Hedge Trimmers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by nautiq544, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. nautiq544

    nautiq544 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I'm looking into buying a hedge trimmer. What are the advantages and disadvantages of adjustable head trimmers. Does anyone have The Shin. AHS231. (its the shorter adj. head trimmer). Is $300 a good price for an AHS231 thats 5 months old? The used machine was traded for a longer one.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. rnewton

    rnewton LawnSite Member
    from 72801
    Messages: 3

    Do you need adj. I have used stihl hedge trimmers and they work great. Cant go wrong buying them. You can get a great trimmer for around $300-$400 with double blade action. They cut good.
  3. nautiq544

    nautiq544 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Is an adjustable head really needed? Are that that much better?
  4. guven

    guven LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    I just bought HL 135 ( stihl) hedge trimmer attachment and FS90 trimmer, I love it, I was going to buy FS110 , they were out of FS110 I got the FS 90, little heavy but good < I love it. if I need another attachment I can buy it and use it, it is very easy to change the head.
  5. abuckeye

    abuckeye LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I just bought the Echo HC-150 and I love it. I have never seen an adjustable head trimmer but do not see what the advantage would be, unless you are doing very tall hedges.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,362

    We have two Echo articulating head trimmers and like them a lot. When bushes get around 4 foot and over these trimmers are great. We no longer have to use a step ladder and it easier to get a better shape. And most importantly you can change the angle so you use different muscles if you are in a long job. We have 3 of the lightweight Echo 1500 and those are good also. We went many many years without the bigger unit and if you aren't going into a lot of bush trimming they are probably not worth the money.
  7. nautiq544

    nautiq544 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    For $300 vs. $400 new this one might be a steal since a cheaper HT is around that anyways? Don't have a lot of hedges yet but most of the lawns I'm gettig are in older areas with more mature growth.
  8. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Do a search, this was just covered last week.
  9. Budget

    Budget LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 368

    I do mostly cuts and mulching, but you know peopel ask for every thing so i purchased a weed eater cheap one about a month ago for $139. Well this sucker has paid me back twice and has stainless cut blades. I just can spend that much for a commercial one when i don't use it evry day. So far i am happy with it and it works like a champ. Hey the other day i saw a guy in the bucket of a loader and he just had weed trimmer and they were working on a hedg row about 8 ft. high and 5 ft. deep look ok after they were done and guy didn't have to lean so far in.

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