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For a cordless (battery) long reach  hedge trimmer.

  I've got an old stihl long reach hedge cutter. But it's REALLY heavy and not suitable for me for long periods of use due to its weight

I very rarely do any hedge work. Maybe 3 or 4 jobs a season? So I'm not looking to spend BIG on a cordless long reach. But whatever I eventually end up buying  has to be up to the job.

I've got an EGO strimmer which I absolutely love. But the EGO kit is really expensive and I wouldn't want to spend around £600 to get there long reach. 

I've looked at some reviews for a vanhaus cordless. All sound promising. But do any of you good people know of anything better in the sub £200 price bracket? 

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    If it reaches the height you require from the ground or working from a platform and leaves an acceptable finish and of course the battery lasts long enough  you can't go wrong if only used three times a year , it will probably pay for itself after a couple of jobs .

    Incredible the amount of different cordless brands and choice available now at budget prices with good reviews .

    I don't know if you will be cutting conifer but I use a budget long reach hedge trimmer because it's light in weight which is excellent on everything but conifer so I bought a Stihl cordless long reach for this task and it's both light and leaves a good finish on conifer .

    If you do cut conifer might be worth checking before you buy .

    • Thanks John. I agree with everything you said. 

  • depending on how long it needs to be, and how heavy is too heavy, there is a Greenworks 40 volt one which should be ok, or a slightly batterered but functioning Stihl Pro machine, with a smallish capacity battery and a charger might be do able for £200, there's plenty of second hand battery kit around these days and can be good value, I just ordered a used HLA86 myself, for about half the price new, will be testing thoroughly when it gets delivered tomorrow

    • Thanks. The trouble with used battery kit is more often than not you'd have to buy a new battery. Which will change a good used bargain in to an expensive one. 

      • Depends on the brand and how much use it's had, and a bit of luck too, I've bought dozens of second hand Li-Ion batteries either on their own or bundled with kit, and only had one or two which weren't up to scratch, the good brands tend to be pretty bullet proof in my experience

        • Thanks buddy 

  • The Mountfield kit looks pretty good for the money.

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  • My Stihl long reach hedge cutter weighs nothing, because I have an easy lift harness.

    I keep mentioning these because I can never understand why every pro gardener doesn’t own one.

    So my advice is keep your existing Stihl long reach and make it weigh nothing.

    This is the video that I came across over ten years ago. I then bought one and it changed my life.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grF97n2VTo8

    • Thanks. I've seen these and thought about getting one. But when I last checked they where around £300 if I did the hedge work to justify the outlay I may consider one. But a handful of jobs a year isn't going to be worth the outlay. Plus. They look cumbersome and would take up a lot of van space.

      I realise only wanting to spend around £200 isn't going to get me any pro equipment. But for a handful of jobs a year I think a lightweight domestic jobby will get me through. (unless there conifers of course) 

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