Manual Hedge shear shootout.

dishboy

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Back when I pruned all the time these shears under the Sanvik-Pradine P-51 name were the best I found.
https://www.bahco.com/en/p/super-light-hedge-shears/80-d2-dd-29-20-40-13-cd-85-e7-f2-f1-b5-06-81-41/

Now it seems there are really good options . Niwaki Okatsune topping most list.
https://www.niwaki.com/store/okatsune-shears/
https://www.niwaki.com/store/niwaki-topiary-shears/

Stihl has a few entries , the heavy duty one look similar to Okatsune and the precision a rebranded Japanesse ARS.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/hand-tools/hedge-shears/heavydutyhedgeshear/
https://www.stihlusa.com/products/hand-tools/hedge-shears/prechedgeshear/

What have you used, what do you like? Why. Please share.
I liked the Sandvik p-51 but had only used Corona when I found them. Amazing edge and clean cut on thick juicy shrubs. Truly a tool to make hedge trimmer work seem mediocre when combined with felco #2's to thin any wood or bigger branches letting you get a super tight even finished shrub.
 
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Mark Oomkes

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Grand Rapids, MI
Always used the Sandvik\Bahco ones, very HD and stand up to employee abuse.
 
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dishboy

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180 views and one comment. It seems manual shrub pruning is a lost art on the Lawnsite crowd. Have hedge trimmer will travel eh.......
 
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dishboy

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What kind of horse do you prefer for drawing your mowing buggy?
Those who lack the speed and skill revert to a hedge trimmer. A hedge trimmer has it's place and if you lack the skill it would seem archaic to even consider hand work. I own and use the best hedge trimmer Stihl sold yet it is lacking feel and ability for fine detail a skilled artisan can achieve by hand. Perhaps you lack the skill or don't care. No matter , everybody must run their own program.
 

ebone capone

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louisville, ky
Those who lack the speed and skill revert to a hedge trimmer. A hedge trimmer has it's place and if you lack the skill it would seem archaic to even consider hand work. I own and use the best hedge trimmer Stihl sold yet it is lacking feel and ability for fine detail a skilled artisan can achieve by hand. Perhaps you lack the skill or don't care. No matter , everybody must run their own program.
I lack the speed and the skill. We don’t do any work on the fancy side of our city so high artisanship is generally not needed or would be overkill. My first comment was meant as a joke.
 
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dishboy

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zone 6
More of the good!

Second video look for the tip. I usually just keep a hose and nozzle, and spray the shrubs, Helps to wash them down well, especially at the bottoms to get the dirt off , saves shear edges , dirt kills shears, saws.
 
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