single sided or double sided hedge clippers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joed, Jan 10, 2004.


Which type of hedge clipper do you prefer?

  1. Single side hedge clipper

    3 vote(s)
  2. double side hedge clipper

    37 vote(s)
  1. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    Which preference do you have in regards to a hedge clipper? Looking to add a dedicated hedge clipper to augment my extended reach hedge trimmer on my Shindaiwa 230. Thanks
  2. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    Double Sided allows you to trim in both directions (up / down and left / right) I find that to be more efficient that trimming in one direction only, the weight saved (single sided vs double) is minimal in my estimation and not really a deciding factor.
    I demoed both ECHO HC 230 and HC 1600 and elected to purchase the 1600, have had it for four years and the only problem experienced was a clogged spark arrestor.

    Bob R
  3. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    Generally I prefer single sided. The off-set handle provides better balance & precision, especially in the longer bladed units.

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  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Double w/o a doubt.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Double sided are just SO much more universal. This especially shows when you are close to completion on each and every shrub, and you may be shaving a little off one of the sides (such as your left). You don't have to walk into the bed and around the shrub to get the right angle and approach of cut, and your not trying to twist around holding the saw upside down. This is not to mention that you are cuting in both directional strokes when feathering the tops of shrubs, also.
  6. M Raggs Yard Service

    M Raggs Yard Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Newest purchase last summer, Stihl HS80, 30 in. It is double sided and I have found that the rotating 90 degree rear handle has come in quite usefull. I can go any direction and switch arms easily.
  7. rtyus

    rtyus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    Definitely double-sided.
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    Personally double is all I will use or buy but, if your a danger to your self I can see single I knew one clown that had a bad habit of resting the blade against his leg while on if he used double I think he would set a record for stitches.
  9. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    One other advantage of the single sided is the availability of a 40" bar. The longest double sided is still 30", I believe. Even with a 30" bar the offset handle of the single gives you better balance & control.

    In a 24" I would stay w/double sided.
  10. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    i would go double any day, i couldnt imagine not being able to go up and down and back and forth not in the same motion.

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