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pole hedge trimmer: kombi vs. dedicated

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jkilov, Jun 3, 2014.


Which articulating hedge trimmer is more practical?

  1. Dedicated pole hedge trimmer

    12 vote(s)
  2. Kombi motor + hedge trimmer attachment

    13 vote(s)
  1. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    It seems the correct question should have been whether to get the short or long shafted version. Anyway I have settled for an M254, my dealer also has a leftover M2510 and if the price is right, I may get that one instead.
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,233

    I have the kombi with many attatchments. the adjustable hedge trimming attatchment is the way to go if you use kombi. works great. I have 2 extensions- but youre only supposed to use 1 I think.
    I don't think any of us can tell you exactly which is better for you.
    I know it has saved me a lot of time and space since I can keep all of it in my truck cab. they have worked great for me.
  3. xstatikplus

    xstatikplus LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 294

    I run with kombi....have the line trimmer,hedge trimmer, tiller and saw attachments. Zero complaints about the kombi units. A good point is if you do more then hedge trimming(example lawn cutting or bed turning) go kombi and buy some other heads for it. I have 3 km90s one of which is older and has broke down mid day before while hedge trimming. The bonus is just went back to my truck swapped engines with my line trimmer no tools needed and finished my day without losing time and get engine fixed later that week. My point is if you have more then one engine you always have a back up for any attachment you own instead of a dedicated engine for one tool. Last thing you want is late Friday afternoon is a tool to breakdown forcing you to lose some well deserved patio time with an ice cold beer :)
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  4. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    Thanks for everyone's imput. I ended up with a Shindaiwa M2510, It's a 2012 model but still new in box, the dealer was glad to finally get rid of it.

    Anyway the hedge-trimmer attachment is light and the engine very smooth. My only concern is that the blades are relatively long for the small gearbox.

    The coupler is a tad in the way as expected but really not that bad.

    I will post a few pictures once I get the time.
  5. 2 Cycle

    2 Cycle LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 587

    Something we said? Lol
  6. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    Duh? The poll is 11 to 6 for the split-shaft version so that's what I got. Am I missing something?
  7. 2 Cycle

    2 Cycle LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 587

    My bad I didn't see that you were considering shindaiwa as well as stihl earlier in the thread! :dizzy:
  8. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    OK, so I've had this hedge trimmer for about 2 months and really like it.

    No more fumes up your nose and it's really quiet, sadly it's no replacement for a single-sided or dual-sided compact unit so I still need those.

    I have decided I need both short-reach and long-reach versions which are available for the Shindaiwa multi-tool but at $300 a piece didn't want to purchase both.

    Here's the deal: purchase only the long-reach version and a shaft to mount the gearcase on the coupler mount. Shindy has a weird setup with 3 different shaft lengths and you have to order the correct one.

    I will post a few pictures later.

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