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Gas Hedge Trimmers

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by mcwlandscaping, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    i am in the market for one of these, i really like the design of the stihl HS80 but want some outside opinion as i have never bought one of these before, please if you have something that you really like, please share what it is, i have stihl, redmax, husqvarna, and shindy available to me to let you know right up front,thanks
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    I have a stihl HS-80 myself and it will literally cut through friggin TV cables that just happened to be draped in the shrubs :rolleyes: not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing hehe. I like the handle design how it adjusts 90 degrees in each direction. It will prune a regular shrub to perfection in no time! Only drawback is it is one heavy sob if used more than 20 minutes straight.
  3. blakeg314

    blakeg314 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    i have the redmax chtz2500... awesome machine love it.. just make sure you keep greasing them or yuo find out the hardway
  4. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    40" shindaiwa single sided hedge trimmers here. Slap on a custom debris scoop and the world of shrubs is at your mercy.
  5. Viseras lawn service

    Viseras lawn service LawnSite Member
    from 6
    Messages: 217

    any pics of this debris scoop?
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,938

    I share lawnmaniac's assessment of the HS80. I've used mine for 4-5 seasons -- good service, reliable, handle rotation a great feature. I disassemble the bar for cleanup, greasing of the transmission, and blade sharpening.

    Oh yes, it is heavy. But, after much experience I've learned better how to use it for long periods of time, how to cut left-handed as well as right-handed, etc. I'm almost 65, so don't have the strength and stamina of you young guys -- I'm sure I don't get as much work out of it as some of the rest of you might.
  7. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    We have been using Echo trimmers for years. I am not sure which type of trimmers you've looked at, but have you looked at the extended trimmers? Basically a grass string trimmer with the string head replaced with hedge trimmer blades? We have found that hedge trimming goes smoothest and quickest using both a "normal" trimmer and an extended trimmer. One of our Echo string trimmers is a "split boom" with replaceable heads, so we have grass trimmer, hedge trimmer, and blade edger heads for it. With the extended trimmers the great majority of trimming can be done without a ladder.
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Tvov, thanks, i see what you mean by what you are saying and i will look into that....any of you guys know about how much the HS80 goes for $$ wise, i won't be able to make it to my stihl dealer today so i figured ide just ask you guys for an appoximate cost
  9. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

  10. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    I have the echo gas trimmer. After 3 jobs, your arms get a workout.

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