Does any hedger give a better cut than others?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I went hedger shopping and saw different types of hedgers. Do any one of them give a significant better cut than any other? Also was looking at these stilhl hedgers.

    option 1

    Thinking this one would allow me to do a wider span of jobs.
    Only doubt would this work fine on all shrubs on all houses I do?

    option 2

    Thinking this one would be standard for most properties I run across.
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Sharp ones cut better!

    The shorter extended ones can be used for most hedges/shrubs and are nice because you're standing back a little and get a better perspective than if you used a standard short handled pair. I don't like cutting the sides with them though, not that it can't be done. The longer ones can be a bit clumsy for smaller/shorter shrubs. I bring 5 hedge trimmers with me as well as a pair of precision hand shears.

    Here's my hedge/shrub setup.

    If I were to pick just one it would probably be the shorter extended one, but the little Echo HC-150 is pretty handy's light enough to trim the higher stuff without my shoulders killing me. I hardly use my 30 inch Shindaiwa's tiring and dangerous, but that was the only unit I had for my first few years.

    P.S. - Articulated are more versatile for sure!
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  3. superdog1

    superdog1 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Lebanon, PA
    Messages: 218

    I have 2 units. The first one you listed and a my second unit is another standard Sthil unit (Don't recall the specific model # right now, LOl). If you do a lot of hedges, at some point you will need a long reach unit. It also seems that no matter how long the reach is on your trimmer, there will ALWAYS be a spot you just can't seem to reach, Lol

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