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Easy lift harness

Anyone using one these with a long reach hedge cutter ? If so then what are your thoughts please ?

Also, the main thing putting me off is the looks as  I make a good enough job of looking like a prat as it is. What do the fashion police think ?

Cheers, Mike.

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  • They are meant to make a massive difference and relieve the strain on your body. Personally I wouldn't be bothered about the look, if it made work easier and more efficient. As they say work smarter not harder. However you can't apparently use they up steps or ladders, you have to be on the ground. Since most of my hedges are quite a bit above head height that would mean that I couldn't see what I was cutting as I did the top, so I can't justify the cost of one, for the amount I would use it.

  • I used to use one with a Stihl HS80 and it made the world of difference to productivity. Instead of stopping every 10 minutes to rest my arms I could keep cutting until the fuel in the tank ran out. It was on a very private estate so what I looked like didn't matter but I really didn't care anyway. Most people who did see it were impressed and I could cut a lot more hedge in a day than I could before we got it.
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    Good reviews on arbtalk Mike, looked into them last year no dealers in my area do them tho, would be good to try one first before shelling out 300 odd quid...on the Internet.
  • Mike

    I picked one up last year after injuring my shoulder, made cutting a more efficient without the stress on the shoulder and increased productivity.
    Would recommend it, got my one from F R Jones, as they seem to to be the only UK supplier.
    • Thanks for the input everyone, I've decided to take the plunge and ordered one from FR Jones.

      Will let you know how we manage with it and what kind of public reaction it gets !

      • PRO

        These are something I've looked at and discarded. I always wondered what might happen if you tripped up while using it - does the hedgetrimmer land on top of you? Potentially dangerous but I've never used one so I'm not qualified to say!

        I look forward to hearing what you think of it Mike!

  • Hi there,

    I too have been looking at the 'Easy Lift Harness', but also the 'Elephants Trunk Harness'. Whist very similar, there are differences. The ELH for example is supposed to take nearly all the machine weight, whereas the ETH only takes 3kg off the hedge cutter. But then the ETH can be used up steps and is much cheaper at around £197 [best price]. Has anyone any experience with the ETH ?

  • PRO
    How did the harness go Mike ?
  • PRO

    I'm thinking about buy one, anyone have one, what's your thoughts?

    • Yes. Shortly after my post above from three years ago, I bought the Easy Lift Harness. They are the best thing since sliced bread. Using one Vs not using one is like night and day. 

      Let me be very clear, there is no weight in the hedgecutter, at all. You just need to 'steer' the machine. You will use a fraction of the effort usually needed to cut hedges.

      You use it it two different ways. Firstly, when cutting the side of the hedge, you gently push the hedge cutter down to the ground and the harness lifts it back up, cutting on the up stroke of course [you can cut on the down stroke, when needed, but we all know you should cut upwards].

      Secondly, when cutting across the top of the hedge, you can hold the cutter at arms length, with no strain at all as the harness holds it. The harness is very quickly adjustable, so a level can be set for this.

      You can use the hedgecutter just the same as before, vertically, sideways and horizontally etc.,but with a weightless machine.

      They are an amazing bit of kit.

      Don't delay. Buy one.

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