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Which Hedge Trimmer

Hi Folks,

Im looking for advice on what hedge trimmer to buy, I`v had loads over the years and can cope with light trimming, but I`m getting more hedges that are overgrown with thicker branches and know my machine wont cope with the cutting.

Apart from taking a chainsaw or hand pruning whats a heavy duty cutter that will do the job ?

Mostly Privet.

Thanks

Scott

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  • Hi scott yes even privet can be tough dense old stuff if the hedge has been neglected or needs reducing. I don't have any conventional hedge cutters any more but not many will touch the performance of a Greenworks/Stiga 80 Volt unit against the worst hedges. It cuts better than some old massive Stihl one I used to use. Also the Stihl HSA94R is a very capable machine these days. And I have the Bosch GHE70R as well although that one cost nearly a grand including 1 battery and a charger.

  • PRO

    We have a team fully equipped with battery gear, but still they need to fall back on top of range petrol hedge cutters, like HS82's & 325's when faced with a neglected site hedging. Benefit they can be refueled more easily. Once hedges are under control and you've built up a number of power packs it's an easy job to use battery hedgecutters.

    Keep your options open in your early days and while the battery gear improves......

    • yes good advice, that said not all the battery gear is created equal, the 80 volt hedge cutters will cut branches which the standard Stihl Pro cordless would baulk at, and the Greenworks/Stiga ones can come up on ebay brand new at a little over 100 quid sometimes, not including a battery, so are definitely worth a look and are certainly up to the job

      • only down side being they are weighty but so is a top notch petrol machine capable of such heavy work. And will run for nearly 2 hours on a 2ah 80V battery. It would be insanity to use a 4ah/5ah in these as they weigh too much

      • PRO

        We had a demo sets of various kit including Stihl, Husky & Stiga (as we use Stiga gear elsewhere).

        We know the limits of the kit and are equipped suitably with gear that will handle a day's work out in the field

        My comments were as a result of direct feedback of one of the Teams and discussions with Dealer

        • Well done, was it the 80 volt Stiga I wonder, as there are various ranges they do, did you try the 80 volt chainsaw, i think it has been discontinued but it is like a proper petrol saw, i felled and logged up a massive ash tree the other day with mine, much more like a ''real'' saw than most cordless ones available, the Americans love the 80/82 volt stuff and they're not exactly known for their dislike of using petrol

  • Thanks for the input/advice guys, I should have mentioned Im looking for recomendations for petrol machines, my apoligies.

    Scott

    • no worries scott, am a bit out of the loop on those ones, but best of luck in finding something suitable

    • In that case the Stihl HS87 single sided is brilliant............ really powerful and will cut through really thick stuff. I always fit a sweeper/catcher on the blade..... only an extra £20.......... so there's no cuttings left on the top to pull off by hand.. 

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