hedge trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wyboo, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. Wyboo

    Wyboo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Will not be long until we start trimming bushes. What do ya'll recommend. We have about 200 yards to do so I need something heavy duty.
  2. Texas Mower Parts

    Texas Mower Parts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 472

    We sell alot of the Kawasaki hedge trimmers. Their blade speed is the fastest I've seen. Echo, Stihl, etc. all make good units.

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    We use ECHO and a strong back....:weightlifter:
  4. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    Tanaka is a good one
  5. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    you considering the handheld type with a blade like around 12-14" or the long pole type similar to the string trimmers that usually have a strap that goes over your shoulder and a longer blade 20"+.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I use the hs-45 myself but I'm sure 200 yards would wear it out, then again it depends how many you're buying...
    I bought mine 5 year ago and use it about a dozen times a year, all depends how many crew members you got will be using one...
    If you got 20 guys tackling 200 jobs then 10-20 x Hs-45's would likely be enough.

    The hs-45 is light enough once you get used to it can be wielded with one hand.
    Because it's the weight, it's a back killer, the power is no problem with any of them.
    Of course the lighter the machine, the sooner it wears down.

    So you might want something heavier, like this:

    http://www.stihl.us/hedgetrimmers/HS81T.html]HS 81 T & HS 81 R Hedge Trimmer

    You probably also want a string trimmer attachment(s) that converts a string trimmer into a poled hedge trimmer.
    That helps reach tight and high up spaces.
  7. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    Don't think your link is working topsites. At least I couldnt get it to work.
  8. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Speaking of the HS-45 trimmer, what have you guys found to be the best way to sharpen the blades? And how often do you do it? We have 2 hedgetrimmers and we sharpen them a few times a year spring, mid summer, and fall. I have been using a rotozip like tool and am wondering if you guys have any other proven techniques for sharpening them>?
  9. caddman27

    caddman27 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I really like the longer Tanaka.
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,361

    The Echo line is pretty solid the 150 and 212 and the articulating unit. The 212 is a pretty darn good addition this year and is a very versital unit and easy to handle....it is used the most by all the guys. Got to keep these greased every 4 hours.

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