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Hedge Trimmer advice - Stihl HL 45 ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mrealty, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. mrealty

    mrealty LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 46

    Anyone have any advice on Stihl HL 45 Hedge Trimmer ($339 in my area)? Anyone used it or can compare it to any other? Pros? Cons?

  2. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    Mark, I've not used one, but if you're going to spend that why not put $80.00 more in, going by the MSRP and get the HL 90 K?

    I don't know what your sales tax is, but here it's $85.60 difference between the HL 45 & the HL 90. Another thing is the 90's cutting action will be blade against blade, similar to scissors. The 45 will be blade against anvil, it'll cut, but you wont be able to cut through what you will with the 90.
  3. mrealty

    mrealty LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 46

    Excellent advice. I didn't know about the cutting action. I'll see if I can go back in there and check that one out. The dealer was swaying me to the lesser expensive HL 45 because he says it's much more light weight (maybe their profit margin is higher on that particular model???). I'd trust the opinions here more than a dealer...although I know there are many here who are loyal to a particular brand.

    I appreciate all input on this.
  4. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    You're welcome, good luck with the purchase!
  5. shooterm

    shooterm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 463

    I was thinking a electric professional considering the price is almost a third. I always have a generator on hand and like the 3lbs less. Anyone have any experience with these?
  6. mrealty

    mrealty LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 46

    It's for commercial use. I should have said that in the beginning. Electric is not an option for me.
  7. Greenery

    Greenery LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Why do you want a heavy a$$ stihl? You must not do much hedge trimming.
    I just picked up a kawi kht600d under $300. It is far better balanced and lighter.
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  8. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    It is not an articulate trimmer. I think it is important to have articulate feature. Stihl don't have the short shaft articulate model. Shindaiwa, Husqvarna, Redmax and Kawasaki has it.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I can't believe how much prices have went up, I believe I paid $240
    maybe $250 for that same unit, the 45.

    So it was 8 years ago, omg whatever, no wonder Lco's out there quoting some wild prices heh...

    It's a good unit, runs strong and all of that but I'd have to agree,
    once we get much past $300 just as well off getting the beefier one.

    As for the weight, the difference is mostly in the length of the blades,
    if this becomes a concern you can always swap for a shorter blade thou
    a set of blades does run well over $100...

    That's the thing, the HL-45 comes standard with 18" blades (thou I have mine with the 24")
    while the HS-85/90 comes with the 24", and it's what sticks out in front of you that hurts the most.

    Not sure if it makes much sense getting the beefier unit with an 18" set of blades thou,
    certainly I wouldn't get the 45 with the 24" right off either, but the difference is noticeable.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2010
  10. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    I agree, 18" is a little short. My Shindaiwa is 24, I still find I cannot cut in one pass and have to cut high and cut low again.

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