Hedge trimmer which are best

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Penn Landscape Management, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Penn Landscape Management

    Penn Landscape Management LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I looking for the best hedge trimmer to buy. One that going to last and prune really nice
  2. blake101

    blake101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    I use a Kawasaki and have never had a minutes problem, a lot of people on here use them.
  3. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Most will prune nice under usual conditions. Some are heavier than other also. So that can be a factor in extended use. The two that would give you the most bang for your buck would likely be the Maruyama and Kawasaki.

    Of course you have Stihl, RedMax, Echo & Shindaiwa to choose from.
  4. J-Thomas

    J-Thomas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Kawasaki is having a mail in rebate on their hedge trimmers right now. We stock a few different kinds. If you want me to give you a call, I could help you out in choosing a hedge trimmer that fits your needs while saving money through their rebate program...
  5. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,337

    Shindiawa articulator....light..lots of power...good blade speed..lots of bearings in the gearbox....well made..
    Stihl hedgers are heavy..
    Redmax hedgers are cheaply designed...like Echo...they fall apart...
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  6. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    I've had different results. I ran a shrub trim crew for 3 years and we used the long reach stihl and redmax trimmers. As you said the stihls are heavy and I feel don't cut as well as the redmax. The redmax trimmers are lighter and cut better on fine leaf shrubs such as boxwoods and yaupon holly. Nothing is going to last forever, and the redmax had tons of hours with little to no problems.
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,647

    How much can I get a 30" single side for???
  8. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,337

    Our crews can't get 2 months out of any Redmax hedgers..
    They push them 8 hours a day..6 days a week...They fall apart..
    There are no bearings on the blade connecting rods..metal to metal..
    The engineers were absent when the supports for the articulators were designed...the blades break when trimming ligustrums...
    Engines run good enough to wear out 2 or 3 hedgers...
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  9. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    Hmmm. We used to run them all day 5 days a week. I've since started my own company and have had one for two years and it's still going strong. It's not being used all day everyday, but no major problems other than the articulating adjustment. I wonder if the quality has dropped off since the Husqvarna purchase. I'll have to look into the shindaiwa, though, I've never seen a dealer around here.
  10. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    The connecting rod between the blades and cam gear? I have never seen one with bearings there. Just looked at a breakdown and the Shindaiwa has no bearings on the connecting rod. Im talking about this part http://www.ereplacementparts.com/connecting-rod-p-501893.html?osCsid=98mehh6dlub3li4sa0n9lpga96

    Around here alot of people really like the Tanaka hedgetrimmers. They will use one brand for blowers and another for string trimmers but seems like almost all of them know Tanaka for hedgetrimmers.

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