The fastest and most efficient way of styling detailed and complex landscaping or trimming down rows of shrubs and bushes is by making use of a powered hedge trimmer. Apart from the aforementioned features, they also give you the ability to prune ground cover, grasses, and perennials.
Apparently, high-quality trimmers are expected to make your yard look beautiful and well-groomed by providing a clean and clear cut whenever they are needed to do so. There are different types of hedge trimmers which are distinguished by various features, blades and power sources. So how do you find the most appropriate hedge trimmer for your project?
The corded and cordless electric market is dominated by Black & Decker and Craftsman (Sears), however, the later (Craftsman) also distributes gas powered models. Other brands include Weed Eater, Stihl, Ryobi, Remington, Little Wonder, Husqvarna, Homelite, and Echo.
Due to their relatively quiet, light and cost-effective nature of Plug-in trimmers, they mostly account for the most sales. Furthermore, they are known to require little maintenance, produce no exhaust emissions and require little energy to start, courtesy of their push-and-start button. However, to make efficient use of these trimmers, you will have to work within the range of the power outlet so as to ensure not to disconnect the cord. Corded electric hedge trimmers cost between $30 and $100
Together with the clean running and easy maintenance of plug-ins, battery-powered trimmers combine the mobility of gas models with the convenience of usage, thanks to the availability of an onboard battery that provides substantial output ranging from 14.4 volts to 24 volts. With nothing less than 24 minutes’ run time per charge, they offer relatively little power. Cordless electric hedge trimmers cost between $70 and $120.
Due to their high-level power and easy mobility, they are mostly preferred by landscapers. Typically, most gas models weigh more than electric trimmers. However, it is important to note that a gasoline-powered trimmer with a two-stroke engine will require maintenance, pull-starting and fuel mixing. Though they may be very expensive with price ranging from $130 to $450, nevertheless, they still remain the most efficient.
Before embarking on any trimming task, it is imperatively important to firstly consider safety. When it comes to using a trimmer, proper operation is definitely the key to safety as is the case with every other power tool. It is recommended to always put on protective work gloves, eyewear such as goggles and nonskid shoes.
Also, ensure you go through the user’s manual to gain proper understanding of its operation before making use of the machine. For some gas trimmers, it may be necessary to wear hearing protection. Avoid working beyond your reach always trim on a steady ladder or on firm footing.