A hedge trimmer is one of those tools that you may not need to use every month, but it sure comes in handy to shape hedges and shrubs. It is much faster to trim the ends from small branches and prune them with a machine than using clippers or pruning shears. If you only have one or two bushes, the hand-held pruners probably will suffice. If you have a half dozen or more, then you need to invest in a power trimmer. A quality hedge trimmer does not need to break the bank.
Things to Consider
Safety should always be the number one priority when working with any power tools. Look for a hedge trimmer with an on/off switch that you can lock into place. If you are somebody that wants to get the job done at one time, having that lock-on switch will reduce the stress as you trim. However, if you have children or pets that can suddenly appear out of nowhere, a switch that requires you to push it to operate is a better option.
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Power tools can be quite loud; it is the nature of the beast. However, there are some electric models and cordless models that are so quiet, you can use them right under your neighbor’s window and not bother them.
Hedges that have been neglected for years will need a powerful machine to trim them. The gas-powered ones would be better in this situation, be careful, many that fall under the $100 limit might not be worth the savings.
Even the best hedge trimmers, sometimes right out of the box, don’t work like they are supposed to. A warranty of at least two years would be preferable. However, the cheaper end models might only have a one-year warranty.
What you consider to be light in weight is relative. If you have a lighter hedge trimmer, the longer you’ll be able to work before getting tired. Not sure how much you can handleTry out the trimmer in the store. You can also always rent a model, or one very similar to the one you want, to make sure it works for you.
Electric Hedge Trimmers
Electric hedge trimmers are quieter, lighter and better for the environment. They are relatively less expensive and have much less maintenance than their gas-powered alternatives. If your lawn or garden extends less than 100 yards from an electrical outlet, you may be able to get away with using a corded hedge trimmer. However, if that space is larger or involves some objects that would require getting the cord to go around, you will want a battery-powered or gas trimmer. Staying under the $100 might be a real task if that is the case.
If your hedges need a pruning a few times per year, Then a lower-priced cordless model or a corded electric trimmer makes more sense. If your hedges turn into monsters before you can bat an eye, spending the extra money on a more powerful gas or cordless trimmer can save you time and money in the future. Residential and cheaper model hedge trimmers are rated for occasional use only when you start getting into the industrial models for more frequent use, then the price goes up quickly.
Gas Powered Hedge Trimmers
There are not very many that you can buy new for under $100. If you do find one, keep in mind the quality might be lacking and the extra maintenance they require. Fuel recommendations should be followed to the letter. Otherwise, it can result in a costly repair that isn’t covered under warranty.
Most corded electric hedge trimmers and even many of the cordless ones will provide you with more than enough power to get the job done. Long gone are the days of needing a gas trimmer to tackle your shrubs, annoying the neighbors, and breaking your budget. If the price is a deal breaker, there is still always the hand pruner.