What type of hedge trimmer should I get?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LouisianaLawnboy, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    What are you guys recommendations for a good hedge trimmer that I won't use that much.

    I have a M242 Shindy that I have the chainsaw attachment and I'm thinking of just getting the hedge trimmer attachment for like 250.00.
  2. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    Spend 70.00 more and get some RedMax trimmers. I love mine. Whatever you do don't get the Stihl, they are made in china.
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  3. frotis

    frotis LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I doubt that as they use the same head assembly as the purpose made trimmer, just a split shaft.

    We've been using them for several years without the first problem.

    Make sure you get a double sided blade though. the single side blade trimmers are worthless no matter who makes them.
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    Ive been thinking of getting one of the red max attatchment ones with a hedge trimmer, saw & edger. Any reasons to not go this route?
  6. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ya why not get the attachment?
  7. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Stihl trimmers are made in China, thats why I have RedMax and everything else Stihl. It says it on the side of the trimmers. The RedMax trimmers are good. 320.00-340.00 depending on the the dealer and you don't have to deal with the hassle of switching attachments.

    But Kaferhaus has been in the business alot longer than I have so You should probably head his advice.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2009
  8. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
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    Stihl all the way for me. I have a HS72 and HS45, I use the 45 more because of the longer blades. Only compaint is the small tank.
  9. Wizz

    Wizz LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 322

    I use the Kawasaki 600D dual sided blade. The 'D' series is commercial and the 'S' series is semi-commercial (commercial series has better blade and gearbox than semi commercial). It performs very well and the motor is very smooth and easy to start and they're not heavy. I bought my 600D for ~$275...the 600S is a little less. Here is their website in case it helps you out: http://www.kawpowr.com/pp/category.aspx?id=5 Have fun shopping.
  10. hummingbird3d

    hummingbird3d LawnSite Member
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    I asked about this awhile back and one piece of advice that I am glad to have gone with is to get one that is double edged. My shoulders get tired so I change grips, so a single sided blade would make switching difficult. One thing that I wished some one were to point out is the weight factor.

    I have a Maruyama HT2300DR which has a listed weight of 10.9 pounds. Although I can do heavy lateral raises and barbell shoulder presses, Slinging around a 10.9 pound trimmer gets heavy fast. Other that this I like the power this trimmer has to go through thick vines and it cuts well. It has a rotating handle, but this feature hasn't really proven to be significant in helping me out. Overall it is good so I'd recommend this one on your list to consider.

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