Hedge Trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Terra Bella, Sep 12, 2004.

  1. Terra Bella

    Terra Bella LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I am relativley new to the business and I am looking for a 20" to 24" gas hedge trimmers and I would like some advise on which brand would be the best to buy. I am looking at Echo, Shindaiwa, or Husqvarna. I would like to know what you guys think is the best in terms of quality, and repair if needed. We currently use the echo trimmer with the hedge clipper attachment and we need somthing a little bit smaller.
  2. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    I had a similar decision to make a few weeks ago when my Stihl HS80 hedge trimmer died out. Though the Echo double sided trimmer was very favourably priced, I decided to go with the Shindaiwa DH230 24 inch dual sided hedge trimmer. I am glad I did as the machine is sweet. Even my dealer felt that the Shindaiwa was better than the Echo but the echo is a fine choice too.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I see you didnt mention stihl. I dont know if you dont have a dealer or dont like the stihl hedge trimmer. I dont have any experience with the models you mentioned. My stihl is 2 years old and served me well, there is a link to there web site in the sponsor section if you want to check out the specs
  4. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,040

    I really like the Husky 326 hedge trimmers. The new models have a stronger gear box and caseing. They also have adjustable handles, which is nice for pirocantha, and it angles away so your hands dont hit the bushes.
    Very nice engine as well.
  5. Andyinchville2

    Andyinchville2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    I agree w/ JoeD....Shin double sided hedge trimmer is great....
  6. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Out of all the brands of handheld hedge trimmers I've used including Echo, Sthil, Deere and Little Wonder I liked the Little Wonder the best. Took a longer time to get back the Sthil models from the mechanic although it is a very popular brand here. I like Husquvarna stuff, takes long time to get parts here though. Matter of personal preference really. The Sthil seemed to vibrate more and used a little more gas. We had a single side I think it was a 30 inch model as well as one of the pole mount jobs. Why go smaller, just for less fatigue or do you do a ot of round edges where you only use a fraction of the blade?
  7. Hometown

    Hometown LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I use Little Wonder units here. I started using the electric ones and the gas just seemed to be the next best thing. I have never had mine fail me yet and it is 5yrs. running.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,665

    We have used the little ECHO because it is LIGHT......compare weight! We have had a couple other brands and THEY are HEAVY. We have three ECHO units and have had no problems I couldn't repair.

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