Stihl vs Shindiawa vs. Echo Hedge cutter blades

dishboy

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zone 6
Which company has the best cutting and which company hedge blades hold the edge the longest in there top tier hedge trimmers? 10+ years ago Stihl HS 80 ruled the roost. Has everybody else caught up? This is for fine pruning , don't care about woody performance.
 

m_ice

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IL
Which company has the best cutting and which company hedge blades hold the edge the longest in there top tier hedge trimmers? 10+ years ago Stihl HS 80 ruled the roost. Has everybody else caught up? This is for fine pruning , don't care about woody performance.
Is there even a difference in the Shindy vs. Echo models?

Sometimes the Stihl with the tip guard is nice and sometimes its a nusance. The guys pick the Shindy over Stihl on hedge trimmers almost always.
 

Turf Tracer

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Niagra NY
Don’t know if all Echo articulators are same but mine uses pull pin to articulate. Do not like the mechanism. The Shin uses a gear/spring lever system which very easy to use.

Blades likely same across the board. They stay sharp long time keep them sprayed.
 
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dishboy

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Location
zone 6
Is there even a difference in the Shindy vs. Echo models?

Sometimes the Stihl with the tip guard is nice and sometimes its a nusance. The guys pick the Shindy over Stihl on hedge trimmers almost always.
Why ? Weight? Trottle response? Cut quality? It seems WAGE guys usually go for the easiest to use.
 

K c m

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Echo hone depot hc 150 2004-2005 never been sharpened cuts just fine.
Stihl 6’ articulating 2017 amazing. Cuts great, trims heavy, trims tight no problems.
 

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