Hi guys, first post here - great forum! I have a job booked in two months time to reduce a beech hedge (once birds have flown nests). It's around 9-10ft tall, 4-5 ft wide and 150ft long. It needs to come down to around 6 ft high (so a fair bit of green waste). After the reduction I'll be trimming one side. Time-wise I reckon it'll take about 1 and a half days (the first day the bulk of it should be done). A terrible pic attached for your refference...(the owner had already hacked away at this hedge last year to get clearance of the pavement - the crowning part will be coming off - basically half way up the pic).
The thing that's confusing to me is that although I've had experience cutting small trees and trimming hedges, this one is kind of in-between (lots and lots of, say, "finger thick" branches). With thick branches this is quite quick and easy; you just cut them with a saw etc and the lot comes away, or with triming (maintenance) the hedge cutter does much of the work. With this though the chainsaw would likely get choked/jammed or the branches wouldn't have anough rigidity for the saw to cut against. A hedge trimmer would likely struggle with the size. Loppers would take forever.
One issue is I do many jobs (yeah sorry I'm one of those guys lol, but I do take pride in my work), so cannot justify spending a fortune on specialised equipment. Currently I have an Ego chainsaw, polesaw and hedge trimmer (one pole version too). I have corded versions too, nothing like professional standard but they get me by for what I do. They're great for general maintenance and one off jobs.
My thoughts are to bunch the branches together and use a silky saw? Or would you recommend hiring a heavy duty hedge trimmer? Any inside secrets for a quick/efficient finish? Thanks in advance!
PS - I'd also love to hear what your favourite style of ladder/plaform is for hedges around 8-12ft tall :)