Hedge shears buying guide
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff128 guides
- Straight blades
- Wavy blades
What is a hedge shear?
To maintain and trim your hedges, amenity trees or lawn, there is a valid alternative to using motorized tools: the hedge shears.
What are the different types of shears?
There are several types of shears. Some are telescopic, others angled, with telescopic handles and others still are adjustable! Let's focus on the two different types of blades, as their functional design is an important factor!
Straight blade shearsStraight blade shears are designed more for the cutting of grass (at the base of trees and shrubs for example), young up-shoots and all types of hedges or softwood shrubs. Composed of two straight, cutting blades, this tool produces sharp, clean cuts. The blades's pivot can be either in the handle's axis or off-center - for cutting grass closer to the ground that is unaccessible by a lawn mower.
Serrated blade shears
Specially conceived to cut hard wood and irregular hedges. It has the same characteristics as the straight blade shears, only with larger blades and a cutting notch. Again, the two blades may pivot from the axis of the handles or be off-center.
Other tips on shears?
To complete your plethora of cutting tools, equip yourself with a pruning pole to reach the high branches, a branch cutter and a wood chipper to reduce everything you cut into woodchips.
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff 128 guides écrits
for 4 years now, I am restaoring and bulding an extrension to a bungalow in the heart of the welsh countyside. My experience in manual work and my knowledge means I am proud to be of service. Terraces, interior design, roofing, plumbing, electricty, anything goes! We have, my wife, daughter and I, built almost everything we have from scratch! So to answer all of your questions, and to orientate and advise you on coosing your tools? Easy!
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