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Makita hedge trimmer and others

The old trusty Kawaski hedge trimmer died last week ( gearbox ) so I am in need of a hedge trimmer . I tend to only use the single sided hedgetrimmers and have been tempted by a Makita  EH7500S mainly due to the price of it (  £310 approx ) compared to others similar , I can't find much details / reviews and  I am slightly secptical as well on build quality, are Makita garden machiney any good compared to the more obvious candidates ?

The other options are the Stihl hs87t or older model , Echo HCS3810 and my perfered choice Husqvarna 522hs75x can't think of any others to consider. 


Thanks Andrew .

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  • I've always found the Stihl hedgecutters excellent and they just go on for ever,  If you do go for Stihl, I'd recommend the hs87r rather than the 87t.  The 87r still gives an excellent finish and can cope with much thicker material. 

    • PRO

      I have the Echo HCS with the single blade , seems to be indestructable , starts first time and thrives on neglect to my shame but i feel stihls are better balanced and cut better . 

  • If you can find a stockist Kaaz Danarm might be worth a look, I've got one of their older single sided machines with a kawasaki engine. Really good machine. Spares seem readily available too


    Can't help re petrol makita kit but I have their battery single sided hedge trimmer. Love it. The petrol single sided machine has been relegated to 'chomping' duties, otherwise I use the battery one all the time. 

  • I have a 30 inch hs87t coming up for sale, its approx 6 months old as I'm switching over to sthil cordless...

  • Thanks for the replys 

    I do have a Stihl 86R which I am using at the moment , it does a job but its not the best on the thinner / softer material I've got a few topiary to do as well which I don't fancy using it on ,its bit of a animal on the thicker branches, the guard of the end drives me crazy getting stuck in rough stuff I keep meaning to remove it but never get round to it. 

    I like danarm gear didn't think of them I'll keep an I eye out .

    I've noticed quite a few on the forum are using battery powered gear . Would a battery last a full day of cutting 6 -7+ hours plus ? does the weight include the battery and I would assume the battery and charger is sold seperately ?


    Thanks for the offer Edward how much are you after for the Stihl ? 


    • A battery doesn't last that long unless a big heavy backpack one. But a tank of petrol doesn't last that long either lol

    • I'm open to offers! It was 470 new last summer and its only been used, and lightly in domestic gardens 

  • PRO

    We use the Stihl battery machines, not the professional ones the HSA 56 and the long reach version of it, and they have been first class. We have 3 batteries and charge them in rotation in the van on the inverter.

    This winter though I invested in a HSA94T for a whole lot of box hedges and simple topiary that we have in a couple of gardens - for that you can get a battery that will last all day.

    • i have the HSA94T it's so quick I only ever use it on the medium or low setting. And such a well made piece of kit. Been using for a couple of seasons now for the sides of big yew hedges etc

      • PRO

        That's good news, thank you. I just went for it because it looked to have the best spec. The other cheap stihls weren't cutting the box well enough

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