest productivity. My previous trimmer was a B & D electric, so it was a huge step.

    They are heavy and I had to learn to manage my time with them. I'm not a brute, but am old, and try to work more wisely than with strength. The rotating handle is a must for any gas-powered trimmer. They make the work easier and allow better control of the machine.

    Late this Summer I bought an attachment for my Stihl FS85 string trimmer. It is a 24" double reciprocating trimmer that replaces the trimmer head. This was a huge time saver for shearing Canadian hemlock trees, 9-12 ft. I've struggled with ladders and scaffolding on yew trees, and other large shrubs that I know I can trim much more quickly next season. After a couple of jobs, the $129 investment paid for itself in time. And, the quality of result was much improved.
     
  9. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
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    :blob3: ray, change your coil and stalling and starting problem will go away, tony
     
  10. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just picked up the Husky model in your post last Wednesday. I haven't had a chance to do any serious work with it yet, but it was great on the few shrubs at my house. I have 3 large jobs to do this week. I should know more by then.
     

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