Hi. Today decided to trim my hedges because they were starting to look really scary - you know ours is the last to get done - and when I get everything ready to trim--the trimmers lock up and well, got the other pair and they are messed up too. Yes, I had the extension cord plugged in - before you start with that - the hedge trimmers have served me well and it is time for new ones. I use the electric, because they seem to be lighter, which of course is easier for me to use. The cord thing is a total pita, I cannot count how many cords I have cut through over the past 5 yrs. Thought about getting an hedge trimmmer extension thingy for my echo split boom, but I still will need a good hedge trimmer. ??????????MY question is - what is a good brand of electric or LIGHTWEIGHT gas ( which would be better ) hedge trimmer and if you have an approximate price?????????????? Thanks for any help.