Which type and brand of hedge trimmer should I buy?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by genesis215, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am now finally ready to add a hedge trimmer to my equipment, and wondered what type I should get. Should I get a double-bladed version, or a single-bladed version? Or would an articulating extended reach model be good? Can an extended reach model do everything or not? Just some questions.

    As far as brands, I have Stihl, Shindaiwa, and Echo dealers here, and would like to choose between these three brands if possible, so if something breaks I can get the part I need at the dealer.

    So, what would be your recommendation? Once I get a few replies, then I will ask about specific models from the different brands.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Wizz

    Wizz LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 322

    Based on other expriences I went with the Kawasaki 600D with 24" blade...the 'D' series is commercial, the 'S' series is semi-commercial as it has a less robust gearbox and lesser blade than the D series. I liked double sided as I can make passes both ways saving a lot of time. I'm very happy with the Kawasaki 600D, it can be found for $250-300 online and has a good warranty. Starts right up and blades are very sharp, I'm very pleased with it, especially for the price. Here is the link: http://www.kawpowr.com/pp/category.aspx?id=5
     
  3. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    Thanks for the reply. I have read alot of very good comments on the Kawasaki hedgers, but don't can't go for one due to no dealers. Also, whatever I buy will be used, not new.
     
  4. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I bought an Echo SHC-212 and I really like it. I haven't used it a lot yet, but I can already tell they will be easier to use in almost every application. This is a slightly extended reach model--not really long, but not just a short one. I thought short shrubs would be harder to trim with it, but I just flip it over and now don't have to bend down like I did with short trimmers. Echo doesn't make the 212 any more, but the SHC-225 is a replacement of that model. Retails for about $340.
     
  5. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Kaw double 24. Get parts from Internet.
     
  6. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the replies so far. I was looking pretty seriously at the Stihl HL 100 4-MIX articulating hedge trimmer with extended reach, and the Stihl HL 75 2-stroke (discontinued model). What do you think of these? The only reason for my interest in these was that I could put a trimmer gearbox and head on to make it into a trimmer. I only have a little RedMax TR2300S trimmer right now, and the power of either of these would be a nice upgrade. What do you think?
     
  7. ashelton

    ashelton LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Posts: 150

    I would def. recommend the extended w/ articulating head. Most of my guys, myself included, will grab one of our extended trimmers over the regular. They save on your back on the low stuff and can reach the high stuff better.

    Whatever you do don't by a Redmax!!!! I love all of the Redmax 2 cycle products, except for the ext. hedgetrimmers. The reason being that the spark plug is mounted on top of the unit and EVERY TIME you start sweating and touch the spark plug cover, with any part of your body, it will shock the S*#T out of you.
     
  8. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
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    Stihl all the way for me.
     
  9. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would go with the stihl hl 75. I currently run echo's and will not recomed them ever. my echo mid reach trimmers constantly over heat the gear box and yes I keep my trimmer lubed well. the stihls we have had in the past cut better and run much longer periods of time.
     
  10. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    Thanks! Keep the replies coming!
     

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