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Henchman Most Practical Position

( 1 ) .Do you prefer to place the steps towards the hedge or job , ( 2 ) Tripod leg towards the hedge or job or ( 3 ) work with the henchman side ways ? 

I find the henchman can leave me too far away from the job and have to resort to using long reach hedge cutter to cut the tops and often over reaching .. 

Unless i am missing some obvious point which enables you to get closer to the job .

No question the henchman is my all time best purchase i just need to get the most out of it . 

Thanks .

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    When doing the tops I have 2 legs to the face of the hedge 1 of the main legs and the adjustable one. I then work slightly sideways from the platform not across the top of it if you understand what I mean.

  • You can unhook the chain, so quite often unles it's a dense hedge you can 'stab' the leg through bushed etc then reconnect.  Otherwise working at 60 degrees as Dave Colton says.

    • PRO

      Thanks Dave and Tim 

      A good idea to put the leg through the hedge this will bring you nearer to the job . 

      Yes sideways seems to work best or did until this week pulling back too near the top i clipped the hedgetrimmer on the top rail and it bounced back onto my left hand and its made a mess of my thumb and index finger but credit to the henchmans stability having to climb down in a panic  . 

    • I thought that's what your meant to do all the time, hence the reason for the tripod design???. So you can get in as close and at the right height as possible.adjust the front leg to get it where your cutting the top comfortably. Couldnt imagine using any other ladder to trim with..

  • I use a Henchman platform instead of ladder. I imagine too much hassle to transport to site? but (according to Henchman website) it gives me "Cut up to 20' of hedge from one position, depending on cutters". Its a 7' platform, and I suppose if I reach out 4' and have a 2' blade I suppose that is about right. I certain find it surprising how few times I have to move it along the long hedges, and moving is easy - raise the stabiliser legs at one end, tip-and-push, drop the legs.

    Very stable, leave the hedge trimmer (and other tools) up there when moving it, and personally I find it much easier to get a straight edge from the platform that from steps where I am constantly presented at different angles to the hedge face.

    Platform height variable up to 6' and majority of my hedges have a 10' top-height which is then around "chest height" which is very comfortable for cutting, and I can basically walk along the platform cutting the top. The extended height gets the platform up to 10', which I use for working (trimming but also training and pruning / pollarding) Pleach etc.

    I have both short and long version, and both came off eBay for a reasonable price.

    I only use my 3-leg ladder for statue topiary etc.



    • Hey Kris 

      what is your portable tower called 

      I've looked at the ones with castors but no good for lawns when trimming hedges

      • Wheeled Henchman 55 or 76. Pneumatic wheels and the frames are reasonably light so won't damage the lawn. The stabiliser feet are reasonably big too. No need to use the outrigger stabilisers unless using the tall extension (and if you need that then probably better off with the 76 as you can get a lot more done, from the bigger platform, once you get up there). I do have one area with very tight, curved, access and the 76 won't go in there and I use the 55 for that (but if I took the 76 to bits and carried it in it probably would fit)


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  • PRO

    Yes, John has nailed it. Sling the leg into the hedge then reconnect the chain. Otherwise place the adjustable leg and one other leg alongside the hedge and work side on. To be honest, I've tried all angles and it can normally be manouvered into somewhere it is comfortable to work. Great tool.

  • PRO

    Well, I learned something today also. Being relatively new to henchman use myself also (great bit of kit btw!) I didn't think off stabbing the adjustable leg into the hedge either. Landscape Juice proves its worth again! Thanks guys 👍🏻

  • I have been trying to get an 8' tripod ladder with the 3 adjustable legs for a few months but I can't seem to find anywhere with stock. Does anybody know where has stock?  Thanks

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