which 30" hedge trimmer? stihl, kawasaki, other? single side?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bmxican, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. bmxican

    bmxican LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I've looked at a couple of stihl models. they have the hs-85 single sided, and the hs-80 double sided. both are $389. the double sided is a bit heavier, and the single side model has a good weight distribution feel when I'm holding the handles.

    at the lesco dealer they have a single sided 30" Kawasaki for $339, it looks pretty good. Anybody have opinions on these model or a different recommendation? can a single sided hedge trimmer be good for all around hedge work. not being able to to sweep back and forth in two directions seems like it could be a disadvantage.

    I do have an older echo double sided hedge trimmer, which will be a good back-up. thanks for any advice :waving:
  2. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,002

    i got stihl double sided with 3 position handle. 24" i think. not sure of model # but would never use anything else again. 1/2 inch tree branch is nothing to these. even cut up to 2 inch tree branches. most my stihl equip is one or two pull starts. hedge trimmers a bit more tricky, though for some reason.
    let us know what you like.
  3. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    For pure power and durability I like the Shindaiwa that I have . But for using 8 hours a day I prefer the Tanaka 26 inch. I have owned or still own Stihl,Tanaka,Shin,Little Wonder,Redmax. The Tanaka 26 inch double is my favorite.
  4. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    it has a huge fuel tank and cuts like a knife...I know it is not 30 inches, but it is a nice trimmer from what I have seen so far...I may be wrong though...
  5. Tanaka

    Tanaka Inactive
    Messages: 1,084

    Compare the Tanaka THT-210S vs the Stihl HS 80 http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=111952
  6. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Depends on what you like. I like single sides but a lot of the hedges I did were olenander and thicker type materials. I've used a Little Wonder, an Echo, a really junky Deere and a Sthil. I liked the Little Wonder alot but for all day trimming the Sthil felt more comfortable to me. For pole hedge trimmer, Sthil hands down was the best I tried. Felt very balanced. If you'r ereally going to be doing alot of shapping and fine detail work the double side may be better.
  7. Mowman29

    Mowman29 LawnSite Member
    from OH
    Messages: 106

    I think tanaka is the best to get. I own one and they have to have 50-60 hours on them and still start on the 1st pull. bought them in may. Best products I have ever bought. next year I think I going to replace my trimmers with tanaka.
  8. jebbster007

    jebbster007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    i use a sthil pole one(about four feet)like the other guy. love it dont want another. 4 years acts like new plus doing low stuff not so much bending over for hours. a little heaver but much more versitile. nice piece
  9. jebbster007

    jebbster007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    about the singles. it has its purpose or uses but the one i just mentioned is worth the $$$$$$. its longer,well balanced,and well why have more than you need when the preformance is there? I can sell ice to an eskimo

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