5 Step Buying Guide for Hedge Trimmer
Instead of concrete walls or wooden fences on your lawns, a perfect line of hedges are really a refreshing sight. It can even be an attraction right in front of your home. You can have it trimmed to create mazes and different topiaries. Hedges really make your front/back yards, and gardens really look beautiful. But then, to maintain its beauty, these bushes need regular grooming and trimming. A regular clipper would do the job, but it would definitely not make it easy for you, especially if you have tall and long lines of hedges. It is best to use a hedge trimmer because it’s easier and more convenient to use. It makes the work done faster and so it saves you a lot of time. Here’s your 5-step guide in buying a new hedge trimmer: Know the different type of hedge trimmers and how it works, Identify the best blade for the hedge trimmer, Choose the length, weight, and size that would work for you, what safety features should you be looking for, and lastly, know how much money you’ll have to spend. Details for your buying guides are below.
There usually are three types of hedge trimmers. It’s now up to you which of these three you would pick.
- Petrol/Gasoline hedge trimmer – best to use in landscaping and large areas of trimming jobs. Since its power source is fuel, this type is cordless and portable. This is the most powerful type. It cuts hedges the fastest and gives the cleanest trim. It’s also safe to use even on wet hedges because, it doesn’t use electricity. However, this type is the heaviest, most expensive, noisiest, and it requires you to mix gas and oil in its tank because it has a 2-cycle engine. But over-all, this gives the best trimming capabilities.
- Electric/Corded hedge trimmer – best for small to medium sized hedge area. Commonly used by homeowners. This is the lightest in weight, smallest in size, and cheapest in price. It is the easiest to operate, and does not create much noise. It also has powerful cutting capabilities but not like the gasoline models. Since it’s corded, your work is limited on the distance of reach from your power source to your hedges. It would also be difficult to go around bushes because of the cord.
- Battery-operated/Cordless hedge trimmer– These type has the quality of portability and convenience. It is the quietest among all types. It is best for small area and light hedges. Since its battery operated, it definitely is energy saving. However, you have to make sure you have spare batteries to use.
The blade to use would depend on the skill level of the user. Beginners usually use single sided blades because it is safer to use. Double-sided blades are for people who have more skills in handling hedge trimmers. This type of blades also helps make work faster because it cuts in both directions. This also provides a cleaner finish on your trims. Also consider the length of the blade. The longer the blade the faster you cut hedges, because the length of the blade is also the length of hedge you are able to cut in one sweep. However, consider that the longer the blade, the more difficult it is to handle the hedge trimmer. The tooth spacing of the blade will let you know how thick and large of a branch it can cut. The wider the tooth gap is the more capable it is in cutting thicker branches. Blades with small tooth spacing are for light and thin hedges, and the wider tooth spacing is for thick and heavy hedges.
Trimming your hedges would require a lot of your energy and time, so always consider the length of blade to use. The length of your blade adds to the weight of the hedge trimmer itself. The manageability of handling the trimmer is affected by the blades’ length. The shorter the blade the easier it is to use. You will be carrying the trimmer all throughout, so make sure to consider the weight that you can handle. Electric trimmers weigh the least at 5.5 – 12lbs. Battery trimmers weigh a bit heavier at 5-12.5lbs, and the gas trimmers weigh heaviest at 10-16lbs. Among all three types of trimmers, smallest in size would be the electric trimmers and the most bulky is the gas model. It’s also best for you to know your own height, weight and size to know which type of trimmer you can actually handle.
It is very important what safety features are available, especially that hedge trimmers require caution and utmost carefulness because there are dangers that can happen in one mistake of handling it. Some safety features to consider is the availability of: Auto power shutdown buttons, Hands/arms shield, blade locks, cable holder for electric trimmers, and others. All these safety features is a must, however, it is also important to follow all safety precautions, follow safety instructions, and always have an alert mind.
After checking on all the type of hedge trimmers, the blades you can use, the safety features it offers, you can go ahead and compare the prices and weigh your options. What hedge trimmer can give you what you want and need at the price that you can afford? The price would range from $40 to $100 for electric hedge trimmers. The battery operated would cost a bit higher with price ranging from 45$ to $200. And the most expensive gas trimmer has a price from $200 to $600. Please consider though that these prices are subject to change and are just approximations. The price may also show some difference between generic brands and those branded names. The price is a big factor in your buying decision but it’s also important to look at quality, durability, and warranty. Make sure to get what your money’s worth.
Following these five step guideline in buying your hedge trimmer should help you in choosing the right item to buy. Your decision making is now easier by simply having some knowledge on these five basic things; Types/Power source, types of blades, length/weight/size, safety features, and price.