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Hedge Trimmer Heads

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by BaxtersEssentialLawnCare, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. BaxtersEssentialLawnCare

    BaxtersEssentialLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    Hey guys, I am about to buy the stilh kombi for use as a hedge trimmer and pole prunner, maybe a back up for the edger and trimmer. My question is do I really want/need to pop the extra cash for the adjustable hedge trimmer head? Is it worth it or is the non adjustable trimmer going to get the job done? Also what are your thoughts on the heads km-90/110/130. At first I wanted the 130 but I don't really know if I need that or will the 90 or 110 do enough. I just want a good solid system to use for hedges and trees when needed, and have a back up if the primary edger or trimmer goes down.
  2. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,655

    I've got a KM110 with a number of attachments.
    You do NOT need much power to run the hedge trimmer, and a 90 would still be overkill. Other attachments like more power, but not the hedge trimmer. I find myself teasing the trigger a lot with it.
    I've also got the pole pruner. You can't wipe the grin off my face when I've got that thing throwing sawdust all over! The 110 is great with this. Power feels just right, but I've still had the clutch start to slip when I've gotten it too bound up, so more power wouldn't help with this either.

    Back to the hedge trimmer: I use the angle adjustment a lot. Set at an angle, with the shaft pointed up, I can clip flat the tops of hedges from the ground, that I could only reach with a ladder otherwise. I've got the carbon fiber extension, and use that occasionally with this too. It's difficult to control, but I can trim over the top of my 12' holly tree from the ground. I cannot imagine using the heavier aluminum extension with this, but the extension with the pole pruner is much more manageable (different distribution of weight and balance I guess).

    The 110 is plenty of power for the straight edger I have, but I think I would be disappointed using the 90 with this (or maybe I just wouldn't know any better).
    Its a heavy trimmer setup, and my arms KILLED me the first two times I used it, but after getting the strap adjusted right, my shoulder carries all the weight, and I no longer even notice its weight at all.

    I have the blower as well. Here, I believe a 130 would give a little more output, but still, for me, the 110 is the "Goldilocks" size. It is still more powerful than the BG85 I sold, but if I were a pro, I would have kept the BG85 instead. I just wanted one less engine to maintain, and for that it works for me.
  3. bigkid

    bigkid LawnSite Member
    from Gap pa
    Messages: 48

    I just bought a km130 power head myself not to long ago and couldn't be happier. I only bought the straight edger attatchment for it so thats all i have first hand experience with so far. I was considering the 90 or 110 powerhead as well but decided on the 130 for 1 reason and 1 reason only. You can never have to much power. Sure the 90 or 110 may be enough power, but for a little money now i know that if i need the extra power i always have it available. I also feel that with the extra power the motor isn't working as hard therefore it will run cooler and last longer. Like i said the 90 or 110 is probably sufficient, but for a little money now you eliminate the "probably" and know your set. A little more money now will lead to a lot more smiles later.
  4. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,819

    Just ordered the 90, I'll let you know how I like it...
  5. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,655

    There's some truth to that, but more power means you're carrying around more weight too. Some people care more about that than others.
    When I got my 110, the dealer wanted to talk me into a 90, saying that was WAY more powerful than the troybilt I was replacing it with (and that turned out to be so true). He didn't have any 130's in stock, and I'm quite happy with the 110. Touching up with the edger, I can edge as fast as I can walk. For that first time each season, I might prefer the extra power of the 130, but it'll still never be a walk-behind edger.

    I actually think that the 110 works harder than a 90 with the hedge trimmer (which is probably best matched power-wise to the 55 actually), because I find it constantly revving and trying to run away from me, with just the gentlest touch on the trigger. Stihl's hedge trimmer runs like a Swiss watch, with both blades moving in opposition. It cuts so well, it would probably work fine with a hand crank, or belt driven off a hamster wheel. I guess that's part of why it's so darn expensive.
    The edger is well made, but hey, it's an edger. They're crude devices by design, that can always put more power to good use (seriously, an edger isn't much more than a spinning machete).
  6. BaxtersEssentialLawnCare

    BaxtersEssentialLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    Thz guys I think i will go with the 90, but I still got to think about it some more. I was talking to a friend who works for an lco and he said he was pretty sure that if you pulled the head of a dedicated string trimmer that the kombu attachments who bolt up. I've never heard this anyone try it?
  7. wild willy

    wild willy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131


    I use mine ALL the time and have the ability to adjust the angle is a GODSEND and I don't know how you would use a non-adjustable head...unless all you trim is verticle.
    I have the 110 and the adjustable hedge trimmer head..perfect combo especially when going through some thick cedar growths.

    yes the combi head will attach up...they wouldn't make 2 different hedge trimmer heads
    you can also put the mini tiller on the 90 but the 110 works better...the mini tiller will get tiring after a while..... but once the tillin is done its a whiz to use

    My trimmer and tiller are 10 years old and they paid for themselves after the very first use....so the rest is graaaaavy!!!!!!
  8. BaxtersEssentialLawnCare

    BaxtersEssentialLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    thz guys. Will get the adjustable head for sure, probly the 110. I'll see what I can work out with the dealer, any thoughts on being able to attach the kombi attechments to a regular trimmer. I was told to get the br 350 or 550 and if I pulled the string trimmer head off I could put on a kombi heads.
  9. wild willy

    wild willy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    sorry br350????
  10. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,819

    I've been told by my dealer that there's not much difference between the 90 and the 110 other than the price...

    As for the BR, I have the 550 and I like it but I think I would bump it up to the 600 Magnum if I did it all over again.

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