hedge trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by postman, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. postman

    postman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    looking to buy gas hedge trimmers looking for quality price dont matter willing to pay for good quality. thanks for help
  2. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Stihl seems to be a good trimmer. :drinkup:
  3. imograss

    imograss LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 796

    I have had good luck with Shindaiwa trimmers. I have the DH230, double sided 30" trimmers.
  4. allstar

    allstar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    I have some Stihl hedge trimmers(not sure of the exact model) that have been sensational.They work great and I've used them ALOT.No problems whatsoever.
  5. I use sthil to ..have the chainsaw type and extended type ...use the chainsaw type very little now .

    Easier on the back with the extended hl85 and hl 100 4 mix extended shaft.
  6. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    echo all the way. I bought the shindawa comparable to the echo 1500... i wanted to return it the very next day. I prefer my echo which is 4 years old over the brand new shindawa that i bought. Also, the "commerical" model that shindawa makes is a freakin' tank, try holding those things all day trimming bushes.

  7. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    I have 2 echos that I constantly abuse but they just will not die. Model HC150, I just sharpen the blades occasionally, they're great
  8. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    I absolutely love the Tanakas. I have three 2100's, and if they are kept sharp, they will devour anything. I have no need for the bigger "cc's" trimmers that weigh more.

    Also (assuming you are right-handed), be sure to buy one with the exhaust port on the RIGHT side so you won't be choking on the exhaust fumes.
  9. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,196

    I just bought a Shindaiwa DH230 double sided 24" hedge trimmer in September. Beautiful machine. Starts and cuts great. It is a little heavy but no different than many of the other brand names such as the Stihl HS80 or the Echo 1600. Good luck!
  10. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    Postman, I've used different makes, and they've all worked okay. Do pay attention to the weight issue if you are planning on doing quite a bit of work.

    Likestomow's comment about the exhaust port makes sense. I've used handheld leaf vacs that tend to blow the exhaust up into your face. After a short period of time you feel the effects.

    One feature I really like is an articulating handle that will turn 90 degrees. By having the handle turn, you then don't have to contort your arms sideways to trim vertical sides of hedges or shrubs.

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