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Stihl Extended Reach Hedge Trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheChiefsLawnCare, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. TheChiefsLawnCare

    TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    Ok, I picked up a new job today and I need to get the extended reach trimmers. Im a stihl guy so dont mention redmax or shindiwa, deff not echo cause Im not interested lol. Im looking at get the HL100 and the HL100K. I see the only difference being one has a loop handle with a longer shaft and the other has no loop handle just has a cushion sport and a shorter shaft. Im thinking I would like the loop handle to hold onto compared to just a grip. Let me get yalls opinion. The 100k also looks a little more beefier and then its the one that has the no loop and just a grip with a shorter shaft. The shaft diameter also looks bigger. Difference in price is 20 bucks. The one with the longer shaft is more.
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,022

    I have the HL100 and its a great tool. If your tall or don't think that you will need the extra length then get the HL100K its a little shorter and lighter and that gearbox gets heavy after an hour or so of trimming.
  3. Mike NY

    Mike NY LawnSite Member
    from NY.
    Messages: 113

    I own both Stihl and Huskies, Stihls are very nice but too heavy to use for any length of time. I will always grab the Huskies if i have an option. Plus the fuel cap on the Sthil is the most frustrating thing invented.(almost threw it down the road a couple of times and I am the one who pays for all the equipment)
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  4. TheChiefsLawnCare

    TheChiefsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    HAHA. They have improved on the gas caps. I know what you mean. If you didnt have it right and didnt realize it, you did when you ran out of fuel 10 min later. Yeah im 5'08"
  5. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    what are they hl100s going for new?
  6. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    Make sure it is adjustable. Also, I know u don't like echo, but for leafy, tender plants they ate the way to go. Both cutters rather than one stationary and one moving back and forth. The only problem I had with mine was getting the stupid gaurd of the end. By the way, I own both
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  7. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    With Stihl, both cutters move. I was unaware that Echo did that, but most others have one stationary blade. With two moving blades, less things drag on the tips of the blades. It's hard to explain, but it works much better.

    The HL100 has a 135 degree adjustable gearbox. The loop handle makes it easier to work with the blades at an angle. I really like my extended reach adjustable angle hedge trimmer (I've got it as a Kombi attachment, but it's the same idea as this), because I can set it at an angle, and reach over the top of tall bushes, and trim them flat.

    The HL100K is straight only. No adjustment, so no loop handle.
  8. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    The HL90 is 0* & HL100K also comes as a 0*.

    The HL100 is 0* to 135* & Stihl offers an HL100K like that. the only difference is the length of the shaft on the machine.

    Here's a link to Stihl's site http://stihlusa.com/hedgetrimmers/extendedhedgetrimmer.html
  9. BaxtersEssentialLawnCare

    BaxtersEssentialLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    I would vote for the kombi. I know it wasnt listed but I have a km110 and its great plus with the extension shaft you can reach everything. Then you can have a polesaw extra trimmer,edger a light duty tiller. I plan to add an nother kombi and stay away from dedicated machines all together.
  10. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    I agree, simply because you can add the extension shaft, and have an extra extra long hedge trimmer. This is one place I'd go for the carbon shaft though, because the added weight of the heavier shaft at that much of an extension can be seriously difficult to handle.
    But going with the Kombi does add significantly to the cost. Something to consider.

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