trimmers to cut thick stuff

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    landed a couple of hedge jobs, big ones(for me) and i'm thinking i don't want to abuse my red max extended trimmers, i like them for shrubbery, etc. now, these hedges will require much cutting, with alot of the shoots being about as thick as your index finger. any suggestions on what to use? i don't plan on using lopers for these big jobs. i need to buy another set of trimmers anyhow, any recomendation on what ones can handle abuse like this?
     
  2. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We cut stuff up to 1 inch all the time with our trimmers. We have Shindawa, Stihl, and Tanaka. On shrubs branches bigger than that we use a chainsaw and then shape with the trimmer. We like our Tanakas the best.
     
  3. premier lawn care

    premier lawn care LawnSite Member
    from Tx
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    Buy another one for nice stuff or get some extra blades in the event you break some teeth.
     
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    My dealer sold me on the stihl trimmers, he said anything that will fit in between the blades it will cut. And they do, i have abused them some but they cut great, some of the survey companys use them here instead of a small chainsaw. I think mine is the 345 im not sure without looking at them.I never have used any of the others except the homelite brand and i wont go there
     
  5. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    bobby,
    go buy the chainsaw attachment for your trimmer, you'll love it for a job like this......
    DP

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  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    pete i got the chainsaw attachment.
     
  7. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    WELLLLLLLLLLL, then why not use it??? just let the stopper rest on each branch so they don't bounce around.....

    DP
     
  8. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    We use brush blades, the 8 tooth ones seems to work really well, when doing a "heavy cut-back" of hedges. The split boom trimmers work well, as we bring both the brush blade attachment and the trimmer attachment, and switch back and forth as needed.
     
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    well pete, thats my problem, trying to trim thin stuff with the chainsaw, causes the limbs to "bounce around, resulting in "chewed up" looking cuts, not clean cuts. i broke down this morning and spent $280 on echo trimmers
     
  10. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    I heard ya. I did have good luck as long as you butt the branch against the stop of the saw, first.
    DP
     

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