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Got myself a new tool (pronounced toy) today. The Little Wonder mid sized trimmer w/ 2' extension. My 7' pair locked up on me and I couldn't afford the downtime to play w/ them today. $459.99 out the door. Hey Pete, I like these better than the echos. They are built by Komatsu/zenoah (redmax).

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Here they are w/ some friends. The echos are old as dirt, and not used except for hacking back woody ornamentals. The tanakas are okay, but the redmax 2200's rule!

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Originally posted by Turfdude
Got myself a new tool (pronounced toy) today. The Little Wonder mid sized trimmer w/ 2' extension. My 7' pair locked up on me and I couldn't afford the downtime to play w/ them today. $459.99 out the door. Hey Pete, I like these better than the echos. They are built by Komatsu/zenoah (redmax).
Looks great! My Redmax whackers are great, so I'm sure your machine is good, too. Didn't know LW make a midsize. I'm sure you'll find yourself throwing away the hand held trimmers once you find out how much more handy the Midsize is.:p
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Because hand pruning is better for the plants. If they want people to use hedge clippers they can find somebody else. I have one pair, and hopefully will never have to buy another pair. From now on I am only going to use them when I have a plant that is garbage and needs to be hacked back for clearance.
 

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Because hand pruning is better for the plants. If they want people to use hedge clippers they can find somebody else. I have one pair, and hopefully will never have to buy another pair. From now on I am only going to use them when I have a plant that is garbage and needs to be hacked back for clearance.
That makes no sense at all. It's personal preference whether to shear or hand prune. I happen to like the look of shearing. Also, a gas trimmer does not kill or ruin a shrub; it’s the guy using it wrong.
I cut over 2 feet off a 150 foot hedge at work, right back to total wood, and now it’s more dense and beautiful than ever. All my shrubs are doing terrific. Just because “you” don’t like the look doesn’t mean someone else should, too. I guess you have enough work you can tell people to find someone else to prune, I don’t.
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Personally, I think you can do a great job by hand or with gas powered shears if you've got the skill. Switchless gives an excellent example of what gas powered shears and a competent hand can do, great work! OTH, the clients I work for would kill me if I did that to their bushes. They have old properties with old bushes and trees. They want their shrubs to look good, but they want them to look good without looking like they've been trimmed. And I know you know what I mean :D So I do it by hand, very often, and they're willing to pay for it. $$$$$
 

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Originally posted by fblandscape
I don' think I said anything about the look of it. Quite frankly, I could get the same look you do by hand pruning. My point was that it is better for the plant to hand prune.
I do have one shrub at the entrance to the Church I do by hand each year. Boy, one shrub, one hour's work! Now if I could find the time to do the other 50 shrubs;)
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I have the Redmax version of this trimmer that I have a love/hate relationship with. I love it because the motor runs great, it seems to be well built and it can get to places that would be hard to get to otherwise. On the other hand, I find it to be extremely heavy. Its hard to get nice straight edges when your arms are trembling and about to give out. If you can hold it at waist level or below like the manual recommends, all is well, but it seems to defeat the purpose of having a tool like this if you still have to drag out a ladder to use it. I don't do alot of hedge trimming and my thought process was if I was going to have just hedge trimmer that this would be the type to get, but now I'm starting to think I should have gotten the smaller chain saw type.
 
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