hedge trimming

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by aka lawn, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. aka lawn

    aka lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Headed out this morning to do my first hedge trimming job. A little nervous. I have never done any hedge trimming
  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,729

    You will do fine. Take a little off at a time. You can take more off but you can't put it back on and make sure you clean everything up.
  3. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Even poor pruning is better than no pruning. So whatever you do it'll be an improvement.
    It's really going to work your back & shoulders so take lots of breaks.
  4. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    Aint that the truth... I do hedge trimming at least a couple times each week, and it still hurts my arms wielding that tool. Got a hedge trimming job tomorrow that's going to take close to 2 hours. Hurray for hedges!
  5. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    I do almost nothing but hedge trimming from april to october ( at least 4 days a week) and these guys are right. Take a few breaks (i take a 5 min break for every 3 tanks of gas) and don't be nervous. The more you do it, the better it goes. And don't trim too aggresively for the first times. Good luck ont the trimming jobs.
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  6. aka lawn

    aka lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    The job went good. I can not believe how much it has changed the look of the house. I pulled three short ones that had grown wild looking then started trimming on the rest. The first one is about dead i may pull it . Waiting on the property manger to decide. Over all not a bad job. Just one question which is the better hedge trimmer. All i got now is clippers. I think i am going to start a new thread on that one
  7. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    Try a few hedge trimmers and decide for yourself. Everyone has his own favorites. I like maruyama and stihl. I also have an echo hedge trimmer but i wouldn't buy it again. I'm not saying it's a bad machine but i don't like the feel of it.
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    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    if your looking to buy a hedge trimmer make sure you get one with a double sided blade...it makes things much easier and faster
  9. aka lawn

    aka lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Well i bought a ryobi power head and the hedge trimmer attach ment. Will see how this works. All i could get with the budget i had. If this is something i am going to get into o will get me a better one when i see if it is going to pay off and i can save for it.
  10. mikeypizano

    mikeypizano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I have a Stihl KM110r with the 135* articulating trimmer and boy does it kill your back! It is less stressful on my body than the Little Wonder handheld I borrowed off my uncle though! You got hit with ALL the exhaust. I would be sweating like crazy after one bush!

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